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Center of Excellence Personnel

 Todd M. Bishop, Ph.D.

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

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Contact Info   
(585) 393-7126


Research Interests

Dr. Bishop received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Syracuse University in 2014 after completing the APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the Syracuse VA Medical Center.

In 2016 he completed the VA Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the VA Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention, Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition to his CoE appointments, Dr. Bishop is also an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center and an Affiliated Research Investigator with the VA VISN 2 Center for Integrated Healthcare. Dr. Bishop’s research focus is on the influence that sleep disturbances, such as insomnia and sleep-related breathing disorders, have on the development and course of suicidal behavior. His research includes examinations of how sleep-suicide relationship may manifest through the exacerbation of co-occurring disorders that increase risk for suicide and how transitions in care may impact risk. His 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

2020-2023 The Warren Alpert Foundation Targeted intensive case management of veterans at risk of suicide post impatient hospitalization PI
This pragmatic trial will evaluate the effects of a remote post-discharge intensive case management program (CLASP; Coping Long Term with Active Suicide Program) among psychiatric inpatients, identified as high risk of post-discharge suicide, in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) healthcare system.
2020-2021 The Hypersomnia Foundation Research Award Relationships among Idiopathic Hypersomnia and Co-Occurring Psychopathology in Veterans PI
This study centers on the development and validation of a case ascertainment algorithm for idiopathic hypersomnia within the electronic medical record of the Veterans Health Administration. It will also create a cohort of Veterans who have been diagnosed with IH to: 1)estimate the prevalence of IH diagnosis among the Veteran population, 2)facilitate an examination of treatment utilization patterns and prescribing practices, and 3)explore co-occurring physical and behavioral health conditions with an emphasis on suicide risk factors.  
2019-2021 Department of Veterans Affairs, RR&D Assessing Moral Injury in Veterans as part of a Chaplain-Delivered Spiritual Assessment: Implications for Social and Community Rehabilitation Co-I
This project centers on the development of a standardized spiritual assessment tool, comprised of empirically validated instruments, which would simultaneously serve as a vehicle for focused secondary data collection.

Past Funding

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    
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.