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Wendi F. Cross, Ph.D.

Wendi F. Cross, Ph.D.

About Me

Professional Background

Dr. Cross is a member of the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and in Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She is a clinical psychologist, educator and researcher. She is also an Education Specialist /Researcher at the VA's VISN 2 (Center of Excellence for Suicide Preventi...
Dr. Cross is a member of the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and in Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She is a clinical psychologist, educator and researcher. She is also an Education Specialist /Researcher at the VA's VISN 2 (Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention, Canandaigua, NY) and the Director of the Education Core in the UR Health Lab where she collaborates on development and evaluation of technology-driven healthcare interventions such as VR and apps to improve patients’ experience. Dr. Cross completed a NIMH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) which focused on developing and testing models, methods and measures for training individuals charged with carrying forth a variety of evidence-based interventions into community settings. She is a graduate of the NIMH-supported Implementation Research Institute Fellowship, and her implementation science work has crosscut numerous interventions and practices. She is a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Awardee as part of a team that focused on building a “digital web” to meet the behavioral health needs of rural communities. She recently completed training in User-Centered Design during which she consulted to healthcare design companies and led a customer insight team for a UR project. Dr. Cross has published widely and collaborates with investigators nationally and internationally on a variety of projects focused on training and transfer of training for impact in real world settings, community-based interventions and innovations in healthcare delivery. Dr. Cross directed the Clinical Psychology Training program in the Department of Psychiatry for over a decade and has received numerous awards for her teaching and mentorship.

Faculty Appointments

Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Psychiatry, Child & Adoles Serv (SMD)

Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Pediatrics, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (SMD) - Joint

Credentials

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

University of Rochester Medical Center,
Department of Psychiatry; Postdoctoral Fellow 1992 - 1994

Education

PhD | Ohio University. Psychology. 1993

MA | Carleton University. Psychology, All Other. 1986

BA | Carleton University. Psychology. 1984

MRC | Algonquin College. Mental Retardation Counseling. 1979

Awards

Eric D. Caine, MD Award for Outstanding Mentoring. 2019

Stephen W. Munson, MD Award for Excellence in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Teaching. 2018

Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Award. 2018 - 2021

Rita Underberg Award for Excellence in Teaching. 2017

Ray Babineau Award for Excellence in Psychotherapy Training, Department of Psychiatry. 2015

Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Psychiatry. 2014

Emerald Literati Network 2012 Award. 2012

NIMH Implementation Research Institute Fellowship. 2011 - 2013

Award for Outstanding Training in Group Psychotherapy. 2005

Award for Excellence in Teaching. 2003

Early Investigator Poster Award, Collier Research Day. 2003

Marjorie Harle Foundation Award for Education in Child/ Adolescent Psychiatry. 1998

Teaching Assistantship (merit based). 1989 - 1991

Donald Clippinger Research Fellowship Award. 1988

Teaching Assistantship (merit based). 1987

Best Student Paper. 1987

Medical Research Council Student Research Grant. 1985 - 1986

Ontario Graduate Scholar. 1985 - 1986

Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement. 1984

Carling O'Keefe Scholarship for Academic Achievement. 1982

Carleton University Scholar. 1982

Publications

Journal Articles

Brief video training for suicide prevention in veterans: A randomized controlled trial of VA S.A.V.E.

Teo AR, Hooker ER, Call AA, Dobscha SK, Gamble S, Cross WF, Rodgers C

Suicide & life-threatening behavior.. 2023 December 14 Epub 12/14/2023.

A Randomized Control Trial to Test Dissemination of an Online Suicide Prevention Training For Intimate Partner Violence Hotline Workers.

Cerulli C, Missell-Gray R, Harrington D, Thurston SW, Quinlan K, Jones KR, Cross WF

Journal of family violence.. 2023 March 25 :1-14. Epub 03/25/2023.

Development of the Pharm-SAVES educational module for gatekeeper suicide prevention training for community pharmacy staff.

Stover AN, Lavigne JE, Shook A, MacAllister C, Cross WF, Carpenter DM

Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy.. 2023 February 28 Epub 02/28/2023.

The rapid stabilization pathway: impact of a brief inpatient intervention on the length of stay and readmissions among psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents.

Sams DP, Garrison D, Walsh P, Maeng D, Cross W

Child and adolescent mental health.. 2023 January 9 Epub 01/09/2023.

A Randomized Control Trial to Test Dissemination of an Online Suicide Prevention Training For Intimate Partner Violence Hotline Workers

Cerulli, C., Missell-Gray, R., Harrington, D., Thurston, S. W., Quinlan, K., Jones, K. R., & Cross, W. F.

Journal of Family Violence. 2023; 1–14: Advance online publication.

The Use of Virtual Reality to Reduce Pain and Anxiety in Surgical Procedures of the Oral Cavity: A Scoping Review.

Martinez-Bernal D, Vidovich C, Keenan C, Correll L, Laserna A, Hasselberg M, Cross WF, Kolokytas A

Journal of oral and maxillofacial surgery : official journal of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.. 2022 December 23 Epub 12/23/2022.

Impact of mandatory COVID-19 shelter-in-place order on controlled substance use among rural versus urban communities in the United States.

Maeng D, Li Y, Lawrence M, Keane S, Cross W, Conner KR, Lee HB

The Journal of rural health : official journal of the American Rural Health Association and the National Rural Health Care Association.. 2022 June 16 Epub 06/16/2022.

Measurement of primary care providers' suicide prevention skills following didactic education.

Cross WF, West JC, Crean HF, Rosenberg E, LaVigne T, Caine ED

Suicide & life-threatening behavior.. 2022 January 17 Epub 01/17/2022.

Gatekeeper training needs of community pharmacy staff.

Carpenter DM, Roberts CA, Lavigne JE, Cross WF

Suicide & life-threatening behavior.. 2021 April 51 (2):220-228. Epub 1900 01 01.

Brief Video-Based Suicide Prevention Training for Primary Care.

Pisani AR, Cross WF, West JC, Crean HF, Caine ED

Family medicine.. 2021 February 53 (2):104-110. Epub 1900 01 01.

Gatekeeper training needs of community pharmacy staff.

Carpenter, D.M., Roberts, C.A., Lavigne, J.E. & Cross, W.F.

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 2021; : 220-228.

The Effectiveness of Active Learning Strategies in Gatekeeper Training on Behavioral Outcomes.

Godoy Garraza L, Kuiper N, Cross WF, Hicks B, Walrath C

Crisis.. 2020 November 26 :1-9. Epub 11/26/2020.

Taking the Long View in an Inpatient Medical Unit: A Person-Centered, Integrated Team Approach for Patients With Severe Mental Illnesses.

Wittink MN, Cross W, Goodman J, Jackson H, Lee HB, Olivares T, Maeng DD, Caine ED

Psychiatric services : a journal of the American Psychiatric Association.. 2020 May 4 :appips201900385. Epub 05/04/2020.

"Get Ready and Empowered About Treatment" (GREAT) Study: a Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial of Activation in Persons Living with HIV.

Carroll JK, Tobin JN, Luque A, Farah S, Sanders M, Cassells A, Fine SM, Cross W, Boyd M, Holder T, Thomas M, Overa CC, Fiscella K

Journal of general internal medicine.. 2019 September 34 (9):1782-1789. Epub 06/25/2019.

Brief CBT for insomnia delivered in primary care to patients endorsing suicidal ideation: a proof-of-concept randomized clinical trial.

Pigeon WR, Funderburk JS, Cross W, Bishop TM, Crean HF

Translational behavioral medicine.. 2019 July 4 Epub 07/04/2019.

A randomized controlled trial of suicide prevention training for primary care providers: a study protocol.

Cross WF, West JC, Pisani AR, Crean HF, Nielsen JL, Kay AH, Caine ED

BMC medical education.. 2019 February 1419 (1):58. Epub 02/14/2019.

Intimate Partner Violence, Suicide, and Their Overlapping Risk in Women Veterans: A Review of the Literature.

Iovine-Wong PE, Nichols-Hadeed C, Thompson Stone J, Gamble S, Cross W, Cerulli C, Levandowski BA

Military medicine.. 2019 January 24 Epub 01/24/2019.

What Would It Take to Prepare Health Care Professionals to Work With Suicidal Persons?

Caine ED, Cross WF

American journal of public health.. 2018 June 108 (6):717-718. Epub 1900 01 01.

Case study of an adaptation and implementation of a Diabetes Prevention Program for individuals with serious mental illness.

Quiñones MM, Lombard-Newell J, Sharp D, Way V, Cross W

Translational behavioral medicine.. 2018 March 18 (2):195-203. Epub 1900 01 01.

Postdoctoral training in health service psychology: Current perspectives in an evolving profession.

Silberbogen, A. K.; Aosved, A. C.; Cross, W. F.; Cox, D. R.; & Felleman, B. I.

Training and Education in Professional Psychology. 2018; 12(2): 66-73.

Trainer Fidelity as a Predictor of Crisis Counselors' Behaviors With Callers Who Express Suicidal Thoughts.

Cross WF, Chen T, Schmeelk-Cone K, Tu X, Kleinman M, Gould MS

Psychiatric services : a journal of the American Psychiatric Association.. 2017 October 168 (10):1083-1087. Epub 06/01/2017.

Concerns of Older Veteran Callers to the Veterans Crisis Line.

Rasmussen KA, King DA, Gould MS, Cross W, Tang W, Kaukeinen K, Tu X, Knox KL

Suicide & life-threatening behavior.. 2017 August 47 (4):387-397. Epub 12/09/2016.

Development and initial evaluation of a suicide prevention curriculum for domestic violence hotline workers.

Cross, W.F.; Crean, H.F.; Gould, M.S.; Campbell, J.; Amezcua, N.; Jones, K.R.; Thompson-Stone, J.; & Cerulli Catherine (2017).

Journal of Family Violence. 2017; .

Concerns of Older Veteran Callers to the Veterans Crisis Line.

Rasmussen, K. A.; King, D. A.; Gould, M. S.; Cross, W.; Tang, W.; & Knox, K. L.

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 2016; .

Activation of persons living with HIV for treatment, the great study.

Fiscella K, Boyd M, Brown J, Carroll J, Cassells A, Corales R, Cross W, El'Daher N, Farah S, Fine S, Fowler R, Hann A, Luque A, Rodriquez J, Sanders M, Tobin J

BMC public health.. 2015 October 1615 :1056. Epub 10/16/2015.

The mental health of children of migrant workers in Beijing: the protective role of public school attendance.

Gao Q, Li H, Zou H, Cross W, Bian R, Liu Y

Scandinavian journal of psychology.. 2015 August 56 (4):384-90. Epub 06/01/2015.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction for veterans exposed to military sexual trauma: rationale and implementation considerations.

Gallegos AM, Cross W, Pigeon WR

Military medicine.. 2015 June 180 (6):684-9. Epub 1900 01 01.

Observational measures of implementer fidelity for a school-based preventive intervention: development, reliability, and validity.

Cross W, West J, Wyman PA, Schmeelk-Cone K, Xia Y, Tu X, Teisl M, Brown CH, Forgatch M

Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research.. 2015 January 16 (1):122-32. Epub 1900 01 01.

Activation of persons living with HIV for treatment, the great study

Fiscella K; Boyd M; Brown J; Carroll J; Cassells A; Corales R; Cross W; El'Daher N; Farah S; Fine S; Fowler R; Hann A; Luque A; Rodriquez J; Sanders M; Tobin J.

BMC Public Health. 2015; 15(1): 1056.

Implementation assessment of widely used but understudied prevention programs: an illustration from the Common Sense Parenting trial.

Oats RG, Cross WF, Alex Mason W, Casey-Goldstein M, Thompson RW, Hanson K, Haggerty KP

Evaluation and program planning.. 2014 June 44 :89-97. Epub 02/14/2014.

Show Me, Don't Tell Me: Behavioral Rehearsal as a Training and Analogue Fidelity Tool.

Beidas RS, Cross W, Dorsey S

Cognitive and behavioral practice.. 2014 February 21 (1):1-11. Epub 1900 01 01.

Veterans' mental health: Personal and professional knowledge of and experience with suicide and suicide prevention among Veteran stakeholders in community and clinical practice

Matthieu, M.M.; Gardiner, G.; Ziegemeier, E.; Buxtor, M.; Han, L.; Cross, W.

Social Work and Mental Health. 2014; .

Measuring trainer fidelity in the transfer of suicide prevention training.

Cross WF, Pisani AR, Schmeelk-Cone K, Xia Y, Tu X, McMahon M, Munfakh JL, Gould MS

Crisis.. 2014 35 (3):202-12. Epub 1900 01 01.

Personal and Professional Knowledge of and Experience With Suicide and Suicide Prevention Among Stakeholders in Clinical and Community Practice.

Matthieu MM, Gardiner G, Ziegemeier E, Buxton M, Han L, Cross W

Social work in mental health.. 2014 12 (5-6):443-456. Epub 05/30/2014.

Impact of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Gould MS, Cross W, Pisani AR, Munfakh JL, Kleinman M

Suicide & life-threatening behavior.. 2013 December 43 (6):676-91. Epub 07/25/2013.

Impact of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) on national suicide prevention Lifeline counselor interventions and suicidal caller outcomes

Gould, M.S.; Cross, W.; Pisani, A.R.; Munkfakh, J.L.; Kleinman, M.

Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviors. 2013; 43(6): 676-691.

Show Me, Don't Tell Me: Behavioral Rehearsal as a Training and Analogue Fidelity Tool

Beidas, R.S.; Cross, W.; Dorsey, S.

Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. 2013; 21(1): 1-11.

Evaluation of the "Commitment to Living" (CTL) Curriculum, a 3-hour Training to Address Suicide Risk

Pisani, A., Cross, W., Watts, A., & Conner, K. R.

Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. 2012; 33(1): 30-38.

Modeling Count outcomes from HIV risk reduction interventions: a comparison of competing statistical models for count responses

Xia, Y.; Morrison-Beedy, D.; Ma, J.; Feng, C.; Cross, W.; Tu, X.

AIDS Research and Treatment. 2012; : 1-11.

Evaluation of the Commitment to Living (CTL) Curriculum: A 3-hour training for mental health professionals to address suicide risk

Pisani, A.R.; Cross, W.; Watts, A.; Conner, K.

Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. 2012; 33(1): 30-38.

Modeling Count Outcomes from HIV Risk Reduction Interventions: A Comparison of Competing Statistical Models for Count Responses.

Xia Y, Morrison-Beedy D, Ma J, Feng C, Cross W, Tu X

AIDS research and treatment.. 2012 2012 :593569. Epub 03/25/2012.

Does practice make perfect? A randomized control trial of behavioral rehearsal on suicide prevention gatekeeper skills.

Cross WF, Seaburn D, Gibbs D, Schmeelk-Cone K, White AM, Caine ED

The journal of primary prevention.. 2011 August 32 (3-4):195-211. Epub 1900 01 01.

The assessment and management of suicide risk: state of workshop education.

Pisani AR, Cross WF, Gould MS

Suicide & life-threatening behavior.. 2011 June 41 (3):255-76. Epub 04/07/2011.

Examining implementer fidelity: Conceptualizing and measuring adherence and competence.

Cross, W. & West, J.

Journal of Children's Services. 2011; 6(1): 18-33.

Observational measures of implementer fidelity for a school-based preventive intervention: Development, reliability and validity.

Cross, W.; West, J.; Wyman, P.; Schmeelk-Cone, K.; Xia, Y.; Tu., X; Teisl, M.; Brown, C.H.; Forgatch, M.

Prevention Science. 2011; 6(1): 18-33.

Predicting dissemination of a disaster mental health "Train-the-Trainer" program.

Cross W, Cerulli C, Richards H, He H, Herrmann J

Disaster medicine and public health preparedness.. 2010 December 4 (4):339-43. Epub 06/29/2010.

Intervention to strengthen emotional self-regulation in children with emerging mental health problems: proximal impact on school behavior.

Wyman PA, Cross W, Hendricks Brown C, Yu Q, Tu X, Eberly S

Journal of abnormal child psychology.. 2010 July 38 (5):707-20. Epub 1900 01 01.

Does a brief suicide prevention gatekeeper training program enhance observed skills?

Cross W, Matthieu MM, Lezine D, Knox KL

Crisis.. 2010 31 (3):149-59. Epub 1900 01 01.

Emotional triggers and psychopathology associated with suicidal ideation in urban children with elevated aggressive-disruptive behavior.

Wyman PA, Gaudieri PA, Schmeelk-Cone K, Cross W, Brown CH, Sworts L, West J, Burke KC, Nathan J

Journal of abnormal child psychology.. 2009 October 37 (7):917-28. Epub 1900 01 01.

The associations between psychosocial stress and the frequency of illness, and innate and adaptive immune function in children.

Caserta MT, O'Connor TG, Wyman PA, Wang H, Moynihan J, Cross W, Tu X, Jin X

Brain, behavior, and immunity.. 2008 August 22 (6):933-40. Epub 03/04/2008.

Randomized trial of a gatekeeper program for suicide prevention: 1-year impact on secondary school staff.

Wyman PA, Brown CH, Inman J, Cross W, Schmeelk-Cone K, Guo J, Pena JB

Journal of consulting and clinical psychology.. 2008 February 76 (1):104-15. Epub 1900 01 01.

Evaluation of gatekeeper training for suicide prevention in veterans.

Matthieu MM, Cross W, Batres AR, Flora CM, Knox KL

Archives of suicide research : official journal of the International Academy for Suicide Research.. 2008 12 (2):148-54. Epub 1900 01 01.

Proximate outcomes of gatekeeper training for suicide prevention in the workplace.

Cross W, Matthieu MM, Cerel J, Knox KL

Suicide & life-threatening behavior.. 2007 December 37 (6):659-70. Epub 1900 01 01.

Association of family stress with natural killer cell activity and the frequency of illnesses in children.

Wyman PA, Moynihan J, Eberly S, Cox C, Cross W, Jin X, Caserta MT

Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine.. 2007 March 161 (3):228-34. Epub 1900 01 01.

The role of behavior observation in measurement systems for randomized prevention trials.

Snyder J, Reid J, Stoolmiller M, Howe G, Brown H, Dagne G, Cross W

Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research.. 2006 March 7 (1):43-56. Epub 1900 01 01.

On research considerations.

Cross W

International journal of group psychotherapy. 2005 July 55 (3):455-63. Epub 1900 01 01.

Translating Research on Resilience Into School-Based Prevention: Program Components and Preliminary Outcomes From The Promoting Resilient Children Initiative

Wyman, P.A.; Cross, W.; Barry, J.

Community Planning to Foster Resilience in Children. 2004; .

Primary process and peer consultation: an experiential model to work through countertransference.

Markus HE, Cross WF, Halewski PG, Quallo H, Smith S, Sullivan M, Sullivan P, Tantillo M

International journal of group psychotherapy. 2003 January 53 (1):19-37. Epub 1900 01 01.

A Personal History of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Parenting Patterns and Problems.

Cross, W.

Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2001; : 563-574.

The Effects of Imagery Vividness and Receptivity on Skill Training For The Enhancement in Hypnotic Susceptibility.

Cross, W. F.; & Spanos, N. P.

Imagination, Cognition and Personality. 1989; : 89-103.

Long-term Effects of Cognitive Skills Training For The Enhancement of Hypnotic Susceptibility.

Spanos, N. P.; Cross, W. F.; Menary, E.; & Smith, J.

British Journal of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis. 1988; : 73-78.

A measure of attitudes toward hypnosis: relationships with absorption and hypnotic susceptibility.

Spanos NP, Brett PJ, Menary EP, Cross WP

The American journal of clinical hypnosis.. 1987 October 30 (2):139-50. Epub 1900 01 01.

Expectancy, redefinition and reported pain.

Spanos NP, Cross WP, Watson E

Perceptual and motor skills.. 1987 April 64 (2):355-8. Epub 1900 01 01.

Failure of posthypnotic responding to occur outside the experimental setting.

Spanos NP, Menary E, Brett PJ, Cross W, Ahmed Q

Journal of abnormal psychology.. 1987 February 96 (1):52-7. Epub 1900 01 01.

Measuring resistance to hypnosis and its relationship to hypnotic susceptibility.

Spanos NP, Cross WP, De Groh MM

Psychological reports.. 1987 February 60 (1):67-70. Epub 1900 01 01.

Attitudinal and Imaginal Ability Predictors of Social Cognitive Skill-Training Enhancement in Hypnotic Susceptibility.

Spanos, N. P.; Cross, W. F.; Menary, E.; Brett, P. J.; & de Groh, M.

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 1987; : 379-398.

Glossolalia as learned behavior: an experimental demonstration.

Spanos NP, Cross WP, Lepage M, Coristine M

Journal of abnormal psychology.. 1986 February 95 (1):21-3. Epub 1900 01 01.

Postdoctoral training in health service psychology: Current perspectives in an evolving profession

Silberbogen, A. K.; Aosved, A. C.; Cross, W. F.; Cox, D. R.; & Felleman, B. I.

Training and Education in Professional Psychology. 12(2): 66-73.

Pose-based Body Language Recognition for Emotion and Psychiatric Symptom Interpretation

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Books

Community Planning to Foster Resilience in Children (2004)

Chapter: Translating research on resilience into school-based prevention: Program components and preliminary outcomes from the Promoting Resilient Children Initiative (PRCI)

Authors: Wyman, P.A., Cross, W., & Barry, J.

Publisher: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2004