Living with chronic IBD is difficult both physically and emotionally. If desired or requested, clients may benefit from access to mental health professional at various times, integrating a mental health plan within a client’s personalised gut plan. IGH works closely with a select group of mental health professionals with expertise in gut health.
Dr Matthew Evans
Dr Matthew Evans is a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in the relationship between physical and psychological factors in persistent health conditions, especially Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) and non-inflammatory gut disorders. He has over twenty years of experience working within the psychology profession and in the area of persistent health conditions. Matthew established an gut health specific psychological service as part of Dr Radford-Smith’s pioneering specialist IBD clinic at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH).
Matthew completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford. It examined psychological factors predicting adjustment to spinal cord injury. Since then, he has worked as a senior psychologist at the RBWH as well as start his own private practice from which he now exclusively works. He has been a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s Strategic Leadership Group as well as a supervisor and tutor for several of Queensland’s best Universities. He is passionate about ensuring that psychological approaches are tailored to the specific needs of individuals with persistent gut disorders.