Professional Advisory Panel
|June Alexander, AUS
Carrie Arnold, USA
Judith Banker, MA, LLP, FAED, USA
Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, FAED, USA
Cris Haltom, Ph.D., USA
Joy Jacobs, J.D., Ph.D., USA
Debra Katzman , MD, FRCP(C), CAN
Walter H. Kaye, M.D., USA
Mary Beth Krohel, USA
Dr. Daniel Le Grange, USA
Beth Mayer, LICSW, USA
|Rod McClymont, AUS
Stephanie B. Milstein, Ph.D., USA
Rebecka Peebles, MD, USA
Sarah K. Ravin, Ph.D., USA
Julie O'Toole, MD, MPH, USA
Tomas J. Silber, M.D. , M.A.S.S., USA
Janet Treasure, PhD FRCP FRCPsych, UK
Andrew Wallis BSW, MFamTher, AUS
Mark Warren, MD, MPH, FAED, USA
Therese Waterhous, PhD, RD, LD, USA
Kitty Westin, M.A., L.P., USA
Patient Advocate, Author
June Alexander, an Eating Disorder Awareness Advocate, Writer, Journalist, Columnist, Newspaper Editor was born December 1950, at Bairnsdale, Australia. She developed Anorexia Nervosa at age 11, 1962, her illness was diagnosed at age 32, and she "regained identity" at age 55. In 2007, at age 56, Alexander resigned from 30-plus year career in full-time print journalism to write non-fiction with focus on eating disorder awareness and mental health.
Alexander lives in Clifton Springs on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. Member of Australian Society of Authors, Victorian Writer’s Centre, national and international eating disorder academies (Academy of Eating Disorders, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders, Butterfly Eating Disorder Australian National Network). Family comprises four children and three grand children. Enjoy daily walks by seashore with Staffordshire terrier Harley. Enjoy reading and writing, flower and vegetable garden, sunsets and living in the moment.
Alexander served on the F.E.A.S.T. Board of Directors from January 2011 to March 2013.
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Patient Advocate, Science Writer
Carrie Arnold is a writer, author, and blogger in recovery from anorexia. She blogs daily at her popular recovery blog EDBites.com, and has published two books on eating disorders: Running on Empty (2004) and Next to Nothing (2007) with Oxford University Press. Carrie is currently at work on her third book for Routledge Press titled Decoding Anorexia: How Science Offers Hope for Eating Disorders (Fall 2012). She also works as a freelance science writer and has written for a variety of publications including the Washington Post, Scientific American, Psychology Today, Smithsonian, and Self. When she’s not writing, she is playing with her cat, reading, cycling, or indulging her yarn obsession.
Founder and Executive Director, Center for Eating Disorders
Ann Arbor, MI, US
Judith Banker, MA, LLP, FAED is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Eating Disorders, a non-profit support and outpatient treatment facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan established in 1983.
She lectures internationally on issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders including the role of the family as a member of the treatment team, the transdiagnostic role of the therapeutic alliance in successful treatment, and bridging the gap between research, practice, and patient and carer perspectives to improve treatment and research. Judith has published a number of articles and chapters addressing these issues
Her research areas include integrative treatment, the patient’s experience of an eating disorder and treatment, and improving eating disorder screening
She is Past President and a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders.
Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine
Professor of Nutrition, School of Public Health
Director, UNC Eating Disorders Program
Dr. Bulik, Director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program, has published over 400 scientific papers and chapters on eating disorders.
Her new book: The Woman in the Mirror: How to Stop Confusing What You Look Like with Who You Are (Walker) will be released on December 2011.
Her research includes treatment, laboratory, epidemiological, and genetic studies of eating disorders. She has a unique ability to translate complex scientific findings into clinically relevant pearls. Dr. Bulik holds the first endowed professorship in eating disorders in the United States.
Licensed Psychologist Lecturer, Dept. of Psychology, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Cris Haltom, PhD is the past education and prevention liaison for the Western New York Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders. She is lead author of the Parent Partner Program and produced the DVD, Parenting A Child With an Eating Disorder (both distributed by Gurze publications).
She is author of A Stranger at the Table: Dealing With Your Child’s Eating Disorder (2004, Hewell Publishing). She is a licensed psychologist treating eating disorders and a lecturer in the Dept. of Psychology at Ithaca College. She has presented multiple national workshops on families and eating disorders.
Private Practice website: www.edsurvivalguide.com
Assistant Clinical Professor
Dept. of Psychiatry, UCSD School of Medicine
Dr. Joy Jacobs is a clinical psychologist, assistant clinical professor at UCSD School of Medicine, and published author who provides individual, family and group therapy for adults, adolescents, and children with eating disorders (including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder) and weight management concerns.
She has trained in multiple treatment modalities, including Maudsley family-based therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and interpersonal psychotherapy. Dr. Jacobs is one of the few officially certified providers of Maudsley family-based treatment nationwide and internationally.
Dr. Jacobs was most recently Director of Behavioral Interventions for Jenny Craig, helping hundreds of thousands of people struggling to live healthier lifestyles. She continues to consult for both large, international corporations and individuals worldwide.
Dr. Jacobs regularly appears on Fox 5 San Diego and has been an expert cited in many national publications, including Elle, US News and World Report, the Today Show and more, on the issues of eating disorders, body image, weight management and related topics. Joy is the author of a blog sponsored by Psychology Today and Gurze books, titled One More Bite, which deals with the topic of family-based treatment.
Dr. Jacobs helped develop an innovative intensive family therapy program at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and was its lead family therapist. She was on the founding team of the clinic, where she completed a postdoctoral fellowship under the mentorship of internationally renowned eating disorders expert, Dr. Walter Kaye. Dr. Jacobs designed the DBT program for the UCSD Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorder Program and facilitates group skills training groups as well as providing individual and family-based psychotherapy. Dr. Jacobs has extensive experience in utilizing family-based treatments for adolescent anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, as well as for pediatric overweight and obesity. In addition, she has facilitated internet-based discussion groups for college-age women at high risk for the development of eating disorders.
Dr. Jacobs serves on the Professional Advisory Panel for Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T). She serves on the panel of expert advisers for the Beacon Street Girls. The Beacon Street Girls, whether online or in the widely popular book series, are shaped by leading experts in adolescent development and current research on how to positively impact girls self-esteem. She is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and serves on its Media Affairs Committee. Dr. Jacobs also supports the American Dietetic Association, the Eating Disorders Coalition, and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).
Dr. Jacobs obtained her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She completed her undergraduate work at Duke University, graduating summa cum laude and completed her juris doctorate at Harvard Law School. Among her activities prior to pursuing a career in psychology, Dr. Jacobs worked in New York as an intellectual property attorney and on the editorial staff of Vogue magazine.
Dr. Debra Katzman is a Professor of Paediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Katzman is also an Associate Scientist at the Research Institute at The Hospital for Sick Children. She holds academic cross appointments as an Associate Member in the Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and is a Member of the Institute of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Her primary academic interest is the medical complications of adolescent eating disorders. She has focused her research in the area of osteoporosis in young girls with anorexia nervosa. Dr. Katzman is also investigating brain structure and function in young women with anorexia nervosa using magnetic resonance imaging.
Director, Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
Professor, UCSD Department of Psychiatry
Walter H. Kaye, M.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego and Director of the Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Program. Dr. Kaye attended Ohio State Medical School, trained in neurology at the University of Southern California, and trained in psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Kaye was then a fellow and research physician at the National Institute of Mental Health for 7 years where he conducted research on appetite regulation, behavior, and treatment for disorders. Dr. Kaye was on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh for 20 years until joining UCSD.
His current research is focused on exploring the relationship between brain and behavior using brain imaging and investigating new treatments in anorexia and bulimia nervosa. He is also the principal investigator for an international, multi site collaboration on the genetics of anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Dr. Kaye has an international reputation in the field of eating disorders and is the author of more than 250 articles and publications.
Mary Beth Krohel began her “education” in the field of eating disorders in 2003 and started making advocacy connections at the NEDA conference in 2004 as an original member of the Parent, Family & Friends Network (PFN) Steering Committee. She initiated the first PFN Newsletter in 2006. In 2007 she became a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and helped form the Medical Care Standards Task Force (MCSTF).
In addition, M.B. is a Founding member of F.E.A.S.T. and the former chair of their Family Guide Task Force. M.B. is also the winner of the 2015 'Magic Plate Award' for advocacy work in the field of Eating Disorders.
|Daniel Le Grange, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Department of Pediatrics
Joint Director of the Eating Disorders Program
The University of California San Fransisco
Daniel Le Grange is an internationally renowned expert in the treatment of adolescents with eating disorders. He was the director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of Chicago for 17 years before coming to UCSF to serve as presidential chair for one year. He then joined the UCSF faculty as the inaugural Benioff UCSF Professor in Children's Health in the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Pediatrics, as well as the joint director of the Eating Disorders Program.
Le Grange is the author or co-author of more than 400 publications, including many influential research articles and books. Most of his scholarly work is in the area of family-based treatment for adolescent eating disorders, including co-developing family-based treatment manuals for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. He is also co-author of a parent handbook for eating disorders in children and adolescents, as well as a parent case book of family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa.
Le Grange was elected fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders in 2002 and has held several leadership positions at the academy. He is also a member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, serves on the clinical and scientific advisory council of the National Eating Disorders Association and is a member of the professional advisory panel of Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders.
CEO of MEDA
Beth Mayer, LICSW has been in the eating disorders field for 27 years. She is nationally recognized for her work in the eating disorders field and has spoken at conferences around the country. Beth is currently the President of MEDA. Beth has been the Program Director of three community-based adolescent programs for Riverside Community Care, a nonprofit, healthcare and human services organization that delivers mental health, early intervention and substance abuse treatment services throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts. Beth has a private clinical practice and for 20 years has been providing individual, couples and family therapy with a focus on eating disorders, addictions, sexual abuse, clinical depression and multiple personality disorders.
Dr McClymont is a paediatrician based in Bathurst, Australia who has years of experience dealing with adult eating disorders. He is one of only two doctors who specialise in the disorder this side of Sydney in NSW.
Dennis & Moye & Associates, P.C.
Bloomfield Hills, MI, US
Stephanie B. Milstein, Ph.D. is a doctoral level clinical psychologist licensed in the states of Michigan. She is an independent practitioner at Dennis & Moye & Associates in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan where she specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families affected by eating disorders. She provides Maudsley-Family based parent and family coaching on an individualized basis as well as in a group setting. Additional areas of clinical specialties include: Addiction treatment including chemical dependency & co-dependency issues, and treatment of mood disorders.
Dr. Milstein is on staff at Beaumont Hospital in the Division of Adolescent Medicine. She is a member of the team that has implement Family Based groups for parents and adolescents through the Hough Family Center for Eating Disorders of Beaumont Hospital. She is an active advocate and community presenter, a member of the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) as well as a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and is working towards empowering consumers and their family members to advocate on behalf of their recovery.
Dr. Milstein also is a member of the Professional Advisory Panel of Famililes Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.). She firmly believes in utilization of teamwork and takes a collaborative approach towards the treatment of eating disorders. She contributed a chapter entitled “Effectively engaging the family in Treatment” in “A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders” (Treasure & Alexander, 2011)
Philosophical Statement: I am a Ph.D. clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience treating eating disorders. My treatment philosophy is grounded in the latest scientific research using evidence-based treatments. I know that eating disorders are biologically based mental illnesses and that full recovery is attainable through use of a comprehensive, specialized treatment of providers and family involvement. I do not believe that anyone chooses to have an eating disorder and do not believe that parents cause eating disorders. However, I believe that family/spousal involvement in treatment is essential. There is no room for blame in treatment as it is a barrier towards doing what is effective.
I firmly support full weight and nutritional restoration and complete abstinence from symptoms as well as development of skills to effectively cope with emotions and to prevent relapse. Recovery is possible; I have experienced living examples in my practice!
Founder and Medical Director, Kartini Clinic for Disordered Eating, Portland, OR
Dr. Julie O'Toole is founder and medical director of Kartini Clinic. She is a board certified pediatrician. She has been in private pediatric practice for the better part of two decades. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Medicine, AED (Academy for Eating Disorders), NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association), and EDAP (Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention). She also has a master's degree in public health (international health). As well as being an avid gardener and bookworm, she is a proud parent to four grown children.
Assistant Professor, Department of Adolescent Medicine
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Prior to joining CHOP, she was an instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine's Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and was primarily involved with the Eating Disorders Program and the Center for Healthy Weight at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Peebles’ research interests focus on the health outcomes of disordered eating in adolescents of diverse weight ranges, and how the Internet can be used as a vector to both help and harm young people as they try to approach a healthy weight. Her most recent work has been funded by the American Heart Association.
Licensed Psychologist in Private Practice
Coral Gables, FL
Dr. Ravin brings a fresh perspective to her clinical work which is grounded in the latest scientific research on the etiology and treatment of mental disorders. Dr. Ravin earned a B.A. in Psychology from Smith College in 2001 and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from American University in 2008. Since 2009, she has been in solo private practice in Coral Gables, FL, where she treats children, adolescents, and young adults with eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders. Dr. Ravin utilizes a variety of evidence-based approaches including Maudsley Family-Based Treatment (FBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (CBT). Channeling her natural energy, passion, and optimism into her work, Dr. Ravin is committed to helping each patient achieve full recovery. An active member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), the Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Ravin also writes a popular blog on eating disorders and related topics in psychology.
Medical Director, Donald Delaney Eating Disorders Program
Children's National Medical Center
Washington, DC, US
Tomas J. Silber, M.D., M.A.S.S. serves as Director for Education and Training of the Section of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center and Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Sciences at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He is boarded in pediatrics with a subspecialty board in adolescent medicine, and serves as Director of the Office of Ethics at Children’s National Medical Center.
A graduate of “Colegio Acassuso” and “Facultad de Medicina , Universidad de Buenos Aires"(M.D.) and The George Washington University (M.A.S.S.), Dr. Silber completed his Pediatric Training at Children’s Hospital of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and upon moving to the United States, completed another Pediatric Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and a Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center, where he joined the faculty in 1973.
Dr. Silber was invited to join “The American Pediatric Society” (1997). He has received the “Adele Delanbaugh Hofmann Award”, from the Section of Adolescent Health, of the American Academy of Pediatrics ( 2002 ) , the “Recognition Award’ from the National Council of Scientific Societies and the Pediatric Society of the Republic of Cuba” ( 2002 ), and the “Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement in Adolescent Medicine” from the Society for Adolescent Medicine (2006). From 2003 to 2007 he was Chairperson of the Section on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Dr. Silber has served on the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Teen Pregnancy, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, is an Adolescent Medicine Health Consultant to the Pan American Health Organization, has participated on the International Panel of Experts on Adolescent Health of the World Health Organization, is an advisor to the Adolescent Section of the Latin American Pediatric Association (ALAPE) and to the International Association for Adolescent Health
Dr. Silber’s particular areas of interest and expertise are Eating Disorders, Bioethics, and International Adolescent Health. He is currently the Medical director of the Donald Delaney Eating Disorders Program, CNMC.
The editor of five books, on the editorial board of two journals, guest editor of six journals, author of over 180 articles and 40 book chapters.
Professor Janet Treasure is a psychiatrist who has specialised in the treatment of eating disorders for more than 25 years. She is currently director of the Eating Disorders Service, a leading centre in the clinical management of eating disorders and training.
Professor Treasure holds, or has held, the following posts:
Chief medical advisor for Beat, the UK’s primary eating disorder charity
Patron of the Sheffield Eating Disorders Association
Fellow of Academy of Eating Disorders
Former Chair for the physical treatment section of the UK National Institute for Health and ClinicalExcellence (NICE) Guideline Committee
In 2007, Professor Treasure received an Eating Disorders National Award from national eating disorder charity Beat. During her career, she has edited seven academic texts on eating disorders and authored three self-help books, including, Getting better bite by bite on bulimia nervosa, Anorexia nervosa, a survival guide for families, friends and sufferers, a book for people with anorexia nervosa, parents and teachers, and Caring for a loved one with an eating disorder: a skills-based manual of the new Maudsley method, for families and parents of people with an eating disorder.
She delivers information and training via DVD, face-to-face workshops and seminars, for professional and nonprofessional carers. She has also developed an e-learning module on motivational interviewing. Professor Treasure has been active in research and has over 150 peer reviewed papers.
In 1984, she was awarded the Gaskell medal from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In 2004, she was awarded the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) Leadership
Award in Research. The award honours an individual who has, over substantial period of time, used research to develop new knowledge about eating disorders.
In addition to her work with eating disorders, she has been involved in treatment trials for people with type 1 diabetes through cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing. She is also developing an intervention for working with the carers of adolescents with type 1 diabetes.
Professor Janet Treasure has trained over 20 PhD students in research on eating disorders.
|Andrew Wallis BSW, MFamTher, GradDipMH, GradDipPsych,MAASW(acc)
Department of Adolescent Medicine
Team Leader of the Eating Disorder Family Based Treatment Team
The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, Sydney, Australia
Andrew Wallis is a Clinical Specialist Social Worker and Family Therapist in the Department of Adolescent Medicine and the Team Leader of the Eating Disorder Family Based Treatment Team at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, Sydney, Australia.. Andrew has been utilising family based treatment since 2003. The Children’s Hospital Eating Disorder Service is one of the largest paediatric services and was the first in Australia to implement FBT, continuing to innovate with a family admission program based on FBT principles in 2009. He has played a significant role providing supervision, consultation and training to numerous clinicians and teams around Australia and New Zealand to use the FBT model.
In addition he teaches general family therapy in the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology program at the University of Sydney where he is an honorary associate. He is currently completing a PhD investigating relationship change for families during family based treatment. He is involved in a number of other research projects including being the clinical supervisor on a National Health and Medical Research Committee Grant (NHMRC) involving family based treatment. Andrew has published articles and book chapters on family based treatment and is expecting publication of a general family therapy book – A Practical Guide to Family Therapy: Structured Guidelines and Key Skills in October 2011 with a colleague. Andrew is a on the executive of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders (ANZAED) the peak professional body for eating disorder clinicians in Australasia.
Chief Medical Officer, The Emily Program
Cleveland, OH, US
Mark graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Harvard Medical School. His practice focuses on bringing the most up-to-date research into evidence-based care.
He serves on the faculty of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and teaches at University Hospitals of Cleveland and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Dr. Warren is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders, where he leads the SIG in Males and Eating Disorders. He is a two-time recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and a winner of the Woodruff Award.
Dr. Warren co-chairs the Academy of Eating Disorders Presidential Task Force for Medical Care and serves on the FEAST Medical Advisory Board and the London-based Succeed Foundation Medical Advisory Board. He has presented extensively at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, The Renfrew Foundation and the Multidisciplinary Eating Disorder Association.
Owner and President of Willamette Nutrition Source LLC
Therese WaterhousOwner and President of Willamette Nutrition Source LLC, a private nutrition consulting business, specializes in medical nutrition therapy for eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS), binge eating disorders, and other disordered eating behaviors.
The Emily Program Foundation, St Paul, MN, US
Kitty Westin is the founder and former President of the Anna Westin Foundation which is now known as The Emily Program Foundation. The Anna Westin Foundation was started by Anna’s family after Anna died of anorexia in 2000. Kitty is on the board of The Emily Program Foundation, the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action, and she is a member of the Minnesota Governors Advisory Counsel on Mental Heath, the Minnesota Mental Health Legislative Network and numerous other boards and counsels.
Since Anna’s death Kitty has spoken to millions of people about eating disorders through personal appearances and the media. She has been invited to tell her story to a variety of groups in Minnesota and across the United States and the world. Kitty has been an outspoken advocate for people who struggle with eating disorders, their families and friends, and professionals who work in the field.
Kitty has received numerous awards for her advocacy efforts including the EDC
Advocacy Award, the Redbook Mothers and Shakers Award, the AED Meehan/Hartley Leadership Award for Public Service and/or Advocacy, the Park Nicollet Community Service Award and the National Eating Disorders Association Inspiration Award.