Wilfred R. Pigeon, Ph.D.

Wilfred R. Pigeon, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Sleep Research
300 Crittenden Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-2900

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 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.

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)

Special Recognition Award - Mentoring | VA Ctr of Excellence, Canandaigua 2013
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 Sep
Peltz JS, Rogge RD, Sturge-Apple ML, O'Connor TG, Pigeon WR. "Reciprocal influences among family processes and toddlers' sleep problems." Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43). 2016 Sep; 30(6):720-31. Epub 2016 May 30.
2016 Sep
Bishop TM, Maisto SA, Britton PC, Pigeon WR. "Considerations in the Use of Interactive Voice Recording for the Temporal Assessment of Suicidal Ideation and Alcohol Use." Crisis. 2016 Sep; 37(5):370-376. Epub 2016 Jul 22.
2016 Aug 10
Gallegos AM, Moynihan J, Pigeon WR. "A Secondary Analysis of Sleep Quality Changes in Older Adults From a Randomized Trial of an MBSR Program." Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society. 2016 Aug 10; Epub 2016 Aug 10.
2016 Jul 1
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 Jul 1; 67(7):807-10. 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.

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