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Shannon Marie Maloney

BA (Hons), magna cum laude


DPhil student

  • Rotary scholar (2018-2019)

Mindfulness and irritable-bowel syndrome (IBS)

I am fascinated by the gut-brain axis (GBA), which concerns the communication between the central nervous system (CNS) and the enteric nervous system (ENS), and how mindfulness-based programs may impact this mind-body connection. Moreover, my primary research interests include the impact of mindfulness on psychological outcomes (such as quality of life, emotional distress, and cognitive appraisals of symptoms) and the gut microbiome.


For my DPhil research project, under the supervision of Dr. Christina Surawy and Professor Maryanne Martin, I will investigate the long-term benefits of an eight-week mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) intervention in patients with irritable-bowel syndrome (IBS). 


I graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in May 2018 with a bachelor's degree in psychology (magna cum laude) and received honors for my senior thesis.