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Kenneth R. Conner, Psy.D., M.P.H.

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Dr. Kenneth R. Conner is a clinical psychologist who serves as Professor in Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Co-Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide. He has conducted research on alcohol- and drug use and suicidal behavior for approximately 18 years, his work has been widely published, and he has received funding from multiple agencies including the National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He enjoys mentoring and has provided mentorship to numerous junior faculty members and postdoctoral fellows including three Career Development Awardees. Historically, much of Dr. Conner's work sought to examine etiological relationships between alcohol- and drug use and suicidal behavior. More recently, he initiated a program of intervention research including as multiple PI of a study of a brief intervention to promote behavioral health treatment-seeking in at-risk military service members and Veterans, and as PI of a treatment development study to examine a brief intervention for use with individuals with alcohol- or drug use problems who have been hospitalized following a suicide attempt. He is also developing projects to prevent unintentional drug overdose.



Psy.D. | Wright State University School of Medicine


Dean's Excellence in Research Award
Location: University of Rochester

Excellence in Teaching in the Psychology Training Program
Sponsor: Genesee Valley Psychological Association
Location: UR Medical Center Department of Psychiatry

Edwin Shneidman Award for Outstanding Early Career Contribution to Suicide Research
Sponsor: American Association of Suicidology

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
Sponsor: Alumni Committee
Location: State University College at Bufalo, NY

Summa Cum Laude
Sponsor: State University College at Buffalo, NY

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Clinical Trials

Cognitive Behavioral Treatment by Phone to Promote Use of Alcohol Related Care and Reduce Drinking,Cognitive Behavioral Treatment by Phone to Promote Use of Alcohol Related Care and Reduce Drinking

Lead Researcher: Kenneth R Conner

A small percentage of individuals with alcohol use disorder (AUD) obtain alcohol-related care despite research showing that treatment is effective. This randomized controlled trial tests the efficacy of a brief, phone based cognitive behavioral intervention to increase treatment engagement, improve alcohol related outcomes, and show that treatment engagement is a mechanism for the improved outcomes in individuals with AUD. This study will also asses the impact of COVID-19 on alcohol use and other quality of life measures.

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Journal Articles

Tong Y, Conner KR, Wang C, Yin Y, Zhao L, Wang Y, Liu Y. "Prospective study of association of characteristics of hotline psychological intervention in 778 high-risk callers with subsequent suicidal act." The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry.. 2020 Oct 13; :4867420963739. Epub 2020 Oct 13.

Britton PC, Conner KR, Chapman BP, Maisto SA. "Motivational Interviewing to Address Suicidal Ideation: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Veterans." Suicide & life-threatening behavior.. 2019 Aug 8; Epub 2019 Aug 08.

Britton PC, Conner KR, Maisto SA. "A Procedure for Changing a Behavioral Health Treatment During a Trial, with Case Example in Suicide Prevention." Archives of suicide research : official journal of the International Academy for Suicide Research.. 2019 Jul 18; :1-16. Epub 2019 Jul 18.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Substance use disorders and suicidal behavior: A conceptual model.
Book Title: The international handbook of suicide prevention
Author List: Conner, KR; Ilgen, MA
Edited By: R, O'Connor, J Pirkis
Published By: Wiley and Sons 2016 in Hoboken, NJ

Book Title: The international handbook of suicide prevention: research, policy and practice.
Author List: Conner KR; Ilgen MA (in press). In, R O'Connor; S Platt; J Gordon (Eds.),
Published By: Wiley-Blackwell: 2009 in Oxford

Book Title: Embitterment in suicide and homicide-suicide
Author List: Conner KR; Weisman RL
Published By: M. Linden, A. Maercker (Eds.) 2009