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Lynn ClemowLynn Clemow, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Family Medicine and Community Medicine, Research Division
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
112 Paterson Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Fax: 732-932-1451



Professor Clemow is a Clinical Associate Professor who has appointments in the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at RWJ Medical School, as well as an appointment in the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University. Dr. Clemow is a clinical health psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in delivering psychosocial services in medical settings (both primary and specialty care), and expertise in using quantitative measures of quality of life and psychosocial distress in clinical trials. She is currently PI of an NHLBI-funded clinical trial testing a non-pharmacological treatment for hypertension and is PI of a study funded by NIDDK to pilot test an intervention combining a practice-level consultation based on Knowledge Management with training practice staff in Motivational Interviewing and related patient self-management approaches. She is also a co-investigator in a large project studying depression and anxiety in cardiac patients at Columbia, and at UMDNJ is leading an effort to develop and evaluate behavioral medicine services in primary care, and is a co-investigator in the NIMH-funded Center grant at UMDNJ studying patients with medically-unexplained physical symptoms in primary care. Her teaching includes training medical students and faculty in Motivational Interviewing, psychology graduate students in Behavioral Medicine interventions, and mentoring post-doctoral fellows, and she contributes to the behavioral science curriculum in the Family Medicine residency.

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, Louisiana State University                 
    Dissertation Topic:  Response Transfer in Biofeedback Training
    Major Professor: Phillip J. Brantley, Ph.D.
  • MA, Louisiana State University
  • AB, Smith College    

Awards and Honors

  • NIMH Training Fellowship
  • Psi Chi, Psychology Honor Society
  • Psi Chi President & Program Chair, Mardi Gras Symposium, Louisiana State University
  • NIMH Internship Training Fellowship
  • Humanitarian Award, Hemophilia Association of New Jersey


Professional Services

  • Reviewer for Health Psychology, Patient Education and Counseling, Journal of Preventive Medicine, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Psychosomatic Medicine, Annals of Family Medicine,
  • Service on National Grant Review Panels, Study Sections, Committees:
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Special Study Section Reviewer, 2001-2003
  • Wellcome Trust, UK,  Invited reviewer, 2010
  • Service on Professional Committees
  • Board Examiner, American Board of Behavioral Psychology


Current Research Projects

  • R01 HL083056 (Clemow)                                                                             
    The goal of this study is to test the efficacy of a guided breathing intervention on ambulatory BP in HTN
    Role:  Principal Investigator

  • R34-DK083470 (Clemow)                                                                
    Role:  Principal Investigator

  • P60 (Luchsinger)                                                                                               

    The goal of the three projects is to develop CHUM into a multidisciplinary center of excellence, focused on research in the areas of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The COACH project within this center grant (Ogedegbe, PI) delivers individual and group counseling based on Motivational Interviewing to elderly adults through senior center in low-income areas.  Dr. Clemow’s role as site-PI and co-investigator is to train, supervise and do quality assurance and fidelity checks on the motivational-interviewing-based counseling intervention.

  • K07 HL082628 (Charon)                                                                  

    The goals are to better integrate behavioral and social sciences into medical education, creating a Center of Excellence at Columbia University.  Dr. Clemow is the director of the Patient Counseling track in the curriculum, teaching a unit in the faculty development curriculum and teaching counseling skills directly to medical students.

  • P01 HL088117 (PI, Davidson)                                              

    Goal is to identify depression phenotypes/mechanisms that place ACS pts at excess cardiac and mortality risk.  Dr. Clemow’s role is in the training  and clinical supervision of project staff to conduct psychosocial assessments in cardiac patients.


Selected publications

  • Clemow LP, Stoddard AM, Costanza, ME, Haddad WP, Luckmann RM, White MJ, Klaus D. (2000)   Underutilizers of Screening Mammography Today:  Characteristics distinguishing women planning, undecided about, and not planning a mammogram.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine. , 22(1): 80-88 PMID: 10892532
  • Costanza ME, Luckmann R, Stoddard AM, White MJ, Stark JR, Avrunin JS, Rosal MC, Clemow L (2007)  Using tailored telephone counseling to accelerate the adoption of colorectal cancer screening.  Cancer Detection and Prevention, 31(3):  191-8. PMID: 17646058.
  • Ogedegbe G, Pickering TG, Clemow L, Chaplin W, Spruill TM, Albanese GM, Eguchi K, Burg M, Gerin W.  (2008)  The misdiagnosis of hypertension: the role of patient anxiety.  Archives of Internal Medicine. Dec 8;168(22):2459-65.  PMID: 19064830.
  • Luckmann R. Savageau JA, Clemow L, Stoddard A, Costanza ME (2003)  A randomized trial of telephone  counseling to promote screening mammography in two HMOs.  Cancer Detection and Prev. 27(6):442-50. PMID: 14642552.
  • Clemow L, Pickering TG, Davidson KW, Liriano C, Gerin W. (2009)  Multi-component stress management for hypertensive employees:  For whom does it work best?  Psychosomatic Medicine, 71(3):  A-127.
  • Davidson KW, Rieckmann N, Clemow L, Schwartz JE, Shimbo D, Medina V, Albanese G, Kronish I, Hegel M, Burg MM. (2010)  Enhanced depression care for patients with acute coronary syndrome and persistent depressive symptoms: coronary psychosocial evaluation studies randomized controlled trial.  Archives of Internal Medicine (2010 Apr 12);170(7):600-8.   PMID: 20386003
  • Donahue RG, Lampert R, Dornelas E, Clemow L, Burg MM; RISTA Investigators.  (2010)  Rationale and design of a randomized clinical trial comparing stress reduction treatment to usual cardiac care: the Reducing Vulnerability to Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Shock-Treated Ventricular Arrhythmias (RISTA) trial. Psychosomatic Medicine 2010 Feb;72(2):172-7. PMID: 20028832
  • Davidson KW, Burg MM, Kronish IM, Shimbo D, Dettenborn L, Mehran R, Vorchheimer D, Clemow L, Schwartz JE, Lespérance F, Rieckmann N. (2010) Anhedonia Predicts Major Adverse Cardiac Events and Mortality in Patients 1 Year after Acute Coronary Syndrome.  Archives of General Psychiatry, 67(5):  480-488.
  • Reickmann N, Clemow L, Whang W, Davidson KW  (2010)  Behavioral Cardiology Treatment Approaches to Heart Disease. In Hurst’s The Heart 13th  Edition.  Edited by  V. Fuster,, RA O’Rourke,  R. Walsh, P. Poole-Wilson.  (In press)