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Marci Reiss - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Marci Reiss Marci Reiss

Adjunct Lecturer Dept. of Social Change & Innovation | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Marci Reiss is an expert in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and their families through support, education and research


MARCI REISS, LCSW, joined the adjunct faculty in 2015, teaching policy in integrated health care. She is founder and president of the IBD Support Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with inflammatory bowel disease and their families through support, education and research. She works with physicians, hospitals and health systems in the development and integration of psychosocial care and behavioral health programs, and is active in health care reform and policy change.

In 2003, she created an integrated psychosocial program in the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Three years later, she established the IBD Support Foundation. Over the past several years, Reiss has become internationally recognized as an expert in the field and has been awarded more than $2 million in grants for her foundation’s work.

Reiss teaches medical students, physicians, faculty and hospital leadership about health care reform and integration of psychosocial care into various practice settings and with various populations. She has developed a training and IBDSF certification for allied health care professionals for proficiency in the use of IBDSF’s psychosocial assessment and intervention protocols.

She is a member of several organizations, including the National Association of Social Workers, American Gastroenterological Association and American College of Gastroenterology. Previously, she was a member of the medical advisory committee for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Education (2)

California State University, Long Beach: M.S.W.

University of Toronto: BS.c. 1992

Areas of Expertise (4)

Behavioral Health Programs Families Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ibd) Psychosocial Care

Industry Expertise (4)

Health Care - Services Health and Wellness Education/Learning Health Care - Providers

Accomplishments (1)

Community Service Award (professional)

Kehilas Yaakov Pillars of the Community, Los Angeles

Affiliations (1)

  • Academy of Educators, Member


Media Appearances (2)

Jailbreak: How To Ease the Life Sentence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Managed Care  online


"Medical social worker Marci Reiss started the IBD Support Foundation 11 years go." (...)

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Up Close and Personal: Crohn's and Intimacy

Everyday Health  online


"Listen in as our special guests, including licensed social worker Marci Reiss, share an hour of straightforward advice and frank stories about the romantic side of life with Crohn’s disease." (...)

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Articles & Publications (2)

White Paper AGA: The Impact of Mental and Psychosocial Factors on the Care of Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Eva M. Szigethy, John I.Allen, MarciReiss, Wendy Cohen, Lilani P. Perera, Lili Brillstein, Raymond K. Cross, David A. Schwartz‡‡Lawrence, R. Kosinski, Joshua B.Colton, Elizabeth LaRusso, Ashish Atreja, Miguel D. Regueiro


Patients with chronic medically complex disorders like inflammatory bowel diseases (BD) often have mental health and psychosocial comorbid conditions. There is growing recognition that factors other than disease pathophysiology impact patients' health and wellbeing. Provision of care that encompasses medical care plus psychosocial, environmental and behavioral interventions to improve health has been termed “whole person care” and may result in achieving highest health value. There now are multiple methods to survey patients and stratify their psychosocial, mental health and environmental risk. Such survey methods are applicable to all types of IBD programs including those at academic medical centers, independent health systems and those based within independent community practice. Once a practice determines that a patient has psychosocial needs, a variety of resources are available for referral or co-management as outlined in this paper. Included in this white paper are examples of psychosocial care that is integrated into IBD practices plus innovative methods that provide remote patient management.

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The Role of Psychosocial Care in Adapting to Health Care Reform Clinical Gastroenterology and Heptatology

Marci Reiss, William J. Sandborn


Care for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is more than just colonoscopy and biologic therapies. This is a disease that profoundly affects the lives, social connections, employment, and emotions of our patients. Recognizing the complexity of IBD care, several innovative medical centers and practices across the country have developed a care model that includes psychosocial evaluation and management, multi-disciplinary care, and patient hovering tools. In this month's Road Ahead column, Marci Reiss, a licensed social worker, and William J.

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