James Edwin Aikens, Ph.D.

Administrative Contact


Dr. Aikens is a professor in the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine, and a practicing clinical psychologist at Briarwood Family Medicine where he provides short-term psychological intervention for adults with common anxiety and/or depressive symptoms. He provides classroom teaching on brief cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in primary care and research methods. He has authored over 90 research articles and has directed numerous grant-funded research studies. He is a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, North American Primary Care Research Group, American Psychological Association, and American Diabetes Association.

He sees patients at Briarwood Family Medicine →

Areas of Interest

  • Integrating self-management support with technology to improve chronic illness self-management
  • Activating depressed patients’ social support networks to improve outcomes
  • Epidemiologic investigation of factors affecting diabetes self-management
  • Explaining heterogeneity in depression treatment response
  • Developing and validating self-report instruments
  • Depression and Primary Care Psychiatry
  • Clinical Informatics and Technology


Advanced Degrees
  • Ph.D., Medical (Clinical) Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala., 1992
  • M.A., Medical (Clinical) Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala., 1990
  • Clinical Fellow, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, 1993

Published Articles or Reviews

Key Publications
  1. Aikens J.E., Zivin K., Trivedi R., Piette J.D. Diabetes self-management support using mHealth and enhanced informal caregiving. Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, 28(2):171-6, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2013.11.008
  2. Piette J.D., Aikens J.E., Rosland A.M., Sussman J. Rethinking the frequency of between visit monitoring for patients with diabetes. Medical Care, 52(6):511-18, 2014. DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000131
  3. Aikens J.E., Trivedi R., Aron, D.C., Piette J.D. Integrating support persons into diabetes telemonitoring to improve self-management and medication adherence. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 30(3):319-26, 2015. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-014-3101-9
  4. Aikens J.E., Rosland, A.M., Piette J.D. Improvements in illness self-management and psychological distress associated with telemonitoring support for adults with diabetes. Primary Care Diabetes, 9(2):127-34, 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.pcd.2014.06.003
  5. Aikens J.E., Trivedi R., Heapy A., Pfeiffer P., Rosland A.M., Piette J.D. Potential impact of incorporating a patient-selected support person into mHealth for depression. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 30(6):797-803, 2015. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-015-3208-7
  6. Piette J.D., Striplin D., Marinec N., Chen J., Aikens J.E. A randomized trial of mobile health support for heart failure patients and their informal caregivers: Impacts on caregiver-reported outcomes. Medical Care, 53(8):692-9, 2015. DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000378
  7. Piette J.D., Striplin D., Marinec N., Chen J., Trivedi R., Aron C.A., Fisher L., Aikens J.E. A mobile health intervention supporting heart failure patients and their informal caregivers: a randomized comparative effectiveness trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(6):e142, 2015. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.4550
  8. Piette J.D., Marinec N., Janda K., Morgan E., Schantz K., Yujra Aruquipa C.A., Pinto B., Huayta Soto J.M., Janevic M., Aikens J.E. Structured caregiver feedback enhances engagement and impact of mobile health support: a randomized pilot trial in a lower-middle income country. Telemedicine & e-Health, 22(4):261-8, 2016. DOI: 10.1089/tmj.2015.0099
  9. Stirratt M.J., Dunbar-Jacob J., Crane H.M., Simoni J.M., Czajkowski S., Hilliard M.E., Aikens J.E., Hunter C.M., Velligan D.I., Huntley K., Ogedegbe G., Rand C.S., Schron C., Nilsen W.J. Self-report measures of medication adherence behavior: Recommendations on optimal use. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 5(4):470-82, 2015. DOI: 10.1007/s13142-015-0315-2
  10. Vogel M.E., Kanzler K.E., Aikens J.E., Goodie J. Integration of behavioral health and primary care: current knowledge and future directions. Journal of Behavioral Medicine (in press)
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Building 10
Ann Arbor, MI  48108

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