Posted 03 January 2009 - 07:22 PM
________________________________________________________________________________Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.DMember name: BBolen Ph.DAd hoc Community ManagerMember since: 2000Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who writes extensively about IBS. She is the author of Breaking the Bonds of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the co-author of IBS Chat: Real Life Stories and Solutions along with Jeffrey D. Roberts, M.S.Ed . Dr. Bolen currently serves as the Guide to IBS for the web site About.com. She maintains a private psychotherapy practice on Long Island, New York. Dr. Bolen has been associated with the IBS Self Help and Support Group website since 2000 on an ad hoc basis with a focus on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
________________________________________________________________________________Marilyn, BA, MS, CCC-SLPMember Name: cookies4marilynModerator For: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Hypnotherapy, Teens and Children’s Issues, General Discussion, Managing Anxiety and DepressionMember Since: 2000Marilyn received a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and also Speech and Language Pathology from the former College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minnesota, which was affiliated with Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. She also holds a Masters of Science from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and completed further post-graduate work encompassing diagnostic testing and remediation for learning disabled and mentally handicapped individuals. Having had IBS symptoms since 1983, Marilyn was initially diagnosed in 1988 and again at the Mayo Clinic in 1993. As a result of seeing marked improvement with the clinical hypnotherapy sessions of the IBS Audio Program 100® discussed on this IBS Group website, she became an IBS patient advocate. She has been interviewed for a national magazine about her experiences with IBS, and speaks with IBS patients and gastroenterologists all over the United States and Canada. She has also given presentations from the IBS patient perspective for hospital community wellness seminars.Initially meeting through the IBS Group website, Marilyn now assists the author of the IBS Audio Program 100® and former IBS group member, Michael Mahoney of Cheshire England. She is responsible for authoring text for special projects, medical and corporate professionals and patient consultation. As part of this liaise, Marilyn had the opportunity to meet the Founder of the IBS Support Group, Jeffrey Roberts, when Michael Mahoney and she attended and exhibited at a past IFFGD symposium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
________________________________________________________________________________Elizabeth Roberts, B.A.Member name: IBD/IBS AuthorModerator for: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Support Group websiteMember since: 2007Elizabeth Roberts is a writer, editor, and public relations professional with nearly 20 years of professional experience. Among Elizabeth's writing and editing credentials are magazine and newspaper articles, screenplays, fiction & non-fiction manuscripts, city guides, corporate image enhancement projects, public service announcements, and news releases. She has professional and writing experience in both non-profit and for-profit organizations, with political newsletters, and corporate public relations firms. Elizabeth is the author of the book, Living with IBD & IBS: A Personal Journey of Success (http://www.ibdandibs.com). Her book is a featured selection in the book store of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (www.ccfa.org) and in the educational library of Dr. Andrew Weil's Program in Integrative Medicine. She has spoken on numerous radio talk shows as an expert on how to successfully live with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Ms. Roberts is a Patient Expert for the HealthCentral Network IBD web site (http://www.healthcentral.com/ibd), and a web site Moderator for www.ibsgroup.org where she also writes a blog related to living with IBS. She is a patient advocate for the Acoustic Neuroma Association (ANA), and a Reiki Master. In March 2009, Elizabeth's next book, Freeing Tibet: 50 Years of Struggle, Resilinece, and Hope will be published. Her other writing credentials include such publications as Oxford Today; Best Bets Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment Guide for Washington, D.C.; American Guardian; The Washington Post; Women's Outlook; International Business; The Tahoe Daily Tribune; The Beachcomber; and, The Navarre Press. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
________________________________________________________________________________Jeffrey Roberts, MSEd, B.Sc.Member name: Jeffrey RobertsFounderFounded: 1987Jeffrey Roberts is the Founder of the IBS Self Help and Support Group and Inflammatory Bowel Disease Support Group. He is a sufferer and a patient advocate for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease sufferers. He launched the IBS Self Help and Support Group website in May 1995 after coordinating an IBS Support Group in Toronto since 1987. The IBS Group website was the first website about Irritable Bowel Syndrome. He has testified to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) several times on behalf of IBS patients. His testimony to the FDA Advisory Committee about Lotronex was instrumental in returning the drug to the market in 2002 for diarrhea predominant IBS sufferers. Jeffrey also provided testimony to the FDA in support of Zelnorm for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation and constipation predominant IBS. In 2011, he launched the IBD Support Group website.Jeffrey has appeared on the Discovery Channel, National Public Radio and in Canadian Living Magazine, Maclean's Magazine, Today's Dietitian, the FDA Consumer Magazine and has been quoted by CBS Evening News, Washington Post, USA Today, United Press International (UPI), Reuters, Associated Press, New York Times, Globe and Mail, and CBC Online. Jeffrey has a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree from Medaille College, Buffalo, New York. His thesis is entitled Awareness of Childhood Health Issues On Educational Outcome. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree from the University of Toronto. He recently co-authored and published a book related to the IBS Self Help and Support Group, entitled IBS Chat: Real Life Stories and Solutions.
________________________________________________________________________________Kathleen, B.A., MS, PhD.Member name: Kathleen M.Moderator for: General DiscussionMember since: 1999Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Blackburn College, Carlinville Illinois. She went on to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain obtaining a Masters in Science in Biology and a Ph.D in Biology specializing in Genetics and Development and and Environmental Toxicology Scholar. She has worked at the USEPA and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in various projects from detecting cytogenetic damage in individual cell, to ammonia emissions from hog farms with environmentally superior waste management technology.She developed IBS in 1996 and was able to go to the Functional GI clinic at UNC. She was a participant in a research study comparing a tricyclic antidepressant to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for IBS and over time has gone into remission of her IBS.