Michael R. Nadorff, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Mississippi State University
Clinical Psychology Program
Office: 140 Magruder Hall, Suite 4
Michael Nadorff received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and computer applications from the University of Notre Dame, and his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in clinical psychology, with a specialization in developmental psychology, from West Virginia University. He completed his clinical internship at the Baylor College of Medicine, and joined the Department of Psychology faculty at Mississippi State University in 2012.
Dr. Nadorff's research is focused on three domains: sleep disorders, suicidal behavior, and clinical geropsychology. Currently, his primary research focus is to identify predictors of suicidal behavior, and to develop treatments that can reduce the consequences of these predictors.
Dr. Nadorff's recent work has focused on the impact of sleep disturbances on suicide risk and behaviors. His research has demonstrated that nightmares are associated with suicide risk independent of symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD (Nadorff, Nazem, & Fiske, 2011). Building upon this work, Dr. Nadorff and colleagues found that insomnia and nightmare duration (how long one has suffered from insomnia or nightmares) are both associated with suicide risk independent of each other and the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD (Nadorff, Nazem, & Fiske, 2013). These findings suggest that insomnia and nightmares may play an important role in the development and/or maintenance of suicidal ideation.