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Lisham Ashrafioun, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 393-7722

Faculty Appointments

Biography

Research

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.

Credentials

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

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/08/2014 - 11/13/2016
VA VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention; VA's Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment

Awards

2019
American Pain Society VA/DoD SIG Young Investigator Award
Sponsor: American Pain Society

2019
American pain Society Young Investigator Travel Award
Sponsor: American Pain Society

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 Consortium 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 University

2012
Letter of Commendation
Sponsor: Bowling Green State University

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Publications

Journal Articles

11/2019
Allan NP, Ashrafioun L, Kolnogorova K, Raines AM, Hoge CW, Stecker T. "Interactive effects of PTSD and substance use on suicidal ideation and behavior in military personnel: Increased risk from marijuana use." Depression and anxiety.. 2019 Nov 0; 36(11):1072-1079. Epub 2019 Sep 02.

9/16/2019
Ashrafioun L, Zerbo KRA, Bishop TM, Britton PC. "Opioid use disorders, psychiatric comorbidities, and risk for suicide attempts among veterans seeking pain care." Psychological medicine.. 2019 Sep 16; :1-6. Epub 2019 Sep 16.

7/25/2019
Bishop TM, Walsh PG, Ashrafioun L, Lavigne JE, Pigeon WR. "Sleep, suicide behaviors, and the protective role of sleep medicine." Sleep medicine.. 2019 Jul 25; Epub 2019 Jul 25.

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