Scientific Advisory Committee
Walter H. Kaye, MD
Founder & Executive Director, Eating Disorders Program Professor, UCSD Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Walter Kaye was recruited to the UC San Diego faculty from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he was research director of the eating disorder program, and where he received a NIMH senior scientist award.
Dr. Kaye’s current research is focused on exploring the relationship between brain and behavior using brain imaging and genetics, and developing and applying new treatments for anorexia and bulimia nervosa. He is the principal investigator for an international, multi-site collaboration on the genetics of anorexia and bulimia nervosa. He has an international reputation in the field of eating disorders and is the author of more than 300 articles and publications. He attended Ohio State Medical School, trained in neurology at the University of Southern California and trained in psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Kaye was then a fellow and research physician at the National Institute of Mental Health for seven years where he conducted research on appetite regulation, behavior and treatment for disorders.
As Director of the University of California, San Diego Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program, Dr. Kaye and his clinical team are treating anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders with an innovative, intensive program that approaches the problem on multiple levels, including medical, psychological, psycho-educational and counseling of the family as key support group.
Kamryn T. Eddy
Dr. Kamryn Eddy is the co-director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, a staff psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Eddy is a licensed psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of child and adolescent eating disorders. She received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University, completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and her postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She practices empirically-supported therapies including cognitive behavioral and family-based treatments for eating disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. Along with her colleague, Dr. Jennifer Thomas, Dr. Eddy developed a novel cognitive-behavioral therapy for avoidant/restrictive eating disorder (CBT-AR), which will be published by Cambridge University Press. The author of over 100 published research papers and book chapters, Dr. Eddy focuses her program of research on diagnostic classification, neurobiological bases of eating disorders, and longitudinal outcomes. She is the Principal Investigator of the 22-year MGH Longitudinal Study of Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa, mapping the long-term course and outcomes of these illnesses. In collaboration with the Neuroendocrine Unit and the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Eddy is a principal investigator in a NIMH-funded study examining the neurobiological underpinnings of symptom trajectory and recovery in adolescent eating disorders and co-principal investigator on a treatment trial for avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. The overarching objective of her work is to carefully describe the clinical presentations of individuals with eating disorders in order to address questions about why, and in whom these illnesses are most likely to develop, and to inform the development of novel treatments for these serious conditions. Dr. Eddy is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and a member of the Eating Disorders Research Society and her research is supported through the National Institutes of Health and private foundations.
Craig Johnson, PhD, CEDS, FAED
Chief Science Officer & Director, Family Institute for Eating Recovery Center, Denver
Dr. Craig Johnson has been a leader in the field of Eating Disorders for more than 35 years. He is the Chief Science Officer and Director of the Family Institute for Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Medical School and has formerly held faculty appointments at Yale University Medical School, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg Medical School. He was the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Co-Founder of the International Conference of Eating Disorders, Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), Founding Member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, and Co-Founder and past President of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). He has been a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded researcher for over 15 years and has authored over 80 research articles and three books. He has received distinguished contribution awards from AED, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iAEDP), NEDA, National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), and the American Red Cross. NEDA also honored Dr. Johnson by creating the Craig Johnson Award for Clinical Excellence and Training, which is awarded annually.
B. Timothy Walsh
B. Timothy Walsh, MD, is the Ruane Professor of Pediatric Psychopharmacology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and Director of the Division of Clinical Therapeutics at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He is a graduate of Princeton University and of Harvard Medical School, joined the staff of Columbia University Medical Center in 1979 and established the Eating Disorders Research Unit at New York State Psychiatric Institute. The clinical research group he founded and has led at Columbia has conducted studies of the etiology and treatment of eating disorders, with a particular focus on underlying pathophysiological mechanisms. Dr. Walsh's research group has examined biological and psychological abnormalities which contribute to the development and perpetuation of disturbances in eating behavior, and investigated both psychological and pharmacological treatments for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. He is a past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and of the Eating Disorders Research Society.
Cynthia M. Bulik
University of North Carolina, Department of Psychiatry Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders
Professor of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Associate Director, Center of Genomics
Education: B.A., Psychology, University of Notre Dame
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of California at Berkeley
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of California at Berkeley
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Clinical Research, National Institute of Mental Health and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellowship, MacArthur Network I Research Fellow, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Dr. Bulik holds the first endowed professorship in eating disorders in the United States and is also Director of Research at the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Bulik has been conducting research and treating individuals with eating disorders since 1982. She developed outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient services for eating disorders both in New Zealand and in the United States.
Dr. Bulik's research includes treatment, laboratory, animal, epidemiological, twin and molecular genetic studies of eating disorders and body weight regulation. More recently she has applied information technology to the treatment of eating disorders and obesity to broaden the public health reach of our interventions. She founded and led the 18-country Genetic Consortium for Anorexia Nervosa and is the lead Principal Investigator of the four nation Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI). She is the Director of the first NIMH-sponsored Post-Doctoral Training Program in Eating Disorders. She has had continuous federal, international, and foundation funding since 1985. Dr. Bulik has written over 470 scientific papers and chapters on eating disorders, and is author of the books Eating Disorders: Detection and Treatment (Dunmore), Runaway Eating: The 8 Point Plan to Conquer Adult Food and Weight Obsessions (Rodale), Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How To Stop (Walker), Abnormal Psychology (Beidel, Bulik, Stanley; Prentice Hall), The Woman in the Mirror (Walker), and Midlife Eating Disorders (2013, Walker). She is a recipient of the Eating Disorders Coalition Research Award, the Hulka Innovators Award, the Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership Award for Research, the Price Family National Eating Disorders Association Research Award, the Carolina Women’s Center Women’s Advocacy Award, and the Women’s Leadership Council Faculty-to-Faculty Mentorship Award, IAEDP Honorary Certified Eating Disorders Specialist Award, the František Faltus Award from the Czech Psychiatric Society, and the AED Meehan/Hartley Award for Advocacy. She is a past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders, past Vice-President of the Eating Disorders Coalition, past Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Founding Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Binge Eating Disorder Association, and member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Global Foundation for Eating Disorders. She is passionate about translating science for the public. Her appearances include the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN Morning, Katie, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, and Rachael Ray. She has been featured in many publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, and the US News and World Report.
Pamela K. Keel, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Eating Behaviors Research Clinic at Florida State University. She received her A.B. in Anthropology summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1992, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1998 and completed her clinical psychology internship at Duke University Medical Center in 1998. Dr. Keel has received grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for her research on the nosology, biology, epidemiology, and longitudinal course of bulimic syndromes. In addition, Dr. Keel is co-Principal Investigator and co-Director of the NIMH-funded Integrated Clinical Neuroscience Training Program at Florida State University. She has authored over 200 papers and three books on the topic of eating disorders. Within her NIH-funded program of research, Dr. Keel defined and characterized Purging Disorder as a potentially new disorder of eating, and this work has contributed to the inclusion of Purging Disorder as an Otherwise Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition (DSM-5). She currently serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Eating Disorders and Eating Disorders, and is a past Associate Editor for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Dr. Keel was elected as a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) in 2006, Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in 2013, and Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2014. She served as President for the Eating Disorders Research Society in 2009-2010 and President for the Academy for Eating Disorders in 2013-2014. Finally, Dr. Keel has been appointed as a standing member of the Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging (APDA) study section for the Center for Scientific Review of NIH for 2013-2019.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and, by courtesy, of Pediatrics.
• Stanford University Health Services Research (MS)
• Morehouse/Emory School of Medicine Medicine (MD)
• Emory University Philosophy(Ph.D.)
• Emory University Comparative Literature (MA)
• New College Philosophy (BA)
Member, Child Health Research Institute
Member, Stanford Neurosciences Institute
Director, Comprehensive Pediatric Care Unit, Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital (1993 - 2002)
Director, Stanford Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Program, Division of Child Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (2002 - Present)
Honors & Awards
Junior Faculty Development Award, Association of Academic Psychiatrists (1998)
Member, Eating Disorder Research Society (1999)
Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (1987)
Career Development Award, National Institutes of Health (1998-2003)
Mid-Career Award, National Institutes of Health (2005-2010)
Price Family Award for Research Excellence, National Eating Disorder Association (2010)
Leadership Award in Research, The Academy of Eating Disorders (2014)
Residency: UCLA Medical Center Radiology Fellowship (1991) CA
Internship: UCLA Medical Center Radiology Fellowship (1988) CA
Board Certification: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1994)
Board Certification: Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1993)
Fellowship: UC Davis (1993) CA
Nancy L. Zucker PHD
Dr. Zucker is the Founder and Director of the Duke Center for Eating Disorders (DCED), an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. Dr. Zucker’s attempts to understand how individuals learn to decode the signals from their body (e.g., like hunger pains or gut butterflies) and how they come to use (or not use) those body signals to help them make effective decisions (e.g., like eating when hungry) and learn to trust themselves. She studies these neurobiological and learning processes and then uses these findings to design innovative treatments. Thus, many of the treatments she has developed help individuals and their families to get better at and more comfortable with experiencing all the confusing messages their bodies may send- from fatigue, to emotional pain. She views that helping individuals to live effectively in their bodies is one of the cornerstones of eating disorder treatments.
Amy Baker Dennis, Ph.D., F.A.E.D.
Dr. Amy Baker Dennis is co-owner of Dennis & Moye & Associates, maintains a general practice and specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, women’s issues and personality disorders. She has been in clinical practice for over 40 years. She is a psychodynamically trained clinical psychologist but is also a certified cognitive therapist. In most cases, she uses an integrative approach to treatment. She also trains and supervises professionals in the treatment of eating disorders, personality disorders and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Dennis has served on the Boards of numerous national and international eating disorder organizations. She is a Founding Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders (FAED), a Founding Fellow and Diplomate of the Academy for Cognitive Therapy, a Founder of the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) and a Founding Member of the Eating Disorder Research Society. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Eating Disorder Association, on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Eating Disorder Center of Denver (EDCD) and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Global Foundation for Eating Disorders (GFED). She has received numerous awards for her accomplishments including "Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Eating Disorders" awarded by the Academy for Eating Disorders, and the "Lifetime Achievement Award" given by the National Eating Disorder Association. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Dennis is a researcher, author and professor. She has served on the faculties of Wayne State University Medical School, the University of South Florida Medical School and the Hamilton Holt Graduate School at Rollins College in Orlando, Florida. She has published extensively and spoken at conferences both nationally and internationally. Her most recent book, "Eating Disorders, Addictions and Substance Use Disorders: Research, Clinical and Treatment Perspectives" was published in March 2014.
PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1998
MA, Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1996
BS, Psychology, Michigan State University, 1993
Dr. Kelly Klump studies the etiology of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and subthreshold variations of these disorders. Her lab is interested in understanding developmental differences in genetic risk factors across adolescence and adulthood, with a particular focus on the role of gonadal hormones in programming and activating risk across development.
She is also interested in the ways in which psychosocial (e.g., exposure to thin ideals, weight-based teasing) and psychological risk factors (e.g., personality traits like impulsivity) interact with genetic/biological risk and lead to eating pathology.
· Examination of the impact of oral contraceptive use (e.g., monophasic birth control pills) on risk for binge eating in female twins.
· Identification of the neural mechanisms underlying the effects of ovarian hormones on binge eating risk using longitudinal fMRI and psychophysiological studies in women.
· Investigation of the effects of gonadal hormones on neural development and binge eating from puberty into adulthood using a rodent model of binge eating.
Clinical and Teaching Focus
Dr. Klump is a licensed clinical psychologist who often supervises doctoral students in their psychotherapy work in the MSU Psychological Clinic. Her areas of clinical expertise include the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders using a cognitive behavioral therapy framework.
Dr. Klump’s teaching focuses on understanding and diagnosing psychopathology. At the undergraduate level, she often teaches Abnormal Psychology (PSY 280) as well as writing courses on eating disorders (PSY 492). At the graduate level, she teaches the Behavior Disorders (PSY 853) course that teaches students how to diagnosis psychiatric disorders and engage in effective differential diagnosis across various developmental and cultural contexts.
Pauline Powers, M.D. leads the Eating disorders programs at Fairwinds Treatment Center. She is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading researcher, educator and trainer in the ongoing battle to end eating disorders. With over 40 years of experience in the field of eating disorder treatment, Dr. Powers was the founding President of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), past President of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), a founding member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, is on the Editorial Board of the Eating Disorders Review, and is a published author on the subject of eating disorders.
Dr. Powers is on the Scientific Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Screening Program. As an active board member for NEDA , she recently served as the President in 2005 and was awarded the Life Time achievement award in 2006. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association Committee preparing Guidelines of the Treatment of Eating Disorders. Dr. Powers was recognized as the Outstanding Clinician in 2000, by the Academy for Eating Disorders. She is the immediate past president for the National Eating Disorders Association.