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Wendi F. Cross, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-2005

Fax: (585) 276-2292

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Biography

Professional Background

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 Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide. Dr. Cross directs Psychiatry’s Implementation, Dissemination, Evaluation and Analysis (IDEA) Core and co-directs the Laboratory for Behavioral Health Skills, an innovative state-of-the-art education resource. She is also faculty in the UR Health Lab where she collaborates on development and evaluation of technology-based behavioral health interventions. 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. 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 measurement for Common Sense Parenting, the Rochester Resilience Project, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia, and group-based HIV prevention interventions. Dr. Cross is a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Awardee (RWJCS; 2018-2021) as part of a team that focuses on building a “digital web” to meet the behavioral health needs of rural communities.

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 numerous awards for her teaching and mentorship. Dr. Cross also has a small practice that focuses primarily on children with Selective Mutism.

Credentials

Education

1993
PhD | Ohio University
Psychology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/01/1992 - 06/30/1994
Fellowship in Psychology at University of Rochester Medical Center

09/01/1991 - 06/30/1992
Internship in Psychology at University of Rochester Medical Center

Awards

2019
Eric D. Caine, MD Award for Outstanding Mentoring
Location: Dept of Psychiatry, URMC

2018 - 2021
Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Award

2018
Stephen W. Munson, MD Award for Excellence in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Teaching
Sponsor: presented by Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows
Location: Department of Psychiatry, URMC, Rochester, NY

2017
Rita Underberg Award for Excellence in Teaching
Location: Department of Psychiatry, URMC

2015
Ray Babineau Award for Excellence in Psychotherapy Training, Department of Psychiatry

2014
Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Psychiatry

2012
Emerald Literati Network 2012 Award

2011 - 2013
NIMH Implementation Research Institute Fellowship

2005
Award for Outstanding Training in Group Psychotherapy
Sponsor: American Group Psychotherapy Association

2003
Early Investigator Poster Award, Collier Research Day
Sponsor: Department of Psychiatry, URMC

2003
Award for Excellence in Teaching
Sponsor: Department of Psychiatry, URMC

1998
Marjorie Harle Foundation Award for Education in Child/ Adolescent Psychiatry
Sponsor: URMC

1989 - 1991
Teaching Assistantship (merit based)
Sponsor: Ohio University

1988
Donald Clippinger Research Fellowship Award
Sponsor: Ohio University

1987
Best Student Paper
Sponsor: APA Division 30 (Psychological Hypnosis)

1987
Teaching Assistantship (merit based)
Sponsor: Ohio University

1985 - 1986
Ontario Graduate Scholar
Sponsor: Ontario Provincial Government

1985 - 1986
Medical Research Council Student Research Grant
Sponsor: Medical Research Council, Federal Government

1984
Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement
Sponsor: Carleton University

1982
Carling O'Keefe Scholarship for Academic Achievement
Sponsor: Carling O'Keefe, Ottawa

1982
Carleton University Scholar
Sponsor: Carleton University

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Publications

Journal Articles

5/4/2020
Wittink MN, Cross W, Goodman J, Jackson H, Lee HB, Olivares T, Maeng DD, Caine ED. "Taking the Long View in an Inpatient Medical Unit: A Person-Centered, Integrated Team Approach for Patients With Severe Mental Illnesses." Psychiatric services : a journal of the American Psychiatric Association.. 2020 May 4; :appips201900385. Epub 2020 May 04.

9/2019
Carroll JK, Tobin JN, Luque A, Farah S, Sanders M, Cassells A, Fine SM, Cross W, Boyd M, Holder T, Thomas M, Overa CC, Fiscella K. ""Get Ready and Empowered About Treatment" (GREAT) Study: a Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial of Activation in Persons Living with HIV." Journal of general internal medicine.. 2019 Sep 0; 34(9):1782-1789. Epub 2019 Jun 25.

7/4/2019
Pigeon WR, Funderburk JS, Cross W, Bishop TM, Crean HF. "Brief CBT for insomnia delivered in primary care to patients endorsing suicidal ideation: a proof-of-concept randomized clinical trial." Translational behavioral medicine.. 2019 Jul 4; Epub 2019 Jul 04.

Books & Chapters

2004
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., & Barry, J.
Edited By: M.Weist & C. Clauss-Ehlers
Published By: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers 2004 in New York

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