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MEET THE SPEAKERS – 2017 Symposium for Eating Disorder Treatment Professionals

The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt’s 2017 Professional Symposium is coming up on Saturday, October 7 and will be preceded by a half-day ethics workshop on October 6.  This year’s event features a distinguished panel of speakers made up of some of the field’s top clinicians and expert researchers from around the world, including Australia, Israel and the U.S.  Meet this year’s keynote speakers below and then head over to the official event page for a detailed agenda and registration options.

Eating Disorders: State-of-the-Art Treatment 
A Professional Symposium in Baltimore
Event Registration is OPEN

Meet the Speakers:

Carly Guss, M.D., MPH is a clinical instructor in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  She received her BA from Yale University and her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School.  After completing residency in pediatrics at Brown University, she pursued a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and received her master’s in public health from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.  Her research interests include transgender and gender nonconforming adolescents’ experiences in primary care as well as the relationship of gender identity and body image; she has published numerous articles on these and other topics. Dr. Guss’ most recent research on transgender public school youth and their risks of disordered weight management behaviors was recently published in the Journal of Adolescent Health and she also presented this work at the most recent Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine’s annual conference.

James E. Mitchell, M.D. is the NRI/Lee A. Christoferson M.D. Professor and Chairman of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where he is also the Chester Fritz Distinguished University Professor. He also serves as President and Scientific Director of the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute.  Dr. Mitchell’s research focuses on eating disorders, obesity and bariatric surgery.  He is past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Eating Disorders Research Society.  He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Research in Eating Disorders from the Academy for Eating Disorders, the National Eating Disorders Coalition Award for Research Leadership, and the Research Award from the Eating Disorders Research Society.  He serves on the editorial boards of the “International Journal of Eating Disorders” and “Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases”. He has written over 500 scientific articles and is author, co-author or editor of 18 books.

Shiri Sadeh-Sharvit, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience studying and working with individuals with eating disorders. Her research focuses on developing and examining novel, cutting-edge treatments for under-served patient groups. Dr. Sadeh-Sharvit received her PhD in clinical child psychology from Bar Ilan University in Israel, and since 2013 is a Visiting Instructor in the Eating Disorder Research Program at Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine. At Stanford, Dr. Sadeh-Sharvit studies interventions to support parents with eating disorder histories in facilitating healthy development in their children. Her book “Parents with Eating Disorders: A Treatment Guide”, (co-authored with James Lock, MD, PhD) is forthcoming with Routledge. Dr. Sadeh-Sharvit has received grants from the Child Health Research Institute, the National Eating Disorder Association, and the Davis Foundation. She is also currently involved in two NIH-funded studies of innovative online interventions for eating disorders.

Joanna Steinglass, M.D. is the Florence Irving Associate Professor in Clinical Psychiatry in the Center for Eating Disorders at Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Steinglass graduated from Amherst College and received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her psychiatry training and an NIMH-sponsored research fellowship in eating disorders at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Steinglass has had NIMH and private foundation support since 2006. The focus of her work is both the cognitive neuroscience of anorexia nervosa, and the development of mechanism-based treatments.


Stephen Touyz, Ph.D. is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sydney where he serves as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders at the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders. Additional roles include member of the Steering Committee of the National Collaboration on Eating Disorders funded by the Commonwealth of Australia, inaugural treasurer of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders and past president of the Eating Disorders Research Society (USA). In 2012, he was given the prestigious Leadership in Research Award by the Academy of Eating Disorders (USA) in recognition of his pioneering research in the field, and in 2014, he was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award by the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders and the Ian Campbell Memorial Prize by the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society for his outstanding contribution to the profession

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