Melissa G. Hunt, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the top clinical science training programs in the country. She is also a fellow and Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Her primary interest is in the development and dissemination of empirically supported psychological treatments for chronic health problems, especially GI disorders. She has a number of scientific publications on the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in peer-reviewed academic journals, and has presented at numerous conferences (in psychology, nursing, and gastroenterology) both on her academic work and in the context of workshops for clinicians. Her work on IBS has been featured by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) podcasts for consumers. She recently presented this material at the annual American College of Gastroenterology meeting, where her work was selected and highlighted as being of special interest to the media. Professionally, she divides her time between teaching, supervision, research, and clinical practice. Melissa lives in PA.
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