Jeffrey Lackner

Jeffrey M. Lackner

Jeffrey M. Lackner PsyD

UBMD Internal Medicine


Behavioral Medicine

Accepting new patients

Professional Summary:

I am Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine whose clinical, research, and educational activities focus on the interplay of health and behavior. Since its founding in 1994, the division’s clinical arm provide brief, state-of-the-art treatment for patients with painful medical disorders. These disorders include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), low back pain, pelvic pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, non-cardiac chest pain, temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and benign headaches such as migraine and tension headaches. A unique feature of our clinical services is the use of evidence-based treatment protocols that help patients gain control of symptoms that have not adequately responded to standard medical therapies. Because our clinicians are active researchers, patients receive cutting-edge treatments often times before they are more broadly disseminated. Our clinical work emphasizes a collaborative approach that recognizes that each patient is unique and presents with specific problems and not simply a diagnosis or set of symptoms.

My research focuses on developing and testing novel and safe treatments for chronic pain disorders, understanding their “active ingredients”, identifying patients for whom they are most effective, and their real world value. With NIH support since 1999, my research has influenced clinical practice guidelines and established me as an internationally recognized authority in the behavioral treatment of chronic pain disorders particularly IBS.
Division research provides valuable scholarly experiences for trainees in the UB medical school, school of public health, and the College of Arts and Sciences. We are pleased to offer these educational opportunities to qualified students at other local and international educational institutions as well. Trainees learn to design, write, conduct and analyze quality research projects with the goal of co-authoring at least one empirical study for publication. The academic skills students learn during research rotation support their professional development whether they progress to careers as independent researchers or academically-oriented clinicians who depend on critical thinking and a scholarly approach to healthcare delivery.
As part of the division’s Clinical Research Consulting Lab, I routinely assist faculty and mentor residents and fellows in research design and methods and consult with industry partners seeking ways to harness the science of behavior change to gain a competitive edge for product development, strategy, and evaluation.

I lecture in several UB departments such as internal medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery and psychology with the aim of familiarizing trainees with the psychosocial aspects of chronic diseases and behavioral change strategies critical for managing their day-to-day burden.


Behavioral Medicine

Patients Treated:

Adolescents, Adults, Seniors/Elderly

Physician Gender:



UBMD at Erie County Medical Center
Behavioral Medicine Clinic
462 Grider Street
DK Miller Bldg.
Buffalo, New York 14215
Contact: 716-898-5671
Accepting new patients

Insurance Accepted:
  • Aetna U.S. Healthcare
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of WNY Inc
  • CIGNA HealthCare
  • Community Blue (HMO)
  • Community Blue Advantage
  • Empire
  • GHI
  • Independent Health Association (HMO)
  • Magnacare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Nofault
  • United Healthcare
  • Workers Comp

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Behavioral Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine (1994)
  • Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University (1992)
  • Residency, Clinical Psychology, University of Texas School of Medicine (1991)
  • MA, Experimental Psychology, College of William and Mary (1987)
  • Social Psychology, London School of Economics (1985)
  • BA, Political Science, Emory University (1984)

Awards and Honors:

  • Fellowship (2020)
  • UB Exceptional Scholars – Sustained Achievement Award (2019)
  • Buffalo Translational Consortium, CTSI Clinical Research Achievement Award (2018)
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity (2016)
  • Outstanding Research Mentor, University at Buffalo Department of Medicine (2014)
  • ABCT Meritorious Book Award (2011)
  • Peterson Prize for Rutgers Outstanding Alumni (2009)
  • Dean's Award, Rutger's University (1989)
  • Merit Scholar, London School of Economics and Political Science (1985)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Academic Honorary, Emory University (1984)
  • Dean‘s List, Emory University (1980-1984) (1980)

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician's research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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