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

Contact Information
Erie County Medical Center
462 Grider St
DK Miller Bldg
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: (716) 898-5671
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, The Pennsylvania State University (2009)
  • Cert, School Counseling, University at Buffalo (2003)
  • EdM, Psychology, University at Buffalo (2002)
  • MA, Educational Psycology, University at Buffalo (2001)
  • BA, Psychology, Univeristy at Buffalo (1997)

Employment:

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

Awards and Honors:

  • 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)


Journal Articles:

Books and Book Chapters:

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

Abstracts:

  • 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.. Clinical and Cost Effectiveness of Minimal-Contact Versus Standard Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Results of the IBS Outcome Study (IBSOS).. Gastroenterology. 2018; 154(6).
  • 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.. Clinical and Cost Effectiveness of Minimal-Contact Versus Standard Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Results of the IBS Outcome Study (IBSOS). Gastroenterology. 2018; 154(6).
  • 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. 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. Gastroenterology. 2018; 154(6).
  • Lackner JM, Quigley BM, Radziwon CD, Sitrin MD, Krasner S, sova, c. (Can’t get no) Patient satisfaction: The predictive power of demographic, GI, and psychological factors in IBS patients. Gastroenterology. 2017; 152(5).
  • 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. Type, Not Number, of Mental-Physical Comorbidities Increases the Severity of GI Symptoms in Patients with More Severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Gastroenterology. 2013; 144(5).
  • 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. 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?. Gastroenterology. 2013; 144(5).
  • 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. Prevalence, Severity, and Predictors of Self-Reported Fatigue in Patients with Moderate to Severe IBS. Gastroenterology. 2013; 144(5).
  • 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. 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?. Gastroenterology. 2013; 144(5).
  • Lackner, J. M., Ma, C., Gudleski, G. D., Keefer, L., Smith, E. T., Radziwon, C., Booth, A. 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. Gastroenterology. 2012; 142(5).
  • 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. Do ROME Foundation Psychosocial Alarm Factors Predict IBS Symptom Severity?: A Validation Study From an NIH Clinical Trial. Gastroenterology. 2011; 140(S).
  • 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. What do IBS symptom severity scales measure?: GI symptoms, emotions, cognitions – Or something else?. Gastroenterology. 2010; 138(5).
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Professional Memberships:

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

Presentations:

  • "Help-Seeking Intentions in Adolescents: Links to Attachment, Distress, and Coping" , Pennsylvania Counseling Association

Service Activities:

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

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Contact Information

Erie County Medical Center
462 Grider St
DK Miller Bldg
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: (716) 898-5671
cdr@buffalo.edu

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