Wendi F. Cross, Ph.D.

Wendi F. Cross, Ph.D.

Contact Information

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

Office: (585) 275-2005
Fax: (585) 276-2292

Professional Bio

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, the Director of Clinical Psychology Training, an Education Specialist /Researcher at the VA's VISN 2 (Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention, Canandaigua, NY), and an investigator in the Injury Control Research Center for Preventing Suicide (ICRC-S), a CDC-funded center. The ICRC-S is a collaboration between the Center for the Study and Prevention of suicide at the URMC and the Center for the Study and Prevention of Injury, Violence and Suicide at the Education Development Center (EDC). Dr. Cross completed an 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. Since then she founded the Observational Research and Behavioral Information Technology Laboratory (ORBIT) which she directs along with Mr. Steve Fasone. ORBIT supports research involving media and audio-visual stimuli and observational data, including measuring fidelity and demonstrated skills. Dr. Cross is a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She is also a graduate of the NIMH-supported Implementation Research Institute (2011-2013 fellow) and her implementation science work crosscuts numerous interventions and practices. She is PI on several grants, has published widely and collaborates with investigators nationally and internationally on a variety of projects focused on training and transfer of training including: the impact of variations in implementer training on crisis lines for suicide prevention, development and evaluation of suicide prevention training for domestic violence crisis line workers, assessing impact of the Veteran's Crisis Line, fidelity ratings for Problem Solving Therapy (PST), Common Sense Parenting, the Rochester Resilience Project, and group-based HIV prevention interventions.

In addition to her research and scholarly work, Dr. Cross is the Director of Clinical Psychology Training and core teaching faculty in the Department. She has received awards for her teaching and she mentors others (i.e., Dean's Teaching Scholars) on projects involving innovations in education. Dr. Cross also has a small practice that focuses primarily on children with Selective Mutism.

Awards & Honors (National)

Emerald Literati Network 2012 Award 2012
Highly Commended Paper Award Winner 2011
NIMH Implementation Research Institute Fellowship 2011 - 2013
Award for Outstanding Training in Group Psychotherapy | American Group Psychotherapy Association 2005
Medical Research Council Student Research Grant | Medical Research Council, Federal Government 1985 - 1986

Awards & Honors (Local)

Ray Babineau Award for Excellence in Psychotherapy Training, Department of Psychiatry 2015
Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Psychiatry 2014
Award for Excellence in Teaching | Department of Psychiatry, URMC 2003
Early Investigator Poster Award, Collier Research Day | Department of Psychiatry, URMC 2003
Marjorie Harle Foundation Award for Education in Child/ Adolescent Psychiatry | URMC 1998
Teaching Assistantship (merit based) | Ohio University 1989 - 1991
Donald Clippinger Research Fellowship Award | Ohio University 1988
Teaching Assistantship (merit based) | Ohio University 1987
Best Student Paper | APA Division 30 (Psychological Hypnosis) 1987
Ontario Graduate Scholar | Ontario Provincial Government 1985 - 1986
Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement | Carleton University 1984
Carling O'Keefe Scholarship for Academic Achievement | Carling O'Keefe, Ottawa 1982
Carleton University Scholar | Carleton University 1982

Recent Journal Articles

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2015 Aug
Gao Q, Li H, Zou H, Cross W, Bian R, Liu Y. "The mental health of children of migrant workers in Beijing: the protective role of public school attendance." Scandinavian journal of psychology. 2015 Aug; 56(4):384-90. Epub 2015 Jun 01.
2015 Jun
Gallegos AM, Cross W, Pigeon WR. "Mindfulness-based stress reduction for veterans exposed to military sexual trauma: rationale and implementation considerations." Military medicine. 2015 Jun; 180(6):684-9.
2015 Jan
Cross W, West J, Wyman PA, Schmeelk-Cone K, Xia Y, Tu X, Teisl M, Brown CH, Forgatch M. "Observational measures of implementer fidelity for a school-based preventive intervention: development, reliability, and validity." Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research. 2015 Jan; 16(1):122-32.
2014 Jun
Oats RG, Cross WF, Alex Mason W, Casey-Goldstein M, Thompson RW, Hanson K, Haggerty KP. "Implementation assessment of widely used but understudied prevention programs: an illustration from the Common Sense Parenting trial." Evaluation and program planning. 2014 Jun; 44:89-97. Epub 2014 Feb 14.
Cross WF, Pisani AR, Schmeelk-Cone K, Xia Y, Tu X, McMahon M, Munfakh JL, Gould MS. "Measuring trainer fidelity in the transfer of suicide prevention training." Crisis. 2014 35(3):202-12.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Child & Adoles Serv (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Department of Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (SMD)


PhD | Psychology | Ohio University1993
MA | Psychology, All Other | Carleton University1986
BA | Psychology | Carleton University1984
MRC | Mental Retardation Counseling | Algonquin College1979

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Psychology at University of Rochester School of Nursing09/01/1992 - 06/30/1994
Internship in Psychology at University of Rochester School of Nursing09/01/1991 - 06/30/1992