Bowel conditions can affect a person's entire lifestyle. Psychological effects can range from affecting how a person eats to their social situations, and as with any serious illness the risk of developing co-morbid depression is very real. Dr Simon Knowles in this session will helps us to understand and offer appropriate support to this, often silently suffering, population.
Dr Simon Knowles is a Senior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist based at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. His clinical and research interests relate to the biological and psychological interactions of gastrointestinal conditions and the Brain-Gut-Axis. Dr Knowles has published over 50 articles/book chapters and recently published an edited book on Inflammatory Bowel Disease. He has significant expertise in developing and evaluating eHealth research and interventions. Dr Knowles is also the chief investigator and developer of three internationally renowned free online psychological assessment and treatment services for psychological distress associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD; www.IBDclinic.org.au) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS; www.IBSclinic.org.au) and Gastroparesis (www.gastroparesisclinic.org).