Your gut is often called “the second brain” since it has its own type of nervous system, the enteric nervous system, that’s in constant communication with your brain. Dr. Stephen Lupe, a GI Psychologist from the Cleveland Clinic returns to discuss the impact of this brain-gut connection on IBD. He also gives us a preview of his free on-demand course that helps those living with IBD understand and manage the stress and anxiety they may be feeling.
Dr. Lupe is a Clinical Health Psychologist in the Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute in the department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. Dr. Lupe completed his Master’s degree and Doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialization in integrated behavioral health at The Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. Dr. Lupe then completed his predoctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in health psychology at the University of Florida Health Science Center. His clinical and research interests include integrated care, chronic pain, health promotion, disease prevention intervention, acceptance and commitment therapy, program development within health systems, and interdisciplinary treatment team approaches aimed at increasing health behaviors. His dissertation examined the effects of training on health behavior counseling among clinicians.