Peter Snyder, Ph.D. – STAC Co-ChairVice President for Research & Economic Development, University of Rhode Island

    Peter Snyder, Ph.D. serves as the vice president for Research and Economic Development and professor of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Rhode Island (URI).  In his position at URI, Snyder holds appointments as an adjunct professor of neurology at the Alpert Medical School; scholar-in-residence at Rhode Island School of Design; and professor and member of URI’s graduate faculty with the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience and the URI Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program. He is also licensed as a clinical neuropsychologist in New York.  Snyder also serves as the University’s chief research officer and as chair of the board of the URI Research Foundation.

    Snyder has served as senior vice president and chief research officer at Lifespan Health System since 2008. Lifespan is the parent of Rhode Island, Hasbro Children’s, Bradley, The Miriam and Newport hospitals and the Gateway Mental Health Network. Snyder has an extensive background in both clinical care and research. 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.