Paula M. Gardiner, MD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Family Medicine

MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health

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.

A quality improvement assessment of the introduction of integrative services into the Interdiscip…
01/01/2017 - 06/30/2019 (PI)
Marino Health Foundation

Project OWL: Integrative Medicine Group Visits (IMGV): A Patient-Centered Approach
12/01/2013 - 03/31/2018 (PI)

Reducing Disparities in the Treatment of Chronic Pain Using an Innovative mHealth Tool
05/15/2016 - 01/15/2018 (PI)
Aetna Foundation

Academic Career Award in Complimentary and Alternative Medicine
09/01/2010 - 08/31/2016 (PI)
5K07 AT005463-05

Therapeutic Massage for Patients at BMC
02/01/2008 - 01/31/2013 (PI)
Muscular Therapy Institute Foundation

Online Training in dietary supplements for family medicine physicians
02/01/2009 - 11/30/2011 (PI)
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine


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  1. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34226067
  2. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33938811; PMCID: PMC8129881; DOI: 10.2196/26965;
  3. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32640830
  4. 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
  5. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31489260; PMCID: PMC6709437; DOI: 10.1177/2164956119870988;
  6. 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; DOI: 10.1089/acm.2019.29072.pga;
  7. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31314565
  8. 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
  9. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31056423
  10. 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; PMCID: PMC6352502; DOI: 10.1089/heq.2018.0081;
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Dietary Supplements
Health Care Disparities
Stress Reduction

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