Behavioral Medicine

A new study suggests that teens with painful chronic illnesses may find YouTube can provide a support network. Young people with chronic pain “feel they cannot engage in the activities they previously enjoyed, or do not want to hold others back knowing they will need to do things more slowly or carefully,” said Alison M. Vargovich, PhD, clinical assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Behavioral Medicine, who was not associated with the study. “As they turn down requests to participate in activities and outings, they become more isolated.” 
An article on research that showed that using cognitive-behavioral therapy delivered by phone or online leads to improvements in patient-reported outcomes in irritable bowel syndrome interviews Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, professor of medicine, chief of behavioral medicine and director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic. “Patients with some of the most challenging, complex GI symptoms can achieve very real improvements in IBS symptoms that do not respond to standard conventional treatments,” he said.
Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, professor of medicine, discussed recently published results of a landmark NIH clinical trial that evaluated cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as a method for relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, common misconceptions of CBT, and how a gastroenterologist can approach patients who are candidates for CBT.
A study of patients with irritable bowel syndrome showed that many factors that contribute to patient satisfaction are beyond the doctor’s control. "Patient satisfaction is a significant metric that impacts reimbursement as health care emphasizes the value of care not the volume of care," said Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, professor of medicine.
Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, professor of medicine, is leading a pilot study to determine whether behavioral self-management of irritable bowel syndrome may lead to fundamental changes in the digestive system’s bacterial ecosystem. 
Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, professor of medicine and director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic, is the author of a self-help book titled “Controlling IBS the Drug-Free Way.”
Behavioral medicine expert Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, associate professor of medicine, says constipation significantly affects people’s quality of life, functioning and digestive health.
According to a study led by Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, professor of medicine, men with irritable bowel syndrome feel cold, detached and a need to dominate relationships.
A study led by Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, professor of medicine, found that patients’ fears about how irritable bowel symptoms will affect their quality of life may exceed the impact of gastrointestinal symptoms alone.
A treatment developed by University at Buffalo researchers will help people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. “Between 60 and 70 percent of people who go through our treatment seem to benefit. That compares very favorably with medications, dietary treatments, for which treatment is often times unsatisfactory,” says Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, professor of medicine.
The severity of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms plays a surprisingly modest role in self-rated health, according to a study co-authored by Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, associate professor of medicine.
Studies, such as University at Buffalo research on grocery purchases, irritable bowel and reactions to repeated presentations of food, offer compensation to participants — and new knowledge for all.
Jeffrey M. Lackner, PhD, director of UB’s Behavioral Medicine Clinic, strives to clarify the relationship between behavior and chronic medical conditions, and hopes to help patients better manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Honorees include Chiu-Bin Hsiao, MD; Jeffrey Lackner, PsyD; Shehzad S. Merchant, MD; Andrew H. Talal, MD; and Rocco C. Venuto, MD.

Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, associate professor of gastroenterology, asserts that acupuncture is not currently a “go-to” IBS treatment in the U.S. and says that cognitive behavioral therapy is a possible non-drug treatment option.