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

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

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCH
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 273-5136
Fax: (585) 273-1082

Professional Bio

Dr. Kenneth Conner is Professor of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). He also serves as Director at the VA VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention in Canandaigua, New York. Dr. Conner has conducted research on alcohol and suicide behavior and related topics for approximately 17 years, with funding by multiple resources including the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and Department of Defense. In recent years he has turned his attention to the study of acute use of alcohol and suicide through analysis of National Violent Death Reporting System data. He has also contributed to the understanding of risk for suicide behavior in children of individuals with alcohol disorder, with a focus on the protective effects of connectedness to parents.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Dean's Excellence in Research Award | University of Rochester 2006
Excellence in Teaching in the Psychology Training Program | Genesee Valley Psychological Association | UR Medical Center Department of Psychiatry 2004
Edwin Shneidman Award for Outstanding Early Career Contribution to Suicide Research | American Association of Suicidology 2003
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award | Alumni Committee | State University College at Bufalo, NY 2003
Summa Cum Laude | State University College at Buffalo, NY 1985

Recent Journal Articles

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2016 Oct
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; 209(4):319-326. Epub 2015 Nov 19.
2016 Jan 1
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.
Ashrafioun L, Bonar E, Conner KR. "Health attitudes and suicidal ideation among university students." Journal of American college health : J of ACH. 2016 64(3):256-60.
2015 Nov 15
Britton PC, Stephens B, Wu J, Kane C, Gallegos A, Ashrafioun L, Tu X, Conner KR. "Comorbid depression and alcohol use disorders and prospective risk for suicide attempt in the year following inpatient hospitalization." Journal of affective disorders. 2015 Nov 15; 187:151-5. Epub 2015 Aug 25.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Emergency Medicine (SMD) - Primary
Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Geriatric/Psychiatry (SMD)


MPH | Public Health | University of Rochester2002
PsyD | Clinical Psychology | Wright State University1993
BS | Social Work | SUNY Coll at Buffalo1985