1st Edition

Pediatric Psychogastroenterology A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals

Edited By Miranda van Tilburg, Bonney Reed, Simon R. Knowles Copyright 2024
    298 Pages 72 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    298 Pages 72 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Bringing together international experts in psychological and behavioural treatments for pediatric gastrointestinal symptoms, this book provides detailed, evidence-based protocols targeting gastrointestinal distress and associated mental health concerns for patients and their families.

    The first consolidated resource on the topic, Pediatric Psychogastroenterology gives mental health professionals access to the most up to date clinical knowledge and practice. Taking a holistic approach, it guides the reader on the treatment and care of pediatric gastrointestinal patients, as well as how to work with and support children’s parents and families. The book is structured around symptom presentation and common challenges, enabling the reader to focus quickly on the area of need. Each chapter includes clinical pearls of wisdom and 62 developmentally appropriate worksheets for patients and their families to facilitate treatment, available for download.

    This practical, authoritative guide is an essential resource for mental health professionals who work directly with pediatric cohorts, as well as postgraduate students in health psychology, behavioral medicine, or social work.

    Part 1: Introduction to pediatric gastrointestinal physiology and conditions, the brain-gut axis, and working within health care teams

    Chapter 1: Gastrointestinal anatomy and physiology

    Jordan M. Shapiro

    Chapter 2: Stress, psychological factors, and the brain-gut axis

    Julie Snyder Christiana and Samuel Nurko

    Chapter 3: Common gastrointestinal conditions in pediatrics

    Ashish Chogle

    Chapter 4: Medical procedures/testing in pediatric gastroenterology

    Shaunte McKay and Jose Garza

    Chapter 5: Helping youth manage medical procedures

    Delane Linkiewich, Olivia Dobson, and C. Meghan McMurtry

    Chapter 6: Case conceptualization and assessment

    Michele H. Maddux and Amanda D. Deacy

    Chapter 7: Collaborative, multidisciplinary treatment

    Jennifer Verrill Schurman and Craig A. Friesen

    Chapter 8: Working with parents and primary caregivers

    Kari Freeman Baber and Kelly A. O’Neil Rodriguez

    Chapter 9: Caring for youth and families with complex medical and psychosocial concerns

    Bradley Jerson and Amy E. Hale

    Part 2: Psychological approaches in pediatric Psychogastroenterology

    Chapter 10: Feeding difficulties: Introduction

    Hayley H. Estrem, Jaclyn Pederson, and Kaitlin B. Proctor

    Chapter 11: Feeding difficulties: Food refusal

    Meghan a. Wall, Andrea Begotka, and Cindy Kim

    Chapter 12: Feeding difficulties: Food selectivity

    Kaitlyn Mosher, Robert Dempster, Valentina Postorino, and T. Lindsey Burrell

    Chapter 13: Feeding difficulties: Difficulty swallowing and the fear of aversive consequences

    Nancy L. Zucker, Ilana B. Pilato, and Sarah Lemay-Russell

    Chapter 14: Nausea and vomiting

    Sally Tarbell

    Chapter 15: Pain disorders: Introduction, assessment, and psychophysiology

    Liz Febo-Rodriguez and Miguel Saps

    Chapter 16: Pain disorders interventions: Cognitive behavior therapy & Acceptance and commitment therapy

    Tasha Murphy, Miranda A.L. van Tilburg, and Rona L. Levy

    Chapter 17: Pain disorder interventions: Hypnotherapy

    Arine M. Vlieger

    Chapter 18: Constipation and soiling: Infant/toddler

    Christina Low Kapalu and John M. Rosen

    Chapter 19: Constipation and soiling: Children and adolescents

    Jaclyn A. Shepard and Alex C. Nyquist

    Part 3: Transition and future challenges in pediatric Psychogastroenterology

    Chapter 20: Chronic illness adjustment and transition

    Sara L. Lampert-Okin, Meghan M. Howe, Angela Yu, Kim Grzesek, and Rachel Neff Greenley

    Chapter 21: Supervision and future challenges in pediatric psychogastroenterology

    Bonney Reed, Simon R. Knowles, and Miranda A.L. van Tilburg


    Miranda A.L. van Tilburg is Research Director at Cape Fear Valley Health in Fayetteville, NC, USA. She also holds professor positions at the University of North Carolina, Marshall University, University of Washington, and Campbell University. Dr van Tilburg is an expert in psychologygastroenterology

    Bonney Reed is Pediatric Psychologist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, USA. In working with patients and conducting clinical research, she aims to use psychological principles to improve disease outcomes and quality of life in patients affected by GI conditions.

    Simon Knowles is Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist based at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. His clinical and research interests relate to the biological and psychological interactions of GI conditions and the brain-gut axis.

    ‘The current book is the first to provide comprehensive information needed for any mental health professional entering the field or established providers looking for an update on recent practices and approaches. This book is a pleasure to read and will be an invaluable resource for any mental health care provider encountering youth with GI issues.’

    Professor Carlo Di Lorenzo, Nationwide Children's Hospital, The Ohio State University, USA.

    ‘Van Tilburg, Reed and Knowles have assembled an all-star cast that will make this book pivotal to current clinical care of disorders of gut-brain interaction in both health and disease and provide the basis for future research in the field!’

    Professor Benjamin D. Gold, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Site for Improve Care Now (ICN), Past President, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN), USA.

    ‘What has become clear is the importance of the relationship between pediatric gastroenterologists and psychologists who collaborate on the care of so many patients. But, for that to happen seamlessly, they need to speak the same language and share a common knowledge base. This book will become the standard road atlas for that communication. It so nicely facilitates a mutual understanding of the complexities of the patients we share. Psychogastroenterology is a tour de force that will quickly become required reading.’ Professor Jeffrey S. Hyams, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, USA.

    ‘This is a must-have practical and essential resource for health professionals providing care to children with gastrointestinal (GI) conditions.’

    Professor Tonya M. Palermo, Seattle Children's Research Institute, University of Washington, USA.