Behavioral Medicine Clinic

Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, and Akriri Dewanwala, MD

Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD (left), seeks to identify psychosocial mechanisms underlying irritable bowel syndrome. He guides gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition fellows like Akriri Dewanwala, MD, with their research at the Behavioral Medicine Clinic.

Members of our division have the opportunity to work in an internationally renowned clinic and research facility that provides state-of-the-art treatment for patients with irritable bowel syndrome and other medical disorders.

Research conducted at the Behavioral Medicine Clinic (BMC) has had a significant impact on how chronic pain disorders are treated in the United States and around the world.

Our faculty and fellows at the BMC focus on how psychosocial factors  — emotions, beliefs, relationships and coping styles — influence the risk of onset, maintenance and long-term outcome of medical disorders.

Investigators at the BMC seek to improve the understanding of painful and disabling medical conditions including:

  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • low back pain
  • fibromyalgia
  • non-cardiac chest pain
  • temporomandibular disorder
  • migraine and tension headache

Because our clinicians are active researchers, patients at the BMC receive cutting-edge treatments.

Our division’s physician-scientists use evidence-based treatment protocols to help patients gain control of symptoms that have not adequately responded to standard medical treatments.

Unique Research Opportunities

Our researchers are involved in a long-term, multi-site clinical trial to test the efficacy of a behavioral self-management treatment for IBS.

The study is one of the largest behavioral trials funded by the National Institutes of Health.

In addition to providing trainees in our gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition fellowship with research rotations, the BMC offers elective opportunities for medical students.


Behavioral Medicine Clinic

D.K. Miller Building
Erie County Medical Center


Lackner, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Lackner, PsyD

Professor of Medicine

Erie County Medical Center, Behavioral Medicine Clinic, DK Miller Bldg, 462 Grider Street Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-5671; Fax: (716) 898-3040


Affiliated Faculty and Staff

  • behavioral medicine experts
  • board-certified gastroenterologist
  • expert in functional gastroenterology disorders
  • malabsorption specialist
  • irritable bowel syndrome experts
  • project coordinator
  • research technician