CONTACT INFORMATIONCREDENTIALSAWARDSPUBLICATIONSLisham Ashrafioun, Ph.D.Contact InformationPhone NumbersAppointment: (585) 276-3000A member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty GroupgroupAn Accountable Health PartnerassignmentAccepting New PatientsLocationsVA VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide PreventionCanandaigua VA Medical CenterCanandaigua, NY 14424Faculty AppointmentsAssistant Professor - Department of Psychiatry , Research (SMD) BiographyResearchI 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.CredentialsEducation2014PhD | Bowling Green State UniversityPsychiatryPost-doctoral Training & Residency09/07/2014 - 11/13/2016Fellowship in Psychology at Canandaigua VA Medical Center08/26/2013 - 08/22/2014Internship in Clinical Psychology at VA Ann Arbor Healthcare SystemAwards2019American Pain Society VA/DoD SIG Young Investigator AwardSponsor: American Pain Society2019American pain Society Young Investigator Travel AwardSponsor: American Pain Society2017American Pain Society Young Investigator Travel AwardSponsor: American Pain Society2017American Pain Society Scientific Meeting Early Career Investigator Best Clinical Poster AwardSponsor: American Pain Society2016American Pain Society Young Investigator Travel AwardSponsor: American Pain Society2015Military Suicide Research Consortium Pre-Conference Research Training Day Travel AwardSponsor: American Association of Suicidology2013College on Problems of Drug Dependence Travel Award for Early Career InvestigatorsSponsor: College on Problems of Drug Dependence2012 - 2013Dissertation Fellowship AwardSponsor: Bowling Green State University2012Letter of CommendationSponsor: Bowling Green State UniversityVIEW ALL expand_morePublicationsJournal Articles9/22/2021Boska 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. 9/2/2021Ashrafioun 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. 7/27/2021Allan 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. VIEW ALL PUBLICATIONSClose WindowSchedule an appointment with Lisham Ashrafioun, Ph.D.Please answer the following questions to help us find the right appointment for you.Important: If you believe that you have a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. This website is not intended for emergency care.Have you seen this provider in the last 2 years?YesNoExisting Patient Schedule or request a follow up appointment online through MyChart. If you do not have a MyChart account, please close this window and call the appointment phone number. Lisham Ashrafioun, Ph.D. is currently scheduling for the following appointment type(s): Our policy does not permit patients to establish care with multiple providers within the same practice or specialty without prior approval. If you choose a new provider in the same office, we will cancel the appointment. Please contact the office directly with questions on this policy.