Skip to main content

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Visitor Restrictions, Resources, and Updates

Explore URMC

Peter Wyman, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 276-3000

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments


Professional Background

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.



BA | Columbia University

MA | University of Rochester

PhD | University of Rochester

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/01/1986 - 06/30/1988
Fellowship in Psychology at University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry


Distinction for Ph.D. Comprehensive Examinations, University of Rochester

1982 - 1983
NIMH Research Fellowship (merit-based)

Magna Cum Laude, Columbia College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Cleveland Foundation Research Award (merit based)

VIEW ALL expand_more


Journal Articles

Pisani AR, Wyman PA, Gurditta K, Schmeelk-Cone K, Anderson CL, Judd E. "Mobile Phone Intervention to Reduce Youth Suicide in Rural Communities: Field Test." JMIR mental health.. 2018 May 31; 5(2):e10425. Epub 2018 May 31.

Pickering TA, Wyman PA, Schmeelk-Cone K, Hartley C, Valente TW, Pisani AR, Rulison KL, Brown CH, LoMurray M. "Diffusion of a Peer-Led Suicide Preventive Intervention Through School-Based Student Peer and Adult Networks." Frontiers in psychiatry.. 2018 9:598. Epub 2018 Nov 15.

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 0; 17(6):765-78.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Translating research on resilience into school-based prevention: Program components and preliminary outcomes from the Promoting Resilient Children Initiative (PRCI).
Book Title: Community Planning to Foster Resilience in Children
Author List: Wyman, P.A., *Cross, W.C., & Barry, J
Published By: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. 2004 in New York

Chapter Title: Emerging perspectives on context-specificity of children's adaptation and resilience: Evidence from a decade of research with urban children in adversity.
Book Title: In S. Luthar (Ed.), Resilience and vulnerability: Adaptation in the context of
Author List: Wyman, P.A.
Published By: Cambridge University Press. 2003 in New York

Chapter Title: A partnership between a school prevention program and state office of mental health: Towards a sustainable prevention-treatment continuum.
Book Title: In Prevention-treatment continuum in the public mental health system.
Author List: Wyman, P. A. and *Cross, W
Published By: Center for Mental Health Services (SAMHSA). 2002 in Washington, DC