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Center of Excellence Personnel

 Todd M. Bishop, Ph.D.

VA Appointment: Investigator; Associate Director of Fellowship Training
Academic Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry,
University of Rochester Medical Center

Todd B.

Contact Info   
(585) 393-7126


Research Interests

I am pursuing a career as an independent investigator examining the influence that sleep disturbances, such as insomnia and sleep-related breathing disorders, have on the development and course of suicidal behavior.

This research interest includes examinations of how the sleep-suicide relationship may manifest through the exacerbation of co-occurring disorders that increase risk for suicide (e.g., insomnia precipitating relapse to alcohol) and how transitions in care may impact risk. 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.

Current Funding

2019-2020 VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention Pilot Grant Single session CBT to increase PAP adherence and improve mood and functioning among Veterans with obstructive sleep apnea PI
The primary objective of this study is to examine the effect of a single session of remotely delivered cognitive behavioral therapy for treatment seeking on treatment adherence to positive airway pressure and subsequently mood and health-related functioning in a sample of Veterans with obstructive sleep apnea.
2019-2023 Department of Veterans Affairs, HSR&D Improving Sleep as a Strategy to Reduce Suicide Risk Among at-Risk Veterans: A Real World Clinical Trial Co-I
The primary objective of this study is to test whether using a brief behavioral insomnia treatment can not only improve sleep, but reduce other risk factors for suicide including the severity of depression, PTSD and suicidal ideation among Veterans at risk for suicide  
2017-2019 Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Grant Developing a CBT Pain Intervention that includes a Veteran-Centric, Internet-Delievered Insomnia Intervention to Decrease Suicide Attempts and Unintentional Overdose Among Chronic Pain Patients Co-I
The long-term goal of this program of research is to examine the impact of a combined cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia and chronic pain intervention by conducting a multi-site, randomized clinical trial among suicidal Veterans experiencing comorbid chronic pain and insomnia.

Past Funding

2016-2018 VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention Pilot Grant Sleep disturbance and its association with suicide attempts among Veterans diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder PI
The aim of this project is to examine whether co-occurring sleep disturbance and alcohol use disorder confers additional risk for suicide, including an examination of how other risk factors for suicide may impact the alcohol-sleep relationship, and how these relationships may manifest during transitions in care.  
2016-2018 VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention Suicide & Sleep: Is Sleep Apnea Associated with Suicidality and does Treatment of Sleep Apnea reduce Risk? PI
The focus of this project is to explore the association between obstructive sleep apnea and suicidality, including the role that adherence to treatment with continuous positive airway pressure has in this relationship.  
2016-2017 Eisai Pharmaceuticals A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Active Comparator, Parallel-Group Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Lemborexant in Subjects 55 Years and Older with Insomnia Disorder Sub-Investigator
2015-2016 Department of Veterans Affairs, HSR&D An Adjunctive Behavioral Sleep Intervention to Prevent Veteran Suicides Interventionist
The major goal of this project is to test CBT-I as an adjunctive treatment in depressed veterans with suicidal ideation.  
2012-2016 NIH/NINR Managing Sleep Symptoms & Modifing Mechanisms of Traumatic Stress Interventionist
The goal of this RCT is to test whether, and how, CBT for insomnia (CBT-I) may directly improve PTSD and depression symptoms and lead to enhanced response to cognitive processing therapy for PTSD and whether effects on PTSD and depression are associated with changes in stress hormone output and cytokine levels.  
2013-2014 VA Center for Integrated Healthcare Pilot Grant Development and Delivery of a Brief Intervention to reduce Suicidal Ideation among Veterans in a Primary Care Setting PI
The goal of this pilot grant was to examine the effect of a brief intervention on suicidal ideation and substance use reported by veterans in primary care. The research study utilized ecological momentary assessment in the form of interactive voice recording technology to obtain intraday data on suicidal ideation, substance use, and treatment utilization.  
2009-2010 Syracuse University Pilot Grant Sex-Related Alcohol Expectancies and High Risk Sexual Behavior in Individuals with Severe Mental Illness and a Co-Occurring Alcohol Use Disorder PI
The goal of this study was to examine hypothesized relationships among the acute use of alcohol, severe mental illness, alcohol use disorders, sex-related alcohol expectancies, and high risk sexual behavior.