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profileLisa Conboy, Sc.D.

TitleInstructor in Medicine, Part-time
InstitutionBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
AddressHarvard Medical School
NRB, Osher Research Center
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston MA 02115
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I am a social epidemiologist and a sociologist with an interest in the associations between social factors and health.  I am published in the areas of Women's Health, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Integrative Medicine, and qualitative research methodology. I do research and teach research methodologies at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, as the research director and faculty at the New England School of Acupuncture, and at other acupuncture schools in the United States. My portfolio also includes research in the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits of yoga, meditation, Ayurveda and other holistic and mind-body therapies.

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W81XWH-16-1-0528     (Kokkotou)Sep 1, 2016 - Aug 31, 2019
GWI: Molecular Analysis of Disease Endophenotypes and Response to Acupuncture Treatment
Role Description: The major goals of the study are: a) To identify GWI-specific biomarker signatures by comparing the plasma proteome of GWI patients against matched healthy individuals and two different disease controls; b) To facilitate personalized acupuncture treatment delivery based on predictive biomarkers; c) To understand the biological mechanisms of acupuncture healing. Aim 1: Develop GWI-specific biomarker signatures by comparing the serum proteome of GWI patients with matched healthy individuals and disease controls Aim 2: Personalized acupuncture treatment in GWI Veterans based on biomarker signatures Aim 3: Identify biomarkers of acupuncture effects that follow a dose-response pattern
Role: Co-Investigator

DOD W81XWH-15-1-0695     (CONBOY, LISA A)Oct 1, 2015 - Sep 30, 2017
Designing a Successful Acupuncture Treatment Program for Gulf War Illness
Role Description: The goals of this current application are:1) Gather follow up data from our veteran participants (from our completed parent study The Effectiveness of Acupuncture in the Treatment Of Gulf War Illness) on current symptom levels and use of services to explore the long-term effects of an acupuncture treatment program, 2) Develop suggestions for how an acupuncture program may be implemented using the viewpoints of multiple stakeholders, 3) Develop a treatment manual for acupuncture practitioners explaining the most effective methods of treating the symptoms of GWI.
Role: PI

R01AT008573     (LEMBO, ANTHONY J)Sep 1, 2015 - Jun 30, 2020
Efficacy of Open-Label Placebo, Double-Blind Placebo, and Peppermint Oil in IBS
Role: Co-Investigator, Director of Qualitative Aspects

DOD GW130028     (CONBOY, LISA A)Aug 1, 2014 - Jun 28, 2017
Bench to Bedside:  Understanding Symptom Response to Acupuncture Treatment and Designing a Successful Acupuncture Treatment Program
Role Description: The goals of the project are to determine the relationships between dose of acupuncture and effect on secondary outcomes and the relationship of dose and clinical improvement in a sample of veterans with Gulf War Illness who received acupuncture treatment.
Role: PI

R34AT007569     (SALMOIRAGO-BLOTCHER, ELANA)Sep 30, 2013 - May 31, 2017
Development of a Tai Chi intervention to overcome barriers to cardiac rehabilitation
Role: Co-Investigator, Director of Qualitative Aspects

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  1. Ballou S, Kaptchuk TJ, Hirsch W, Nee J, Iturrino J, Hall KT, Kelley JM, Cheng V, Kirsch I, Jacobson E, Conboy L, Lembo A, Davis RB. Open-label versus double-blind placebo treatment in irritable bowel syndrome: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2017 May 25; 18(1):234. PMID: 28545508.
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  2. Butzer B, LoRusso AM, Windsor R, Riley F, Frame K, Khalsa SBS, Conboy L. A Qualitative Examination of Yoga for Middle School Adolescents. Adv Sch Ment Health Promot. 2017; 10(3):195-219. PMID: 28757897.
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  3. Abou-Donia MB, Conboy LA, Kokkotou E, Jacobson E, Elmasry EM, Elkafrawy P, Neely M, Bass CR', Sullivan K. Screening for novel central nervous system biomarkers in veterans with Gulf War Illness. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2017 05; 61:36-46. PMID: 28286177.
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  4. Braun TD, Park CL, Gorin AA, Garivaltis H, Noggle JJ, Conboy LA. Group-Based Yogic Weight Loss with Ayurveda-Inspired Components: A Pilot Investigation of Female Yoga Practitioners and Novices. Int J Yoga Therap. 2016 Sep 01. PMID: 27583936.
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  5. Hsu KY, Chui KK, Conboy L. Are baseline characteristics related to responses to acupuncture treatment for musculoskeletal conditions? Analysis of a dataset from a teaching centre. Acupunct Med. 2016 Oct; 34(5):408-409. PMID: 27390255.
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  6. Yeh GY, Chan CW, Wayne PM, Conboy L. The Impact of Tai Chi Exercise on Self-Efficacy, Social Support, and Empowerment in Heart Failure: Insights from a Qualitative Sub-Study from a Randomized Controlled Trial. PLoS One. 2016; 11(5):e0154678. PMID: 27177041; PMCID: PMC4866692.
  7. Conboy L, Gerke T, Hsu KY, St John M, Goldstein M, Schnyer R. The Effectiveness of Individualized Acupuncture Protocols in the Treatment of Gulf War Illness: A Pragmatic Randomized Clinical Trial. PLoS One. 2016; 11(3):e0149161. PMID: 27031099; PMCID: PMC4816551.
  8. Braun TD, Park CL, Gorin AA, Garivaltis H, Noggle JJ, Conboy LA. Group-Based Yogic Weight Loss with Ayurveda-Inspired Components: A Pilot Investigation of Female Yoga Practitioners and Novices. Int J Yoga Therap. 2016 Jan; 26(1):55-72. PMID: 27797660.
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  9. Domar AD, Rooney KL, Milstein M, Conboy L. Lifestyle habits of 12,800 IVF patients: Prevalence of negative lifestyle behaviors, and impact of region and insurance coverage. Hum Fertil (Camb). 2015; 18(4):253-7. PMID: 26414657.
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  10. Romeo MJ, Parton B, Russo RA, Hays LS, Conboy L. Acupuncture to Treat the Symptoms of Patients in a Palliative Care Setting. Explore (NY). 2015 Sep-Oct; 11(5):357-62. PMID: 26254221.
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  11. Hall KT, Tolkin BR, Chinn GM, Kirsch I, Kelley JM, Lembo AJ, Kaptchuk TJ, Kokkotou E, Davis RB, Conboy LA. Conscientiousness is modified by genetic variation in catechol-O-methyltransferase to reduce symptom complaints in IBS patients. Brain Behav. 2015 Jan; 5(1):39-44. PMID: 25722948; PMCID: PMC4321393.
  12. Kirschner K, Mandell R, Knowlton J, Romeo MJ, Conboy L. Acupuncture in Uganda: a research letter on the integration of acupuncture with conventional biomedical treatments. Glob Adv Health Med. 2014 Jul; 3(4):61-3. PMID: 25105080; PMCID: PMC4104561.
  13. Hsu KY, Dunn JE, Bradshaw YS, Conboy L. Lessons from an acupuncture teaching clinic: patient characteristics and pain management effectiveness. Explore (NY). 2014 Sep-Oct; 10(5):284-93. PMID: 25042414.
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  14. Yeh G, Chan C, Wayne P, Conboy L. The impact of a tai chi exercise program on patients with chronic heart failure: qualitative analysis from a randomized controlled trial. J Altern Complement Med. 2014 May; 20(5):A69-70. PMID: 24805681.
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  15. Hsu KY, Conboy L. Who might benefit from acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain: results from a student clinic. J Altern Complement Med. 2014 May; 20(5):A41-2. PMID: 24805600.
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  16. Conboy L, St John M, Schnyer R. Management of Gulf War Syndrome Symptoms with Acupuncture: Findings of a Wait-List Controlled RCT. J Altern Complement Med. 2014 May; 20(5):A15-6. PMID: 24805522.
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  17. Conboy L, Blossom S, Garivaltis H. . Yoga Therapy Theory and Practice. eds Ellen G. Horovitz, Staffan Elgelid. An Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Diet: An Internet-Based Study (chapter 12). 2014.
  18. Conboy LA, Noggle JJ, Frey JL, Kudesia RS, Khalsa SB. Qualitative evaluation of a high school yoga program: feasibility and perceived benefits. Explore (NY). 2013 May-Jun; 9(3):171-80. PMID: 23643372.
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  19. Cronin C, Conboy L. Using the NADA Protocol to Treat Combat Stress-Induced Insomnia: A Pilot Study. Journal of Chinese Medicine. 2013; (103):50-6.
  20. Domar AD, Conboy LA . Lifestyle Habits of 12,800 IVF Patients; the impact of region and insurance coverage. Fertility and Sterility. 2013; 3(100):S470. p 116.
  21. Hall KT, Lembo AJ, Kirsch I, Ziogas DC, Douaiher J, Jensen KB, Conboy LA, Kelley JM, Kokkotou E, Kaptchuk TJ. Catechol-O-methyltransferase val158met polymorphism predicts placebo effect in irritable bowel syndrome. PLoS One. 2012; 7(10):e48135. PMID: 23110189; PMCID: PMC3479140.
  22. Conboy L, St John M, Schnyer R. The effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of Gulf War Illness. Contemp Clin Trials. 2012 May; 33(3):557-62. PMID: 22349455.
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  23. Domar AD, Conboy L, Denardo-Roney J, Rooney KL. Lifestyle behaviors in women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a prospective study. Fertil Steril. 2012 Mar; 97(3):697-701.e1. PMID: 22217965.
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  24. Braun TD, Park CL, Conboy LA. Psychological well-being, health behaviors, and weight loss among participants in a residential, Kripalu yoga-based weight loss program. Int J Yoga Therap. 2012; (22):9-22. PMID: 23070668.
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  25. Gard T, Brach N, Holzel BK, Noggle JJ, Conboy LA, Lazar SW.(2012). Effects of a yoga-based intervention for young adults on quality of life and perceived stress: The potential mediating roles of mindfulness and self-compassion. Journal of Positive Psychology. 2012; 3(7):165-175.
  26. Highfield ES, Spellman L, Barnes LL, Kaptchuk TJ, Paradis G, Conboy LA, Saper R. Profile of minority and under-served patients using acupuncture. Complement Ther Med. 2012 Feb-Apr; 20(1-2):70-2. PMID: 22305251; PMCID: PMC3273714.
  27. Kerr CE, Shaw JR, Conboy LA, Kelley JM, Jacobson E, Kaptchuk TJ. Placebo acupuncture as a form of ritual touch healing: a neurophenomenological model. Conscious Cogn. 2011 Sep; 20(3):784-91. PMID: 21397519; PMCID: PMC3140594.
  28. Conboy LA, Wilson A, Braun T. Moving beyond health to flourishing: the effects of yoga teacher training. ScientificWorldJournal. 2010 May 04; 10:788-95. PMID: 20454759.
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  29. Cremonini F, Ziogas DC, Chang HY, Kokkotou E, Kelley JM, Conboy L, Kaptchuk TJ, Lembo AJ. Meta-analysis: the effects of placebo treatment on gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2010 Jul; 32(1):29-42. PMID: 20353496; PMCID: PMC3150180.
  30. Kokkotou E, Conboy LA, Ziogas DC, Quilty MT, Kelley JM, Davis RB, Lembo AJ, Kaptchuk TJ. Serum correlates of the placebo effect in irritable bowel syndrome. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2010 Mar; 22(3):285-e81. PMID: 20028464; PMCID: PMC2852478.
  31. Ahn AC, Schnyer R, Conboy L, Laufer MR, Wayne PM. Electrodermal measures of Jing-Well points and their clinical relevance in endometriosis-related chronic pelvic pain. J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Dec; 15(12):1293-305. PMID: 19958132; PMCID: PMC2876713.
  32. Conboy LA, Macklin E, Kelley J, Kokkotou E, Lembo A, Kaptchuk T. Which patients improve: characteristics increasing sensitivity to a supportive patient-practitioner relationship. Soc Sci Med. 2010 Feb; 70(3):479-484. PMID: 19900742.
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  33. Kaptchuk TJ, Shaw J, Kerr CE, Conboy LA, Kelley JM, Csordas TJ, Lembo AJ, Jacobson EE. "Maybe I made up the whole thing": placebos and patients' experiences in a randomized controlled trial. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2009 Sep; 33(3):382-411. PMID: 19597976; PMCID: PMC2716443.
  34. Kelley JM, Lembo AJ, Ablon JS, Villanueva JJ, Conboy LA, Levy R, Marci CD, Kerr CE, Kirsch I, Jacobson EE, Riess H, Kaptchuk TJ. Patient and practitioner influences on the placebo effect in irritable bowel syndrome. Psychosom Med. 2009 Sep; 71(7):789-97. PMID: 19661195; PMCID: PMC2818141.
  35. Domar AD, Smith K, Conboy L, Iannone M, Alper M. A prospective investigation into the reasons why insured United States patients drop out of in vitro fertilization treatment. Fertil Steril. 2010 Sep; 94(4):1457-9. PMID: 19591985.
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  36. Lembo AJ, Conboy L, Kelley JM, Schnyer RS, McManus CA, Quilty MT, Kerr CE, Drossman D, Jacobson EE, Davis RB. A treatment trial of acupuncture in IBS patients. Am J Gastroenterol. 2009 Jun; 104(6):1489-97. PMID: 19455132; PMCID: PMC2694961.
  37. Conboy L, Edshteyn I, Garivaltis H. Ayurveda and Panchakarma: measuring the effects of a holistic health intervention. ScientificWorldJournal. 2009 Apr 27; 9:272-80. PMID: 19412555; PMCID: PMC2699273.
  38. Passos MC, Lembo AJ, Conboy LA, Kaptchuk TJ, Kelly JM, Quilty MT, Kerr CE, Jacobson EE, Hu R, Friedlander E, Drossman DA. Adequate relief in a treatment trial with IBS patients: a prospective assessment. Am J Gastroenterol. 2009 Apr; 104(4):912-9. PMID: 19293784; PMCID: PMC2707022.
  39. Wayne PM, Kerr CE, Schnyer RN, Legedza AT, Savetsky-German J, Shields MH, Buring JE, Davis RB, Conboy LA, Highfield E, Parton B, Thomas P, Laufer MR. Japanese-style acupuncture for endometriosis-related pelvic pain in adolescents and young women: results of a randomized sham-controlled trial. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2008 Oct; 21(5):247-57. PMID: 18794019; PMCID: PMC2610346.
  40. Conboy L, Quilty MT, Kerr C, Shaw J, Wayne P. A qualitative analysis of adolescents' experiences of active and sham Japanese-style acupuncture protocols administered in a clinical trial. J Altern Complement Med. 2008 Jul; 14(6):699-705. PMID: 18684076.
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  41. Kaptchuk TJ, Kelley JM, Conboy LA, Davis RB, Kerr CE, Jacobson EE, Kirsch I, Schyner RN, Nam BH, Nguyen LT, Park M, Rivers AL, McManus C, Kokkotou E, Drossman DA, Goldman P, Lembo AJ. Components of placebo effect: randomised controlled trial in patients with irritable bowel syndrome. BMJ. 2008 May 03; 336(7651):999-1003. PMID: 18390493; PMCID: PMC2364862.
  42. Chin Feman SP, Nguyen LT, Quilty MT, Kerr CE, Nam BH, Conboy LA, Singer JP, Park M, Lembo AJ, Kaptchuk TJ, Davis RB. Effectiveness of recruitment in clinical trials: an analysis of methods used in a trial for irritable bowel syndrome patients. Contemp Clin Trials. 2008 Mar; 29(2):241-51. PMID: 17919993; PMCID: PMC2277253.
  43. Dorn SD, Kaptchuk TJ, Park JB, Nguyen LT, Canenguez K, Nam BH, Woods KB, Conboy LA, Stason WB, Lembo AJ. A meta-analysis of the placebo response in complementary and alternative medicine trials of irritable bowel syndrome. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2007 Aug; 19(8):630-7. PMID: 17640177.
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  44. Conboy L, Kaptchuk TJ, Eisenberg DM, Gottlieb B, Acevedo-Garcia D. The relationship between social factors and attitudes toward conventional and CAM practitioners. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2007 Aug; 13(3):146-57. PMID: 17631257.
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  45. Conboy LA. (book review) . Premila MS. Ayurvedic Herbs: A Clinical Guide to the Healing Plants of Traditional Indian Medicine. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.13(8):841-2. 2007.
  46. Conboy LA, Wasserman RH, Jacobson EE, Davis RB, Legedza AT, Park M, Rivers AL, Morey EB, Nam BH, Lasagna L, Kirsch I, Lembo AJ, Kaptchuk TJ, Kerr CE. Investigating placebo effects in irritable bowel syndrome: a novel research design. Contemp Clin Trials. 2006 Apr; 27(2):123-34. PMID: 16427366.
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  47. Conboy L, Patel S, Kaptchuk TJ, Gottlieb B, Eisenberg D, Acevedo-Garcia D. Sociodemographic determinants of the utilization of specific types of complementary and alternative medicine: an analysis based on a nationally representative survey sample. J Altern Complement Med. 2005 Dec; 11(6):977-94. PMID: 16398589.
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  48. Schnyer RN, Conboy LA, Jacobson E, McKnight P, Goddard T, Moscatelli F, Legedza AT, Kerr C, Kaptchuk TJ, Wayne PM. Development of a Chinese medicine assessment measure: an interdisciplinary approach using the delphi method. J Altern Complement Med. 2005 Dec; 11(6):1005-13. PMID: 16398591.
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  49. Patel SM, Stason WB, Legedza A, Ock SM, Kaptchuk TJ, Conboy L, Canenguez K, Park JK, Kelly E, Jacobson E, Kerr CE, Lembo AJ. The placebo effect in irritable bowel syndrome trials: a meta-analysis. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2005 Jun; 17(3):332-40. PMID: 15916620.
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  50. Stone DA, Kerr CE, Jacobson E, Conboy LA, Kaptchuk TJ. Patient expectations in placebo-controlled randomized clinical trials. J Eval Clin Pract. 2005 Feb; 11(1):77-84. PMID: 15660541.
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  51. Kerr, C and Conboy LA . Qualitative Study of Cancer Patients’ Experiences with and Reasons For Intensively Pursuing Qigong, a Chinese Meditative Therapy. Society for Acupuncture Research Annual Meeting. Abstract Presentation. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2004; 1(10).
  52. Conboy L, Domar A, O'Connell E. Women at mid-life: symptoms, attitudes, and choices, an internet based survey. Maturitas. 2001 Apr 20; 38(2):129-36. PMID: 11306201.
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  53. Paula Gardiner, Lisa Conboy, Kathi Kemper. Herbs and adolescent girls: Avoiding the hazards of self-treatment. Contemporary Pediatrics. 2000; (3):133-145.
  54. Emmons KM, Koch-Weser S, Atwood K, Conboy L, Rudd R, Colditz G. A qualitative evaluation of the Harvard Cancer Risk Index. J Health Commun. 1999 Jul-Sep; 4(3):181-93. PMID: 10977287.
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