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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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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 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.



MRC | Algonquin College
Mental Retardation Counseling

BA | Carleton University

MA | Carleton University
Psychology, All Other

PhD | Ohio University

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

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

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


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

2018 - 2021
Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Award

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

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

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

Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Psychiatry

Emerald Literati Network 2012 Award

2011 - 2013
NIMH Implementation Research Institute Fellowship

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

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

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

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

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

Donald Clippinger Research Fellowship Award
Sponsor: Ohio University

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

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

Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement
Sponsor: Carleton University

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

Carleton University Scholar
Sponsor: Carleton University

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Journal Articles

Cross WF, West JC, Pisani AR, Crean HF, Nielsen JL, Kay AH, Caine ED. "A randomized controlled trial of suicide prevention training for primary care providers: a study protocol." BMC medical education.. 2019 Feb 14; 19(1):58. Epub 2019 Feb 14.

Iovine-Wong PE, Nichols-Hadeed C, Thompson Stone J, Gamble S, Cross W, Cerulli C, Levandowski BA. "Intimate Partner Violence, Suicide, and Their Overlapping Risk in Women Veterans: A Review of the Literature." Military medicine.. 2019 Jan 24; Epub 2019 Jan 24.

Caine ED, Cross WF. "What Would It Take to Prepare Health Care Professionals to Work With Suicidal Persons?" American journal of public health.. 2018 Jun 0; 108(6):717-718.

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