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Lisham Ashrafioun, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 393-7722

Biography

Research

I am Senior Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester and a Research Investigator at the VA Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. My research interests and experiences have spanned across distinct and overlapping areas of chronic pain, suicide prevention, and substance use, particularly opioid misuse. I am interested in assessing nonpharmacological pain management approaches, particularly combining various forms of self-management strategies, on physical functioning and vulnerability of suicide-related outcomes. I am also interested in characterizing suicide risk in patients experiencing chronic pain through the use of national survey and administrative medical record data. By characterizing risk in this population, novel interventions and intervention targets can be identified to optimize pain management and suicide prevention in patients experiencing pain.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Education

2006
BS | University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Psychology

2008
MA | University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Psychology

2014
PhD | Bowling Green University
Clinical Psychology

Awards

2017
American Pain Society Young Investigator Travel Award
Sponsor: American Pain Society

2017
American Pain Society Scientific Meeting Early Career Investigator Best Clinical Poster Award
Sponsor: American Pain Society

2016
American Pain Society Young Investigator Travel Award
Sponsor: American Pain Society

2015
Military Suicide Research Constortium Pre-Conference Research Training Day Travel Award
Sponsor: American Association of Suicidology

2013
College on Problems of Drug Dependence Travel Award for Early Career Investigators
Sponsor: College on Problems of Drug Dependence

2012 - 2013
Dissertation Fellowship Award
Sponsor: Bowling Green State Unviersity

2012
Letter of Commendation
Sponsor: Bowling Green State University

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Publications

Journal Articles

10/2017
Sexton MB, Avallone KM, Smith ER, Porter KE, Ashrafioun L, Todd Arnedt J, Rauch SAM. "Sleep disturbances as predictors of prolonged exposure therapy effectiveness among veterans with PTSD." Psychiatry research.. 2017 Oct 0; 256:118-123. Epub 2017 Jun 14.

9/2017
Ashrafioun L, Bishop TM, Conner KR, Pigeon WR. "Frequency of prescription opioid misuse and suicidal ideation, planning, and attempts." Journal of psychiatric research.. 2017 Sep 0; 92:1-7. Epub 2017 Mar 19.

2017
Bonar EE, Green MR, Ashrafioun L. "Characteristics of university students who mix alcohol and energy drinks." Journal of American college health : J of ACH.. 2017 65(4):288-293. Epub 2017 Jan 13.

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