William F. Wieczorek, Ph.D., was elected by the PIRE Board of Directors to the position of CEO and President as of January 1, 2020.
Dr. Wieczorek first joined PIRE in 2018 as a Senior Research Scientist with an initial focus on developing projects in response to the opioid epidemic, including a NIDA-funded grant to examine access to buprenorphine in the field immediately after an overdose recovery.
Dr. Wieczorek’s career extends over 30 years as an active researcher and public health practitioner. He has been the Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on over 20 grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, and PI on over 50 grants and contracts funded by state and local agencies and private foundations. His research interests are broad and cross a number of disciplines, including notable contributions in the fields of impaired driving, suicide, geospatial analysis, gambling, developmental psychopathology, opioid misuse, and population health improvement. The scope of his projects have ranged from a local and state focus to national and international in scale. Dr. Wieczorek co-founded the Institute for Behavioral Medicine at Dalian Medical University in China to support a series of NIMH-funded grants to study patterns of suicides by young women. In addition to his research, Dr. Wieczorek has been highly engaged as a grant reviewer for NIH, CDC, NIJ, private foundations, and for over 30 scientific journals.
Prior to coming to PIRE, he founded the Center for Health and Social Research (1997) and the Institute for Community Health Promotion (2014) at the State University of New York College at Buffalo (Buffalo State), where these entities continue as applied research, teaching, and community resources. He continues to hold academic titles as Director and Professor Emeritus at Buffalo State and as Research Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, adjunct Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior, Research Associate in the School of Social Work, and affiliated Scientist at the Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions at the University at Buffalo.
Dr. Wieczorek attended the University at Buffalo where he received his B.A. (Interdisciplinary Social Sciences awarded with honors), M.A. (Geography), and Ph.D. (Geography awarded 1988).