David L. Wyrick, Ph.D.,

David L. Wyrick, Ph.D.,


Founding Director and Chief Prevention Officer of the Center for Athlete Well-being

Director of Innovation, UNC Greensboro

Dr. Wyrick is the Director of the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness, Associate Professor of Public Health Education and Faculty Athletic Representative at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He is a former NCAA dual sport student-athlete (Basketball & Track and Field; Elon University) which strengthens his passion for promoting health and wellness among athletes. As a prevention scientist, David has extensive experience in research, evaluation, and educational methodologies related to alcohol and other drug prevention and mental health promotion. David has received multiple awards from the National Institute on Health and has over 25 peer reviewed publications. David loves traveling with his wife Cheryl and three daughters Katherine, Caroline and Elizabeth.


  • Egan, K.L., Wolfson, M., Perko, M., Wyrick, D.L., Strack, R.W., & Francisco, V. (In Press). Disposal of prescription drugs by parents of elementary, middle, and high school students. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse.
  • Kroshus, E., Wagner, J., Wyrick, D.L., Athey, A., Bell, L., Benjamin, H., Grandner, M., Kline, C.E., Mohler, J., Prichard, J.R., Watson, N.F. & Hainline, B. (In Press). Sleep and collegiate athletes: narrative review and consensus recommendations. British Journal of Sports Medicine.
  • Kroshus, E., Wagner, J., Wyrick, D.L. & Hainline, B. (In Press). Pre-post evaluation of the “Supporting Student-Athlete Mental Wellness” module for college coaches. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology.
  • Longo, L.M., Martin, J.L., Zamboanga, B.L., Milroy, J.J., & Wyrick, D.L. (In Press). Gender and ethnic differences in heavy drinking and protective behavioral strategies among student-athletes. Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Abuse.
  • Zamboanga, B. L., Merrill, J. E., Olthuis, J. V., Milroy, J. L., Sokolovsky, A. W., & Wyrick, D. L. (2019). Secondary effects of myPlaybook on college athletes’ avoidance of drinking games or pregaming as a protective behavior strategy: A multisite randomized controlled study. Social Science and Medicine.
  • Egan, K.L., Dudley, W.N., Wolfson, M., Francisco, V.T., Strack, R.W., Wyrick, D.L., & Perko, M.A. (2018). Diffusion of medication drop-boxes in North Carolina from 2007 to 2016. Addictive Behaviors.
  • Milroy, J.J., Hebard S., Kroshus, E., & Wyrick, D.L. (2018). Sport-related Concussion Reporting and Coach-Athlete Attachment Among Collegiate Student-Athletes. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology. DOI: 10.1123/jcsp.2017-0029
  • Christine Kugler, K., Tanner, A., Wyrick, D., Milroy, J., Chambers, B., Ma, A., & Collins, L. (2017). 2526: Using the multiphase optimization strategy to engineer an optimized STI preventive intervention among college students. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, 1(S1), 82-82. doi:10.1017/cts.2017.289
  • Orsini, M.M., Milroy, J.M., Wyrick, D.L., & Sanders, L. (2017). Polysubstance use among first-year NCAA collegiate student-athletes. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse.
  • Massengale, K. E. C., Ma, A., Rulison, K., Milroy, J. & Wyrick, D.L. (2017). Perceived norms and alcohol use among first-year college student-athletes' different types of friends. Journal of American College Health, 65(1) 32-40. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2016.1233557
  • Wyrick, D.L., Milroy, J.J., Reifsteck, E.J., Fearnow-Kenney, M., & Dudley, W.N. (2016). Investigating risk factors predictive of problem outcomes experienced by first year drinking and non-drinking collegiate student-athletes. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education. 60(3), 22-41.
  • Egan, K., Erausquin, J., Milroy, J.J., Wyrick, D.L. (2016). Synthetic cannabinoid use and descriptive norms among collegiate student-athletes. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Vol 48(3).
  • Rulison, K.L., Wahesh, E., Wyrick, D.L., DeJong, W. (2016). Parental influence on drinking behaviors at the transition to college: The mediating role of perceived friends’ approval of high risk drinking. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Vol 77(4). Fearnow-Kenney, M., Wyrick, D. L., Milroy, J. J., Reifsteck, E., Kelly, S.E., Day, T.F. (2016). The Effect of a Web-Based Alcohol Prevention Program on Social Norms, Expectancies, and Intentions to Prevent Harm among College Student-Athletes. The Sport Psychologist, Vol 30, pp. 113-122.
  • Lewis, T., Wyrick, D.L., Milroy, J.J., Wachtel, K., Hebard, S. (2016). Binge and non- binge- drinking student-athletes: The Role of Proximal Norms, Negative Expectancies, and Selected Socio-Demographic Variables. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, Vol 26(2). DOI: 10.1080/1067828X.2016.1222978
  • Strack, R.W., Orsini, M.M., Fearnow-Kenney, M.D., Herget, J., Milroy, J.J., Wyrick, D.L. (2015). Developing a web-based tool using information and communication technologies to expand the reach and impact of Photovoice. American Journal of Health Education, 46(4).
  • Milroy, J.J., Orsini, M.M., Wyrick, D.L., Fearnow-Kenney, M., Kelly, S., & Burley, J. (2015). A National Study of the Reasons for Use and Non-Use of Alcohol, Among College Student-Athletes by Sex, Race, and NCAA Division. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 59(1).
  • Milroy J.J., Orsini M.M., Wyrick D.L., Fearnow-Kenney M., Wagoner K.G., Caldwell R. (2015). Implementing an Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention Program Using University-High School Partnerships: Challenges and Lessons Learned. American Journal of Health Education, 46, 1-4.
  • Wahesh, E., Lewis, T., Wyrick, D.L., Borders, D., Ackerman, T. (2015). Perceived Norms, Outcome Expectancies, and Collegiate Drinking: Examining the Mediating Role of Drinking Motives. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 36(2). Dingman, D. A., Schulz, M. R., Wyrick, D. L., Bibeau, D. L., & Gupta, S. N. (2014). Factors Related to the Number of Fast Food Meals Obtained by College Meal Plan Students. Journal of American College Health, 62(8), 562-569. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2014.945456
  • Dingman, D. Schulz, M., Wyrick, D.L., Bibeau, D.L., Gupta, S. (2015). Does Providing Nutrition Information at Vending Machines Reduce Calories Per Item Sold? Journal of Public Health Policy, 36(1).
  • Seitz, C.M., Wyrick, D.L., Rulison, K., & Strack, R.W. (2014). The Role of Coach and Teammate Injunctive Norm Reference Groups on College Student-Athlete Substance Use. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 58, 7-26.
  • Wyrick, D.L., Rulison, K.L., Fearnow-Kenney, M., Milroy, J.J., & Collins, L. (2014). Moving beyond the treatment package approach to developing behavioral interventions: Addressing questions that arose during an application of the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST). Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research. doi: 10.1007/s13142-013-0247-7
  • Wahesh, E., Wyrick, D.L., Lewis, T., & Orsini, M.M. (2013). Hazardous Drinking by First-Year College Athletes: The differential roles of drinking motives, alcohol consequences, and season status. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 57(2), pp. 66- 84.
  • Wagoner, K.G., Sparks, M., Francisco, V., Wyrick, D.L., Nichols, T., and Wolfson, M. (2013). Social Host Policies and Underage Drinking Parties. Substance Use and Misuse, Vol 48(1-2), pp. 41-53.
  • Seitz, C.M., Wyrick, D.L., Orsini, M.M., Milroy, J.J., & Fearnow-Kenney, M. (2013). Coverage of adolescent substance use prevention in state frameworks for health education: 10-year follow-up. Journal of School Health, Vol 83(1), pp. 53-60. Seitz, C.M., Strack, R.W., Rice, R., Simmons, T., Moore, E., & Wyrick, D.L. (2012). Using the Photovoice method to advocate for change to a campus smoking policy. Journal of American College Health, Vol 60(7), pp. 537-540.
  • Wagoner, K.G., Francisco, V.T., Sparks, M., Wyrick, D.L., Nichols, T., and Wolfson, M. (2012). A Review of Social Host Policies Focused on Underage Drinking Parties: Suggestions for Future Research. Journal of Drug Education, Vol 42(1), pp. 99-117. Seitz, C.M., Strack, R.W., & Wyrick, D.L. (2012). Cigarette Smoking and Facial Wrinkles: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Smoking Cessation, Vol 7(1), pp. 1-7. Seitz, C.M., Orsini, M.M., Fearnow-Kenney, M., Hatzudis, K., & Wyrick, D.L. (2012). Twitter as a tool to warn others about sobriety checkpoints: A pilot observational study. International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 15, pp. 112 – 119. Seitz, C.M., Strack, R.W., Orsini, M.M., Rosario, C., Haugh, C., Rice, R., Wyrick, D.L., & Wagner, L. (2012). Quantifying Littered Cigarette Butts to Measure Effectiveness of Smoking Bans to Building Perimeters. Journal of American College Health, Vol 60(4), pp. 331-334.
  • Orsini, M.M., Wyrick, D.L. (2012). Collaborative Evaluation of a High School Prevention Curriculum: How methods of collaborative evaluation enhanced a randomized control trial to inform program improvement. Evaluation and Program Planning, Vol 35(4), pp. 529-534.
  • Milroy, J.J., Wyrick, D.L., Bibeau, D.L., Strack, R.W., Davis, P.G. (2012). A University System-Wide Qualitative Investigation into Student Physical Activity Promotion Conducted on College Campuses. American Journal of Health Promotion, Vol 26 (5), pp. 305-312.
  • Seitz, C.M., Milroy, J.J., Orsini, M.M., Wyrick, D.L., Herring, J., & Koech, M. (2011). YouTube: An international medium for sharing videos about hookah smoking. International Electronic Journal of Health Education, Vol 14, pp. 142-149.
  • Seitz, C.M., Wyrick, D.L., Caldwell, R., Fearnow-Kenney, M., & Orsini, M.M. (2011). The Snowball Survey and Peer Education Posters: Methods of Teaching Social Norms, Journal of School Health, Vol 81(12), pp. 783-786.
  • Wyrick, D.L. & Bond, L. (2011). Reducing Sensitive Survey Response Bias in Research on Adolescents: A Comparison of Web-Based and Paper-and-Pencil Administration. The American Journal of Health Promotion, Vol 25(5).
  • Wyrick, D.L., Fearnow-Kenney, M., Wyrick, C.H., Orsini, M.M., Strack, R.W., & Milroy, J.J. (2010). Going the Distance: Delivery of High School Drug Prevention via Distance Education. The American Journal of Distance Education, 24(3).
  • Bersamin, M., Paschall, M. J. , Fearnow-Kenney, M. D. , & Wyrick, D. L. (2007). Effectiveness of a web-based alcohol misuse and harm prevention course (College Alc) among high- and low-risk students. Journal of American College Health, 55(4), 247-254. Paschall, M.J., Bersamin, M., Fearnow-Kenney, M.D., Wyrick, D.L., & Currey, D. (2006). Short-term evaluation of a web-based alcohol misuse and harm prevention course (College Alc). Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 50(3), 49-65.
  • Wyrick, D.L., Fearnow-Kenney, M.D., Wyrick, C.H., Bibeau, D.L. (2005). College alcohol education and prevention: A case for distance education. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 49(2).
  • Wyrick, D.L., Wyrick, C.H., Bishop, D., & Hansen, W.B. (2004). Adolescent health- related normative beliefs. The Health Educator, 36(2), 3-7.
  • Wyrick, C.H., Wyrick, D.L., Fearnow-Kenney, M.D., Giles, S.M., Hansen, W.B. (2003). Student Voices on Health Education. The North Carolina Journal. Spring 2003, 36-39. Fearnow-Kenney, M.D., Wyrick, D.L., Hansen, W.B. (2003). Initial indicators of effectiveness for a high school drug prevention program. American Journal of Health Education, 34 (2), 66-71.
  • Fearnow-Kenney, M.D., Wyrick, D.L., Hansen, W.B., Bibeau, D.L., & Dyreng, D. (2001). Normative beliefs, alcohol expectancies and alcohol-related problems among college students: Implications for theory and prevention practice. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education. 47(1), 31-44.
  • Wyrick, D.L., Wyrick, C.H., Bibeau, D.L., Fearnow-Kenney, M.D. (2001). Coverage of adolescent substance use prevention in state frameworks for health education. Journal of School Health, 71, 437-442.

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