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Wilfred R. Pigeon, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-2900

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Professional Background

Dr. Pigeon is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he directs the Sleep & Neurophysiology Research Lab; he is also the Executive Director for the VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. He completed a pre-doctoral internship and a subsequent post-doctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine & Behavioral Sleep Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and an Individual National Research Service Award at the University of Rochester.
Dr. Pigeon's primary clinical and research focus is on the mechanisms, consequences and treatment of sleep disturbance especially as they co-occur with common medical and mental health conditions. This work is conducted with emphases on: (1) identifying suicide risk and informing suicide prevention; (2) adapting evidence-based interventions for primary care and mental health integration; (3) combining sleep and other treatments to enhance overall care; and (4) collaborating with dissemination and implementation scientists to bring this work to bear on population health. He has adapted and tested behavioral sleep interventions in a variety of patient populations including those with chronic pain, depression, interpersonal violence, and combat-related PTSD and trains students and clinicians in these approaches. Dr. Pigeon has received funding from National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the VA, private foundations, and industry sources.



BA | Dartmouth College

Certificate Program | National Council on Alcoholism
Substance Abuse Training

Masters Degree Internship | Meridian Center

MA | Antioch New England Graduate School
Counseling Psychology

Predoctoral Internship | Dartmouth Medical School

PhD | Union Institute
Clinical Psychology

Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Specialty in Chronic Pain and Behavioral Sleep Medicine) | Dartmouth Medical School,
Behavioral Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

08/01/2000 - 07/31/2001
Internship in Behavioral Psychology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

7/15/02 - 7/14/04
Fellowship in Behavioral Psychology at Dartmouth Medical School - Dept of Psychiatry


Special Recognition Award - Mentoring
Sponsor: VA Ctr of Excellence, Canandaigua

2009 - 2011
Loan Repayment Program Award
Sponsor: NIH/NIMH

2009 - 2009
Investigator Award; Insomnia Section
Sponsor: American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Travel Award and Invited Participant
Location: NIMH Technical Assistance Workshop

Collier Mental Health Poster Day (second place)
Location: University of Rochester

Meritorious Abstract Award
Location: Sleep Research Society

Faculty Career Advancement Award
Sponsor: American Sleep Medicine Foundation

Young Investigator Award
Sponsor: American Academy of Sleep Medicine

2004 - 2007
NIH/NINDS-National Research Service Award (NRSA)
Location: University of Rochester Medical Center

2002 - 2004
Trainee Travel Award
Sponsor: Sleep Research Society

Aaron and Rosalyn Wallace Scholarship Health Sciences Award
Location: Union Institute

Proctor Redfield Academic Award Scholarship
Location: Dartmouth College

Citation for outstanding work in Psychology
Location: Dartmouth College

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Journal Articles

Wittink MN, Levandowski BA, Funderburk JS, Chelenza M, Wood JR, Pigeon WR. "Team-based suicide prevention: lessons learned from early adopters of collaborative care." Journal of interprofessional care.. 2019 Dec 18; :1-7. Epub 2019 Dec 18.

Sullivan N, Phillips LA, Pigeon WR, Quigley KS, Graff F, Litke DR, Helmer DA, Rath JF, McAndrew LM. "Coping with Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms: the Role of Illness Beliefs and Behaviors." International journal of behavioral medicine.. 2019 Nov 7; Epub 2019 Nov 07.

Bishop TM, Walsh PG, Ashrafioun L, Lavigne JE, Pigeon WR. "Sleep, suicide behaviors, and the protective role of sleep medicine." Sleep medicine.. 2019 Jul 25; Epub 2019 Jul 25.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Creating an optimal sleep environment
Book Title: The Encyclopedia of Sleep
Author List: Pigeon, WR, Grandner, M.
Edited By: Kushida CA.
Published By: Elsevier 2012 in Oxford

Chapter Title: Effect of tart cherry juice beverage on insomnia
Book Title: The Handbook of Nutrition, Diet and Sleep
Author List: Pigeon, WR.
Edited By: Preedy VR
Published By: Wageningen Academic Publishers 2012 in London

Chapter Title: Insomnia treatments
Book Title: The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology
Author List: Pigeon WR, Cribbett, M.
Published By: Wiley-Blackwell 2012 in Hoboken, NJ