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It has been well-established that psychological factors and brain-gut dysregulation play a critical role in the development and maintenance of functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. The efficacy of brain-gut therapies including gut-directed hypnotherapy, cognitive-behavior therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction and more recent data supporting exposure-based CBT therapies, acceptance-based therapies and internet-based treatments has resulted in an increased need for psychologists to integrate evidence-based brain-gut therapies within GI practice settings.

The Rome Foundation is taking the lead in providing the training, quality improvement and promotion of Psychogastroenterology research and practice, in order to advance the field. We are proud to provide the field with an internationally-based Psychogastroenterology Section specifically dedicated to psychosocial GI professionals that will advance the field by encouraging clinical and research collaboration and increase the visibility of behavioral providers in GI. Through the promotion of evidence-based behavioral treatments for patients with GI disorders, we all work to ultimately improve patient care.

Psychogastroenterology for Adults

The 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.

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Committee Chairs & Co-Chairs of the GastroPsych Section

Laurie Keefer, PhD | Chair
Associate 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


Sarah Ballou, PhD
Director of GI Psychology
Division of Gastroenterology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Simon Knowles, PhD

Department of Psychiatry & Gastroenterology
St Vincent’s Hospital
The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Melbourne, Australia


Brjánn Ljótsson, PhD
Department of Clinical Neuroscience
Karolinska Institutet
Stockholm, Sweden


Sigrid Elsenbruch, PhD

Department of Medical Psychology
University Clinic of Essen
Essen, Germany

Tiffany Taft
Tiffany Taft, PsyD

Psychogastroenterology Research
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL, USA

Membership Committee

Training, Education and Volunteer Opportunities


Helen Burton Murray, MS


Laura Reigada, PhD


Sarah Kinsinger, PhD


Megan Riehl, PsyD

Social Media, Blog Posts and Reading Resources

Early Career Opportunities


Tiffany Taft, PsyD


Miranda Van Tilburg, PhD


Livia Guadagnoli, MS

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