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March 10 - Kenneth R. Conner, PsyD, MPH

Link between Alcohol and Suicide: Theory and Evidence

Kenneth R. Conner, PsyD, MPH

Kenneth Conner, PsyD, MPH, is a professor in Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry and co-director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is also former Director of the VA Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention based in Canandaigua, New York. He has primarily conducted pre-intervention and preventive intervention research, the major theme of which is the role of drinking and alcohol use disorder in suicidal behavior. Subthemes include unplanned or impulsive suicidal behavior, reactive aggression, depression, and interpersonal stress and conflict, all of which are overrepresented in individuals with alcohol use disorder. Among his research projects was a multisite study of proximal risk for suicide attempts in individuals enrolled in inpatient substance abuse treatment programs in Buffalo and Rochester. He has also led postmortem studies of suicide using psychological autopsy methodology, and conducted numerous secondary analyses of large population- and clinical datasets.