Wendy serves as the Project Director of Northeastern University’s Smoke-free Policy Evaluation. The evaluation seeks to explore NEU’s transition into a smoke-free environment by examining the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of NEU community members. In addition to her role as Project Director Wendy serves as a Project Manager on a number of foundation grants on topics ranging from community based intervention efforts to policy. Trained as a counselor, Wendy offers a behavioral health perspective to public health topics and seeks to continue her role in the field of psychology by examining the intersection of public health and mental health care.
She has spent the last six years conducting research in the fields of psychology and public health. As an undergraduate student Wendy was involved in research examining emotions and psychophysiology. During her Masters, Wendy accepted a position as a Graduate Research Fellow at Northeastern University’s Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice (IUHRP). She was involved in a project focused on preventing unintended pregnancy with women in drug treatment. Wendy has been a member of IUHRP since 2011 and has transitioned from a graduate student to a full-time employee.
In addition to research experience, Wendy brings clinical skills to IUHRP’s interdisciplinary research team. With over 3 years of experience working with individuals with mental illness Wendy applies her clinical training to her work in community based research.
Wendy’s specializations include include tobacco prevention, urban health, trauma treatment, and women’s health issues. Her research interests include working primarily with vulnerable populations on improving health outcomes and mental health care.
Wendy received her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Clark University.
Wendy Pernal, MS
Phone: (617) 373-5813