AED Clinician Scholarship Recipients

AED Clinician Scholarship Recipients

Read more about some of the AED scholarship recipients.


Gloria Dada Sánchez, MSc, MA, El Salvador
Maria Isabel Gaete, PhD(c), Chile
Louise Karlsson, MSc, Sweden
Jessica Podkowka, DClinPsych, MSc, Australia


Elizabeth Barrett, MB, MSc, United Kingdom
Marilyn Brown, LMFT, USA
Ann Conley, APRN-BC, USA
Andrew Olagunju, MBBS, MSc, Nigeria


Sandra Beltran, Columbia
Cristina Castagnini, PhD, USA
Andrea Garber, PhD, RD, USA
Sarah Mitchell, MPsych, Australia


Karin de Bruin, PhD, Netherlands
Andrea Lawson, MSW, USA
Vicky Perez, MD, Colombia
Colie Taico, MSW, LCSW, USA


Cheryl Aubie, PhD, Canada
Maria Tatiana Estefan, MD, Argentina
Oltea-Daniela Joja, PhD, Romania
Kortney Parman, BS, USA


Sigrun Danielsdottir, Cand. Psych. Iceland
Carolina Andrea Lopez, PhD, Chile
Christina Papanestro, LCSW, USA
Kristine Tippen, PhD, USA


Helena Boersma, MS, MSEd, NCC, USA
Youl-Ri Kim, MD, Korea
Elizabeth Shelton, DPsych, Australia
Sebastian Gustavo Soneira, MD, Argentina


Jennifer Derenne, MD, USA
Katie Flanagan, MSW, USA
Rebecca Park, MD, PhD, United Kingdom
Mae Lynn Reyes, PhD, Puerto Rico


Maree Burns, PhD, New Zealand
Susan Feinberg, MSN, USA
Liliane Kijner Kern, MD, Brazil
Riikka Viljanen, MSc, Finland


Lauri Langham, LCSW, USA
Adair K. Look, MD, USA
Christina Reiter, MS, USA
Marisa Emmelhainz Sobrino, RD, Mexico



Meet a few of the individuals who have been helped by the Clinician and Research scholarships your donations fund each year.

1) 2010 Clinician Scholarship
Kortney Parman, RD
Atlanta, GA, USA


My research was conducted as a part of the Honors Research course in my Bachelors of Science in nursing curriculum.  Essentially the course was master’s level so students had to design and conduct the research project from start to finish.  This was my first time working from the ground up on any study, so it was a great experience for me and I learned invaluable lessons.  Our professor encouraged us to submit to present our research at a conference or other scholarly forum.  Without receiving the AED Scholarship, I might not have been able to afford to travel to Austria to present my research.  Being a part of a poster session made the research experience I gained seem more valid and it further encouraged me to pursue publication for the study.  I am very appreciative of the scholarship I received.

2) 2010 Clinician Scholarship
Cheryl Aubie, PhD, RPsych (NS)
Eating Disorder Clinic
Halifax, Nova Scotia


I feel incredibly fortunate to have been selected for the AED Clinician Scholarship to attend the 2010 ICED. I am a psychologist in a small Eating Disorder Clinic in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Because our program is publically funded, there are not often opportunities for funding to attend conferences, especially in locations such as Salzburg, Austria! Without the support of AED, I would not have been able to attend the conference and would have missed out on a great opportunity to learn from experts in our field, engage in stimulating discussions, meet other treatment providers, and find a research collaborator. I also cannot neglect to mention that having the opportunity to see another part of the world was a personally enriching experience as well. Since returning from the conference, I have shared my newly acquired knowledge with my team, and have presented to my colleagues from the Nova Scotia Eating Disorder Network.  I would really like to thank AED for this wonderful opportunity to attend the conference this year. I hope to be back as often as I can!
3) 2010 Clinician Scholarship
Oltea-Daniela Joja, PhD
C.I. Parhon Inst of Endocrinology
Bucharest, Romania


After returning home from Salzburg, I organized for CBT trainees a seminar about the Conference I took part in. The seminar was followed by many questions and it also made me change a part of my therapy approach. I am currently working with EDs, CBT and IPT, adapting them for children, adolescents, and adults from very different social backgrounds in a post-communist country that experiences quick changes of social ideals. 

After participating in Dr. Wonderlich’s seminar on ICAT in Salzburg, I was especially concerned with a 24 year old drop-out BN patient, who considered restarting therapy. In our first therapy session after her four months drop-out I abandoned the topic of her increasing binge-purging behavior and encouraged her to talk about emotions concerning her life, her status, her mother and her treatment. She stayed as inpatient for a few days of investigations, demonstratively complaining to physicians and nurses. After discharge, however, she continued therapy as outpatient for another eleven sessions now. After following my therapy with the changed approach, she has much reduced binge-purging and now smiles often. I have the feeling that the detailed emotion-focusing discussions were a chance for construing another type of relationship between her and me. I have repeated this strongly emotion-focusing and motivation-enhancing approach and I will continue applying ICAT strategies and pass them over to my students and trainees.

Thanks again to the AED Committee for this special scholarship, giving me the opportunity of acknowledging so many interesting things about EDs which I may pass over to future therapists.

4) 2009 Clinician Scholarship
Christina Papanestor, LCSW
Kaiser Permanente
San Francisco, CA, USA


Receiving the AED Clinician Scholarship was both an honor professionally and an opportunity for continued growth within my field as a clinician, mentor, and colleague.
Having been recognized by the AED in 2009 enabled me to bring a newfound determination to my work with individuals struggling with eating disorders. In the contexts of my clinic, my psychotherapy practice and my community, my awareness of the complexities of the spectrum of eating disorders, and those who are battling for their health each day, has grown.  The AED’s formal recognition of my interests and leadership potential fueled my desire to work with colleagues of all disciplines to better understand the nuances of an individuals’ relationship with body, self, food and family particularly in the contexts of gender, cultural expectations and sexuality. Currently, I am working towards bridging the gap between theoretical and practical approaches to conceptualizing and treating disordered eating. Active in the psychoanalytic community and practicing part-time within a managed care setting, I am sensitive to the differences that pervade our field. I hope to continue to dialogue with peers, students and organizations regarding how collaborative practice, creative integration of approaches and culturally relevant and sensitive care can pave the way towards longer-lasting health for our patients, and a broadened awareness of the psychological and socio-cultural factors that shape our patients lives, internally and externally.

5) 2010 AED Student/Early Career Travel Fellowship
Patricia Groleau, PhD student
McGill University/Douglas Institute
Montreal, Quebec, Canada


The main focus of my research is on perfectionism in Eating Disorders (EDs), and I am hoping to address different questions during the course of my PhD, for example: How do psychosocial factors mediate and/or moderate the established relationship between perfectionism and ED symptoms?; How do changes in perfectionism affect treatment outcome of individuals with Bulimia Nervosa?

Being able to attend the International Conference of the Academy for Eating Disorders is always an amazing opportunity for students to learn about the most recent findings in the field, as well as being able to meet well-known researchers and fellow graduate students to discuss common research interests. Experts in our field who attend the conference are always very generous of their time. Every year, they put together different workshops we can attend to ask questions related to various research sub-specialities, to how to apply to grants, etc. Having been awarded an AED Early Investigator Travel Fellowship for the 2010 international conference in Austria has allowed me to participate in such a great scientific learning opportunity that I would not have been able to attend otherwise, given the travel and registration costs involved. I want to thank the AED for supporting students like me who hope to continue learning from our experts and who are more than happy to get the chance to present the product of our efforts and hard work. 

6) 2010 Clinician Scholarship
Tatiana Estefan, MD
Buenos Aires, Argentina


Receiving the AED Clinician Scholarship was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had, not only for my professional career but also for my personal life. It allowed me the possibility to expand my view regarding the huge field of Eating Disorders. The conferences were outstanding, and those knowledgeable experts really taught me so much. Moreover, I met such incredible people from all around the world, many of whom I contacted as soon as I arrived home to Argentina. They had taught me so many interesting things about their culture and how eating disorders manifest there, that I consider myself quite fortunate to have attended. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to make a presentation regarding our research on eating disorders in female students in Buenos Aires, which was an unforgettable first for me.

Afterwards, I could impart all the knowledge I have acquired in the congress to my community in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and they were as overwhelmed as I was due to the sheer amount of new information in every subject. In closing, the city of Salzburg is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I really had a great time there.

Once again, thank you to the Academy of Eating Disorders for letting me be part of those important and wonderful moments.

7) 2010 Student Travel Fellowship
Krista E. Brown, BA
Honolulu, HI, USA


I was a recipient of an AED Student Travel Fellowship in 2010. This funding supported me in attending the 2010 International Conference on Eating Disorders in Salzburg, Austria. Currently, I am a graduate student in my second year of the MA/PhD program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH) working with Dr. Kelly Vitousek, whose primary academic focus is in the domain of eating disorders research and treatment. I am a practicum therapist in the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy – Eating Disorders Program located on the UH Campus, and intend to work at this program under the supervision of Dr. Visousek for the duration of my graduate career at UH. Although I am early in my graduate training, my interest in eating disorders research and treatment began while I was an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. I began working at the St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) Eating Disorders Program (EDP) as a research assistant in October 2000. When I graduated from the B.A. program at UBC I became the research coordinator at the EDP working under the direct supervision of Dr. Josie Geller.

I have been a member of the AED since 2007 and have attended 5 AED meetings (Orlando 2004, Montreal 2005, Baltimore 2007, Seattle 2008, and Salzburg 2010). I authored or co-authored presentations at each of these conferences (a total of 11 presentations, 4 posters as first author and an invited short talk in the “future of eating disorders research” paper session in Salzburg). I am committed to research and treatment in the area of eating disorders, and hope to work in this field throughout graduate school and beyond into my career as a clinical psychologist. Financial assistance through the AED Student Travel Fellowship allowed me to attend the 2010 International conference on Eating Disorders in Salzburg, Austria to present my research, attend the excellent student training program, and meet experts in the field. Without this funding through the AED I would have been unable to attend the conference in Salzburg, as the expense would have been too great to afford as a student living and training in a remote area. I am extremely grateful to the AED for providing me with this opportunity and plan to contribute to the scholarship fund myself once I am working as a Psychologist in the field so that other students may have similar opportunities.

Your support of the AED Scholarship and Research Grants Campaign is essential to AED’s mission to promote excellence in research, treatment and prevention of eating disorders and to provide education, training, and a forum for collaboration and professional dialogue.  For more information or to make your donation, see the donation page.