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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

Faculty Appointments

Education

1985
BS | SUNY Coll at Buffalo
Social Work

1993
PsyD | Wright State University
Clinical Psychology

2002
MPH | University of Rochester
Public Health

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

11/28/2017
Conner KR, Bridge JA, Davidson DJ, Pilcher C, Brent DA. "Metaanalysis of Mood and Substance Use Disorders in Proximal Risk for Suicide Deaths." Suicide & life-threatening behavior.. 2017 Nov 28; Epub 2017 Nov 28.

9/2017
Ashrafioun L, Bishop TM, Conner KR, Pigeon WR. "Frequency of prescription opioid misuse and suicidal ideation, planning, and attempts." Journal of psychiatric research.. 2017 Sep 0; 92:1-7. Epub 2017 Mar 19.

6/2017
Allan NP, Conner KR, Pigeon WR, Gros DF, Salami TK, Stecker T. "Insomnia and suicidal ideation and behaviors in former and current U.S. service members: Does depression mediate the relations?" Psychiatry research.. 2017 Jun 0; 252:296-302. Epub 2017 Mar 08.

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 Sons2016 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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