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Lisa Conboy, MA, MS, ScD

Adjunct Faculty

Department: New England School of Acupuncture



New England School of Acupuncture


Acupuncture (MAOM)
Acupuncture (MAC)
Acupuncture (DAc)


Masters in Medical Sociology from University of Massachusetts Amherst
MS and Doctorate in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health

Affiliated Appointments

Instructor at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Research Interests

20+ federally-funded grants awarded, addressing effectiveness of acupuncture, Integrative Medicine, placebo response in medicine

Peer-Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters

Primary or co-author on 50+ peer-reviewed publications, multiple book chapters, and editorials; and has been presenting at professional conferences since 1994.

Abou-Donia MB, Conboy LA, Kokkotou E, Jacobson E, Elmasry EM, Elkafrawy CR, Sullivan K. Screening for novel central nervous system biomarkers in veterans with Gulf War Illness. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2017 Mar 09. PMID: 28286177

Yeh GY, Chan CW, Wayne PM, Conboy L. (2016). The Impact of Tai Chi Exercise on Self-Efficacy, Social Support, and Empowerment in Heart Failure: Insights from a Qualitative Sub-Study from a Randomized Controlled Trial. PLoS One. Mar 31;11(3):e0154678. . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone. 0154678 PMID:27177041

Conboy L, Gerke T, Hsu K-Y, StJohn M, Goldstein M, Schnyer R(2016) The Effectiveness of Individualized Acupuncture Protocols in the Treatment of Gulf War Illness: A Pragmatic Randomized Clinical Trial. PLoSONE 11(3): e0149161.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0149161

Braun TD, Park CL, Gorin AA, Garivaltis H, Noggle JJ, Conboy LA. Group-Based Yogic Weight Loss with Ayurveda-Inspired Components: A Pilot Investigation of Female Yoga Practitioners and Novices. Int J Yoga Therap. 2016 Sep 01. PMID: 27583936

Domar A, Rooney K, Milstein M, Conboy LA. (2015).Lifestyle Habits of 12,800 IVF Patients: Prevalence of Negative Lifestyle Behaviors, and Impact of Region and Insurance Coverage. Human Fertility. Sep 28:1-5. [Epub ahead of print]

Hsu KY, Chui KK, Conboy L. Are baseline characteristics related to responses to acupuncture treatment for musculoskeletal conditions? Analysis of a dataset from a teaching centre. Acupunct Med. 2016 Oct; 34(5):408-409. PMID: 27390255

Yeh G, Chan C, Wayne P, Conboy L. (2014). The impact of a tai chi exercise program on patients with chronic heart failure: qualitative analysis from a randomized controlled trial. J Altern Complement Med.20(5):A69-70.PMID:24805681

Hsu KY, Conboy L.(2014).Who might benefit from acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain: results from a student clinic.J Altern Complement Med.20(5):A41-2. PMID:24805600

Conboy L, St John M, Schnyer R. (2014). Management of Gulf War Syndrome Symptoms with Acupuncture: Findings of a Wait-List Controlled RCT.J Altern Complement Med. 20(5):A15-6.PMID:24805522

Kirschner K, Mandell R, Knowlton J, Romeo M, Conboy L. (2014). Acupuncture in Uganda:A Research Letter on the Integration of Acupuncture with Conventional Biomedical Treatments. Global Advances in Health and Medicine. 3(4):61-3. PMCID:PMC4104561

Hsu KY, Dunn JE, Bradshaw YS, Conboy L. (2014). Lessons From an Acupuncture Teaching Clinic: Patient Characteristics and Pain Management Effectiveness. Explore. pii: S1550-8307(14)00110-4. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2014.06.004

Hall KT, Tolkin BR, Chinn GM, Kirsch I, Kelley JM, Lembo AJ, Kaptchuk TJ, Kokkotou E, Davis RB, Conboy LA.(2015) Conscientiousness is modified by genetic variation in catechol-O-methyltransferase to reduce symptom complaints in IBS patients. Brain Behav.Jan;5(1):39-44. PMCID:PMC4321393

Romeo M, Parton B, Russo R, Hayes L, Conboy L. (2015). Acupuncture to Treat the Symptoms of Patients in a Palliative Care Setting. Explore. Jul 2. pii: S1550-8307(15)00108-1. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2015.06.001. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:26254221

Conboy L, Blossom S, Garivaltis H. (2014). An Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Diet: An Internet-Based Study (chapter 12). in Yoga Therapy Theory and Practice, eds Ellen G. Horovitz, Staffan Elgelid. Routledge Mental Health


MCPHS University Champion Award, December 2017: Effectiveness of Acupuncture in Treating Gulf War Illness

6th Annual MCPHS University Faculty Scholarship Showcase, May 2016: Winner in category: Discovery
The Effectiveness of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Gulf War Illness, an Unblinded Phase II Randomized Clinical Trial. Lisa A Conboy MA MS ScD; Kai-Yin Hsu RN, MA, MAOM; Meredith St. John LicAc, MAc

Current Professional Memberships, Service & Leadership

Society for Acupuncture Research
American Sociological Association
Association for Psychological Science