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Jeffrey                        Lackner

Jeffrey M. Lackner PsyD

Department of Medicine

Professor of Medicine

Specialty/Research Focus

Gastroenterology

 
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Professional Summary:

I direct the UB Behavioral Medicine Clinic (BMC), an internationally known clinic and research facility that provides short-term, state-of-the-art treatment for patients with painful medical disorders. These disorders include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), low back pain, fibromyalgia, non-cardiac chest pain, temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and benign headaches such as migraine and tension headaches. A unique feature of our care is the use of evidence-based treatment protocols to help patients gain control of symptoms that have not adequately responded to standard medical treatments. Because our clinicians are active researchers, patients treated at the BMC receive cutting-edge treatments.

My research, which is focused on developing and testing novel treatments for functional gastrointestinal (GI) disease, has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1999. My research responsibilities include designing and conducting outcome clinical trials of novel treatments, which provide valuable research experiences for the medical, public health and psychology students I mentor. Students who work at my lab learn to design, write, conduct and analyze quality research projects with the goal of authoring at least one empirical study for publication in a first-tier journal. The academic skills my students learn at the BMC help them grow into independent researchers or academically oriented clinicians who value critical thinking and a scholarly approach to medicine. In addition, I routinely assist faculty and mentor GI fellows in research design and analysis.

I lecture in several UB academic departments such as psychiatry, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery and psychology with the aim of familiarizing trainees with the psychosocial aspects of chronic disease and ways to promote symptom self-management skills in patients coping with chronic illness.

I present at the GI research conference on brain-gut interactions, outcome research, research methods and behavioral aspects of GI disease.

Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, Behavioral Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine (1994)
  • PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University (1992)
  • Residency, Clinical Psychology, University of Texas School of Medicine (1991)
  • MA, Experimental Psychology, College of William and Mary (1987)
  • Dipl, Social Psychology, London School of Economics (1985)
  • BA, Political Science, Emory University (1984)
Employment:
  • Research Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, University at Buffalo, School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2011-present)
  • Professor, GI, University at Buffalo, School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2009-present)
  • Research Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, University at Buffalo, School of Medical & Biomedical Sciences (1995-present)
Awards and Honors:
  • ABCT Meritorious Book Award (2011)
  • Peterson Prize for Rutgers Outstanding Alumni (2009)
  • Dean's Award, Rutger's University (1989)
  • Merit Scholar, London School of Economics and Political Science (1985)
  • Dean's List, Emory University (1984)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Academic Honorary, Emory University (1984)

Research Expertise:
  • Behavioral medicine: My research is focused on showing how psychosocial factors (emotion, patient beliefs, relationships, coping style) influence the risk of onset, maintenance, and long term outcome of painful medical disorders, with a focus on irritable bowel syndrome(IBS) and other functional medical illnesses
  • Brain-gut interactions
  • Functional gastroenterology disorders
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Neurogastroenterology
Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • July 2012–June 2017
    Anesthesiology Research Training Program
    NIH
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $1,183,053
  • August 2012–June 2016
    Neurobiological mechanisms underlying effectiveness of CBT in IBS patients
    NIDDK
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    $2,200,000
  • January 2005–December 2011
    A pilot study for the evaluation of treatments for severe obesity for BCBS of WNY members; 2: A pragmatic clinical evaluation of treatments for severe obesity for BCBS of WNY members
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $5,034,791
  • January 2007–December 2008
    Procurement of fasting blood samples for use in the development of a gastrointestinal disease test panel.
    Prometheus Laboratories
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $12,750
  • January 2007–December 2008
    A Multicenter, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blinded Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Lubiprostone in Patients with Opioid-Induced Bowel Dysfunction,
    Sucampo/Takeda Pharmaceuticals
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $30,000
  • January 2006–December 2007
    A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, multicenter study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of DNK333 25 mg b.i.d. given orally for 4 weeks in female patients with Diarrhea-predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS-D)
    Novartis Pharmaceutical
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $45,000
  • January 2004–December 2007
    Development of limited contact CBT for IBS.
    National Institutes of Health – NIDDK
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $357,000
  • January 2004–December 2007
    Smartpill Development Project
    New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $500,000
  • June 2007–June 2007
    The development and manufacture of miniature electronics and related sensor technologies used in capsule-based gastrointestinal diagnostic products.
    New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $60,000
  • January 1999–December 2005
    Cognitive therapy for IBS: Outcome, Process, and Prediction(R0154211)
    National Institutes of Health - NIDDK
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $1,800,000
  • June 2003–May 2004
    SmartPill: Device for Portable Noninvasive Motility Recording
    New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Biomedical and Bioengineering University at Buffalo
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $85,000
  • February 2002–October 2003
    Functional neuroanatomy of visceral pain in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, A controlled prospective study of self management training.
    University at Buffalo Interdisciplinary Research and Creative Funds
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $50,000
  • January 2002–December 2002
    Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of medical management of irritable bowel syndrome.
    Novartis Pharmaceuticals
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $32,000
  • January 1990–December 1990
    A two-year study of dieting, stress, social resources and coping among adolescents.
    Walter S. Rosenberry III Charitable Fund
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $10,000
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Journal Articles:
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Abstracts:
  • Hasler, W.L., Rao, S.S., Koch, K.L., Sarosiek, I., McCallum, R, Lackner JM, Parkman, H.P, Chey, W.D., Saad, R.J, Kuo, B., Miller, C., Sitrin MD, Katz LA, Wilding, G.E, Semler, J.R.. Wireless capsule quantification of region-specific gastrocolonic response and sleep inhibition of colon motor activity in unprepared colons of humans with normal colon transit. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2008; 134.
  • Hasler, W.L., Saad, R.J., Rao, S.S., Katz LA, Parkman, H.P., Koch, K.L., McCallum, R., Kuo, B., Sarosiek, I., Sitrin MD, Lackner JM, Wilding, G.E., Miller, C., Semler, J.R., Chey, W.D.. Heightened motor activity measured by a wireless capsule in unprepared colons of patients with complaints of constipation: Relation to colon transit and IBS. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2008; 134.
  • Kloetzer, L., Gaman, A., McCallum, R., Koch, K.L., Sitrin MD, Chey, W.D., Lackner JM, Katz LA, Wilding, G.E., Parkman, H.P., Sarosiek, I., Miller, C., Saad, R.J., Rao, S.S., Semler, J.R., Hasler, W.L., Kuo, B.. Characterization of pressure patterns in distal colonic and rectal motility activity between healthy volunteers and patients with dyssynergic defecation using an ambulatory capsule, SmartPill. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2008; 134.
  • Kloetzer, L., Gaman, A., Napadow, V, McCallum, R., Koch, K., Sitrin MD, Chey, W.D., Lackner JM, Katz LA, Wilding, G.E., Parkman, H.P., Sarosiek, I., Smout, A.,, Hasler, W.L., Semler, J.R., Kuo, B.. Spectral analysis of contractile frequency in the ileum and proximal colon: Characterization of motility patterns using an ambulatory capsule, Smartpill. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2008; 134.
  • Lackner JM, Gudleski, G.D., Krasner, S.S., Powell, C., Katz LA. Rapid response to cognitive behavior therapy for irritable bowel syndrome: stepping Into a stepped care model of treatment delivery. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2008; 134.
  • Lackner JM, Jaccard, J., Mangel, A.W., Naliboff, B.D.. Improving the adequacy of the adequate relief measure of clinical efficacy: A bayesian and conditional probability analysis of a multicenter RCT for IBS. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2008; 134.
  • Lackner JM, Chey, W.D., Rao, S.S., Hasler, W.L,., Katz LA, Koch, K.L., Kuo, B., Lackner JM, Parkman, H.P., McCallum, R., Miller, C., Sarosiek, I., Semler, J.R., Sitrin MD, Wilding, G.E.. How well does stool form and stool frequency correlate with colonic and whole gut transit in healthy controls and constipated patients? (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2008; 134.
  • Parkman H.P., Hutson A., Lackner J.M., Katz L.A., Sitrin M.D., Kuo B., McCallum R., Chey W.D., Hasler W.L., Wo J., Koch K.L., & Semler J.R.. Improving analysis of gastric emptying tests with use of patient’s age, gender, and BMI to help define gastroparesis with scintigraphy and SmartPill capsule.. Neurogastroenterology and Motility. 2007; 19.
  • Noe M., Epstein, L. H, Trevisan, M., Fisher, N., Lackner JM, Leddy, C,, Paluch, R.. The health improvement project (HIP): An intensive medical intervention for class III obesity and results of a pilot study. (published abstract). Obesity. 2007; 15.
  • Gaman, A, Hutson, A., Hwang, J., Stevens, K., Koch, K.L., Parkman, H.P., McCallum, R., Chey, W.D., Katz LA, Sitrin MD, Lackner JM, Hasler, W.L., Wo, J., Semler, J.R., Kuo, B.. A non-digestible device discriminates motility patterns with a luminal acidic pH change within the distal small bowel and proximal colon. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2007; 132(Sup 2).
  • Hasler, W.L., Coleski, R., Sarosiek, I., McCallum, R, Kuo, B., Parkman, H.P, Sitrin MD, Lackner JM, Katz LA, Koch, K.L., Wo, J., Chey, W.D, Hutson, A., Semler, J.R.. Colon transit and regional colon motor activity in diabetics with gastroparesis compared to healthy volunteers and diabetics with near normal gastric emptying. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2007; 132(2).
  • Kloetzer, L., Gaman, A., Nojkov, B., Chey, W.D., Hwang, J., Stevens, K., Koch, K.L., Parkman, H.P., McCallum, R., Katz LA, Sitrin MD, Lackner JM, Hasler, W.L., Wo, J., Semler, J.R., Kuo, B.. Complete pH profiling of the gastrointestinal tract in healthy volunteers with an ambulatory pH capsule. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2007; 132(Supp).
  • Parkman, H.P., Hutson, A., Lackner JM, Katz LA, Sitrin MD, Kuo, B., McCallum, R., Chey, W.D., Hasler, W.L., Wo, J., Koch, K.L, Semler, J.R.. Assessment of symptoms associated with delayed gastric emptying of the SmartPill. (published abstract). Neurogastroenterology and Motility. 2007; 19.
  • Rao, S, Kuo, B., Chey, W.D., DiBaise, J., Katz LA, Koch, K.L., Lackner JM, McCallum, R, Saad, R.J, Selover, K.,, Semler, J.R., Sitrin MD, Wilding, G.E, Parkman, H.P. Investigation of wireless capsule (SmartPill) for colonic transit: A comparative study with radiopaque markers in health and constipation. (published abstract). American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2007; 102(Sup 2).
  • Rao, S.S.,, Kuo, B., Chey, W.D., DiBaise, J, Katz LA, Koch, K.L., Lackner JM, McCallum, R., Saad, R.J., Selover, K., Semler, J.R., Sitrin MD, Wilding, G.E., Parkman, H.P.. Simultaneous assessment of colonic transit using wireless capsule (SmartPill) and radiopaque markers in healthy subjects and effects of gender. (published abstract). The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2007; 102(Sup 2).
  • Rao, S.S, McCallum, R., Parkman, H.P., Koch, K.L., Saad, R.J., Chey, W.D, DiBaise, J., Hutson, A., Semler, J.R., Sitrin MD, Lackner JM, Katz LA, Kuo, B.. A comparative study of SmartPill® and radioopaque markers for the assessment of colonic transit time in humans.(published abstract.). Gastroenterology. 2007; 132(sup 2).
  • Reddymasu, S., Gaman, A., Sarosiek, I., Parkman, H.P., Hutson, A., Chey, W.D., Katz LA, Lackner JM, Koch, K.L., Semler, J.R., Kuo, B., McCallum, R.. Non-digestible capsule technology to measure amplitude and frequency characteristics of gastric contractions- comparison between healthy and gastroparetic subjects. (published abstract). Neurogastroenterology and Motility. 2007; 19.
  • Reddymasu, S, Sarosiek, I., Koch, K.L., Hasler, W.L., Lackner JM, Katz LA, Sitrin MD, Parkman, H.P., Wo, J., Chey, W.D., Semler, J.R., Hwang, J., Kuo, B., McCallum, R.. Non-digestible capsule technology to measure frequency of gastric contractions- comparison between healthy and gastroparetic subjects. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2007; 132(Sup 2).
  • Sarosiek, I., Reddymasu, S., Koch, K.L., Hasler, W.L,, Lackner JM, Katz LA, Sitrin MD, Parkman, H.P., Wo, J., Sarosiek, J, Chey, W.D., Semler, J.R., Kuo, B., McCallum, R.. Relationship between the frequency of gastric contractions and gastric emptying of a non-digestible solid in controls and gastroparetics using SmartPill pressure recording capsule: Its future clinical potential. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2007; 132(Sup 2).
  • Sarosiek, I., Sarosiek, J., Rao, S., Parkman, H.P., Kuo, B., Lackner JM, Katz LA, Sitrin MD, Chey, W.D., Hasler, W.L., DiBaise, J., Wo, J., Koch, K.L., Semler, J.R., McCallum, R.. Comparisons of alimentary tract transit times among normal subjects from two multicenter trials using SmartPill wireless pH/pressure recording capsule: Its clinical implication. (published abstract). The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2007; 102(Sup 2).
  • Kuo, B, McCallum, R. W., Kock, K. L., Chey, W. D., Wo, J. M.,, Sitrin MD, Hasler, W.L., Lackner JM, Katz LA, Landrigan, B., Selover, K., Huston, A., Barthel, D., Semler, J., Parkman, H. P.. Smartpill, a novel ambulatory diagnostic test for measuring gastric emptying in health and disease. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2006; 130.
  • Lackner JM, Holroyd, K.A., Gudleski, G.D., Krasner, S.S., Katz LA, Powell, C., Sampeth, P.K., Firth, R.S., Yates, B.L. A randomized controlled trial of therapist-administered vs. minimal contact cognitive behavioral treatment for moderate to severe IBS. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2006; 130.
  • Lackner JM, Jaccard, J., Krasner, S.S., Katz LA, Blanchard, E,B.. How does cognitive behavioral therapy for IBS work? A structural equation modeling analysis of results from a randomized controlled trial. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2006; 130.
  • Parkman, H. P., Huston, A., Maurer, A. H., Knight, L. C., Kuo, B., Hasler, W. L, Chey, W. D.,, McCallum, R. W., Wo, J. M., Kock, K. L., Sitrin MD, Lackner JM, Semler, J.. Optimizing gastric emptying scintigraphy for the detection of gastroparesis. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2006; 130.
  • Sarosiek, I., Kock, K. L., Selover, K., Kuo, B., Parkman, H. P., Hasler, W. L., Wo, J. M., Sitrin MD, Chey, W. D.,, Lackner JM, D‘Andrea, D., McCallum, R. W.. A new non-scintigraphic method for measuring gastrointestinal transit in gastroparetic patients. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2006; 130.
  • Lackner JM. Is IBS a problem of emotion regulation?: A test of the level of emotional awareness model. (published abstract). Psychosomatic Medicine. 2005; 67(1).
  • Bahadur, S., Sitrin MD, Kuo B., Viazis N., Semler J, Lackner JM. Assessment of upper GI. motility in healthy subjects using ambulant capsule technology. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2005; 128(S2).
  • Lackner JM, Blanchard, E. B, Krasner, S. S., Firth, R. S., Gudleski, G, Sanders, K, Keefer L., Katz, L, Carosella, A. M, Payne, A.. Are psychological treatments for IBS effective for the full spectrum of symptoms for which patients seek treatment: Results of a multisite randomized controlled study.(published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2005; 128(S-2).
  • Lackner JM, Quigely, B., Blanchard, E.B.. Depression and abdominal pain in irritable bowel syndrome: The mediating role of catastrophizing. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2004; 126(S2).
  • Lackner JM, Mahl TC, Wilding, E.. IBS patients’ response to abdominal pain: Too sensitive, too tough, or both? (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2004; 126(S2).
  • Lackner JM, Lockwood, A., Coad, ML., Mahl TC, Firth, R, Mertz, H., Katz LA, Krasner, S, Wack, D, Galantowicz, P. Alterations in GI symptoms, psychological status, and brain function following participation in cognitive therapy for IBS. (Poster of Distinction).. Gastroenterology. 2004; 126(S2).
  • Lackner JM, Gudleski, G., Blanchard, E.B.. Beyond abuse: association among parenting behavior, abdominal pain, and somatization in IBS patients. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2003; 124(S1).
  • Lackner JM, Gurtman, M.. Interpersonal factors associated with irritable bowel syndrome. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2003; 124(S1).
  • Lackner JM, Jaccard, J.. Testing the Sequential Model of Pain Processing in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A structural equation modeling analysis. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2003; 124(S1).
  • Lackner JM, Morley, S.M., Dowzer, C.M., Mesmer, C., Hamilton, S.. Systematic review and meta analysis of randomized clinical trials of psychological treatments for irritable bowel syndrome. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2003; 124(S1).
  • Fessler R.D., Linn, R.T., Granger, C.V., Olson, K, Ostrow, G, Hartney, M, Lackner JM, Gutterman, L.R., Hopkins, L.N.. Improved cognition following carotid artery stent placement. (published abstract). Journal of Neurosurgery. 2001; 94(180A).
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Books and Book Chapters:
  • Lackner JM. Controlling IBS the drug free way: A 10 step program for symptom relief.. 2007.
  • Lackner JM. Psychosocial aspects of functional GI disorders. (Book chapter in Textbook of Gastroenterology, 3rd ed.). 2008.
  • Lackner JM. Irritable bowel syndrome: case formulation from the perspective of a behavioral functional analytical mode. (Book chapter in Formulation and Treatment in Clinical Health Psychology.). 2006.
  • Lackner JM. Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders - book chapter in Encyclopedia of Health Psychology.. 2004.
  • Lackner JM. Chronic Pain (book chapter in Adult Psychopathology Case Studies). 2004.
  • Granger, C.V., Lackner JM. Outpatients with low back pain: An analysis of the rate per day of pain and factors affecting improvement (book chapter - Advances in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.. 2003.
  • Lackner JM. Irritable bowel syndrome (book chapter - Handbook of health psychology).. 2003.

Professional Memberships:
  • American Pain Society
  • American Psychological Society
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies
  • International Association for the Study of Pain
  • International Foundation for Functional GI Disorders
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American Psychosomatic Society
  • American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society
Presentations:
  • "Brief Psychological Screening for the Clinician at the Bedside: Somatization, Distress, Pain, Coping" InternationalFoundation for Functional GI Disorders, nternationalFoundation for Functional GI Disorders, nternationalFoundation for Functional GI Disorders (2011)
  • "Cognitive Behavior Therapy for IBS: Principles, Practice, Process" Linkoping University, Sweden, Linkoping University, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences and Learning (2011)
  • "No Brain, NO Gain: Behavioral SElf Management Treatment of IBS" Visiting Professorship at Ohio State University, Ohio State Univeristy, Division of Gastroenterology (2010)
  • "Behavioral self-management for functional GI disease." Visiting Porfessor, Dept. of Medicine & Clinical Psychology, University of Health Sciences, Uniformed Services (2009)
  • "Central Treatments: Psychopharmacology, Behavioral" International Symposium of the International Foundation for Functional GI Disorders, International Foundation for Functional GI Disorders, International Foundation for Functional GI Disorders (2009)
  • "Cognititvve behavior therapy for irritable bowel syndrome" Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Porfessional Psychology, Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Porfessional Psychology (2009)
  • "Psychological Assessment: Peals for the Clinician at the Bedside" International Foundation for Functional GI Disorders, International Foundation for Functional GI Disorders, International Foundation for Functional GI Disorders (2009)
  • "Behavioral treatments for IBS: What are they and do they really work?" , University of Michigan, Division of Gastroenterology (2007)
  • "Behavioral Self management for IBS" AGA Course for Mid Level GI providers (2007)
  • "Psychologic Testing and Assessment" Internatonal Symposium of the International Foundation for Fuctional GI Disorders, International Foundation for Fuctional GI Disorders (2007)
  • "Psychological Treatments of IBS: Principles, process and practice" Invited lecture, University of Piuttsburgh, Pain REsearch Center (2006)
  • "Cognitive therapy for IBS" International Foundation for Functional GI Disorders (2005)
  • "Is IBS a Problem of Emotion Regulation? A test of the level of emotional awareness model" Invited symposium at the annual conference of the American Psychosomatic Society (2005)
  • "Gut reactions: Psychosocial Aspects of IBS" invited presentation, Penn State University, Department of Psychology (2005)
  • "Beyond abuse: association among parenting behavior, abdominal pain, and somatization in IBS patients" Annual Conference of the American Gastroenterological Association (2003)
  • "Cognitive behavior therapy for IBS" International Foundation for Functional GI Disorders (2003)
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Service Activities:
  • DDW Abstract Review Committee; Functional GI Disorders: Psychosocial and Psychotherapeutic Member since 2007; Chair (2008)
  • NIDDK Clinical Trials Study Section; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2004)
  • Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program, US Army; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2000)
  • Randomized Clinical Trials Committee; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2000)

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Contact Information

Erie County Medical Center
Behavioral Medicine Clinic
DK Miller Bldg, 462 Grider Street
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: (716) 898-5671
Fax: (716) 898-3040
Email: lackner@buffalo.edu

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