University at Buffalo

Behavioral Medicine Clinic


Jeffrey Lackner, PsyD

Dr. Lackner

Dr. Jeffrey Lackner is the director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic and an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine. Dr. Lackner’s primary research interests include biobehavioral aspects of irritable bowel syndrome. Since 1999, Dr. Lackner’s research has received continual federal support through the National Institutes of Health/NIDDK. He was recently awarded a seven–year, $8.9 million grant to test the efficacy of behavioral self-management treatment for IBS. His research program focuses on identifying psychosocial mechanisms underlying IBS; utilizing this information to develop behavioral treatment using innovative delivery systems; testing the efficacy of these treatments in randomized controlled trials; and specifying how these treatments work and the conditions under which they are most efficacious. He has also been a principal investigator of a number of industry–funded clinical trials featuring innovative pharmacological agents for IBS. Dr. Lackner has published numerous articles in scientific journals including Gastroenterology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Pain, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Behaviour Research and Therapy. He lectures extensively about IBS and other painful medical disorders and assists various health care organizations on ways to improve the quality of care for patients with persistent pain disorders.