Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

AED's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) 

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. 

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

How to Join a Special Interest Group:

Become an AED member, join one or more SIGs within the members-only area and participate in the discussions on the SIG-specific social community. If you are a current AED member click here to join.

Learn how you can start a special interest group.

For further information about SIGs, contact SIG Oversight Committee co-chairs Marcia Herrin  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Leslie Anderson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

AED Members: Participate in SIG discussions within AED's online community.

Academy for Eating Disorders -- Special Interest Groups

To learn more about a SIG and its activities, click on the name of the SIG to learn more or click a Co-Chair’s name to email them a question.


Name Co-Chairs

Assessment And Diagnosis

Kelly Berg, PhD
Kelsie Forbush, PhD

Bariatric Surgery

Stephanie Cassin, PhD, C. Psych
Danielle Wischenka

Body Image & Prevention

Rachel Rodgers, PhD
Megan Jones, Psy.D.

Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders

Allison Chase, PhD
Mindy Solomon, PhD

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Suicide

Loren Prado, MS, LMHC, LPC
Anne Cusack, Psy.D.

Epidemiology and Public Health Practice

Alexis Duncan, MPH, PhD
Kendrin Sonneville, ScD, RD, LDN

Family Based Treatment (FBT)

Peter Doyle, PhD
Roxanne Rockwell, PhD

Genes and Environment

Jessica Baker, PhD, LP
Karen Mitchell, PhD

Health at Every Size 

Janell Mensinger
Julie Church
Lauren Anton, RD

Technology & Innovations SIG

Martha Ireland, PhD, RN, CS, CEDS, DCC
Tara Diliberto, Ph.D

Males & Eating Disorders 

Stuart Murray, PhD
Jerel Calzo, PhD

Medical Care 

Andrea Garber, PhD
Eleni Lantzouni, MD 


Guido Frank, MD, FAED
Cara Bohon, PhD


Amy Harrison, PhD
Carrie McAdams, PhD 

New Investigators 

Andrea Goldschmidt, PhD
Linsey Utzinger, PhD


Hilmar Wagner, MPH, RD
Susan Kleiman

Professionals and Recovery 

Sander de Vos, MSc
Suzanne Dooley-Hash

Psychodynamic and Integrated Psychotherapies 

Dana Satir, PhD
Heather Thompson-Brenner, PhD

Residential and Inpatient 

Keesha Broome, MA, LMFT
Felicia Kolodner, MS LPC, NCC, CEDS 

Somatic and Somatically Oriented Therapies

Laura J. Weisberg, PhD
Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS

Sport and Exercise 

Emily Kroshus, MPH
Lisa Smith Kilpela, PhD


Lisa Hail
Helen Burton Murray

Substance Use Disorders 

Umberto Nizzoli
Alex Drossos, MD


Claudia Unikel-Santoncini, PhD
Gayle E. Brooks, PhD

Trauma and Eating Disorders 

Christina Tortolani, PhD
Julie Trim, PhD


Micaela Hayes, MD
Hope Levin, MD