James E. Aikens, Ph.D., professor of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan, has been named associate chair for research programs. In his new role, he will provide overall vision, leadership and coordination of the department’s diverse research portfolio. In addition to maintaining research operations, he will assist the department’s chair in developing and recruiting high-potential research faculty members.
Aikens joined the department in 2007 as a faculty researcher and practicing clinical psychologist. His research interests include depression and primary care psychiatry, clinical informatics and technology, and chronic illness self-management. 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; the North American Primary Care Research Group; the American Psychological Association; and the American Diabetes Association.