Dr. Paula Gardiner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Her passion is studying and teaching clinicians how to facilitate and implement medical group visits or shared medical appointments She completed a three year Clinical Research Fellowship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research and Faculty Development at Harvard Medical School. She received her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. Additionally, she has been awarded a five year NIH K award grant focusing on CAM use, stress, and dietary supplement in the inner city under served medical patients. Her research concentration is patient-oriented research regarding chronic pain and evidenced based integrative medicine access in low income patients. Current research is focused on the adaptive role of an Integrative Medicine Group Visit (IMGV) which combines Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and a Medical Group Visit to support health behavior change and reducing pain and stress. With funding by Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI), she is the primary investigator on a comparative effectiveness randomized controlled trial of IMGV compared to a primary care visit in Boston for participants with chronic pain (N=124). Her research focuses on innovative technologies such as Embodied Conversational Agents and Our Whole Lives; a Holistic online toolkit that teaches mind body techniques. Dr. Gardiner lectures nationally and internationally. She has published over 90 review and original papers on technology (embodied conversational agents, virtual worlds, apps), chronic pain, technology, dietary supplements, stress, and integrative medicine in under served patients. She is a certified meditation and mindful self compassion teacher.
- Tufts University School of Medicine, MD
- Harvard School of Public Health, MPH
- Tufts University, BA
- Published on 6/29/2021
Mitchell S, Bragg A, Gardiner P, De La Cruz B, Laird L. Patient engagement and presence in a virtual world world diabetes self-management education intervention for minority women. Patient Educ Couns. 2021 Jun 29. PMID: 34226067.
- Published on 5/3/2021
Mitchell S, Bragg A, Moldovan I, Woods S, Melo K, Martin-Howard J, Gardiner P. Stigma as a Barrier to Participant Recruitment of Minority Populations in Diabetes Research: Development of a Community-Centered Recruitment Approach. JMIR Diabetes. 2021 May 03; 6(2):e26965. PMID: 33938811.
- Published on 7/7/2020
Mehta V, D'Amico S, Luo M, Bodner K, Goldstein L, Neri C, Gardiner P. Food Habits, Stressors, and Use of Complementary Medicine Therapies Among Pediatric Patients Who Attend an Integrative Medicine Pediatric Pain Clinic. J Altern Complement Med. 2020 Aug; 26(8):691-700. PMID: 32640830.
- Published on 11/22/2019
Mazhar H, Foster BC, Necyk C, Gardiner PM, Harris CS, Robaey P. Natural Health Product-Drug Interaction Causality Assessment in Pediatric Adverse Event Reports Associated with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Medication. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2020 02; 30(1):38-47. PMID: 31670573.
- Published on 8/22/2019
Keosaian J, Venkatesh T, D'Amico S, Gardiner P, Saper R. Blood Lead Levels of Children Using Traditional Indian Medicine and Cosmetics: A Feasibility Study. Glob Adv Health Med. 2019; 8:2164956119870988. PMID: 31489260.
- Published on 7/1/2019
Gardiner P, Chao M, Burnett M. Improving Access, Integration, and Sustainability: A Reflective Overview of the Special Issue on Innovation in Group-Delivered Services. J Altern Complement Med. 2019 Jul; 25(7):663-665. PMID: 31314568.
- Published on 7/1/2019
Charlot M, D'Amico S, Luo M, Gemei A, Kathuria H, Gardiner P. Feasibility and Acceptability of Mindfulness-Based Group Visits for Smoking Cessation in Low-Socioeconomic Status and Minority Smokers with Cancer. J Altern Complement Med. 2019 Jul; 25(7):762-769. PMID: 31314565.
- Published on 4/4/2019
Parikh M, Rajendran I, D'Amico S, Luo M, Gardiner P. Characteristics and Components of Medical Group Visits for Chronic Health Conditions: A Systematic Scoping Review. J Altern Complement Med. 2019 Jul; 25(7):683-698. PMID: 30945935.
- Published on 3/7/2019
Gardiner P, Lestoquoy AS, Negash NL, Luo M, Gergen-Barnett K, Saper R, Penti B, White LF, Liebschutz JM. Lessons Learned and Strategies for Recruitment of Diverse, Low-income Patients into an Integrative Medical Group Visit Clinical Trial. Explore (NY). 2019 May - Jun; 15(3):215-221. PMID: 31056423.
- Published on 1/25/2019
Thompson-Lastad A, Gardiner P, Chao MT. Integrative Group Medical Visits: A National Scoping Survey of Safety-Net Clinics. Health Equity. 2019; 3(1):1-8. PMID: 30706043.
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