Peter A. Wyman, Ph.D.

Peter A. Wyman, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCH
Rochester, NY 14642

Professional Bio

Peter A. Wyman, PhD., is Professor and Director of the School and Community-Based Prevention Laboratory (Department of Psychiatry), University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Wyman develops and tests interventions that prevent mental, emotional and behavioral problems, focused on underserved youth populations. Since 2006, Wyman has led randomized trials of Sources of Strength, a universal, school-based suicide prevention program preparing adolescent key opinion leaders to disseminate through their natural social networks practices that enhance adaptive social ties and healthy coping (NIH-NIMH funded).

Wyman's research group is currently developing and testing other key opinion leader interventions focused on preventing substance use initiation among early adolescents and suicidal behavior among military personnel (Department of Defense funded). Another interest is on methods for testing community based prevention programs that address scientific needs and community needs to address sensitive and pressing problems such as youth suicide. Wyman was an expert panelist for the National Institute of Mental Health-National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention in 2013, has served on the scientific advisory board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention since 2005, and is faculty on the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide (ICRC-S) funded by the CDC (E Caine, PI). In 2012 Wyman received the Excellence in Suicide Prevention Award from the Suicide Prevention Center of New York State.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Distinction for Ph.D. Comprehensive Examinations, University of Rochester 1985
NIMH Research Fellowship (merit-based) 1982 - 1983
Magna Cum Laude, Columbia College, Columbia University, New York, NY 1982
Cleveland Foundation Research Award (merit based) 1979

Recent Journal Articles

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2016 Aug
Pisani AR, Wyman PA, Mohr DC, Perrino T, Gallo C, Villamar J, Kendziora K, Howe GW, Sloboda Z, Brown CH. "Human Subjects Protection and Technology in Prevention Science: Selected Opportunities and Challenges." Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research. 2016 Aug; 17(6):765-78.
2016 Jul 26
Calear AL, Brewer JL, Batterham PJ, Mackinnon A, Wyman PA, LoMurray M, Shand F, Kazan D, Christensen H. "The Sources of Strength Australia Project: study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial." Trials. 2016 Jul 26; 17(1):349. Epub 2016 Jul 26.
2016 Apr
Wilcox HC, Wyman PA. "Suicide Prevention Strategies for Improving Population Health." Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America. 2016 Apr; 25(2):219-33. Epub 2016 Jan 22.
2015 Dec
Petrova M, Wyman PA, Schmeelk-Cone K, Pisani AR. "Positive-Themed Suicide Prevention Messages Delivered by Adolescent Peer Leaders: Proximal Impact on Classmates' Coping Attitudes and Perceptions of Adult Support." Suicide & life-threatening behavior. 2015 Dec; 45(6):651-63. Epub 2015 Feb 18.
2015 Oct
Wyman PA, Henry D, Knoblauch S, Brown CH. "Designs for Testing Group-Based Interventions with Limited Numbers of Social Units: The Dynamic Wait-Listed and Regression Point Displacement Designs." Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research. 2015 Oct; 16(7):956-66.

Current Appointments

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


PhD | Psychology | University of Rochester1987
MA | Psychology | University of Rochester1984
BA | Psychology | Columbia University1982

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Psychology at University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry09/01/1986 - 06/30/1988