Faculty Directory
Elizabeth Seng


Associate Professor of Psychology, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology


Rousso Building

Resnick campus

1165 Morris Park Ave

Bronx, NY 10461

PhD, Ohio University, 2012
MS, Ohio University, 2009
BA, Kent State University, 2005

Dr. Seng's research is broadly focused on behavioral management of pain and headache disorders, particularly migraine. She is interested in the psychosocial factors associated with migraine attack onset, higher attack frequency, and migraine-related disability.   She is also interested in improving acute medication adherence. She uses mobile health, ecological momentary assessment, and time series modeling approaches. She is interested in developing behavioral treatments at three levels: 1) highly scalable mobile health approaches to improve migraine lifestyle management and medication adherence; 2) minimal contact cognitive behavioral therapy approaches for migraine management; and 3) mindfulness-based approaches to reduce migraine-related disability. 


Her teaching interests are health psychology, statistics for psychological questions in health settings and populations, and cognitive assessment.

Selected recent publications, for more please see pubmed bibliography: 




Seng EK, Singer AB, Metts C, Grinberg AS, Patel ZS, Marzouk M, Rosenberg L, Day M, Minen MT, Lipton RB, Buse DC. Does Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Migraine reduce migraine-related disability in people with episodic and chronic migraine? A phase 2b pilot randomized clinical trial. Headache. 2019. Oct 59(9): 1448-1467. DOI: 10.111/head.13657. PMC6788949.


Seng EK, Conway AB, Grinberg AS, Patel ZS, Marzouk M, Rosenberg L, Metts C, Day MA, Minen MT, Buse DC, Lipton RB. Response to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy differs between chronic and episodic migraine. Neurol Clin Pract 2021; 11(3): 194-205. DOI: 10.1212/CPJ.0000000000000984.


Seng EK, Gelfand AA, Nicholson RA. Assessing evidence-based medicine and opioid/barbiturate as first-line acute treatment of pediatric migraine and primary headache: a retrospective observational study of health systems data. Cephalalgia. 2019 Jul;39(8):1000-1009. DOI: 10.1177/0333102419833080. PMC6933731


Seng EK, Mauser M, Marzouk M, Patel ZS, Rosen N, Buse DC. When mom has migraine; an observational study of the impact of parental migraine on adolescent children. Headache. 2019. Feb; 59(2): 224-234. DOI: 10.1111/head.13433.


Seng EK, Prieto P, Boucher G, Vives-Mestres, M. Anxiety, incentives, and adherence to self-monitoring on a mobile health platform: a naturalistic longitudinal cohort study in people with headache. Headache. 2018 Nov; 58(10):1541-1555. PMC6945490.


Lipton RB, Seng EK, Chu MK, Reed ML, Fanning KM, Adams AM, Buse DC. The effect of psychiatric comorbidities on headache-related disability in migraine: results from the Chronic Migraine Epidemiology and Outcomes (CaMEO) study. Headache. 2020; 60(8):1683-1696. DOI: 10.111/head/13914. PMC7496280.


Grinberg, AG, Seng EK. Cross-sectional evaluation of the psychometric properties of the Headache Specific Locus of Control Scale in people with migraine. Headache. 2019 May;59(5):701-714. DOI: 10.111/head.13485. PMC6488432


Patel ZS, Hoffman LK, Sutton L, Cohen SR, Lowes MA, Seng EK. The patient experience of pain in hidradenitis suppurativa. Brit J Dermatol. 2020; 183(2):401-401. DOI: 10.111/bjd.19016.


Willoughby M, Weinberger AH, Shuter J, Seng EK. Pain and medication adherence in adult cigarette smokers living with HIV: A cross-sectional observational study. AIDS Care. Nov 2020. DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2020.1849530.


Minen M, Corner S, Berk T, Levitan V, Seng EK. Heartrate Variability Biofeedback for Migraine Using a Smartphone Application and Sensor: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2021;69:41-49. DOI: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2020.12.008.  

Minen MT, Morio K, Schaubhut K, Powers S, Lipton RB, Seng EK. Focus group findings on the migraine patient experience during research studies and ideas for future investigations. Cephalalgia. 2020; 40(7):712-734. DOI: 10.1177/0333102419888230. PMC7754244


DeLuca L, Toro-Ramos T, Michaelides A, Seng EK, Swencionis C. Relationship between age and weight loss in Noom: quasi-experimental study. JMIR Diabetes. 2020; 5(2):e18363. DOI: 10.2196/18363. PMC7303833.



Rousso Building

Resnick campus

1165 Morris Park Ave

Bronx, NY 10461


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Spring 2021


Headache and Adherence II
PSH 6020


Doctoral Dissertation Planning
PSH 8931



Fall 2021

Applied Statistics in Health
PSH 6284


Doctoral Dissertation Planning
PSH 8931


Headache and Adherence I
PSH 6019


Intell Cogn Assessment Lab
PSH 6431L


Intelle Cogn Assmt w/ Pract I
PSH 6431