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Peter Wyman, Ph.D.

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Appointment: (585) 276-3000

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Professional Background

Peter A. Wyman, PhD, is Professor, Director of the Network Health and Prevention Program, and Co-Director of the Center for Study and Prevention Suicide. Wyman’s work uses natural social networks to deliver interventions to prevent suicide, depression, and substance use. Dr. Wyman and his team developed the Connect Program suite of interventions. This interactive group training for members of a natural network builds group social bonds and shared healthy norms to sustain intervention impact. Connect Programs are currently being implemented in the US Air Force (Wingman-Connect), workplace (Police-Connect), and community settings (HAVEN-Connect in predominantly Black churches).

Dr. Wyman’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wyman c0-chaired the New York State Governor’s Task Force on Suicide (2017-2019) and is a member of the Community Prevention Services Task Force (CPSTF), an independent advisory group appointed by the CDC Director.

Dr. Wyman is a graduate of Columbia University and received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester.



MA | University of Rochester School of Medicine/Dentistry

BS | University of Rochester
Clinical Psychology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

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


Action Partner Award, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Excellence in Suicide Prevention Award, Suicide Prevention Center of New York State

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

Cero I, De Choudhury M, Wyman PA. "Social network structure as a suicide prevention target." Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology.. 2023 Jun 21; Epub 2023 Jun 21.

Choe SY, Lengua LJ, McFall JP, Wyman PA. "Adolescents' Comfort in Disclosing to Caregivers Predicts Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Directly and Indirectly Through Difficulties in Emotion Regulation." Journal of youth and adolescence.. 2023 May 13; Epub 2023 May 13.

Cero I, Wyman PA, Chattopadhyay I, Gibbons RD. "Predictive equity in suicide risk screening." Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.. 2023 Mar 29; Epub 2023 Mar 29.