Lisa Conboy, DSc has 30 years of experience in health research and is published in the areas of women's health, complementary and alternative medicine, qualitative research methodologies, and complexity science. She has taught research methodology to integrative health students for over 25 years.

Professional Narrative

Lisa is a social epidemiologist and a sociologist with an interest in the associations between social factors and health. She is published in the areas of women's health, complementary and alternative medicine, qualitative research methodology, placebo and health, and complexity science. She is an Instructor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, and the Director of Academic Research at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Dr. Conboy is the chair of the Research Committee of the American Society of Acupuncturists, and has been a member of the Society for Acupuncture Research for over 20 years.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Taylor-Swanson L, Altschuler D, Taromina K, Anderson B, Bensky D, Cohen M, Huang H, Ma S, Majd I, Mitchell C, Schnyer RN, Conboy L. SEAttle-based Research of Chinese Herbs for COVID-19 Study: A Whole Health Perspective on Chinese Herbal Medicine for Symptoms that may be Related to COVID-19. Glob Adv Health Med. 2022; 11:21649561211070483. PMID: 35096490; PMCID: PMC8793385.

Braun TD, Riley KE, Kunicki ZJ, Finkelstein-Fox L, Conboy LA, Park CL, Schifano E, Abrantes AM, Lazar SW. Internalized weight stigma and intuitive eating among stressed adults during a mindful yoga intervention: associations with changes in mindfulness and self-compassion. Health Psychol Behav Med. 2021; 9(1):933-950. PMID: 34868736; PMCID: PMC8635578.

Lo OY, Conboy LA, Rukhadze A, Georgetti C, Gagnon MM, Manor B, Lachman ME, Lipsitz LA, Wayne PM. In the Eyes of Those Who Were Randomized: Perceptions of Disadvantaged Older Adults in a Tai Chi Trial. Gerontologist. 2020 05 15; 60(4):672-682. PMID: 30544227

Jacobson E, Conboy L, Tsering D, Shields M, McKnight P, Wayne PM, Schnyer R. Experimental Studies of Inter-Rater Agreement in Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Systematic Review. J Altern Complement Med. 2019 Nov; 25(11):1085-1096. PMID: 31730402.

Taylor-Swanson L, Prasad T, Conboy L. Complex Adaptive Systems Theory and Inter-Rater Reliability: Proposed Answers to Challenging Questions. J Altern Complement Med. 2019 Nov; 25(11):1074-1076. PMID: 31730404.

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.


Research Methods, Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research, Complexity Science

Personal Narrative

I began my doctoral level work with a focus on social disparities and health. Many integrative health (IH) practices show positive health benefits, while being low-cost and potentially accessible to low income and marginalized populations. Thus IH practices can buffer against social inequalities toward the achievement of whole person health. Using rigorous science, my focus has been on investigating IH’s clinical effects, as well as mechanisms of action, often using multi-level/complex methods of data collection and analysis.

When I am not working, I enjoy cooking for myself and friends, more so learning about the energetic properties of different foods and cooking techniques and how these can be applied to support our health. I also practice yoga, Reiki, and nature appreciation daily.

I have always loved singing and am currently learning how to read music. A friend gifted me a guitar and learning to play it may be next.

I share my condo with an energetic collie mix Mollie, and a joy-magician of a cat Sam.

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