Advisory Board

AED Advisory Board

Founded in September 2006, the Advisory Board is composed of key individuals from within and outside the field of eating disorders who are interested in bringing their knowledge, influence and experience to bear on the mission of the AED and the eating disorder field by advising AED leadership and guiding important AED initiatives. (For more information on the Advisory Board, review the official AED Advisory Board Policy).

Advisory Board Members


Karine Berthou, Chair (2013-2016)

Karine Berthou is the Chair of the AED Advisory Board and Founder and CEO of The Succeed Foundation. Succeed’s aims are born of her personal struggle with eating disorders and a desire to help others understand and overcome them. Karine believes in tackling eating disorders at their roots, inspiring strategic research from which evidence-based tools and programmes can be developed to both treat and prevent eating disorders.

Karine studied art at the Sorbonne and at L’ecole du Louvre, before completing a PhD in Egyptology. She then went on to work in finance as a broker and a trader for a number of well-known financial companies, developed hedge fund and trading system. Karine initiated ‘La Cuisine des Papa’ in Paris in 2006, an Art Project in Brazil in 2007, and in 2008 founded KBFF (founding our future), a non-profit organisation bridging together different groups of people to invest more in society. Karine continues to support philanthropic activities. After being a member of the AED for many years, Karine joined the Advisory Board and became Chair in 2013, when she also received the AED’s Meehan/Hartley Award for Public Service and/or Advocacy.



June Alexander (2014-2017)

At age 11, June developed anorexia nervosa, an illness that challenged and shaped her life. A love of words became a tool for survival and she became a senior writer, editor and newspaper columnist. After recovering from her illness at age 55 in 2006, June departed her journalism career to write books - combining life experience and professionals skills to disseminate evidence-based research for health practitioners and mainstream readers. Published titles include: My Kid Is Back; memoir A Girl Called Tim; A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders; Anorexia Nervosa – a Recovery Guide for Sufferers, Friends and Families; A Clinician’s Guide to Binge Eating Disorder; and ED says U said – Eating Disorder Translator. Another three titles – on multi-family therapy, Bulimia Nervosa and journal writing - are due for release in 2015. A mental health advocate, June writes and speaks internationally on the theme ‘Hope at Every Age’ and serves on national and international mental health and advocacy organisations. Her website and blog supports this work. She also presents workshops on writing as a therapy and making your life count. In 2014 she has taken up PhD Candidature at CQU, Noosa. The working title for the creative work is: Using Writing as a Resource to Treat Eating Disorders: The Diary Healer. June, who lives by the sea, balances her passion for writing and ED advocacy with love of family (four children, five grand children) and friends.

Judith Banker (2011-2014)

Judith Banker is the founder and executive director of the Center for Eating Disorders, Ann Arbor, Michigan (, which is marking its 30th year of service. Judith is also Clinical Consultant to the newly launched Huron Oaks Adolescent Eating Disorder Recovery Program, a partial hospitalization program at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor ( She is a member of the Professional Advisory Panel of F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Eating Disorder Treatment), the Advisory Board of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Global Foundation for Eating Disorders.

The 2011 recipient of the AED Clinical Leadership Award, Judith lectures internationally on clinical treatment, in particular on the transtheoretical application of psychodynamic principles and techniques in eating disorder treatment and the integration of research with clinical experience. Her research and publications address a range of topics including research-practice integration, effective eating disorder treatment, and early identification and screening for eating disorders. Judith is past president and a Fellow of the AED.


Carolyn Becker, President-Elect (2014-2015)

Dr. Carolyn Black Becker is a Professor of Psychology at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in body image improvement as well as the treatment and prevention of eating disorders. She also is Co-Director of the Body Project Collaborative, which she co-founded to support dissemination of the cognitive dissonance-based Body Project intervention. 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. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. She also was the lead author for two sister programs to the Body Project: the Reflections: Body Image Program in the United States and the Succeed Body Image Program in the U.K. Dr. Becker has been conducting research with female athletes since 2007, and her research on the prevention of eating disorders with female athletes has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. She has over a decade of experience implementing and studying peer-led prevention programs and pioneered the use of peers to implement evidence-based body image improvement interventions. Dr. Becker is a member of the Eating Disorder Research Society and a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders. She also serves as president-elect of the AED and as associate editor of Behaviour Research and Therapy. In 2009, she was a co-recipient of the AED’s Research-Practice Partnership Award for her work in disseminating empirically supported, dissonance-based body image programming. Dr. Becker also was the 2009 recipient of the Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness granted by the National Eating Disorders Association, and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University from 2011-2012.



Marisa Fernandez-Garcia (2012-2015)

Marisa Fernandez-Garcia obtained her Bachelor Degree in Psychology since 2009 from the Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, N.L.; México. Before getting her degree, she funded Comenzar de Nuevo, A.C. in 1999, a non-profit organization whose mission is the education, awareness, prevention and treatment of eating disorders.

Currently and since its foundation, she has been, with her husband, the Presidents of the Board of Directors of Comenzar de Nuevo. With their leadership, Comenzar de Nuevo has grown to be one of the most recognized foundations and eating disorders centres in Mexico. Almost fifteen years after foundation, Comenzar de Nuevo is well recognized within professionals in Mexico, with referrals from 26 states in México and 9 different countries across Latin America and from Latino patients in the USA seeking care. In addition to treatment, Marisa has supported the creation of an educational program for professionals, parents, and the general public. She had sponsored local, national and international conferences. Marisa works voluntarily and tirelessly for the association and with her many contacts; she has been able to get the approval by the local Congress of a law to recognize EDs as diseases within the State Laws of Nuevo León, México; with all the benefits to the patients. She has devoted incalculable hours to create a network of sponsors for Comenzar de Nuevo´s scholarship treatment program, and is the backbone of the fundraising program that gets donations at a national, regional and local level. She has provided service in an underserved community, educating Mexican public and government officials about eating disorders with an enormous dedication to the field.

Before and after Comenzar de Nuevo, she has participated in several Boards of Directors and Presided different non-profit associations like ANSPAC-CEMEX (1985-2000); President of Asociación Gilberto de Nuevo León (1997-1998) and current member; member of the Social Development Council of Nuevo León (2003-2009); Advisory Board Member for the Development of the Families in Nuevo León (2009-current); Member of the Citizen Participation Council of the Social Development Secretary (2009-current); Board Member of Infamilia San Pedro (2009-current). She is also certified member of the Mexican Association of ED Professionals. Last year she was recognized by her home city with the “Monica Rodríguez 2012 medal” which is given to distinguished citizens who provide outstanding community service.

Marisa has also served as a member of the UNC Chapel Hill Centre of Excellence for Eating Disorders Board of Visitors and is currently a member of the AED Advisory Board. Recently, she was recognized by the Board of Directors with the AED Public Service Award 2013.


Donna Freidman

Donna Friedman (2011-2014)

Donna Friedman serves as the AED’s first board member representing the patient/career voice, having worked for more than two years with the Academy to find a spot on the Board for this important role. Donna is currently pursuing her MS in Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. She resides in Charleston, SC, with her husband and four children, ages 16, 15, 12 and 11. She says, “I do not work outside of the home, but feel my work inside the home is full time!”

Donna’s story: “At age 19, I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. It was the early 80's and no one really knew what to do with me. I stayed on a locked unit for a year at Duke University Medical Center. After no real recovery, it was suggested that I be committed to a state hospital. My parents would have nothing to do with that, so I struggled through various therapeutic approaches, some grass roots and unethical, others residential and outpatient. I struggled with my illness for over 25 years weaving in and out of medical danger and the status quo. Unbelievably, I was able to have four healthy children. The journey took its toll and I finally found a therapist who understood recovery and by then I was ready. It is with that treatment plan; that became involved with the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). I am committed to advocacy, as this illness robbed many critical years of my life. I hope that my experiences and knowledge will help others to understand the illness from this side. I am presently working with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and they have approved an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Center. This Center will not only treat those sufferers, but will also serve to educate doctors and residents about warning signs, treatment and recovery. With my involvement with both the AED and MUSC, I feel that obtaining my credentials is very important as I hope to work directly with the training process.”

Dawn Hynes
Dawn Hynes (2015-2018)

Dawn Hynes, Founder of Hynes Recovery Services, holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a passionate advocate dedicated to making eating disorder treatment accessible to more people and providing practitioners with state of the art training and resources. For the past 20 years, Dawn has been active in eating disorder recovery work as an advocate, clinician, and volunteer. She has trained staff, developed clinical manuals, and worked 
with groups and individuals at Boston Children’s Hospital and Laurel Hill Inn’s Residential Treatment Program. As a volunteer, she has helped hundreds of families nationwide find resources and treatment referrals, created and distributed comprehensive eating disorder manuals to eating disorder organizations nationwide and has also worked with a team of clinicians helping both celebrities and Olympic athletes connect to treatment.

Dawn founded Hynes Recovery Services out of the significant need to provide college students and their families with the tools and resources necessary to ensure a successful transition to college for those battling an eating disorder. It is located in two separate Massachusetts communities (Wellesley and Falmouth), in order to better provide access to the in-person clinical support she provides when families request her assistance in obtaining effective treatment for a loved one. In addition, through the College Assistance Program (CAP Program), Dawn will also be providing support to high school students, who are in need of securing treatment during the transition period from high school to college.

Dawn also has an extensive background in domestic violence: her most recent position was that of Director of the Health Center Domestic Violence Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In this field, she developed best practices and standards, created and delivered trainings for advocates, providers, and attorneys, as well as personally raising over one million dollars for domestic violence programs and services.


Johanna Kandel

Johanna Kandel (2014-2017)

Johanna Kandel is the founder/CEO of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the outreach, education, prevention, and advocacy of eating disorders. Since founding The Alliance in October 2000, Johanna has brought information and awareness about eating disorders to more than 200,000 individuals nationally and internationally. In addition, she facilitates weekly support groups, mentors individuals with eating disorders and their families through their treatment and recovery, helps thousands of people gain information and find the help they need, and advocates for legislation on a state and national level.

Johanna is the author of Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder (Harlequin), Special Consultant to The Renfrew Center Foundation, current President of the Board of Directors for the Eating Disorders Coalition, member of the Academy for Eating Disorders Advisory Board, founding board member of the Eating Disorders Activist Network, and Expert Advisory Committee member for Girl Future. She has received many awards for her ongoing outreach and advocacy work, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service© and Harlequin Enterprises’ More Than Words Award. Johanna has appeared on national television programs including NBC Nightly News and The Today Show, and profiled in the New York Times and Glamour Magazine.



Edward Tyson, MD (2012-2015)

Edward Tyson has been specializing in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders for 25 years. Advocating for and teaching about those with eating disorders has been a priority for him and he has worked to develop legislation in the state of Texas to mandate insurance coverage for eating disorders. And he is a board member of three charitable organizations for eating disorders. He teaches residents, medical students, nurse practitioner students as well as undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Texas about eating disorders and he is a frequent presenter at national and international professional eating disorder organizations, including AED, IAEDP, and NEDA. Ed is honoured to be a member of the AED’s Medical Care Standards Task Force (MCSTF) and co-author its guide to medical assessment and care.



Claire Vickery (2013-2016)

Claire Vickery founded the Butterfly Foundation in 2002 in response to her family’s journey with two daughters with anorexia. Claire also suffered herself from bulimia as a young person. In 2012, Claire was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), Australia Day Honours List for her work with The Butterfly Foundation. Claire chaired the National Eating Disorders Collaboration 2009-2010 and has served on several State and Federal Government advisory boards and committees for body image and eating disorders. Other honours and awards include the Victorian Honour Role for women, Academy for Eating Disorders, Meehan Hartley Award, and Woman of Achievement Award sponsored by Brain Link. Claire is a founding Director and Acting Chair of the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation and a keen advocate for mental health in Australia. In her spare time she manages her family vineyard, and enjoys spending time with her children, their partners and seven grandchildren. She is married to the Hon. Justice Peter Vickery, Butterfly patron.


AED has been honored to previously have had the following people on the Advisory Board:

Susan Ringwood

Susan Ringwood is the chief executive officer for BEAT, a not-for-profit organization devoted to beating eating disorders in the United Kingdom. After initially training as a teacher, Susan has spent 28 years working in the not-for-profit sector in regional, national and international roles. She has worked with a range of charities in the UK, including Age Concern, Community Service Volunteers, Scope and the Prince’s Trust, before joining EDA as chief executive officer in September 2002. Susan was a member of the UK National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence guideline development group for the treatment of eating disorders, and is a lay member of the NICE consideration panel for Mental Health. As an AED Member, and part of the AED Patient and Carer’s Task Force, Susan contributed to the drafting and development of the AED World Wide Charter for Action on Eating Disorders, and she remains actively involved in the global implementation of the Charter.


Cynthia Bulik 

Cynthia Bulik is a past president of the AED and the William R. and Jeanne H. Jordan Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is also professor of nutrition in the School of Public Health and the Director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program (

Cindy has written more than 280 scientific papers and chapters on eating disorders and is author of the books Eating Disorders: Detection and Treatment (Dunmore) and Runaway Eating: The 8 Point Plan to Conquer Adult Food and Weight Obsessions (Rodale), the CD EMPOWER Solution for Healthy Weight Control (, and a soon to be released family-based Internet program Food, Fun, and Fitness. She is a recipient of the Eating Disorders Coalition Research Award, the Hulka Innovators Award, the Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership Award for Research, and the Carolina Women’s Center Women’s Advocacy Award. She is the vice president of the Eating Disorders Coalition and is currently an associate editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders. She holds the first endowed professorship in eating disorders in the United States.


Aimee Liu

Aimee Liu is a best-selling author of four novels and the highly acclaimed memoir Solitaire. She has co-authored seven nonfiction books and written numerous articles on medical and psychological topics. Aimee’s most recent book, Gaining: The Truth About Life after Eating Disorders was released in February, 2007. This emotionally powerful and poignant sequel to Solitaire digs deep into the root causes, cures, and consequences of anorexia and bulimia nervosa.

Amy served as 2002 President of the literary organization PEN USA and currently teaches creative writing in Goddard College’s Port Townsend, Wash., MFA Writing Program and through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. For more information about Amy, visit her website at