Keynote and Plenaries

Opening Keynote by Dr. Sabrina Strings:
Fatphobia as Misogynoir: Gender, Race, and Weight Stigma

In this presentation, I will highlight the troubled past (and present) of fat stigma. While many believe that fatphobia is a relatively recent invention, I will underscore the centrality of slavery and race science in its perpetuation throughout the Western world. I will explain how the medical field took up the mantle of anti-fatness as a result of social and cultural shifts in thinking about race and feminine propriety in the early 20th century. I will conclude with an examination of the scientific bases of the so-called "obesity epidemic." The presentation will be followed by a short Q&A.

Sabrina Strings, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of California, Irvine. Sabrina has been featured in dozens of venues, including BBC News, NPR, Huffington Post, Medium, Los Angeles Times, Essence, Vogue, and goop. Her writing has appeared in diverse venues including, The New York Times, Scientific American, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Her book, Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia (2019), is an NYU Press Bestseller. It was awarded the 2020 Best Publication Prize by the Body & Embodiment Section of the American Sociological Association. Follow Sabrina’s latest moves at and on Twitter @SaStrings.

Biology Plenary

Puberty to Postpartum: Reciprocal Relations between Eating Disorders and the Reproductive System

Annie Haynos, Kritika Tiwari and Carole Chidiac

Presenters & Talk Titles

Hunna Watson, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Eating Disorders and Perinatal Outcomes

Kristen Culbert, Ph.D.
Wayne State University, Michigan, USA
Reproductive Events and Pathways to Eating Pathology

Madhumita Misra, M.D., M.P.H.
Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, USA
The Effect of Eating Disorders on Fertility

Nadia Micali
University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Pregnancy and Postpartum Effects on Eating Disorder Symptoms


Sociocultural Plenary

"I’m Greying and Aging, but Invisible”: Eating Disorders at Midlife and Beyond

Co-Chairs: Pedro Henrique Carvalho, Helen Missen and Cristin Runfola

Presenters & Talk Titles

Barbara Mangweth-Matzek, Ph.D.
Medical University Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
Shedding light on eating disorders at midlife and beyond: Epidemiology and Symptomatology

Phillipa Diedrichs, Ph.D.
University of West England, United Kingdom
Sociocultural considerations in eating disorders across the lifespan

Jason Nagata, MD, MSc

University of California San Francisco, California, USA
Treatment considerations and implications of eating disorders at mid and late life

Deborah Lynn Reas
University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway


Treatment Plenary

Targeting Novel Mechanisms in Treatment for Eating Disorders 

Co-Chairs: Mima Simic and Lupita Rodríguez

Presenters & Talk Titles
Julian Baudinet, DClinPsy
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Maudsley  Centre for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders, London, United Kingdom
Application of Transdiagnostic Mental Health Treatments to Eating Disorders: RO-DBT

Timo Brockmeyer, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Goettingen, Germany
Emotion processing in eating disorders: State of research and implications for treatment

Nicholas Jacobson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science and Psychiatry
Director, AI and Mental Health: Innovation in Technology Guided Healthcare (AIM HIGH) Laboratory
Center for Technology and Behavioral Health
Geisel School of Medicine
Dartmouth College, USA
The efficacy of personalized technology-based treatments utilizing smartphones

Cheri A. Levinson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director, Eating Anxiety Treatment Laboratory
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
University of Louisville
Personalizing Eating Disorder Treatment Using Idiographic Network Analyses


Wildcard Plenary

Is Atypical Anorexia Really Atypical?

Co-Chairs: Montserrat Graell, Lorena Pérez and Lauren Muhlheim

Presenters & Talk Titles
Erin Harrop, LICSW, Ph.D.
University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, Colorado, USA
When you don’t “look” anorexic: Problems identifying, defining, and treating patients with Atypical Anorexia

Rebecka Peebles, MD
Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USA
There’s Nothing Medically Atypical About Atypical Anorexia

Melissa Whitelaw, Ph.D.
Melbourne Children’s Clinic, Victoria, Australia
Challenges in prescription of nutrition and setting recovery weight in atypical anorexia

Andrea Garber
University of California San Francisco, California, USA