Dr. Leighann Litcher-Kelly Receives Joint Appointment in the Department of Medicine

Leighann Litcher-Kelly, PhD has received a voluntary appointment as Research Assistant Professor of Medicine in addition to her principal appointment as Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. The appointment, by University President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D., is effective March 14, 2012.

Dr. Litcher-Kelly is a health psychologist who works in the Applied Behavioral Medicine Research Institute in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. An expert on the relationship between psychosocial stressors and gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, Dr. Litcher-Kelly is the Co-Principal Investigator on two research studies: one in collaboration with gastroenterologists at the Northport VA Medical Center, examining GI symptoms and PTSD in service personnel returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq; and the other, with the Stony Brook University
 Department of Medicine, analyzing risk and resiliency factors associated with motility and functional GI diagnoses in an adults seen at the Stony Brook Motility Center.

The joint appointment was recommended by the gastroenterology faculty in the Department of Medicine in recognition of Dr. Litcher-Kelly’s expertise in the field and as a means to further the collaborative work between the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry.