Kate Ackerman, MD, MPH
Kate Ackerman, MD MPH is an internist, sports medicine specialist, and endocrinologist at Children's Hospital Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She graduated from Cornell University magna cum laude, majoring in government and biology. She obtained her medical degree from Johns Hopkins and her masters in public health from Harvard. Currently her clinic is based at Children's, where she sees athletes of all ages with musculoskeletal issues, general medical issues, and especially endocrine problems, such as female athlete triad (disordered eating, low bone mass, and menstrual irregularities) and diabetes. Her research is largely based at MGH, where she is studying female athletes and various treatments and links to female athlete triad. She is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a former national team rower, and a current team physician for US Rowing and Community Rowing, Inc. She is also an affiliated team physician for various high schools and colleges in Boston, the Boston Ballet, and the Boston Marathon.
Presentation Topics: Exercise and Body Image; Exercise for Treatment of Overweight Clients; Exercise and Type 1 Diabetes; Female Athlete Triad, Health Concerns in the Female Adolescent Athlete; and Health Concerns in the Adult Female Athlete.
Marci Anderson, MS, RD
Marci Anderson specializes in and works exclusively with clients struggling with disordered eating, eating disorders, and body image concerns. She owns and manages Marci RD Nutrition, LLC in Cambridge, MA. She is a certified Intuitive Eating Skills Coach and employs a non-diet, non-weight focus in her work. She serves as the PR and Marketing chair for the Nutrition Entrepreneurs practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor teaching Nutrition Counseling for Eating Disorders for the Eating Disorders Institute at Plymouth State. You can also find her actively engaged with social media promoting eating disorder recovery and positive body image.
Presentation Topics: Nutrition Therapist vs. Dietitian: Finding the right fit for you; Intuitive Eating: How does it fit into eating disorder treatment; Nutrition Overload: How to sift through external messaging in a way that supports your recovery; The stages of nutrition rehabilitation in your recovery.
Dr. Mary Bartlett
Dr. Mary Bartlett is the Suicide Prevention and Risk Consultant and Director for the University Partnership Program at Magnolia Creek—a national treatment center for eating disorders specializing in treating self-harm and suicide. She speaks internationally, and is an authorized trainer for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the American Association of Suicidology. She coordinates the Magnolia Creek research projects on suicide, resiliency, and eating disorders. Additionally, Dr. Bartlett is a board member of the ethics committee for the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, and serves Air Force and Air and Army National Guard leadership on suicide and resiliency matters.
Presentation Topics: Self-Harm; Suicide; Eating Disorders; and Resiliency.
Dr. Carolyn Becker
Dr. Carolyn Black Becker is a Professor of Psychology at Trinity University in San Antonio. She also is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment and prevention of eating disorders. The primary focus of Dr. Becker’s teaching, research, and clinical work is the implementation of scientifically supported prevention and treatment interventions in clinical and real world settings. Dr. Becker also serves as the scientific and clinical director of Tri Delta’s Reflections: Body Image Program and co-author of the program manual, which was published by Oxford University Press. The NIMH has funded her research on the prevention of eating disorders with female athletes. Dr. Becker is a member of the Eating Disorder Research Society and a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED). In 2009, she and Tri Delta were joint recipients of the AED’s Research-Practice Partnership Award for their work in disseminating evidence-based eating disorders prevention programming.
Presentation Topics: Prevention of Eating Disorders, including Reflections Body Image Program and Fat Talk Free Week; Community Participatory Research; and Evidence-based Prevention Programming.
Dena L. Cabrera, Psy.D.
Dr. Dena Cabrera is a licensed psychologist in the State of Arizona and has been on staff at Remuda Ranch Treatment Programs for 12 years. She serves as the Director of Educational Outreach. Dr. Cabrera is an expert in the psycho-diagnostic assessment and treatment of eating disorders and Axis II pathology. She has been involved in program development, staff training and supervision throughout the Remuda system. She presents to national audiences on state-of-the-art treatments for difficult mental health problems. Dr. Cabrera has published numerous articles and has appeared in several media interviews.
Presentation Topics: Treating Eating Disorders in a Weight-Obsessed World; ED and Self Harm; ED and OCD; ED and the Media; ED and Axis II; The Freshman “15”; Coping with College and Disordered Eating; I’m Still Hungry: Dealing with Binge Eating; One Size Does Not Fit All: Understanding Eating Disorders in Today’s Culture; Eating Disorder Boot Camp; Facing Reality: Eating Disorders do NOT discriminate; and Dealing with Resistance in Eating Disorders.
Mary Ellen Crowley, PhD
Dr. Crowley is an Assistant Psychologist at McLean Hospital and Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. She is the former Clinical Coordinator of McLean's Eating Disorder Specialty Track Partial Hospital Program for adult women, and is currently the chief Eating Disorder Consultant for McLean's Pavilion Program. Dr. Crowley currently supervises post-doctoral candidates at McLean's Klarman Eating Disorders Center and maintains a private practice in Arlington, MA. She is a consultant to various schools, women's magazines, and hospitals. She regularly lectures and publishes on the topic of eating disorders.
Presentation Topics: ED Treatment in the Age of the Internet; Burnout Prevention Among ED Providers; and the Role of College Counseling Centers in ED Treatment.
Dr. Sherrie Delinsky
Dr. Sherrie Delinsky received her BA in Psychology from Yale University, summa cum laude, and her MS and PhD degrees in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University. She specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of eating and weight disorders, body image disturbance, anxiety disorders, and depression. She has presented her original research and received industry awards at the national and international level (APA, International Conference on Eating Disorders, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies). Her teaching experience includes undergraduate psychology at Rutgers University, psychiatry didactics at Massachusetts General Hospital, and continuing medical education for professionals. She has published articles in scientific journals and book chapters for the past twelve years, and is a reviewer for numerous scholarly publications. Dr. Delinsky currently works as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Wellesley, MA, and is also an Instructor at Harvard Medical School.
Presentation Topics: Overview and Management of Eating Disorders; Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Eating Disorders; Body Image Disturbance and Its Treatment; Special Challenges in Working with Eating Disorders; Perfectionism and Eating Disorders; and Overview of the Latest Research on Eating Disorders.
Dr. Kim Dennis
Dr. Kim Dennis is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in treating addictions, eating disorders and co-occurring disorders. She currently serves as the medical director at Timberline Knolls. Her knowledge of eating disorders and substance abuse isn’t just limited to her academic and clinical experience, having had her own personal experience as a woman in recovery from an eating disorder and alcoholism. She is a member of the American Medical Association, Academy for Eating Disorders, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, American Society for Addiction Medicine and IAEDP. Dr. Dennis is published in the areas of gender differences in the development of psychopathology, co-occurring eating disorders and self-injury, and the use of medication with family-based therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. She is also on the editorial board of Eating Disorders: the Journal of Treatment and Prevention.
Presentation Topics: Medical Aspects of Eating Disorders; Application of the12-Step Recovery Model to Eating Disorder Treatment; Trauma and Eating Disorders; Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders; and Eating Disorders and Athletes.
Melissa Freizinger, PhD
Melissa Freizinger, PhD is the Clinical Director at Laurel Hill Inn, and has extensive training and experience in the treatment of eating disorders and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She received her Masters degree in Counseling from Leslie College and her PhD from Northeastern University. Dr. Freizinger was the 2006 Murphy Fellow at the Harvard Medical School / Massachusetts Mental Health Center DBT program, where she received extensive training in the application of DBT with chronically suicidal patients with co-morbid disorders. Dr. Freizinger has presented workshops and lectures on DBT and eating disorders at the national level. She is published in the areas of eating disorders and infertility, DBT and eating disorders, validation therapy, chronic pain assessment, and depression in infertile women. Over the past 15 years, she has worked as a clinician and researcher in various settings in the Boston area, and she currently maintains a private practice in Cambridge, MA.
Presentation Topics: Suicidality and Eating Disorders: What You Don’t Know but Need to Ask; DBT: Calming the Chaos; Eating Disorders on Your College Campus; Eating Disorders 101: Treat or Refer?
Amy Gardner, MS, RD
Amy Gardner received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Science degree in clinical nutrition from New York University. Amy is the owner of Metrowest Nutrition, a group nutrition practice with locations in Newton and Framingham, MA. She provides individual and group nutrition counseling as well as hands on skills training to children, adolescents and adults in the areas of eating disorders, family nutrition, weight management and wellness. Prior to starting Metrowest Nutrition, Amy held a private practice in Newton, MA for ten years specializing in eating disorders. Additional work experience includes the Eating Disorder Track at the Behavioral Health Partial Program and the Klarman Eating Disorder Center for adolescents, both at McLean hospital. Amy also worked at Newton-Wellesley Eating Disorders and Behavioral Medicine. She has presented to high schools, universities, professional conferences, corporations and other organizations. Professional affiliations include the American Dietetic Association, Massachusetts Dietetic Association and the Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association.
Presentation Topics: Food and Mood; Appetite Awareness Training; Nutritional Management of Eating Disorders; Nutrition for Athletes; The Diet Trap: Why Diets Don’t Work; Nutritional CBT: Challenging Beliefs About Food and Mindful Eating.
Caryn Honig, MEd, RD, LD
Caryn Honig is a registered and licensed dietitian and owner of The Healthy Weigh, a nutritional counseling private practice in Houston, Texas. Caryn is also an adjunct clinical professor at University of Houston where she teaches Introduction to Nutritional Counseling, Current Issues in Eating Disorders and Pilates. She graduated from the University of Denver with a double major in Mass Communications and Speech Communications and from the University of Texas Health Science Center with a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and dietetics. She then completed a master’s degree in counseling from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Caryn uses a non-traditional counseling approach to treating eating disorders including writing, drawing, dancing, and other creative mindful therapeutic activities. Her presentations include didactic lecture, collaborative discussion, and experiential exercises. Caryn struggled with anorexia and bulimia in the past and has been in recovery for 20 years. Growing up, Caryn was a state and nationally ranked tennis player. She was also a scholarship player for the University of Denver and became a collegiate All-American tennis player.
Presentation Topics: It’s Not About Food or Weight: Understanding Eating Disorders and the Treatment and Recovery Process; and Beyond The Meal Plan: Using Non-Traditional/Eclectic Approaches in the Treatment of Eating Disorders.
Robyn Hussa, MFA, RYT
Robyn Hussa has been working for several years with families, patients, educators and medical professionals first-hand, in an effort to educate them about our nation's epidemic of eating disorders and obesity. She is a nationally recognized educator and leader in the field of eating disorders as Founder and President of the NORMAL In Schools nonprofit, for whom she creates award-winning arts and mindfulness programs to educate about eating disorders and mental health. She holds an MFA from the University of Virginia, RYT with Yoga Alliance and is a member of both the Academy for Eating Disorders and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.
Presentation Topics: Eating Disorders 101; Body and Self-Acceptance; and Eating Disorders, Self-Esteem, and Wellness, using an array of films that she has created for the NORMAL In Schools nonprofit. Afterwards, she engages in a question and answer dialogue with the audience, alongside an array of medical panelists (depending on location and availability).
Diane Israel is currently a psychotherapist with a private practice in Boulder Colorado and a professor of transpersonal psychology at Naropa University. Before becoming a psychotherapist, Diane was a world-class runner and triathlete. She is a senior counselor at Women's Quest, a mind-body-spirit adventure camp for women, and teaches movement to seniors. Diane specializes in working with couples and with people with body images issues practicing physical, mental, and spiritual integration. Her work in these fields compelled her in 2004 to start her own production company called SheArt LLC to create an award-winning independent documentary film, Beauty Mark. This documentary Beauty chronicles Diane’s quest to understand the personal and cultural forces that drive people, including herself, to achieve physical perfection at any cost. Diane's film has reached over 10,000 people in the last 2 years and has been endorsed by the National Eating Disorders Association, the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Dove Self Esteem Fund.
Presentation Topics: Athletes and Eating Disorders
Johanna Kandel is the founder/CEO of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness and author of Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder (Harlequin). Johanna has spoken to more than 150,000 individuals worldwide about hope and recovery, and is a staple on college campuses. In addition, she advocates for legislation on a state/national level. She sits on the board of EDC and Girl Future, and is team leader for NEDA’s STAR program. Johanna has received many awards for her work, including the Jefferson Award©. She has appeared on national television programs including The Today Show, and profiled in the New York Times and Glamour.
Presentation Topics: Stepping off the Scales: Eating Disorders and Body Image on College Campuses; Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder; re(Define) (Real)ity™; Eating Disorders and Males: It’s Not Just a Girl Thing; and Making Weight: Eating Disorders and Athletes.
Cheryl Kerrigan is the author of Telling Ed No! and Other Practical Tools to Conquer Your Eating Disorder and Find Freedom (Gurze Books), an eating disorder survivor and activist. She is a Consultant with Walden Behavioral Care and works with Thom Rutledge at his "Beyond Eating Disorders" recovery retreats. She is on the Leadership Board (and mentor) of MentorCONNECT, the first global eating disorder mentoring community. She is a contributing author to multiple eating disorder recovery books and author of the recovery blog: getridofed.blogspot.com.
Presentation Topics: Bringing Recovery to Life: Through her personal story, Cheryl provides the audience with important information on the inner-workings of the mind of an eating disorder (Ed), shares vital aspects of recovery, provides successful, practical and detailed recovery tools and shows, through real-life scenarios, what life in recovery looks like.
Jerry L. Law, D. Min.
Dr. Law is a Board Registered Interventionist, a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor, and a Certified Drug, Alcohol and Addictions Counselor. Jerry is co-owner of ISA Intervention and Recovery Specialists based in Tempe, Arizona. A veteran of 20 years in the corporate world, Jerry's strong leadership and organizational skills lend themselves naturally to Counseling and the Intervention process. He specializes in Interventions for disordered eating clients and travels throughout North America helping families assist their loved one in making the choice to accept the gift of recovery through treatment. Jerry is also in private practice as a counselor where he works with individuals, couples, and families. He is a frequent presenter at treatment centers, conferences, retreats and recovery groups on a variety of topics and methods to break the cycle of dysfunction inherent in eating disorders, addiction and other destructive behaviors. In recovery himself, Jerry brings compassion and first-hand understanding concerning the critical nature of ending the chaos these disorders create within the family.
Presentation Topics: Intervention: The First Step to Recovery from an Eating Disorder (Clinical Presentation); How To Intervene: A Case Study Through Role Play (Practical Presentation); The 5 "R"'s - Understanding and Changing Dysfunctional Communication in the Disordered Eating Family; and Setting and Maintaining Healthy Boundaries in the Family Affected by Disordered Eating.
Jean Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. She is the author of the award winning book Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids. The prize-winning films based on her lectures include Killing Us Softly, Spin the Bottle, and Slim Hopes. She holds an honorary position as Senior Scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women.
Presentation Topics: The Naked Truth: Advertising's Image of Women; Slim Hopes: Advertising & the Obsession with Thinness; Deadly Persuasion: Advertising & Addiction; and So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids.
Dr. Roberto Olivardia
Dr. Roberto Olivardia is Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Psychologist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice, where he specializes in the treatment of eating disorders in boys and men. He also specializes in the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He is co-author of The Adonis Complex, a book that details the various manifestations of body image problems in men. He has taught courses at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Boston College and has lectured extensively around the country.
Presentation Topics: Eating Disorders and Body Image in Boys and Men; Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD); and The Relationship between Eating Disorders and ADHD.
Whitney Post, MA
Whitney Post is President and Co-Founder for Eating for Life Alliance. Over the past ten years, Whitney has run hundreds of groups helping women develop healthier relationships with their bodies. As a clinician, she has designed or implemented eating disorder treatment programs at the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center, Walden Behavioral Care, and Arbour Health Systems. As a consultant, she has provided wellness trainings, workshops, and individual coaching to National team athletes, as well as to area colleges, including Harvard University, Williams College, Boston University, and Wellesley College. She currently consults for the Women’s Sports Foundation. Based on her own experience as a four-time National team rower, World Champion, and alternate for the Sydney Olympics, she specializes in athletes and eating disorder recovery, and contributes to national publications on the topic.
Presentation Topics: Personal Recovery Story; Athletes and Eating Disorders (including trainings for teams); 12 Steps and Recovery; and Body Image Boot Camp Training.
Constance Rhodes is the Founder and CEO of FINDINGbalance, a Christian non-profit with an emphasis on eating and body image issues, and the director of The True Campaign, a Christ-centered effort to “end the crisis of distorted self-image among women.” She is the author of Life Inside the Thin Cage: A Personal Look into the Hidden World of the Chronic Dieter (Waterbrook/Random House) and the creator of Finding Balance with Food, an interactive 12-week curriculum kit for use by churches, colleges and counseling centers. She is also the compiler and editor of The Art of Being: Reflections on the Beauty and the Risk of Embracing Who We Are (Waterbrook/Random House). Constance is a popular keynote speaker for a variety of audiences, and is host to the annual “Hungry for Hope” conference at Glen Eyrie in Colorado Springs.
Presentation Topics: The Perfection Trap; Sex and Skinny; and Feeding Lonely.
Heidi Schauster, MS, RD, LDN
Heidi Schauster, MS, RD, LDN is a nutrition therapist and registered dietitian with over 15 years experience in the field of eating disorders. She completed her dietetic internship and Masters Degree at Tufts University and began her career with Inpatient Psychiatry and Outpatient Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital, Boston. Since 1999, she has maintained a full-time private practice, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and emotional eating issues. Heidi works with adolescents and adults, consults with schools and residential programs, and provides individual and group supervision for registered dietitians who treat eating disorders. She has presented widely on the topic of nutrition and disordered eating. Her practice goals include assisting her clients and students in improving their relationships with food and their bodies.
Presentation Topics: Nutrition Therapy for Disordered Eating; Loving Your Body with Intuitive and Mindful Eating Instead of Dieting; Various Nutrition Topics, including General Nutrition and Wellness.
Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CSSD, CEDRD
Jessica is the rare mix of clinician and educator who really gets to the heart of our issues with health and weight. Students will be laughing out loud and nodding their heads as Jessica shares remarkable wisdom about our conscious and unconscious relationships with food. A month before starting school to become a dietitian, Jessica Setnick came to grips with the fact that she had bulimia. Now after years of working with others who struggle with the same and similar problems, Jessica is ready to tell her story, along with the methods she uses to help herself and her clients stay out of the grips of an eating disorder. Jessica has helped hundreds of individuals with issues surrounding disordered eating, body image, weight management and healthy choices. Using humor, poignant stories and the latest scientific research, Jessica goes far beyond the basics of body image and eating disorders, and helps students shape their perspectives about nutrition, stress, and weight management.
Presentation Topics: Making Food Your Friend Again; You Are Why You Eat; Are Eating Disorders Addictions?; Food Fairy Tales: Change the Stories You Tell Yourself About Food and Eat Happily Ever After; and What You Need to Know About Your Girlfriend (or Boyfriend's) Eating Disorder.
Dr. Sari Fine Shepphird
Dr. Sari Fine Shepphird is a clinical psychologist, eating disorders specialist, and award winning author of the book 100 Questions and Answers about Anorexia Nervosa (Jones & Bartlett). In addition to maintaining an outpatient private practice, she provides consultation about eating disorders to the media as well as to other treatment providers. Dr. Shepphird has served on the Board of Directors of the California Psychological Association, The Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists and has held leadership positions in several other mental health organizations and committees.
Presentation Topics: Understanding Eating Disorders; Answers About Anorexia; Treating Eating Disorders (for therapists and clinicians); Eating Disorders on Campus; and Feminism and Eating Disorders.
Roberta Trattner Sherman, PhD, FAED
Dr. Roberta Sherman is a psychologist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders in private practice in Bloomington, Indiana, where she also provides clinical and consulting services to the Athletic Department at Indiana University-Bloomington. Additionally, as a consultant to the NCAA, she provides education and training regarding eating problems in sport at NCAA institutions. She coauthored the Disordered Eating section of the Position Stand on the Female Athlete Triad for the Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee, the NCAA Coaches Handbook: Managing the Female Athlete Triad, and Managing Student-Athletes’ Mental Health Issues for the NCAA, and Eating Disorders in Sport. She has served on several committees and projects of the IOC Medical Commission regarding the Female Athlete Triad. Dr. Sherman is a Fellow in the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), recipient of AED’s 2008 Leadership Award for Clinical, Administrative, or Educational Service, and an editorial board member of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention.
Presentation Topics: The Female Athlete Triad; Identifying, Managing, and Treating Athletes with Eating Disorders; and Risk Factors in the Sport Environment for Developing Eating Disorders.
Nicole Siegfried, PhD
Nicole Siegfried, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. She is a Co-Founder and Director of Magnolia Creek Treatment Center for Eating Disorders. She served as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Samford University from 2001-2008 and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at UAB. She has published research, magazine articles, and book chapters in the field of eating disorders. She and Magnolia Creek Suicide Risk Consultant, Dr. Mary Bartlett, are investigators on a current research study with Dr. Thomas Joiner investigating risk factors of suicidality in clients with eating disorders.
Presentation Topics: Understanding Elevated Suicidality in Eating Disorders: The Role of the Acquired Capability for Suicide; Developing a Model for Suicidal Behavior in Eating Disorders; Myth Busters: Uncovering the Truth about Suicide and Self-Harm in Eating Disorders; Keeping your Tools Sharp: Preventing Relapse in Eating Disorders; Assessment and Treatment of Self-Harm and Suicidality in Eating Disorders; Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders; Risk Factors for Eating Disorders in College Students; and Assessment of Eating Disorders and Suicide in College Students.
Doris Smeltzer, MA
Doris Smeltzer is a career educator. Since her daughter Andrea (19) died after one year of bulimic behaviors, she has devoted her life to eating disorder prevention through the Andrea's Voice Foundation non-profit she co-founded with her husband. She holds a master's in counseling psychology, is the author of Andrea's Voice: Silenced by Bulimia, the Gurze Books' "Advice for Parents" blog and co-author of Chapter 21 in, Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice. Smeltzer is developing an educational curriculum for the ED field based on interviews with experts from her Internet radio show.
Presentation Topics: Keynotes at Conferences, College Campuses, Organizations & Professional Groups; Educator or Parent Workshops, and Inspirational primer to kick off "Family Week" for treatment centers.
Dr. Charles Sophy
Dr. Charles Sophy, has dedicated his life to the physical and mental well being of children and families from all walks of life. He’s board certified in three clinical specialties: Adult Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Family Practice. He acts as Medical Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the nation’s largest Child Welfare System and is responsible for the safety of over 40,000 foster care children. In addition, Dr. Sophy maintains a private practice in Beverly Hills, where he works with clients struggling with eating disorders, as well as other issues. He is also the author of Side By Side, a book focused on improving mother/daughter relationships.
Presentation Topics: Food and Anger; My Mom and Food; I Love to Hate to Purge; and Do I Have an Eating Disorder, or Is My Family Just Messed Up?
Ron A. Thompson, PhD, FAED
Ron Thompson is a psychologist in private practice in Bloomington, Indiana, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. He is also a consulting psychologist for the Athletic Department at Indiana University and has served as a consultant on eating disorders to the NCAA and on the Female Athlete Triad with the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission (IOCMC). He coauthored the Disordered Eating section of the IOC MC’s Position Stand on the Female Athlete Triad, the NCAA Coaches Handbook: Managing the Female Athlete Triad, and Managing Student-Athletes’ Mental Health Issues for the NCAA. Dr. Thompson also assisted in the development of the Healthy Body Image Project for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. His publications include the books Bulimia: A Guide for Family and Friends, Helping Athletes with Eating Disorders, The Exercise Balance, and Eating Disorders in Sport. Dr. Thompson is a Fellow in the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). Dr. Thompson and colleague Dr. Roberta Sherman jointly received the AED’s 2008 Leadership Award for Clinical, Administrative, and Educational Service.
Presentation Topics: Identification, treatment, and prevention of eating disorders in athletes; Examining Unhealthy/Unbalanced Exercise.
Mark Warren, MD, MPH, FAED
Mark Warren is the medical director of the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Medical School and completed his residency at Harvard Medical School. He served as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Medical Director of University Hospital Health System's Laurelwood Hospital. A past vice-chair for clinical affairs at the Case School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, he continues on the Clinical Faculty of the Medical School, teaching in both the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. He is a currently a faculty member and former chair of the Board of Governors at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Dr. Warren is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a two-time recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and a winner of the Woodruff Award. He leads the Males and Eating Disorders special interest group for the Academy of Eating Disorders.
Presentation Topics: Men and Eating Disorders