Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology Seeks 2014-15 Health Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago is seeking applicants for a 2014-2015 health psychology postdoctoral fellowship in the Behavioral Medicine Service of the Division of Gastroenterology. This is a clinical position with research opportunities working with irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and esophageal disorders. For the full description of necessary qualifications, responsibilities and application procedures, please see the following link at Northwestern’s Center for Psychosocial Research in GI.

Northwestern is an active center for clinical care and research into gastrointestinal conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other less commonly known digestive disorders. In particular, this research usually has focused on the psychosocial aspects of gastrointestinal conditions, such as stigma, social impact and perceived quality of life from the point of view of people living with these chronic conditions. As a blog and website founded by people with IBS, most of the time, we have chosen to highlight resources, open studies and other information of interest to that group, However, we also have many readers, social media followers, and supporters among the various health and human service professionals who specialize in gastrointestinal disorders, chronic illness or chronic pain.

Researchers of irritable bowel syndrome have long recognized that the dysfunctions in the brain-gut axis involved in IBS make psychological treatments such as gut-directed hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and occasionally other psychological approaches particularly effective for many people with IBS, even those who do not have coexisting mental health issues. In addition, a statistically significant subset of people with IBS do have overlapping conditions of anxiety and/or depression, either as preexisting diagnoses, or as a result of living with the symptoms and stresses of chronic IBS.

Historically, the number of available mental health professionals who are knowledgeable and well-experienced specifically in IBS and other functional gastrointestinal disorders has been relatively small, making it difficult for most affected people who might benefit from these treatment options to gain access to appropriate, affordable care in or near their home communities. This is true even in many major metropolitan areas with renowned teaching medical centers. It is in the interest of people with IBS as a community to support the continuing education and training of more professionals who might encounter people with IBS in their practices, or find IBS to be a new area of interest or focus

IBS Impact thanks Northwestern for its continuing commitment to gastrointestinal disorders and mental health, and hopes for a robust and fruitful response to this search.

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