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

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Administrative: (585) 275-1249

Office: (585) 275-1211

Fax: (585) 276-1123

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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 Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 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.


Faculty Appointments


BS | SUNY Coll at Buffalo
Social Work

PsyD | Wright State University
Clinical Psychology

MPH | University of Rochester
Public Health


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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Journal Articles

Tong Y, Phillips MR, Conner KR. "DSM-IV Axis II personality disorders and suicide and attempted suicide in China." The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science.. 2016 Oct 0; 209(4):319-326. Epub 2015 Nov 19.

Ashrafioun L, Pigeon WR, Conner KR, Leong SH, Oslin DW. "Prevalence and correlates of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among veterans in primary care referred for a mental health evaluation." Journal of affective disorders.. 2016 Jan 1; 189:344-50. Epub 2015 Sep 28.

Conner KR, Wyman P, Goldston DB, Bossarte RM, Lu N, Kaukeinen K, Tu XM, Houston RJ, Lamis DA, Chan G, Bucholz KK, Hesselbrock VM. "Two Studies of Connectedness to Parents and Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior in Children and Adolescents." Journal of clinical child and adolescent psychology : the official journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53.. 2016 45(2):129-40. Epub 2014 Oct 13.

Books & Chapters

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

Chapter Title: Research methods in the alcohol and drug sector
Book Title: Sampling strategies for addiction research
Author List: Kakinami L.; Conner KR
Published By: Blackwell2009 in Boston