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Peter Wyman, Ph.D.

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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.



| Connecticut College

MA | Univ. of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

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)

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Clinical Trials

Testing Peer-led Network Intervention to Prevent Adolescent Vaping

Lead Researcher: Peter Wyman

Rates of adolescent vaping are increasing rapidly. Current high school student use of electronic vaping products (EVPs) rose from 1.5% in 2011 to 20.8% in 2018 - an increase from 220,000 to 3.05 million adolescent users. Effective, school-based interventions are urgently needed to protect adolescents from initiating or continuing use of electronic vaping products (EVPs). This study leverages a state-supported prevention initiative to test the effectiveness of a promising intervention that trains 8th-9th grade student peer leaders to deliver school-wide vaping prevention campaigns with ongoing adult mentoring. If study hypotheses are supported, the study will provide the first evidence of a school-based preventive intervention that reduces adolescent vaping behaviors, as well as insight into how peer communications can be harnessed to prevent vaping.

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Journal Articles

Espelage DL, Rulison KL, Ingram KM, Valido A, Schmeelk-Cone K, Wyman PA. "Social Networks of Adolescent Sexual Violence Perpetrators: Peer Friendship and Trusted Adult Characteristics." Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research.. 2021 Sep 3; Epub 2021 Sep 03.

Wyman PA, Pickering TA, Pisani AR, Rulison K, Schmeelk-Cone K, Hartley C, Gould M, Caine ED, LoMurray M, Brown CH, Valente TW. "Peer-adult network structure and suicide attempts in 38 high schools: implications for network-informed suicide prevention." Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines.. 2019 Oct 0; 60(10):1065-1075. Epub 2019 Aug 08.

Glenn CR, Kleiman EM, Kellerman J, Pollak O, Cha CB, Esposito EC, Porter AC, Wyman PA, Boatman AE. "Annual Research Review: A meta-analytic review of worldwide suicide rates in adolescents." Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines.. 2019 Aug 1; Epub 2019 Aug 01.

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