Professor Melissa Hunt

Associate Director of Clinical Training
Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Hunt is an esteemed clinical psychologist currently holding a position as the Associate Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Melissa is a Fellow and Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and holds multiple positions with the Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Dr. Hunt broadly conducts her research in the cognitive and affective bases of depression and anxiety disorders, and holds a particular interest in functional gastrointestinal disorders. A recurrent emphasis in Dr. Hunt’s research is the importance of translating psychological findings into treatments that are effective and accessible to large patient populations. As such, Melissa focuses on identifying and correcting underlying patient factors that exacerbate chronic health conditions and make them harder to live with. In her research on functional gastrointestinal disorders, Dr. Hunt has produced critically acclaimed work around the management of disability and distress in irritable bowel syndrome using cognitive behavioural therapy. Dr. Hunt works closely and consistently with the team at Bold Health to develop an evidence-based programme for IBS patients with a comprehensive psychotherapeutic approach. Dr. Hunt’s work with Bold Health is based on her book, Reclaim Your Life From IBS.