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

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Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 275-1249

Office: (585) 275-1211

Fax: (585) 276-1123

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Biography

Research

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.

Credentials

Education

1993
PSYD | Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

Awards

2006
Dean's Excellence in Research Award
Location: University of Rochester

2004
Excellence in Teaching in the Psychology Training Program
Sponsor: Genesee Valley Psychological Association
Location: UR Medical Center Department of Psychiatry

2003
Edwin Shneidman Award for Outstanding Early Career Contribution to Suicide Research
Sponsor: American Association of Suicidology

2003
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
Sponsor: Alumni Committee
Location: State University College at Bufalo, NY

1985
Summa Cum Laude
Sponsor: State University College at Buffalo, NY

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Publications

Journal Articles

4/12/2022
Conner KR, Abar B, Aldalur A, Chiang A, Hutchison M, Maisto SA, Stecker T. "Alcohol-related consequences and the intention to seek care in treatment naïve women and men with severe alcohol use disorder." Addictive behaviors.. 2022 Apr 12; 131:107337. Epub 2022 Apr 12.

1/25/2022
Bagge CL, Littlefield AK, Wiegand TJ, Hawkins E, Trim RS, Schumacher JA, Simons K, Conner KR. "A controlled examination of acute warning signs for suicide attempts among hospitalized patients." Psychological medicine.. 2022 Jan 25; :1-9. Epub 2022 Jan 25.

2021
Van Orden KA, Lutz J, Conner KR, Silva C, Hasselberg MJ, Fear K, Leadley AW, Wittink MN, Baumhauer JF. "URMC Universal Depression Screening Initiative: Patient Reported Outcome Assessments to Promote a Person-Centered Biopsychosocial Population Health Management Strategy." Frontiers in psychiatry.. 2021 12:796499. Epub 2022 Jan 11.

Books & Chapters

2016
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

2009
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

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

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