Laurie Keefer, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (IL, NY)

Chicago, IL US

About Me

I am a clinical health psychologist with >15 years of experience in the development, testing and application of behavioral treatments for the full range of digestive disorders. I have expertise in gut-directed hypnotherapy and won an early career achievement award in 2014 from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis for my commitment to the scientific study and application of hypnotherapy to chronic gastrointestinal conditions. I particularly enjoy working with patients suffering from IBS because I not only get to see improvements in quality of life with hypnosis, but also clear reductions in IBS symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.



I was an Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine from 2006-2016 where I founded and directed The Center for Psychosocial Research, Training and Practice in Gastroenterology. I have held National Institutes of Health funding for my research in Psychosocial Gastroenterology since 2008. I more recently took a position as Director of Psychobehavioral Research and the Co-Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Patient-Centered Medical Home at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. I remain licensed to practice health psychology in Illinois.


BA Psychology from Penn State University, University Park, PA 1997

MA/PhD Clinical Psychology from State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY 2003

Residency/PostDoc at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL 2004


  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)