Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Psychosocial Research in GI

Our Mission

Laurie Keefer founded CPRGI in 2006 with a vision to develop and implement evidence-based, behavioral self-management strategies for a wide range of digestive diseases.  CPRGI's research arm is focused on optimizing existing medical therapies for chronic conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, esophageal disorders and inflammatory bowel diseases.  These interventions and patient-centered tools can directly enhance outcomes, including alleviating uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms and improving quality of life.

Our Center

The psychological and social aspects of GI diseases are often neglected in a busy healthcare setting. However, research shows that attending to a patient’s psychosocial needs in the context of a medical condition is critical for optimal disease care. We are a comprehensive team of health psychologists, physicians, and dieticians, together, seeking to understand health behaviors that directly interfere with the effectiveness of medical care.

LaurieKeefer Laurie Keefer, PhD

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