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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 a tenured Professor of Psychiatry (primary) and Public Health Sciences 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.



MA | Antioch/New England Graduate School
Psychology, Counseling

PHD | Union Institute Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/15/2002 - 07/14/2004
Fellowship in Psychiatry & Neurology, Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

08/01/2000 - 07/31/2001
Internship in Psychiatry & Neurology, Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center


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

Beaudreau SA, Lutz J, Wetherell JL, Nezu AM, Nezu CM, O'Hara R, Gould CE, Roelk B, Jo B, Hernandez B, Samarina V, Otero MC, Gallagher A, Hirsch J, Funderburk J, Pigeon WR. "Beyond maintaining safety: Examining the benefit of emotion-centered problem solving therapy added to safety planning for reducing late life suicide risk." Contemporary clinical trials.. 2023 Mar 13; :107147. Epub 2023 Mar 13.

Britton PC, Karras E, Stecker T, Klein J, Crasta D, Brenner LA, Pigeon WR. "Veterans Crisis Line Call Outcomes: Treatment Contact and Utilization." American journal of preventive medicine.. 2023 Feb 17; Epub 2023 Feb 17.

Winograd DM, Hyde JK, Bloeser K, Santos SL, Anastasides N, Petrakis BA, Pigeon WR, Litke DR, Helmer DA, McAndrew LM. "Exploring the acceptability of behavioral interventions for veterans with persistent "medically unexplained" physical symptoms." Journal of psychosomatic research.. 2023 Feb 14; 167:111193. Epub 2023 Feb 14.

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