Wilfred R. Pigeon, Ph.D.

Wilfred R. Pigeon, Ph.D.

Contact Information

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

Office: (585) 275-7903

Professional Bio

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 Research 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.

Awards & Honors (National)

Investigator Award; Insomnia Section | American Academy of Sleep Medicine 2009 - 2009
Loan Repayment Program Award | NIH/NIMH 2009 - 2011
NIH/NINDS-National Research Service Award (NRSA) | University of Rochester Medical Center 2004 - 2007
Trainee Travel Award | Sleep Research Society 2002 - 2004
Young Investigator Award | American Academy of Sleep Medicine 2005
Meritorious Abstract Award | Sleep Research Society 2007
Travel Award and Invited Participant | NIMH Technical Assistance Workshop 2008

Awards & Honors (Local)

Collier Mental Health Poster Day (second place) | University of Rochester 2007
Faculty Career Advancement Award | American Sleep Medicine Foundation 2005
Aaron and Rosalyn Wallace Scholarship Health Sciences Award | Union Institute 1998
Proctor Redfield Academic Award Scholarship | Dartmouth College 1986
Citation for outstanding work in Psychology | Dartmouth College 1986

Recent Journal Articles

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2016 Feb 14
Kopacz MS, Kane CP, Stephens B, Pigeon WR. "Use of ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code V62.89 (Other Psychological or Physical Stress, Not Elsewhere Classified) Following a Suicide Attempt." Psychiatric services : a journal of the American Psychiatric Association. 2016 Feb 14; :appips201500302. Epub 2016 Feb 14.
2016 Feb
Kopacz MS, Connery AL, Bishop TM, Bryan CJ, Drescher KD, Currier JM, Pigeon WR. "Moral injury: A new challenge for complementary and alternative medicine." Complementary therapies in medicine. 2016 Feb; 24:29-33. Epub 2015 Nov 27.
2015 Nov
Pigeon WR, Heffner KL, Crean H, Gallegos AM, Walsh P, Seehuus M, Cerulli C. "Responding to the need for sleep among survivors of interpersonal violence: A randomized controlled trial of a cognitive-behavioral insomnia intervention followed by PTSD treatment." Contemporary clinical trials. 2015 Nov; 45(Pt B):252-60. Epub 2015 Sep 04.
2015 Jun
Gallegos AM, Cross W, Pigeon WR. "Mindfulness-based stress reduction for veterans exposed to military sexual trauma: rationale and implementation considerations." Military medicine. 2015 Jun; 180(6):684-9.
2015 Apr
Redeker NS, Pigeon WR, Boudreau EA. "Incorporating measures of sleep quality into cancer studies." Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer. 2015 Apr; 23(4):1145-55. Epub 2014 Dec 16.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Psychology (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD)


Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Specialty in Chronic Pain and Behavioral Sleep Medicine) | Behavioral Medicine | Dartmouth Medical School,2004
PhD | Clinical Psychology | Union Institute2002
MA | Counseling Psychology | Antioch New England Graduate School1995
Certificate Program | Substance Abuse Training | National Council on Alcoholism1992
BA | Psychology | Dartmouth College1987
Predoctoral Internship | Psychology | Dartmouth Medical SchoolAttended 2000 - 2001
Masters Degree Internship | Meridian CenterAttended 1993 - 1994

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Behavioral Psychology at Dartmouth Medical School - Dept of Psychiatry07/15/2002 - 7/14/04
Internship in Behavioral Psychology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center08/01/2000 - 07/31/2001