Speaker: Michael Strober, PhD, ABPP, FAED
Anorexia nervosa emerges rapidly; once weight declines, the patient suddenly insists, inexplicably, their body is larger than how it is perceived by others. Anxious worry, intolerance of novelty and ambiguity coupled with an unusual capacity for discipline and persistence plus an insistence on exactness, influence how the condition advances, and with what speed. Accordingly, such questions as: What level of care is optimal for a particular patient, taking into account what specific characteristics? How long do you attempt outpatient care before the level of care is escalated? What clinical considerations enter into the decision making?
About Dr. Strober
Dr. Michael Strober is the Resnick Endowed Chair in Eating Disorders, Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Eating Disorders Program, and Senior Consultant to the Youth Mood Disorders Research and Treatment Program at the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, and David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine.
Dr. Strober joined the faculty of the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in 1975, and has served as Director of the Eating Disorders and inpatient attending psychologist without interruption for the past 42 years. In addition to his extensive clinical expertise, he has authored 250 scientific papers, articles, and book chapters, and his accomplishments in research, service, and teaching have been recognized by the National Eating Disorders Association (he is the 2005 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Research), and the Academy for Eating Disorders (he is the 2005 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Teaching and Education, and recipient of the 2012 Award for Distinguished Service). In addition, Dr. Strober has 11 Visiting Professorships, serves as ad hoc reviewer for 27 peer-review journals, and is one of the awardees of the 2012 Klingenstein Third Generation Award for Best Paper on Depression and Suicide, published in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His research activities have been funded continuously by the National Institute of Mental Health for over 25 years and focus on the role of temperamental, cross disorder genetic and neural influences in eating disorders, the pharmacotherapy of pediatric affective disorders, and predictors of long term outcomes in eating and affective disorders.
Dr. Strober is a founding member and past President of the Eating Disorders Research Society, a Founding Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and one of only two psychologists invited to join the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology as a Founding Fellow. He has also served as consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health on research priorities in eating disorders and pediatric bipolar illness, and is Editor Emeritus of the International Journal of Eating Disorders.