Dr. Wyrick is the Director of the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness, Associate Professor of Public Health Education and Faculty Athletics Representative at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As a prevention scientist, Dr. Wyrick has extensive experience in innovative research methods, program evaluation, and intervention development. He has served as a Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator for more than 20 National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded projects and has published extensively in academic peer reviewed journals. He is currently Co-Investigator on a 5-year project funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) that is developing and optimizing an online behavioral intervention targeting the intersection of alcohol and sexual risk behaviors among college students.
Dr. Wyrick is also a former NCAA dual sport student-athlete (Basketball & Track and Field; Elon University) which is the primary source for his passion to conduct research aimed at promoting the health and wellness of athletes. Dr. Wyrick has received multiple awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop myPlaybook, an online health and wellness resource for college student-athletes. myPlaybook is being implemented by hundreds of college and university athletic departments around the country. Dr. Wyrick has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Prevention Research, the Early Career Preventionist Network, the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center, and the UNCG Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program. He has also served as the Chair of the UNCG Faculty Athletics Advisory Committee, the Chair of the UNCG Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Intercollegiate Athletics, a member of the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences Research Advisory Council, and multiple NIH grant review committees. He has partnered with organizations such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the National Football League (NFL), the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, Coach for America, the Denver Broncos, the Dallas Cowboys, and the National Center for Drug Free Sport. David loves traveling with his wife Cheryl and three daughters Katherine, Caroline and Elizabeth.