Assessment & Diagnosis Special Interest Group

The Assessment and Diagnosis SIG is a multidisciplinary group that aims to disseminate information about the use of reliable and valid assessment techniques, provide training in the administration of assessment interviews, and discuss diagnostic and classification systems in the field of eating disorders.


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Bariatric Surgery Special Interest Group


The Bariatric Surgery SIG became official in 2000 with 45 members enjoying a lively conversation together online and 30 people in attendance at our first ICED SIG meeting in Vancouver in 2001. Two years later we held the first AED SIG sponsored ICED panel discussion in Denver, Colorado in 2003.

The SIG continues to thrive and grow as weight loss surgery becomes an increasingly common choice for the morbidly obese. We welcome physicians, nurses, nutritionists, mental health professionals, and all who share an interest in high quality care and treatment for bariatric surgery patients.


  • Broaden and disseminate the growing body of knowledge regarding gastric bypass surgery to members of the Academy, interested professionals, and the general public.
  • Promote standards of excellence in medical and psychological care of Bariatric surgery patients.
  • Promote pre-surgical screening and evaluation of Bariatric surgery candidates that will help effectuate the best possible patient outcomes.
  • Advance multidisciplinary treatment and post-operative care that will augment success and ensure long-term maintenance.

Current Activities

The Bariatric Surgery SIG is currently collaborating with the Medical Care SIG on a Teaching Day in Philadelphia for medical and eating disorder professionals: Learning How To See Success: Cutting Edge Essentials in the Management of Eating Disorders and Bariatric Surgery Recovery

The goal for this workshop is to provide the best and most current expertise in the field to Physicians and Eating Disorder Professionals regarding medical, psychological, and nutritional issues relevant to the recovery of eating disorder and bariatric surgery patients.

Past Activities and History

Vancouver, Canada, 2001

First Bariatric Surgery SIG Meeting

Boston, Mass, 2002

SIG Meeting with presentation by George HSU, MD

Extreme Obesity - Metabolic Defect or Eating Disorder?

Denver, Colorado, June 29, 2003

SIG Meeting

Panel Discussion with James Mitchell, MD.

Techniques, Complications and Outcomes 

Maureen Dymek, Ph.D.

Presurgical Psychosocial Evaluations 

Carol Signore, LMFT

Post Operative Treatment and Support and Video-Weight Loss Surgery: An Inside Look.

Orlando, Florida, 2004

SIG Meeting

Panel Discussion with Brenda Wolfe, Ph.D. and Anne Fursland, Ph.D.

Presurgical Evaluations

Montreal, Canada, 2005

SIG Meeting with Presentations by Members

Workshop: The Psychiatric and Psychological Assessment of Bariatric Surgery Candidates

By Donald E. McAlpine, MD and Matthew M. Clark, PhD. 


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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Special Interest Group

The overlap between eating disorders (ED) and borderline personality disorder (BPD) is extensive.  The comorbidity is high, with about 25% of ED patients having an Axis II diagnosis of BPD.  Conversely, 30% of patients with BPD present with an ED. This subset of patient is known for their severity and resistance to standard treatments.  There is an expanding body of excellent research in the area of BPD including a number of new evidence-based treatments, of which dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is the best known and most studied. 

The goal of the BPD SIG is to increase the awareness and access of the AED membership to the scholarship, emerging new treatments, training opportunities, information networks, program options and locations, and parent supports burgeoning in response to the high prevalence and increased recognition of BPD.


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Body Image & Prevention Special Interest Group

The Body Image Special Interest Group is a multidisciplinary association of academic and health care professionals with both interest and expertise in the prevention and treatment of body image disturbance. We are aware that body image disturbance plays a significant role in the development and maintenance of disordered eating, and have developed this SIG as a subset of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) in order to accomplish the following goals:

  • Educate clinicians and researchers about the integral role of body image in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders
  • Provide a forum for members to discuss clinical and empirical issues related to body image, and to promote the sharing of information and resources among professionals in the field
  • Increase awareness and activism within AED and in our respective communities

Future Goals and Planned Activities

  • Implement an electronic Body Image SIG newsletter
  • Utilize our Body Image listserv to update one another on research projects, discuss challenging clinical issues, and increase overall communication and community among professionals with an interest in body image
  • Develop the activism component of our SIG (e.g., developing new campus programs and integrating efforts of ongoing campus programs, getting young women involved and encouraging them to have a voice)
  • Develop more education and teaching days focused just on body image, with as much hands-on clinical training as possible. In particular, offer training in how to “get over the last hump” in clinical work that involves making lasting, positive changes in body image
  • Create an international list of providers for body image therapy and groups to facilitate referrals
  • Increase our discussion of body image issues among men
  • Develop a list of funding agencies and opportunities for body image research
  • Host a separate body image poster session and encourage increased focus on body image within as well as outside the specific context of eating disorders




Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Special Interest Group

Download a database of child and adolescent eating disorder assessment measures. The database is in Microsoft Access format, and has been compressed into a ZIP file. To download and run, you will need to have both Microsoft Access and WinZip installed on your computer.

The focus of this SIG is to:

  • To share information and ideas about the specific issues associated with the child and adolescent population.
  • To offer a forum for discussion of clinical dilemmas/issues in treatment, and support for those professionals working with this age group.
  • To begin to formulate guidelines/minimum standards for the treatment of the age group in collaboration with the Task Force.
  • To look at ways of promoting the therapeutic work with this age group in order to have greater representation at the annual meetings/conferences.

Future Goals and Planned Activities

  • To meet annually at each international conference (London - AED).
  • To form a liaison via e-mail/listserv to further discussions on the focus of the group.
  • To be active in promoting the group and its activities and projects, and in taking a stand on particular issues.

Past Activities and History

In 2004 the Academy held its conference in Orlando. This SIG held a business meeting, in which a new co-chair was elected—welcome and thank you to Nancy Zucker. In this meeting we agreed to bring together a research resource base for clinicians/researchers working and conducting research with this population.

To this end Nancy and I have compiled a list of measures that are being used with this population: which have been validated for this age group and who has led the research with the tool. We expect to have this ready for the conference in Montreal in April 2005.

The 6th International Conference on Eating Disorders saw an increase in the number of workshop and paper presentations on the child and adolescent population. No meeting was held.

In 2002 the Academy held its conference in the Boston Plaza. This SIG held a business meeting, which brought new members, and we welcome them. The discussion section of the meeting focused on the involvement of families in the treatment of this age group. There was a strong feeling that, when hospitalized, children and adolescents were treated very differently from their counterparts in with other diagnoses.

Parents were often excluded from treatment, whereas in other health situations parents were actively encouraged to be part of the treatment team. There was a lively debate about why this would happen.

The 5th International Conference on Eating Disorders, London, April 1-4, 2001
Following the very successful half-day meeting at the ED 1999 conference, we decided to repeat the event at ED 2001. The Special Interest Group for children and adolescents with eating disorders met on Sunday, April 1.

The meeting was divided into two sections: the first led by Katherine Williams, Juniper Centre Southampton, and Marc Neiderman, Huntercombe Manor Maidenhead. The presentation they gave was on the psychological support of those patients on enteral feeding regimes.

The session covered the different types of enteral tubes used for feeding and the particular circumstances when enteral feeding would be considered in the younger population. The presenters then went on to discuss the way in which clinicians can support the patient as well as their families during the process. Consideration was given to the patient group where some were on enteral feeding regimes and some were not.

For those interested further in this subject, I recommend further reading: Naso-gastric feeding in children and adolescents with eating disorders: toward good practice'. Neiderman et al., 2001 International Journal of Eating Disorders Vol 29 #441-448. 'Enteric feeding in severe adolescent anorexia nervosa: a report of four cases'. Neiderman et al., 2000 International Journal of Eating Disorders Vol 28 #4 470-475.

The second section was led by Sue Morris, Northampton and Deborah Christie, London. This section was a debate on the treatment of children/adolescents on adult units. The two sides to the debate gave a comprehensive account of the particular needs of the younger population and how they might be met in both settings.

It was acknowledged that some adult units did attempt to provide appropriately for this age group although others did not, which led the discussion toward thinking about the best option among limited choices. The debate is in the process of being written up for publication. For further reading for treatment of children and adolescents, I recommend Anorexia Nervosa and related eating disorders in childhood and adolescence, 2nd edition, 2000 Bryan Lask & Rachel Bryant Waugh (Eds).

The meeting provided the setting for a lively discussion of the particular needs of the child/adolescent with an eating disorder at different degrees of severity, and how these needs at all levels are different from the adult with an eating disorder.

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