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Making Innovation Central to Rhode Island's Future Lincoln D. Chafee, Governor

Peter Snyder, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research, Lifespan

Published on February 2, 2011

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Peter Snyder, Ph.D. is Vice President of Research for Lifespan and its partners where he oversees the research strategy, development and function at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Bradley hospitals. In addition to his role at Lifespan, Snyder also holds the position of professor of clinical neurosciences (neurology) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Snyder has an extensive background in both clinical care and research. He comes to Lifespan from Pfizer Global Research and Development, where he held the positions of director and early clinical leader in its central nervous system therapeutic area, and senior associate director of its world-wide clinical technology group in the department of clinical sciences. He was also general manager of Tarkus Neuroscience, LLC in Marlborough, CT, providing scientific and strategic drug development consulting for a variety of biotechnology and pharmaceutical corporations. He served as the director of the division of behavioral neurology in the department of neurology at Allegheny General Hospital, and as an associate professor of neurology at Medical College of Pennsylvania - Hahnemann School of Medicine in Pittsburgh.

In addition, he has held numerous teaching positions, including as a tenured professor of clinical neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience at the University of Connecticut, serving as co-director of the masters of science program in clinical and translational research. Snyder also currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, and he is the associate editor of the journal Brain and Cognition.

Snyder earned a bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; a master's degree in psychology from Michigan State University, East Lansing; and a doctorate in clinical psychology with a cognate specialization in neuropsychology also from Michigan State. He completed his internship in clinical neuropsychology at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY and a Wilder Penfield post-doctoral neurosciences research fellowship (awarded by the American Epilepsy Society) at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Department of Neurology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY.

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