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Wilfred R. Pigeon, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-2900

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Biography

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.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Education

1993-1994
Masters Degree Internship | Meridian Center

1987
BA | Dartmouth College
Psychology

2000-2001
Predoctoral Internship | Dartmouth Medical School
Psychology

1992
Certificate Program | National Council on Alcoholism
Substance Abuse Training

2002
PhD | Union Institute
Clinical Psychology

1995
MA | Antioch New England Graduate School
Counseling Psychology

2004
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

Awards

2013
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

2008
Travel Award and Invited Participant
Location: NIMH Technical Assistance Workshop

2007
Collier Mental Health Poster Day (second place)
Location: University of Rochester

2007
Meritorious Abstract Award
Location: Sleep Research Society

2005
Faculty Career Advancement Award
Sponsor: American Sleep Medicine Foundation

2005
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

1998
Aaron and Rosalyn Wallace Scholarship Health Sciences Award
Location: Union Institute

1986
Proctor Redfield Academic Award Scholarship
Location: Dartmouth College

1986
Citation for outstanding work in Psychology
Location: Dartmouth College

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Publications

Journal Articles

8/1/2017
Pigeon WR, Funderburk J, Bishop TM, Crean HF. "Brief cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia delivered to depressed veterans receiving primary care services: A pilot study." Journal of affective disorders.. 2017 Aug 1; 217:105-111. Epub 2017 Apr 06.

8/2017
Pigeon WR, Bishop TM, Krueger KM. "Insomnia as a Precipitating Factor in New Onset Mental Illness: a Systematic Review of Recent Findings." Current psychiatry reports.. 2017 Aug 0; 19(8):44.

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

2012
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: Elsevier2012 in Oxford

2012
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 Publishers2012 in London

2012
Chapter Title: Insomnia treatments
Book Title: The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology
Author List: Pigeon WR, Cribbett, M.
Published By: Wiley-Blackwell2012 in Hoboken, NJ

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