One of the benefits of membership in the Academy for Eating Disorders is access to our Online Virtual Library of educational webinars, which allows you to learn about current practices and research within the Eating Disorder Community at your convenience, 24/7. Current AED members can browse and view webinars in the Library here.

Follow this link if you are not a current AED member, or you wish to learn more about membership in order to gain access to the Library.

Upcoming Webinars

When/How to Treat PTSD During the ED Treatment Process
Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 10am EST
Speaker: Karen S. Mitchell, PhD

Webinar Description:

Dr. Mitchell will provide background information on the comorbidity of PTSD and eating disorders among men and women. She will discuss potential mechanisms of their comorbidity. She will provide an overview of the leading cognitive behavioral treatments for PTSD and eating disorders and ways in which these disorders could be treated concurrently or sequentially.

About Dr. Karen Mitchell:

Dr. Mitchell is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. In addition, she has been a staff psychologist at the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System since 2009. She completed her PhD in Counseling Psychology, with a sub-speciality in Quantitative Methodology, at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009. While in graduate school, she also completed a pre-doctoral fellowship on an NIMH T32 in Psychiatric and Statistical Genetics at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. Dr. Mitchell completed her pre-doctoral internship in Health Psychology at the Cleveland VA Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her research interests include eating disorders, obesity, behavior genetics, PTSD, and complementary and alternative medicine (particularly yoga). Methodologies used include twin modeling, network science, epigenetic mechanisms, hierarchical linear modeling, and structural equation modeling. She recently completed an NIMH K01 investigating gene-environment interplay in the comorbidity of PTSD and disordered eating. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Mitchell’s clinical interests include eating disorders, PTSD, and health psychology, including obesity and metabolic disorders.

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Integrating Psychotherapy and Medication in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 12:30pm EST
Speaker: James E. Mitchell, MD, FAED

Webinar Presentation:

Both psychotherapies and pharmacotherapies can be used in the treatment of eating disorders, and their joint usage can be integrated into a comprehensive treatment approach. This presentation will review the published treatment literature in this area, which remains limited. However the main focus will be on providing practical recommendations regarding when and how these approaches can be integrated. At times this will involve a sequenced approach when initial interventions result in less than optimal outcomes or as maintenance strategies, or when both are initiated together at treatment onset. Specific protocols stipulating certain psychotherapies and specific medications will be offered.

About Dr. James Mitchell:

Chester Fritz Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, The University of North Dakota. Professor Emeritus, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Past-President, the Eating Disorders Research Society, and recipient of the EDRS Visionary Award for Research. Past-President, the Academy for Eating Disorders, and recipient of the AED Lifetime Achievement Award. Recipient of the National Eating Disorder Price Foundation Award for Research Excellence, and the American Academy for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Circle of Excellence Award for Research. Author on more than 600 scientific publications and author or editor of 18 books.

Inpatient Refeeding Protocols
Monday, October 23, 2017 at 1:00pm EST
Speaker: Andrea K. Garber, PhD, RD

About Dr. Garber

Andrea Garber, PhD, RD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Chief Nutritionist for the Adolescent and Young Adult Eating Disorders Program. She earned her PhD in Human and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and RD (Registered Dietitian) from UCSF. Her research focuses on eating disorders, with current NIH-funded studies of approaches to refeeding and body composition. She teaches and trains medical and graduate students, pediatric residents, and fellows in adolescent medicine and child psychiatry through her role in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health program at UCSF and a Maternal Child Health-Nutrition training program in collaboration with the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. She also teaches in the classroom, as the Nutrition Theme Director for the UCSF School of Medicine. In the past, she has been active public health nutrition research on fast food and California’s menu labeling legislation. In the community, Dr. Garber has been a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Childhood Obesity Task Force, co-Chair of the Mayor’s Shape Up initiative, and an invited participant to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Obesity Summit.

Neurobiology of Eating Disorders
Friday, November 3, 2017
Speaker: Guido K. W. Frank, MD, FAED

Webinar Presentation:

Eating disorders often have a complex bio-psycho-social background and are difficult to treat and recover from. This webinar focuses on the neurobiological underpinnings that could make a person vulnerable to developing an eating disorder or that could make it difficult for a person to recover. The viewers of this webinar will see an overview of brain changes that are associated with eating disorders and those changes will be put into context of development and recovery. The goal of the webinar is 2-fold. For one, it is aimed to teach professionals to better understand the neurobiology of eating disorders, and second the hope is that providers pass this knowledge on to their patients to foster a more in depth understanding of eating disorders, reduce stigma and enhance motivation for recovery.

About Dr. Guido Frank

Dr. Guido Frank is a board certified adult as well as child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is an associate professor in psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of Colorado. After medical school at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany, Dr. Frank trained in Psychosomatic Medicine at the Roseneck Center for Behavioral Medicine, Prien, Germany. This included training in cognitive and behavioral therapy, family therapy, body therapy, hypnotherapy as well as Feldenkreis therapy. He then joined the Center for Overcoming Problem Eating at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA, where he trained in neurobiological research in eating disorders. This was followed by Residency in Adult and then Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Frank holds grant funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and from private foundations. He has received multiple awards from organizations such as the American Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Society of Biological Psychiatry as well as the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Frank is a compassionate clinician who is most dedicated to improving his patients’ quality of life. His goal is to bridge psychotherapy and biological research for a patient centered approach that tailors treatment based on a person’s needs, and thus make recovery more tolerable and successful.

Recovery in Eating Disorders
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Speaker: Kamryn T. Eddy, PhD, FAED

Therapeutic Restorative Yoga As An Adjunct Treatment in Recovery
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 8:00am EDT
Speaker: Ann Saffi Biasetti, LCSW-R

Webinar Presentation:

There is increasing awareness of the potential of somatically oriented interventions to contribute to the recovery process in treatment of eating disorders.The practice of restorative yoga is also known as the practice of resting and digesting, due to its direct effects on the parasympathetic nervous system. In this webinar, restorative yoga will be described and explored with the focus on its use for engaging clients in interoceptive and embodied awareness and its use along the stages of recovery.

About Ann Saffi Biasetti

Ann has been a practicing Psychotherapist for 25 years. She holds a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology and is licensed as a Clinical Social worker. Her doctoral work explored the role of self-compassion in eating disorder recovery. She maintains a private practice in Saratoga Springs, New York where she specializes in embodied psychotherapy and eating disorder recovery. She is also a certified yoga teacher, yoga therapist, embodiment teacher, mindfulness and self-compassion teacher/trainer and author. Her first book, Befriending Your Body: A Self-Compassionate Approach to Freeing Yourself from Disordered Eating, will be released through Shambhala publications in spring, 2018.

Ethical Considerations in the Treatment of Eating Disorders (Including Use of Involuntary Treatment)
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Speaker: Jacinta Tan, PhD

How to Publish in IJED if English is Not Your First Language
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8:00pm EDT
Speaker: Ruth Striegel Weissman, PhD, FAED

Toward Evidence-Based Level of Care Decisions for Patients with Eating Disorders
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 10:00am ET
Speaker: Michael Strober, PhD, ABPP, FAED

Webinar Presentation

Anorexia nervosa emerges rapidly; once weight declines, the patient suddenly insists, inexplicably, their body is larger than how it is perceived by others. Anxious worry, intolerance of novelty and ambiguity coupled with an unusual capacity for discipline and persistence plus an insistence on exactness, influence how the condition advances, and with what speed. Accordingly, such questions as: What level of care is optimal for a particular patient, taking into account what specific characteristics? How long do you attempt outpatient care before the level of care is escalated? What clinical considerations enter into the decision making?

About Dr. Strober

Dr. Michael Strober is the Resnick Endowed Chair in Eating Disorders, Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Eating Disorders Program, and Senior Consultant to the Youth Mood Disorders Research and Treatment Program at the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, and David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine.

Dr. Strober joined the faculty of the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in 1975, and has served as Director of the Eating Disorders and inpatient attending psychologist without interruption for the past 42 years. In addition to his extensive clinical expertise, he has authored 250 scientific papers, articles, and book chapters, and his accomplishments in research, service, and teaching have been recognized by the National Eating Disorders Association (he is the 2005 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Research), and the Academy for Eating Disorders (he is the 2005 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Teaching and Education, and recipient of the 2012 Award for Distinguished Service). In addition, Dr. Strober has 11 Visiting Professorships, serves as ad hoc reviewer for 27 peer-review journals, and is one of the awardees of the 2012 Klingenstein Third Generation Award for Best Paper on Depression and Suicide, published in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His research activities have been funded continuously by the National Institute of Mental Health for over 25 years and focus on the role of temperamental, cross disorder genetic and neural influences in eating disorders, the pharmacotherapy of pediatric affective disorders, and predictors of long term outcomes in eating and affective disorders.

Dr. Strober is a founding member and past President of the Eating Disorders Research Society, a Founding Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and one of only two psychologists invited to join the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology as a Founding Fellow. He has also served as consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health on research priorities in eating disorders and pediatric bipolar illness, and is Editor Emeritus of the International Journal of Eating Disorders.