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The Rome GastroPsych group is an international organization dedicated to the science and practice of psychogastroenterology, a burgeoning field with roots in behavioral intervention science, cognitive science, neuroscience and experimental psychology among other specialties.
Our mission is to foster the professional growth and collaboration of scientists and clinicians focused on disorders of gut-brain interaction and other chronic digestive disorders through connectivity, education, mentorship and resource sharing.

We are also dedicated to increasing the visibility of brain-gut psychotherapies and supporting the professionals who provide them through education and training, and are excited to welcome new members with an interest in learning more about working with patients with chronic digestive diseases – we strongly believe that increased access to mental health professionals will improve patient care.

The Rome GastroPsych group was co-founded in 2018 and co-chaired by US GI Health Psychologists Laurie Keefer, PhD and Sarah Kinsinger, PhD, ABPP with extensive experience in the integration of behavioral services within the gastroenterology setting.

Some of the benefits of membership currently include:

Psychogastroenterology for AdultsThe Rome GastroPsych group is excited to announce the handbook for  Mental Health Professionals in Psychogastroenterology is now available online!

Co-written by Dr. Laurie Keefer, PhD, Rome Board member and co-director of the Rome Psychogastro Committee, this handbook is an excellent resource for all mental health professionals working with gastroenterology patients.

Connect with Us

Follow us on Twitter @RomeGastroPsych

Visiting Professor Program for Gastro Psych Training

Get hands on Training with a GI Behavioral Health Provider

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Laurie Keefer, PhD | Chair
Professor of Gastroenterology and Psychiatry
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY, USA

Sarah Kinsinger PhD, ABPP | Co-Chair
Behavioral Medicine for Digestive Health
Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL, USA

Doug Drossman, MD – Physician Advisor

Douglas A. Drossman, MD, Physician Advisor
Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Psychiatry
UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders
University of North Carolina
Center for Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Patient Care and
Drossman Gastroenterology
Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Co-Chairs, Membership & Engagement Committee

Helen Burton Murray, PhD

Laura Reigada, PhD

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Co-Chairs, Training, Education and Volunteer Opportunities Committee

Sarah Kinsinger, PhD

Kate Tomasino, PhD

Kari Baber, PhD

Co-Chairs, Social Media & Communications Committee

Tiffany Taft, PsyD

Miranda Van Tilburg, PhD

Social Media, Blog posts, Videos and Readings

Co-Chairs, Early Career Opportunities

Livia Guadagnoli, MS
Meredith Craven, PhD

Eligibility: Members in the Early Career Committee are either currently pursuing or have recently completed a graduate degree in psychology or medicine, with a focus in Psychogastroenterology. Read more

Co-Chairs, Research Collaboration

For more information about research opportunities, email the co-chairs:

Antonina Mikocka-Walus, PhD

Lukas van Oudenhove, MD, PhD


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