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June Alexander, AUS
Rachel Bachner-Melman PhD, FAED, Israel
Judith Banker, MA, LLP, FAED, USA
Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, FAED, USA
Joy Jacobs, J.D., Ph.D., USA
Debra Katzman , MD, FRCP(C), CAN
Walter H. Kaye, M.D., USA
Dr. Daniel Le Grange, USA
Beth Mayer, LICSW, USA
Rod McClymont, AUS

Stephanie B. Milstein, Ph.D., USA
Lauren Muhlheim, PsyD, CEDS USA
Rebecka Peebles, MD, USA
Sarah K. Ravin, Ph.D., USA
Julie O'Toole, MD, MPH, USA

Jacinta Tan, MD PhD FRCPsych, UK
Janet Treasure, PhD FRCP FRCPsych, UK
Maria Tsiaka, BA, PhD(c), Greece
Mark Warren, MD, MPH, FAED, USA
Therese Waterhous, PhD, RD, LD, USA



June Alexander

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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Judith Banker, MA, LLP, FAED

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.

Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, FAED

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.

Joy Jacobs, J.D., Ph.D.

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, M.D., FRCP(C)

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.

Walter H. Kaye, M.D.

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.

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.

Beth Mayer, LICSW


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.

Rod McClymont, MD

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.


Stephanie B. Milstein, Ph.D. 

Clinical Psychologist
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!

Dr. Lauren Muhlheim

Dr. Muhlheim directs own group practice in Los Angeles, Eating Disorder Therapy LA, which specializes in evidence-based eating disorder treatment for adolescents and adults. She is active on social media – especially facebook and twitter

Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., CEDS, is a clinical psychologist who, during graduate school, trained in the Rutgers Eating Disorder Clinic under G. Terence Wilson, Ph.D.  Along with Chris Fairburn, Terry Wilson was instrumental in the development of cognitive behavioral therapy for eating disorders.  In this research clinic Dr. Muhlheim was trained in cognitive behavioral therapy for bulimia, and eating disorders have remained a primary focus and interest of study.  Since leaving the research clinic, Dr. Muhlheim has continued to employ evidence-based cognitive behavioral psychotherapy for eating disorders in outpatient practice, most recently in Shanghai and Los Angeles.
Dr. Muhlheim obtained training in Maudsley Family-based treatment (FBT) for adolescent eating disorders and is certified in FBT by the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders.  Dr. Muhlheim is also certified as an eating disorder specialist (CEDS) through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP).

Dr. Muhlheim is active in the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and currently serves on the Academy's Board of Directors as Director for Outreach. Previous positions include Co-Chair of the Membership Recruitment and Retention Committee, Co-Chair of the Social Media Committee, and Founding Co-Chair of the Family-Based Therapy Special Interest Group. She is chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA)’s Eating Disorder Special Interest Group and also serves on LACPA’s Ethics Committee and Continuing Education Committee.  Dr Muhlheim is the Eating Disorders Expert for Verywell (formerly and is Clinical Director of the Eating Disorder Information website, Mirror-Mirror Eating Disorders.

Dr. Julie O'Toole

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.

Rebecka Peebles, MD

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.

Sarah K. Ravin, Ph.D.

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.


Janet Treasure, PhD, FRCP, FRCPsych, OBE

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.

Mark Warren, MD, MPH, FAED

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.

Therese Waterhous, PhD, RD, LD

Owner and President of Willamette Nutrition Source LLC
Corvallis, Oregon

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.


Rachel Bachner-Melman, PhD

Jerusalem, Israel

Rachel Bachner-Melman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment and research of eating disorders. She has rich experience in treating eating disorders –at Hadassah University Medical Center, where she coordinated the eating disorders unit in the Adult Psychiatry ward from 2010-2011, at Lily Safra Children’s Hospital, in Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, and at “Koli, the Jerusalem Center for Recovery from Eating Disorders” that she founded in 2015” to help people with eating disorders and their carers. Her doctorate, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, focused on genetic and personality factors associated with anorexia nervosa in athletes and non-athletes. Dr Bachner-Melman is a Senior Lecturer in the MA Clinical Psychology Program at the Ruppin Academic Center in Emek Hefer and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has published over 60 articles and book chapters, and regularly speaks at conferences in Israel and abroad. She is President of the Israel Association for Eating Disorders, and a member of the prestigious Eating Disorders Research Society, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED).


Maria Tsiaka, BA, PhD(c)

Athens, Greece

Maria Tsiaka, BA, PhD(c) is a psychologist, family-therapist and Founder and Executive Director of the Hellenic Center forEating Disorders, a profit support and outpatient treatment facility established in 2006 in Athens, Greece. She was working on the field of eating disorders since 1997.

She has developed and implemented the Home-Based Treatment Program for adolescents and adults with severe and enduring anorexia nervosa all over the country. She has practiced the cognitive interpersonal maintenance model on Greek families and investigated its applicability on bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Furthermore, she delivers the brain approach four-day intensive multifamily program in Greece.

She has presented in international conferences on eating disorders andorganized various conferences on eating disorders as well as she gave lectures nationally on eating disorders more specifically on the critical role of the family in the recovery process. Additionally, she has trained many health professionals in the field. Her research areas are focused on carers’ and patient’s experience of an eating disorder.

She is an active supporter and community presenter, a member of European Family Therapy Association(EFTA) as well as a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and is working towards eating disorders' awareness empowering Greek families.


Jacinta Tan, MD PhD FRCPsych

United Kingdom

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Swansea University Medical School Dr Jacinta Tan is a research psychiatrist and medical ethicist. She is also an honorary consultant psychiatrist in the Adult Tier 3 Specialist Eating Disorder Team of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. A multidisciplinary academic with degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, Child Health and Sociology, Jacinta spent many years researching mental capacity in anorexia nervosa at the University of Oxford, research that was based on hour upon hour of in depth exploration of the experiences of patients and families. Jacinta is particularly proud to be the founder and convenor of the Welsh Eating Disorder Research Development Group since 2012, and the Law and Ethics of Anorexia Nervosa – Values in Practice (LEAN-ViP) network of the Collaborating Centre for Values Based Practice in Health and Social Care since 2017. She is also a founder editor and now Senior Editor for the Biomed Central open access journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health. She works with NHS clinicians, researchers, the third sector, patients, and carers to develop research for eating disorders and values based practice. Jacinta is currently tasked by the Welsh Government to lead the Eating Disorder Service Review for Wales, and is working with the support of a team of 10 lay representatives to build a new eating disorder system for Wales which is centred on the wishes and needs of those who know best, namely those who suffer from eating disorders and their families. Her vision as the sole eating disorder clinical academic in Wales is to co-develop interdisciplinary eating disorder and ethics research together with patients, families, other clinicians and academic partners, which examines issues at the coalface of treatment and thereby directly improves healthcare for eating disorders across the lifespan in Wales.

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