This group investigates problems at the interface between medical and psychiatric illnesses. Topics of interest include somatic symptom disorders (such as behavioral spells, chronic dizziness, functional gastrointestinal tract disorders and functional movement disorders), as well as health anxiety, depression, and anxiety in medically ill patients. Additional research is focused on predictors of disability and health care utilization.

Pediatric topics involve assessment and predictors of functioning for adolescent patients with chronic pain, autonomic dysfunction and other somatic symptom disorders. Future projects will help evaluate behavioral intervention for rumination syndrome.


  • Working with a controlled efficacy trial for guided self-help for functional neurological disorders
  • Understanding the multidimensional psychological constructs associated with somatic symptom disorders
  • Working with a controlled comparison of diaphragmatic breathing and progressive relaxation to treat gastrointestinal rumination