Laurie Keefer, PhD, is a clinical health psychologist and Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Dr Keefer is the Director of the IBD Subspecialty Medical Home at the Susan and Leonard Feinstein IBD Clinical Center, one of only a handful of fully integrated IBD Centers in the country. She is the inventor of the GRitTTM method, an evidence-based approach to building resilience among patients with Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. She has specialized in the application of behavioral interventions and positive psychology principles for chronic digestive disorders for the past 20 years, having sustained National Institutes of Health funding for her work since 2008. She is a sought-after speaker, mentor and consultant related to all things psychogastroenterology. She has more than 130 publications and recently edited the first handbook of psychogastroenterology for adults. In addition to her academic role, she is also the Co-Founder of Trellus Health, Inc., a connected health solution for people living with complex chronic conditions. She lives in Northern NJ with her husband and two children.