Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

About SIGs

Choosing to join a Special Interest Group may be one of the most important decisions of your career.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) bring together AED members with personal and professional interests in distinct areas of eating disorders – body image, family therapy, medical care and psychodynamic psychotherapy, just to name a few. Each SIG organizes itself around those specific activities that best serve its practitioner and research-based constituencies. Follow this link to read the AED SIG policy document.

To join a SIG, simply update the SIG tab in your member profile under the My AED section at the top of the AED website, and check the SIG(s) of interest to you, and you will be automatically added to the SIG private online community. 

SIG Oversight Committee

The Special Interest Group Oversight Committee (SOC) is responsible for coordinating the Special Interest Groups (SIGS) and ensuring that the SIGs engage in activities that are compatible with the aims, purposes, and practices of the Academy. Members of the SOC are:

AED SIGs and Co-chairs

Click on the name of the SIG to learn more or click a Co-Chair’s name to email them a question:

SIG Name


Assessment & Diagnosis

Bariatric Surgery

Body Image & Prevention

Child & Adolescent Eating Disorders

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Suicide

Early Career 

Early Intervention

Epidemiology & Public Health Practice

Family Based Treatment (FBT)

Genes & Environment

Males & Eating Disorders 

Medical Care 




Professionals & Recovery

Psychodynamic & Integrated Psychotherapies

Residential & Inpatient Treatment

Somatic & Somatically Oriented Therapies

Sport & Exercise

Substance-Related & Addictive Disorders 

Technology & Innovations


Trauma & Eating Disorders


Weight Stigma & Social Justice