Ana Vanessa Wren, Ph.D.
I am an Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology at Stanford University. As a clinical psychologist at Stanford Children’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, my goal is to support patients and families from diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) through their transition to adult care. I work to educate patients about the importance of the mind-body connection in IBD, and provide targeted care for stress, anxiety, and mood challenges, pain and symptom management concerns, and coping with chronic illness. I am passionate about working with patients, families, and our IBD team to improve the health and quality of life of children, adolescents, and young adults with IBD. My research interests focus on developing and evaluating behavioral interventions for pain and symptom management in children and adults with chronic illness and pain conditions. Currently, my research is focused on: 1) investigating psychosocial and health outcomes in youth with IBD, with a focus on positive psychological factors; and 2) developing mindfulness-based interventions that target stress and pain symptoms common to IBD, and build resiliency and personal resources.