Webinar: Mind Your Gut: Enhancing Digestive Wellness and the Gut-Brain Connection in IBS

June 13, 2024

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), with its key features of abdominal pain and disturbed bowel habit, is thought by both patients and clinicians to be strongly influenced by diet. However, the complexities of diet have made identifying specific food intolerances difficult.1 Given the complex relationship between food, eating behaviors, and IBS, the health care team must collaborate when considering screening strategies for this patient population.

Join Megan Riehl, PsyD, MA, AGAF, and Kate Scarlata, MPH, RDN, on Thursday, June 13, 2024, from 6:30-8 p.m. ET, for a webinar that will explore the impact of diet on IBS symptoms, the gut microbiome, and well-being. This collaborative duo will delve into the complexities of how the brain and gut communicate and how to instill hope that with a proper definitive diagnosis, effective treatment can empower a patient to live well with IBS.

Participants from all health care professions will learn about the manner in which evidence-based nutritional and behavioral strategies can be integrated into the multidisciplinary treatment approach. Dr. Riehl and Kate will emphasize key mechanistic targets, by way of nutritional and psychological interventions, that improve IBS and mood symptoms via the gut-brain axis.

Specific patient characteristics must be considered when making a referral to a GI expert registered dietitian, general mental health provider, a GI-specific mental health provider, and potentially the use of digital behavioral therapeutics or online educational platforms. Understanding the role of disordered eating risks will be reviewed and the presenters will provide key resources to help clinicians provide full access to a multi-disciplinary “dream team” for their patients living with IBS, which has been shown to be the new gold standard in IBS care.

Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education activity, health care professionals will better be able to:

  1. Describe the importance of using a multidisciplinary team approach for the treatment of IBS.
  2. Detail how FODMAPs may instigate IBS symptoms.
  3. Explain evidence-based behavioral strategies for IBS.
  4. Counsel clients on the key characteristics of fiber and their potential role in IBS management.
  5. Collaborate with health care team members to address different therapeutic strategies and targets that lead to improved outcomes for patients with IBS.


1. Spiller R. Impact of Diet on Symptoms of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Nutrients. 2021;13(2):575. Published 2021 Feb 9. doi:10.3390/nu13020575

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  • 1.50 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE)
    This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
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06/13/2024 - 6:30pm EDT
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06/13/2024 - 8:00pm EDT
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Megan Riehl, PsyD, MA, AGAF, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of GI Behavioral Health at the University of Michigan, where she has a full-time clinical practice and provides mentorship and consultation. Her clinical expertise spans the field of gastroenterology from those living with IBS to those with chronic gastrointestinal diseases. Dr. Riehl actively engages as a member of multiple national committees focused on improving the psychological well-being of individuals with GI conditions. Her research and passion for education has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications, leadership roles, and international speaking engagements.



Kate Scarlata, MPH, RDN, is a world-renowned gastroenterology specialized registered dietitian, researcher, writer, and speaker with over three decades of clinical experience. Kate is a New York Times best-selling co-author of “21-Day Tummy Diet” and co-author of “The Low FODMAP Diet Step by Step.” Her latest book, “Mind Your Gut,” co-authored with prominent GI psychologist Dr. Megan Riehl, is fresh off the press in 2024.

Kate has made significant contributions to the field of GI nutrition. She is widely regarded for her insightful presentations at both national and international GI meetings. She resides in Massachusetts with her husband, Russ, and their chocolate lab, Mabel June. Stay in touch with Kate via her website and social channels: www.katescarlata.com, on Instagram @katescarlata, and on X @katescarlata_RD.




Kate Scarlata, MPH, RDN, faculty for this event, has the following relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose: she is a consultant for QOL Medical and CDI-Commonwealth Diagnostics International. All relevant financial relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.

Megan Riehl, PsyD, MA, AGAF, faculty for this event, has no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

The planners for this educational activity have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. 

An “ineligible company” includes any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. 

In support of improving patient care, Great Valley Publishing Company is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

This activity will also award credit for dietetics (CDR CPEU). 

Physicians: This activity is designated for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ 

Dietitians: This activity will also award 1.5 CDR CPEU credit for dietetics. Completion of this RD/DTR profession specific or IPCE activity awards CPEUs (One IPCE credit = One CPEU). If the activity is dietetics-related but not targeted to RDs or DTRs, CPEUs may be claimed which are commensurate with participation in contact hours (One 60-minute hour = 1 CPEU). 

RDs and DTRs are to select activity type 102 in their Activity Log. Sphere and Competency selection is at the learner's discretion. 

Interprofessional: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1.5 IPCE credits for learning and change.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE)
    This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.


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