Center of Excellence Personnel
Lisham Ashrafioun, Ph.D.
VA Appointment: Investigator
Academic Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry,
University of Rochester 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 and opioid risk mitigation strategies, particularly combining various forms of self-management strategies, on substance use, functioning, and vulnerability of suicide-related outcomes.
I am also interested in characterizing suicide risk in individuals who experience chronic pain and in individuals misusing substances through the use of national survey and administrative medical record data. By characterizing risk in these populations, novel interventions and intervention targes can be identified to optimize substance use treatment, pain management and suicide prevention in patients experiencng pain and/or misusing substances.Select Publications
Ashrafioun L, Bishop TM, Britton PC. Opioid use disorders, psychiatric comorbidities, and risk for suicide attempts among veterans seeking pain care. Psychol Med. 2019;Epub:1-6.
|2018-2020||VA Office of Rural Health||A theraputic milieu for agriculture vocation training and mental health||Co-I|
|The goal of this study is to implement and evaluate the impact of an agricultural program on pain, mental health and vocational outcomes.|
|2016-2019||VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention; CoE||Developing a CBT-Pain intervention that includes a Veteran-centric, internet-developed insomnia intervention to decrease suicide attempts and unintentional overdose among pain patients.||PI|
|The goal of this study is to refine a web-based version of CBT for Insomnia then test the feasability and acceptability of a combined web-based CBT-I and face-to-face brief CBT-Pain.|
|2018||VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention||Whole Health Implementation: Effect on functional improvement, reduction of opioid use and factors associated with suicidal ideation||Co-I|
|The goal of this study is to implement a Whole Health Program to enhance functioning well-being among Veterans experiencing chronic pain.|
|2015-2016||VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention Pilot Grant||Suicide attempts prior to and following referral to VHA pai clinics||PI|
|The goal of this study is to characterize factors of suicide attempts following referral and initiation of specialty pain services among Veterans in the VHA.|
|2014-2016||VA Advanced Feelowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment||Postdoctoral Fellow|
|The primary goal of the fellowship program is to train psychologists and other health professionals to become clinical researchers in high priority areas of mental health.|
|2012||Katzner Graduate Student Research and Professional Development||The relationship between pain level and craving for prescription opioids|
|The goal of this study was to assess the impact of cue exposure on craving for prescription opioids and its relationship with pain.|