Christopher D. Radziwon Ph.D.

Christopher Radziwon

Christopher D. Radziwon
Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Behavioral Medicine; Psychology

Contact Information
Division of Behavioral Medicine
Department of Medicine
University at Buffalo
Erie County Medical Center
462 Grider Street
Buffalo, New York 14215
Phone: (716) 898-5671
Fax: 7168983040
cdr@buffalo.edu


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Professional Summary:

I am a fellowship-trained health psychologist and director of the Pilot Studies Program in the Division of Behavioral Medicine at the University at Buffalo. My program develops and tests self-management programs for persistent pain disorders. I also develop and refine treatment manuals designed to help clinicians test and disseminate standardized interventions in order to consistently administer effective treatments.

My research goals are twofold: to better understand the predictors of treatment response, including co-morbid psychiatric disorders, personality variables, coping strategies, social environment, family factors; and to eventually identify the neurobiological underpinnings of treatment response to clarify how cognitive behavioral therapy CBT exerts its effects.

In addition to my clinical research program, I have more than 10 years of clinical experience assessing and treating patients struggling with chronic pain. I provide clinical care through UBMD internal medicine at the UB Behavioral Medicine Clinic. My practice provides behavioral treatments for medical patients with chronic illnesses ranging from traumatic brain injury, migraines, low back pain and multiple sclerosis to irritable bowel syndrome. I believe that the goal of behavioral counseling for chronic pain is less about lowering pain levels on a scale and more about helping patients develop strategies and skills that improve their quality of life. This process varies for every patient, but most often involves patients becoming involved in goal-directed activities with family, friends, recreational activities, and hobbies. For many patients, the goal is to reduce dependence on medications by learning more adaptive self-management skills.

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Behavioral Medicine, University at Buffalo, Behavioral Medicine Clinic (2011)
  • Internship, Counseling Psychology, University of Rochester (2009)
  • PhD, Counseling Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University (2009)
  • Certificate, School Counseling, University at Buffalo (2003)
  • EdM, School Counseling, University at Buffalo (2002)
  • MA, Educational Psychology, University at Buffalo (2001)
  • BA, Psychology, University at Buffalo (1997)

Employment:

  • Research Assistant Professor, Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2018-present)
  • Health Psychologist, Erie County Medical Center (2012-present)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2017–2018)
  • Research Scientist/ Health Psychologist, Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2011–2017)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine, Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2009–2011)
  • School Counselor/Family Counselor, Northtowns Academy (2003–2005)
  • School Counselor/Social Worker, Gateway-Longview, Inc (2002)

Awards and Honors:

  • Certificate of Merit - Educational Activities (2014)
  • Research Initiation Grant (RIG) (2008)
  • Lawanda P. Muller Graduate Fellowship in Education (2007)
  • Edwin L. Herr Scholarship for the Education of Counselors (2006)
  • Graham Endowed Fellowship (2005)

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • August 2012–August 2017
    Neurobiological mechanisms underlying effectiveness of CBT in IBS patients
    NIDDK
    Role: Contributor
    $2,667,031
  • May 2008–August 2017
    Self Administered CBT for IBS: A Multisite Trial (IBS Outcome Study; IBSOS)
    National Institutes of Health – NIDDK
    Role: Contributor
    $8,900,000

Journal Articles:

Books and Book Chapters:

  • Radziwon, C., & Lackner, J. (2011) In: What is behavioral therapy and will it help my patients with IBS?.

Abstracts:

  • Mason, S., Radziwon, C., Quigley, B., Gudleski, G., Vargovich, A., Borden, A., & Lackner, J. (2020) Do I really have to do my homework? The relationship between homework compliance and GI symptom improvement following cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for irritable bowel syndrome. Digestive Disease Week. (May) S905
  • Lackner, J., Jaccard, J., Firth, R., Krasner, S., Hamilton, F., Keefer, L., Ma, C-X., Radziwon, C., Sitrin, M., Brenner, D., Gudleski, G., & Katz, L. (2020) Factors associated with efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy vs. education for patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Digestive Disease Week. (May) S905
  • Quigley, B., Radziwon, C., Vargovich, A., & Lackner, J. (2020) Treatment expectancy for GI symptom improvement and motivation impacts the quality of the therapeutic alliance with IBS patients. Digestive Disease Week. (May) S905
  • Gudleski, G.D., Quigley, B.Q., Naliboff, B.D., Labus, J.S., Mayer, E.A., Radziwon, C., Vargovich, A., Krasner, S., & Lackner, J.M. (2019) Centralized sensitivity phenotype as a predictor of outcome to cognitive-behavior therapy for irritable bowel syndrome. (Jun)
  • Lackner JM, Quigley BM, Gudleski GD, Radziwon CD, Krasner S, Vargovich AM, Ruminski K A, Firth RS, Hamilton FA, Brenner DM. (2019) Global IBS Symptom Improvement In Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy-Treated Patients Is Associated With Clinically Important Changes In Abdominal Pain And Stool Consistency Across All Bowel Types. (May)
  • Quigley BM, Gudleski GD, Naliboff, BD, Labus JS, Mayer EA, Radziwon CD, Vargovich AM, Krasner S, Lackner JM. (2019) Centralized sensitivity phenotype as a predictor of outcome to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. (May)
  • Quigley BM, Ruminski KA, Vargovich AM, Gudleski GD, Radziwon CD, Mayer EA, Lackner JM. (2019) Psychological flexibility as an important feature of digestive health for patients undergoing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. (May)
  • Lackner, J., Jaccard, J., Firth, R., Brenner, D., Gudleski, G., Katz, L., Keefer, L., Krasner, S., Radziwon, C., Ma, CX., Braun, A., Sitrin, M., Hamilton, F. (2018) Durability of the the Effects of Self-Administered Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Patients with Moderate-to-Severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome: 12-Month Follow-up from the IBSOS Trial. (Jan)
  • Dunlap, L.J., Lackner, J., Jaccard, J., Radziwon, C., Brenner, D., Firth, R., Gudleski, G., Katz, L., Keefer, L., Krasner, S., Ma, CX., Sitrin, M., Tahiliani, V., Hamilton, F. (2018) Clinical and Cost Effectiveness of Minimal-Contact Versus Standard Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Results of the IBS Outcome Study (IBSOS). (Jan)
  • Lackner JM, Quigley BM, Radziwon CD, Sitrin MD, Krasner S, Sova, C. (2017) (Can’t get no) Patient satisfaction: The predictive power of demographic, GI, and psychological factors in IBS patients. (Jan)
  • Lackner,J.M., Brenner, D., Firth, R., Gudleski,G., Hamilton, F., Katz,L.., Keefer, Laurie., Krasner, S., Ma, CX., Radziwon, C., Sitrin, M., Jaccard,J. (2017) Self-administered Cognitive Behavior Therapy for IBS: The IBS Outcome Study (IBSOS) Randomized Clinical Trial. (Jan)
  • Lackner, J. M., Gudleski, G. D., Brenner, D. M., Keefer, L., Deqanwala, A., Sitrin, M. D., Baum, C., Radziwon, C., Krasner, S. S., Quinton, S., Iacobucci, G., Katz, L. A., Abbas, A. (2013) Testing the Relationship Between Psychological Factors and Post Prandial Symptoms in Moderate to Severe IBS Patients: Are We Approaching the Boundaries of the Biopsychosocial Model?. (Jan)
  • Lackner, J. M., Ma, C., Gudleski, G. D., Keefer, L., Brenner, D. M., Satchidanand, N., Firth, R., Sitrin, M. D., Katz, L. A., Krasner, S. S., Radziwon, C., Ballou, S., Naliboff, B. D. (2013) Type, Not Number, of Mental-Physical Comorbidities Increases the Severity of GI Symptoms in Patients with More Severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome. (Jan)
  • Lackner, J. M., Gudleski, G. D., Keefer, L., Brenner, D. M., Stewart, T. J., Iacobucci, G., Firth, R., Simonetti, C., Radziwon, C., Krasner, S. S., Sitrin, M. D., Katz, L. A., Quinton, S., Sklar, E. (2013) Psychosocial Predictors of Self Ratings of Health in Moderate to Severe IBS Patients: What’s Involved in Feeling Healthy Besides the Severity of GI Symptoms?. (Jan)
  • Lackner, J. M., DiMuro, J. M., Gudleski, G. D., Keefer, L., Brenner, D. M., Radziwon, C., Krasner, S. S., Sitrin, M. D., Katz, L. A., Quinton, S. (2013) Prevalence, Severity, and Predictors of Self-Reported Fatigue in Patients with Moderate to Severe IBS. (Jan)
  • Lackner, J. M., Ma, C., Gudleski, G. D., Keefer, L., Smith, E. T., Radziwon, C., Booth, A. (2012) Additive and Interaction Effects of Medical and Mental Comorbidities on Health Outcomes in a Sample of Severely Affected IBS Patients From Two Tertiary Care Clinics. (Jan)
  • Haroon M, Smith A, Sapaleva T, Gudleski G. D, Krasner S. S, Katz L. A, Wurl A, Powell C, Booth A, Radziwon C, Sampath P. K, Lackner J. M. (2011) Do ROME Foundation Psychosocial Alarm Factors Predict IBS Symptom Severity?: A Validation Study From an NIH Clinical Trial. (Jan)
  • Lackner, J. M., Ma, C., Baum, C., Brasel, A. M., Smith, A., Sapaleva, T., Radziwon, C., Krasner, S. S., Katz, L., Powell, C., Sampath, P., Sitrin, M. D. (2010) What do IBS symptom severity scales measure?: GI symptoms, emotions, cognitions – Or something else?. (Jan)
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Professional Memberships:

  • Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy; Division of the American Psychology Association (Division 29) (2017–present)
  • Psychology Association of WNY (2008–present)

Presentations:

  • "Treating Chronic Pain with Behavioral Medicine" Rehabilitation Science Seminar Series, University at Buffalo, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (2021)
  • "Patient Engagement in the COVID-19 Era" Virtual Saturday CME, Catholic Health System (2021)
  • "Beyond Prescriptions: Treating Chronic Pain with Behavioral Medicine - AM Buffalo Interview" AM - Buffalo Interview - https://www.wkbw.com/am-buffalo/treating-chronic-pain-with-behavioral-medicine (2019)
  • "Beyond Prescriptions: Treating Chronic Pain with Behavioral Medicine." University Express (2019)
  • "Neuropathic, Central Sensitization, & Phantom Limb Pain" Amputee Support Group (2018)
  • "Psychological Factors In Chronic Pain" Educational Program to Physical Therapists at Sports PT (2016)
  • "Help-Seeking Intentions in Adolescents: Links to Attachment, Distress, and Coping" Pennsylvania Counseling Association (2007)

Service Activities:

  • Psychology Association of WNY Education Committee Chair Psychology Association of WNY (2012–2014)
  • Psychology Association of WNY Education Committee Chair Psychology Association of WNY; Chair (2012–2014)

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Contact Information

Division of Behavioral Medicine
Department of Medicine
University at Buffalo
Erie County Medical Center
462 Grider Street
Buffalo, New York 14215
Phone: (716) 898-5671
Fax: 7168983040
cdr@buffalo.edu

This faculty member is affiliated with UBMD, practicing physicians who are also professors in the Jacobs School.

View this physician on UBMD