“What can we do to make you not only adapt but thrive?”

Dr. Laurie Keefer is a groundbreaker in the world of GI psychology and today she is sharing her research and expertise on The Gut Show!

Her study on IBD and resilience as well as her prior work has really shifted the conversation and created a lot of talk in the digestion world. Her work led to the foundation of Trellus Health - which teaches patients with IBD and IBS to learn and build resilience, both physical and emotional.

In this episode, we cover:

Where did your work begin [1:50]

The resilience 5 [3:32]

Resilience is the opposite of stress [7:34]

“Just stress less” [11:00]

When people say they aren’t resilient [12:37]

The line between realism and being realistic [13:41]

The assessment process [15:48]

Team based approach [17:16]

Prioritization of where to start [18:33]

Trellis Health [22:53]


About our guest:

Dr Laurie Keefer, PhD is a GI Health Psychologist and Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She has a more than 20 years of experience in the development and implementation of behavioral therapies for chronic digestive disorders, including Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

She currently directs the GRITT Program, an integrated care model for Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis patients within the IBD Center at Mount Sinai Hospital. She maintains a clinical practice focused on psychosocial concerns among medically complex IBD. Her research focuses on the application of positive psychology principles, particularly resilience and acceptance to the management of chronic digestive conditions.

She has sustained NIH funding since 2008, including holding the first ever T32 Training grant for young investigators at the intersection of physiology and psychology. She continues to focus on the development of precision-based, scalable GI self-management interventions and recently co-founded Trellus Health, Inc, a digital care solution for the chronic conditions based on her GRITT Methodology.

Dr Keefer is Founder and Chair of the Rome Foundation’s GastroPsych group and serves on the Board of Directors of the Rome Foundation. She has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and recently co-edited the Handbook of Psychogastroenterology for Mental Health Professionals.

Dr Keefer is a sought-after speaker, mentor and collaborator. Dr Keefer received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Albany in New York and completed a residency and fellowship in health psychology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She has been a champion for integrated behavioral care in gastroenterology and has trained many in this model around the world. She lives in Northern NJ with her husband, two teens and dog. 


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