March 7, 2023

Associate Professor Lorraine Buis named a fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine

Buis is noted for her research in patient-facing mobile health technologies that can help people adopt healthier lifestyles and manage chronic diseases, particularly hypertension and diabetes.

Lorraine Buis, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine, as well as associate professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, has been named a fellow by the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM).

Lorraine Buis, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Associate Professor Lorraine Buis, Ph.D.

SBM confers fellow status on full members in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the advancement of the science and practice of behavioral medicine. Among the considerations for this distinguished appointment are academic, professional, clinical, legislative or other meritorious accomplishments.

"I am honored to be named as fellow by the Society of Behavioral Medicine,” said Buis, who has been an SBM member since 2015. “I am passionate about using technology to help individuals modify their own behaviors to support their health and well-being. I am equally proud to be part of an organization that focuses on the development of behavioral, psychosocial and environmental interventions to address health conditions and disease.” 

Buis, who has been with the Department of Family Medicine since 2013, is a health services researcher with a strong social science background. She has trained in the areas of psychology, human-computer interaction, information studies, and mass media. She conducts research in the areas of mobile health for chronic disease self-management, with a particular emphasis on consumer-facing technologies to improve hypertension and diabetes management, often in underserved communities.

Her recent publications include “Targeting Patients’ Cognitive Load for Telehealth Video Visits Through Student-Delivered Helping Sessions at a United States Federally Qualified Health Center: Equity-Focused, Mixed Methods Pilot Intervention Study,” published in February in the Journal of Medical Internet Research and “Equitable Research PRAXIS: A Framework for Health Informatics Methods,” published in December 2022 in the Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

SBM fellows help the organizations advance the science and practice of behavioral medicine. They also serve as role models, offering guidance and support to student and trainee members. Buis joins department colleague Professor Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin of Family Medicine as an SBM fellow.

Established in 1978, SBM is a nonprofit organization with members from more than 20 healthcare disciplines, including researchers, clinicians, educators, industry professionals, and policymakers. Organizational members conduct research in many areas of health and then use their findings to improve the lives of their patients. They also use research findings to improve public health policies and to make healthcare less expensive and more equitable for all.

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