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Todd M. Bishop, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow





Biography:  Dr. Bishop completed his PhD in clinical psychology at Syracuse University and his APA-accredited predoctoral internship at the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Upon completion of his PhD, Dr. Bishop joined the VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention as an advanced postdoctoral fellow.

Research Interests: Dr. Bishop’s research focus is on the influence that sleep disturbances, such as insomnia and sleep disordered breathing, have on the development and course of suicidal behavior. His research includes not only direct observations of the relationship between sleep disturbance and suicide, but also examinations of how this relationship may manifest through the exacerbation of comorbid disorders that increase risk for suicide (e.g., insomnia precipitating relapse to alcohol). This work is conducted with a particular emphasis on how sleep disturbance and suicidal behavior may be addressed within the primary care setting and with an eye to increasing utilization of existing interventions and developing novel, brief interventions when indicated.

Recent Publications:

Pigeon, W. R., Bishop, T. M., & Marcus, J. A. (2014). Advances in the management of insomnia. F1000 Prime Reports, 6(48), 1-8.

Bishop, T. M., & Pigeon, W. R. (2014). Using behavioral therapies in primary care. In J. Pagel & S. Pandi-Perumal (Eds.), Primary Care Sleep Medicine: A Practical Guide, 2nd edition. New York, NY: Springer.

Bishop, T. M., Pigeon, W. R., Possemato, K. (2013). Sleep disturbance and its association with suicidal ideation in veterans. Military Behavioral Health, 1(2), 81-84.

Pigeon, W. R., Bishop, T. M., & Marcus, J. A. (2013). Current pharmacological and nonpharmacological options for the management of insomnia. Clinical Medicine Insights: Therapeutics, 5, 151-162.

Possemato, K., Bishop, T. M., Willis, M., Lantinga, L. J. (2013). Healthcare utilization and symptom variation among veterans using behavioral telehealth center services.  The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 40(4), 416-426.

Possemato, K., Marsch, L. A., Bishop, T. M. (2013). Technology-based assessment and treatment approaches for post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders. In P. Ouimette & J. Read (Eds.), Trauma and Substance Abuse: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment of Comorbid Disorders, 2nd edition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Maisto, S. A., Bishop, T. M., & Hart, E. J. (2012). Theories of college student drinking. In C. Correia, J. Murphy, & N. Barnett (Eds.), College Student Alcohol Abuse.

Recent Presentations:

Pigeon, W., Cerulli, C., Crean, H., Gallegos, A. M., Nelson, L., Casey, C., Gorman, C., Walsh, P., Seehuus, M., Hoh, B., Akinpelu, N., Bui, A., Bishop, T. M., & Heffner, K. (2015, June). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia for survivors of interpersonal violence who subsequently receive cognitive processing therapy. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Seattle, WA.

Ashrafioun, L., Pigeon, W., Conner, K. R., Bishop, T. M., Leong, S., & Oslin, D. W. (2015, June). The association between drug use and suicidal ideation and attempt among at-risk primary care patients. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Phoenix, AZ.

Bishop, T. M., Maisto, S. A., & Ashrafioun, L. (2015, June). Cocaine use and sexual risk among individuals with severe mental illness: a narrative review. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Phoenix, AZ.

Bishop, T. M., Maisto, S. A., Ditre, J., Ashrafioun, L., & Pigeon, W. (2015, April). Feasibility of using interactive voice recording in the temporal assessment of suicidal ideation and substance use among veterans in primary care. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Suicidology, Atlanta, GA.

Bishop, T. M., Fuentes, J. A., Possemato, K., & Maisto, S. A. (2012, July). Veteran feedback on a proposed web-based intervention for PTSD and substance misuse. Paper presented at the annual conference for Health Services Research & Development Service, Washington, D.C.

Bishop, T. M., Possemato, K., Acosta, M., Lantinga, L. J., Maisto, S., Marsch, L., Moore, S., & Rosenblum, A. (2012, June). Moving Forward: Update on the Development of a Web-Based Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for OEF/OIF Veterans with PTSD Symptoms and Substance Misuse. In Brief, D. (Chair) Randomized Controlled Trials of Web-Based Interventions for Alcohol and Substance use Disorders: Results and Future Directions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Francisco, CA.

Bishop, T. M., & Thacher, P. V. (2007). Frontal lobe function deficits after sleep deprivation are revealed by flatter learning curves. In Bishop, T. M. (Chair) Consequences of Brain Dysfunction. Paper presented at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Recent Grants:

Primary Investigator: Development and delivery of a brief intervention to reduce suicidal ideation among Veterans in a primary care setting. Center for Integrated Healthcare. (2013-2014).

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