James Edwin Aikens, Ph.D.

James E. Aikens, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Chair for Research Programs
Dr. Max and Buena Lichter Research Professor of Family Medicine

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Dr. Aikens is Professor of Family Medicine, and Associate Chair for Research in the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine, a health psychology researcher in the area of the self-management of chronic conditions, and a practicing clinical psychologist at Briarwood Family Medicine where he provides short-term psychological intervention for adults with common anxiety and/or depressive symptoms. He also provides classroom teaching on brief cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in primary care, research methods, and other topics. He has authored over 100 research articles and has directed numerous grant-funded research studies. He is a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, North American Primary Care Research Group, American Psychological Association, and American Diabetes Association.

He sees patients at Briarwood Family Medicine →

Areas of Interest

  • Integrating self-management support with technology to improve chronic illness self-management
  • Activating depressed patients’ social support networks to improve outcomes
  • Epidemiologic investigation of factors affecting diabetes self-management
  • Explaining heterogeneity in depression treatment response
  • Developing and validating self-report instruments
  • Depression and Primary Care Psychiatry
  • Clinical Informatics and Technology


Advanced Degrees
  • Ph.D., Medical (Clinical) Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala., 1992
  • M.A., Medical (Clinical) Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala., 1990
  • Clinical Fellow, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, 1993


Key Publications
  1. Mayberry L.S., Piette J.D., Lee A.A., Aikens J.E. Out-of-home informal support important for medication adherence, diabetes distress, hemoglobin A1c among adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 42(3):493-501, 2019.
  2. Lee, A.A., Aikens, J.E., Rosland, A.M., Piette, J.D. Functional support and burden among out-of-home supporters of heart failure patients with and without depression. Health Psychology, 39(1): 29-36, 2020.
  3. Piette J.D., Striplin D., Fisher L., Aikens J.E., Lee A., Marinec N., Mansabdar M., Chen J., Gregory L.A., Kim C.S. Effects of accessible health technology and caregiver support post-hospitalization on 30-day readmission risk: A randomized trial. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 46(2): 109-117, 2020.
  4. Saslow L.R., Moskowitz J.T., Mason A.E., Daubenmier J., Liestenfeltz B., Missel A.L., Bayandorian H., Aikens J.E., Kim S., Hecht F.M. Intervention enhancement strategies among adults with type 2 diabetes in a very low-carbohydrate web-based program: Evaluating the impact with a randomized trial. JMIR Diabetes, 5(3):e15835, 2020.
  5. Piette J.D., Striplin D., Aikens J.E., Lee A., Marinec N., Mansabdar M., Chen J., Gregory L.A., Kim C.S. Impacts of post-hospitalization accessible health technology and caregiver support on 90-day acute care use and self-care assistance: a randomized clinical trial. American Journal of Medical Quality, 36(3):145-155, 2021.
  6. Kanzler K.E., Kilpela L.S., Pugh J., Garcini L.M., Gaspard C.S., Aikens J.E., Reynero E., Tsevat J., Lopez E.S., Johnson-Esparza Y., Ramirez A.G., Finley E.P. Methodology for task-shifting evidence-based psychological treatments to non-licensed/lay health workers: protocol for a systematic review. BMJ Open, 11(2):e044012, 2021.
  7. Aikens J.E., Valenstein M., Plegue M.A., Sen A., Marinec N., Achtyes E., Piette J.D. Technology-facilitated depression self-management linked with lay supporters and primary care clinics: Randomized controlled trial in a low-income sample. Telemedicine and e-Health, 28(3):399-406, 2022. 
  8.  Missel, A. L., O’Brien, A. V, Maser, H., Kanwal, A., Bayandorian, H., Martin, S., Carrigan, P., McNamee, R., Daubenmier, J., Isaman, D. J. M., Padmanabhan, V., Smith, Y. R., Aikens, J. E., Saslow, L. R. Impact of an online multicomponent very low-carbohydrate program in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: A pilot study. Fertility and Sterility Reports, 2(4):386-395, 2021.
  9. Lin Y.K., Richardson C.R., Dobrin I., DeJonckheere M.J., Mizokami-Stout K., Fetters M.D., Aikens J.E., Fisher S.J., Ye W., Pop-Busui R. Beliefs around hypoglycemia and their impacts on hypoglycemia outcomes in people with type 1 diabetes and high risks for hypoglycemia despite using advanced diabetes technologies. Diabetes Care, 45(3):520-528, 2022.
  10. Sukchaisong, N., Pichayapinyo, P., Lagampan, S., Saslow, L. R., Aikens, J. E. Effectiveness of the mindfulness-based diabetes self- and family management support program among adults with uncontrolled diabetes: A randomized controlled trial. PRIJNR, 26(3):517-532, 2022.


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