Committees & Task Forces

2022-2023 Standing Committees & Task Forces

Interested in serving as a volunteer on one of our committees?

Call for volunteers opens in March
. An email will be sent out to those in our online community when the call for volunteers opens. Prospective volunteers are asked to provide their CV and a letter to each committee they would like to join (up to 3 committees), and then rank them in order of preference.


2023 ICED Scientific Program Committee

Co-Chair: Karen Jennings Mathis, PhD, RN, APRN

Co-Chair: Sandra Mulkens, PhD

Board Liaison: Ross Crosby

Committee Members: 

  • Hala Abu Taha
  • Suzanne Baker
  • Lindsay Bodell, PhD
  • Emilio Compte, PhD
  • Alexandra Dingemans, PhD
  • Florencia Duthu
  • Andrea Graham, PhD
  • Jason Lavender, PhD, FAED
  • Rachel Presskreischer, MS, PhD
  • Shiri Sadeh-Sharvit

Advocacy & Communication Committee

The AED Advocacy and Communications Committee identify and work on projects that support greater awareness and education about eating disorders through a variety of mediums, including written press releases and AED-supported statements, letter-writing to organizations and individuals, and collaboration with organizations that have similar goals.

Co-Chair: Abigail Matthews, PhD

Co-Chair: Amanda Raffoul, PhD

Board Liaison: Gry Kjaersdam Telleus

Committee Members:

  • Blair Burnette, PhD
  • Phaedra Longhurst, MSc
  • Jennifer Loudon, MPA 
  • Carly R. Pacanowski, PhD, RD
  • Shelby Jane Sualnier (Martin), PhD
  • Wanqing Xu, MPH

Awards and Scientific Review Committee

Through the generosity of AED members and individuals and families within our community, a number of grants and scholarships are given on a yearly basis to members of the Academy. The Awards and Scientific Review Committee selects these recipients who are subsequently honored at the International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED).

Wayne Bowers, PhD, FAED

Co-Chair: Lindsay Bodell, PhD

Board Liaison: Jerel Calzo, PhD, MPH, FAED

Committee Members: 

  • Leslie K. Anderson, PhD, FAED
  • Joanna Ankai-Taylor, PhD
  • Laura Berner, PhD
  • Lindsay Bodell, PhD
  • An B. Dang
  • Ellen Fitzsimmons-Craft, PhD, FAED
  • K. Jean Forney, PhD
  • Isabel Krug, PhD
  • Danyale McCurdy-McKinnon, PhD
  • Jessie Menzel, PhD
  • Shannon O'Connor, PhD
  • Christine M Peat, PhD, FAED
  • Renee Rienecke, PhD, FAED
  • Rachel Rodgers, PhD, FAED
  • Lisa Shank, PhD, MPH
  • Leslie Sim, PhD
  • Sebastian Soneira, MD

Blog Editors

Editor: Brian Belko

Editor: Elizabeth Cummings

Board Liaison: Gry Kjaersdam Telleus

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee to the Board

Co-Chair: Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH

Co-Chair: Alvin Tran, ScD, MPH

Board Liaison: Lesley D Williams, MD, CEDS

Committee Members:

  • Nadia Craddock, EdM
  • Lisa DuBreuil, MSW, LICSW
  • Erin Harrop, MSW, PhD
  • Janell Mensinger, PhD, FAED
  • Chevese Turner, 
  • Bryn Austin, FAED

Educational Programming Committee

The Educational Programming Committee  organizes several education-related initiatives within AED, with two primary foci: (1) Continuing Education materials monthly from articles published in The International Journal of Eating Disorders, and (2) the development and management of the AED webinar series. With the support of the AED staff, the EPC regularly engages with IJED article authors and colleagues around the world to develope and offer evidence-based educational content.

Co-Chair: Leslie Sim, PhD

Co-Chair: Linda Booj, PhD

Board Liaison: Karen Jennings-Mathis, PhD, RN, APRN, FAED

Committee Members: 

  • Anna Ciao, PhD
  • Jessie Menzel, PhD
  • Melinda Parisi Cummings, PhD
  • Emily Pisetsky, PhD, LP
  • Renee Rienecke, PhD, FAED
  • Caitlin Shephard, PhD
  • Leslie Sim, PhD
  • Cathleen Steinegger, MD
  • Yaohui Wei

Ethics Committee

Chair: Richard Kreipe, MD, FAED, FAAP, FSAHM

Board Liaison: Jerel Calzo, PhD, MPH, FAED

Committee Members:

  • Katherine Loeb, PhD, FAED
  • Ulrike Schmidt, MD, PhD, FAED
  • Lucene Wisniewski, PhD, FAED

Experts by Experience Committee

The Experts by Experience Committee is comprised of AED members with lived experience. The main mission of our committee is to fully integrate the perspective, wisdom, and knowledge of patients and caregivers into the AED's programs and services, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of eating disorder research and treatment. Only people with lived experience as a patient or as a caregiver are considered for the Experts by Experience committee, and we welcome both professionals and non-professionals. 

Co-Chair: Ellen Bennett

Co-Chair: Kym Piekunka

Board Liaison: Suzanne Dooley-Hash, MD, FAED

Committee Members:

  • Cipatli Ayuzo del Valle, MD, MHA
  • Suzanne Baker
  • Mary Beth Blasnek, MS
  • Phaedra Longhurst, MSc
  • Jennifer Loudon, MPA
  • Joanna Mercuri, MA
  • Claudia Paola Garcia Parker
  • Sandi James

Fellows Committee

The AED awards Fellow status to recognize distinguished contributions made by AED members in the field of eating disorders. Each year, the Fellows Committee (consisting of 3-5 Fellows of AED) reviews applications to become a Fellow and selects those AED members whose distinguished contribution is to be recognized in this way. In addition, members of the Fellows Committee organize the Meet the Expert event held annually at the International Conference for Eating Disorders and participate if they are available. 

Co-Chair: Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RDN, LD, FAED
Co-Chair: Renee Rienecke, PhD, FAED

Board Liaison: Jerel Calzo, PhD, MPH, FAED

Committee Members: 

  • Robyn Sysko, PhD, FAED
  • Gina Dimitropoulos
  • Jennifer Couturier

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee assists with preparation of the annual budget and advises the Board of Directors concerning its approval. The committee also advises the Board of Directors on the investment of the financial reserve and on fiscal matters throughout the year.  The committee meets quarterly via Zoom.

Rebecka Peebles, MD

Board Liaison: Rachel Bachner-Melman, PhD, FAED

Committee Members: 

  • Mary Beth Blasnek, MS
  • Debra Katzman, MD, FAED
  • Isabel Krug, MD
  • Janet Lydecker, PhD
  • Kelly Sobczak, LMHC

Forum (Newsletter) Committee

The Forum Committee consists of the editorial staff for the AED quarterly newsletter. Staff include the editor and two book reviewers who are asked to review at least one eating disorders-focus publication per quarter.

Editor: Abigail Matthews, PhD

Board Liaison: Gry Kjaersdam Telleus, PhD

Committee Members: 

  • Amanda Bruening, Book Reviewer
  • Karen Hutchinson Segura, Book Reviewer

Medical Care Standards Committee (MCSC)

The Medical Care Standards Committee is responsible for ensuring the Medical Care Standards Guide remains up to date and relevant, seeking endorsements from other professional organizations and facilitating the distribution of the guide. We also work with other committees of AED to make sure that that any care guidelines related to care of Eating Disorder patients are up to date. The committee meets monthly via Zoom and committee members are asked to occassionally take minutes.

Co-Chair: Anna Butters Tanner, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, CEDS

Co-Chair: Amanda Downey, MD, MRCPsych, MSc

Board Liaison: Karen Jennings-Mathis, PhD, RN, APRN, FAED 

Committee Members:

  • Rebecca Boswell, PhD
  • Brooks Brodrick, MD, PhD
  • Ariana Chao, PhD, CRNP
  • Scott Crow, MD, FAED
  • Esraa Dahkly
  • Diane DerMarderosian, MD
  • Samantha Dowd, MD
  • Kerri Heckert, RD
  • Mohsin Khan, MD
  • Shelby Noelle Ortiz, M.A.
  • Cathleen Steinegger, MD, MSc
  • Lazaro Zayas, MD
  • Nicole Cifra, MD, MPH
  • Suzanne Dooley-Hash, MD, FAED
  • Vikas Duvvuri, MD, PhD
  • Angela Guarda, MD, FAED
  • Beth Hartman McGilley, PhD, FAED, CEDS
  • Debra Katzman, MD, FAED
  • Judy Krasna, BA
  • Jessica Moore, MD
  • Rebecka Peebles, MD
  • Ellen Rome, MD, MPH
  • Lori Schur, RN, PhD
  • Michael Spaudling-Barclay, MD
  • Mark Warren, MD
  • Therese Waterhous, PhD, RD, LD, FAED

Member Retention/Recruitment Committee

The MRRC is an active committee that generates initiatives to better serve the needs of AED members. We host the annual Mentor/Mentee event at ICED, engage with members via surveys and other activities to ensure that members needs are being met. We also work with other AED committees on various projects and tasks throughout the year.

Megan Parker

Co-Chair: Ashley Acle, MFT, MBA, LMFT

Board Liaison: Leslie Karwoski Anderson, PhD, FAED

Committee Members: 

  • Claire Cusack
  • Kelsey Gilbert
  • Suzie Jacob
  • Sandi James
  • Amanda Lehner
  • Sarah LeMay-Russell
  • Barbara Reese
  • Abby Sarrett-Cooper
  • Ani Keshishian
  • Lindsay Gillikin
  • Naomi Hill

Nominations Committee

Chair/Board Liaison: Jennifer D. Lundgren, PhD, FAED 

Committee Members: 

  • Bryn Austin, ScD, FAED
  • Ursula Bailer, MD, FAED
  • Kyle De Young, PhD, FAED
  • Debra Franko, PhD, FAED
  • Tracey Wade, PhD, FAED

Online and Social Media Committee

The AED Online and Social Media Committee (OSMC) supports the marketing and communication functions of the AED by providing in-field expertise on major marketing campaigns and by communicating mission-relevant information to membership and the general public through online and social media posts.  The committee also supports the AED management in website updates and redesign, as well as monitoring and managing communications in the AED Online Community.

Danyale McCurdy-McKinnon, PhD

Co-Chair: Britt Bohrer, PhD

Webmaster: Kristen Lohse, PsyD

Board Liaison: Millie Plotkin, MLS

Partnership, Chapter & Affiliate Committee

Co-Chair: Cristina Segura Garcia, MD, PhD

Co-Chair: Karin Waldherr

Board Liaison: Gry Kjaersdam Telleus, PhD

Committee Members: 

  • Stephen Anderson, MBChB, FRCPsych
  • Tiffany Brown, PhD
  • Kiera Buchanan, DPsych
  • Kiran Chitale, MRCPsych, MD
  • Macarena Cruz, Psychologist
  • Kiran Chitale, MRCPsych, MD
  • Carine El Khazen Hadati, DESS, DEA, FAED
  • Hermien Elgersma
  • Hans-Christoph Friederich, MD
  • Bonnie Harkin
  • Guenole Huon de Penanster
  • Anna Jakobs Danielsson, Lic. Psychologist, Lic. Psychotherapist
  • Dundrum Kristmanndottir, PsL
  • Ashish Kumar, MRCPsych, MSc, FAED
  • Randall Long
  • Sara McDermitt, MD
  • Umberto Nizzoli, MD, FAED
  • Mayaro Ortega Luyando
  • Hana Papezova, MD, PhD
  • Lorena Perez Flores, LN
  • Renee Prijatelj
  • Ellen Rome, MD, MPH, FAED
  • Janice Russell, MD, FAED
  • Ana Rosa Sepulveda, PhD
  • Maria Antonina Sobieszek, PhD
  • Sebastian Soneira, MD
  • Olga Sushko, MA, Clinical Psychologist
  • Kritika Tiwari, MD
  • Ana Rita Rendeiro Riberio Vaz, PhD
  • Lena Westin
  • Lars Woeckel, PD, DR
  • Kazuhiro Yoshiuchi, MD, PhD

Research-Practice Committee

The Research Practice Committee focuses on fostering the connection between eating disorders research and practice, and works via sub-committees and projects such as Forum Articles, Guest Blogging for AED website, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Promotion, and the ICED Research Practice Global Think Tank session.

Rachel Presskreischer, MS, PhD

Co-Chair: Lauren Muhlheim, PsyD, CEDS-S, FAED

Board Liaison: Karen Jennings Mathis, PhD, CNP, PMHNP-BC

Committee Members: 

  • Kristen Anderson, LCSW, CEDS-S
  • Seena Grewal, MD
  • Helena Lewis-Smith, PhD
  • Katie Loth, PhD, MPH, RD, LD
  • Caitlin McMaster, BSc (Nutr)(Hons)
  • Claudia Paola Garcia Parker Torres
  • Abby Sarrett-Cooper, LPC

Special Interest Groups Oversight Committee

The Special Interest Groups (SIG) Oversight Committee (SOC) supports the (approximately 30) AED SIGs throughout the year and at the annual conference. Through monthly conference calls and emails, we help SIG co-chairs organize ICED SIG Discussion Panels, SIG meetings, and other virtual events to engage SIG members effectively.

Co-Chair: Joanna Wiese, PhD

Co-Chair: Abby Sarrett-Cooper, LPC

Board Liaison: Leslie Karwoski Anderson, PhD, FAED

Committee Members:

  • Melissa Atkinson, PhD
  • Jennifer Campbell, LCSW
  • Kimberly Claudat, PhD
  • Anita Federici, PhD, FAED
  • Erin Harrop, MSW, PhD
  • Heather Hower, MSW, LICSW, ACSW, OCSW
  • Andrea LaMarre, PhD
  • Alison Locklear
  • Danyale McCurdy-McKinnon, PhD
  • Megan Parker