Associate Professor of Medicine
Dr. Palsson is a clinical psychologist and health researcher with a long-standing interest in the relationship between mind and body in the determination of health and illness. He is originally from Iceland . He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1993, and completed post-doctoral fellowship training in behavioral medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1994-1996. Dr. Palsson then established and directed a behavioral medicine clinic and research program at Eastern Virginia Medical School from 1996-2000, where he was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine. He returned to the UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders in 2001 to participate in the Center's research. Dr. Palsson's current research interests include investigation of the psychological and physiological aspects of gastrointestinal disorders and symptoms, development of questionnaires to improve GI research, and the use of psychological treatments for IBS and other functional GI disorders.