Walter Dyer is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program and a Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) pre-doctoral fellow mentored by Stephen Wilson, Penn State professor of psychology, and Ashley Linden-Carmichael, Penn State associate research professor of health and human development.
Walter’s research looks at how the brain and body are involved in the onset and maintenance of substance use problems and focuses on the role of personal characteristics (e.g., genetics, psychopathology, endocrinology). Currently, he is interested in applying fMRI and intensive longitudinal methods to understand processes related to substance use across multiple levels of analysis. He is also interested in improving assessment methods in the diagnosis and treatment of substance use problems.
Walter earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and kinesiology from Westmont College and an M.S. in psychology from Penn State.
The Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) program, funded by a T32 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, trains predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers in the integration of prevention science and statistical methodology for the behavioral sciences.