Richard Woodcock is one of the world's foremost educational test developers.
His Woodcock-Johnson series of tests for cognition, achievement, and reading are widely used in the U.S. and internationally. His professional interests are test construction and validation, language and communication problems of persons with disabilities, developmental and remedial reading and the nature and development of intellectual abilities.
He has a B.S. in psychology from the University of Oregon (1949), an M.Ed. in special education (1953) and an Ed.D. in psychoeducation and statistics (1956) from the University of Oregon.
Woodcock was an associate professor and then research professor of special education at George Peabody College for Teachers from 1963 to 1968. During that time, he was a senior scientist in the Institute on Mental Retardation and Intellectual Development, an influential research institute that became a part of the John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Education and Human Development when it was founded in 1965. From 1965 to 1968, he directed the Center's research group on sensori-motor disorders and adaptive behavior. He is currently a Kennedy Center visiting scholar.
Woodcock left Peabody College in 1968 to become editor and director of research for the American Guidance Service, Inc. (1968-72). From 1970 to 1974 he was adjunct professor of special education at the University of Minnesota; vice-chair, board of governors, National Forum Foundation for American Education (1971-73); and since 1972 to present has been director of Measurement/Learning/Consultants. In 1974-75 he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Woodcock has been a visiting scholar in special education and rehabilitation at the University of Arizona (1985-88) and in Psychology at the University of Southern California (1988-92). He was research professor of psychology at the University of Virginia (1993-1998).
Woodcock received the 1993 Senior Scientist Award of the American Psychological Association, Division 16, in recognition of a career of scientific contributions to school psychology. He has published more than 135 professional books and articles.