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Lisham Ashrafioun, Ph.D.

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Appointment: (585) 276-3000

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I am an Assistant Professor 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 VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System. 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 reducing suicide risk through addressing substance use among individuals experiencing chronic pain. This includes evaluating the effects of nonpharmacological pain management approaches, particularly combining various forms of self-management strategies. I am also interested in characterizing suicide risk in patients using substances and 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 treatments among those experiencing comorbid chronic pain and substance use disorders to enhance pain management, reduce substance use, and decrease suicide risk.



PhD | Bowling Green State University

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/07/2014 - 11/13/2016
Fellowship in Psychology at Canandaigua VA Medical Center

08/26/2013 - 08/22/2014
Internship in Clinical Psychology at VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System


American Pain Society VA/DoD SIG Young Investigator Award
Sponsor: American Pain Society

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

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

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

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

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

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 University

Letter of Commendation
Sponsor: Bowling Green State University

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Journal Articles

Boska RL, Bishop TM, Ashrafioun L. "Pain conditions and suicide attempts in military veterans: A case-control design." Pain medicine : the official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.. 2021 Sep 22; Epub 2021 Sep 22.

Ashrafioun L, Allan NP, Stecker TA. "Opioid use disorder and its association with self-reported difficulties participating in social activities." The American journal on addictions. 2021 Sep 2; Epub 2021 Sep 02.

Allan NP, Volarov M, Koscinski B, Pizzonia KL, Potter K, Accorso C, Saulnier KG, Ashrafioun L, Stecker T, Suhr J, Allan DM. "Lonely, anxious, and uncertain: Critical risk factors for suicidal desire during the COVID-19 pandemic." Psychiatry research.. 2021 Jul 27; 304:114144. Epub 2021 Jul 27.