The Eating Disorder SIG (EDSIG) is an active group of Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) professionals interested in eating disorders, body image, and related issues. The group, founded in 2012, by Stacey Rosenfeld, Ph.D., is now led by Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D. Through presentations and discussion, the EDSIG helps LACPA members explore the field of eating disorders and provides them support as they interact with eating-disordered clients, families, and the community.
To date, the EDSIG has attracted national-level speakers as guests, including Dr. Abigail Saguy (author of What’s Wrong with Fat?), Stephanie Covington Armstrong (author of Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat), and Lisa Kantor, JD, an attorney who won the first published eating disorder decision in California, as well the first federal court ruling that mandated insurance companies to pay for medically necessary treatment for mental illnesses. Other speakers include: Dr. Kathleen Kara Fitzpatrick (Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University), Aimee Liu (author of several novels as well as Gaining: The Truth of Life After Eating Disorders and Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives: Guidance and Reflections on Recovering from Eating Disorders), Ragen Chastain (a thought leader in the fat acceptance movement), Dr. Richard Achiro (author of a recent study on over-the-counter workout supplement use in gym-active men that received international recognition from several news sources), Pia Guerrero, founder of Adios Barbie and body image activist, Dagan VanDemark, founder and policy director of Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders, TFFED), Dr. Stephanie Knatz Peck (program director for the Intensive Family Treatment Programs at the UCSD Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Center), Jessica Raymond, founder and director of Recovery Warriors and Rise Up + Recover app.
Equally qualified and exciting speakers have already committed to speaking to our group in the coming year, so watch the listserv for details. EDSIG Meetings are geared toward eating-disorder specialists but many talks are likely to be of interest to the more general psychological community. Meetings are held every 1-2 months, typically on a weekday evening, in the Hollywood area. Events are posted on the LACPA calendar and sent out to the email listserv. For questions or to recommend a speaker or request a topic, Dr. Muhlheim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIG meetings are open to all LACPA members. Non-members wishing to attend may join LACPA by visiting our website www.lapsych.org.
For a complete list of topics and speakers to date, see below:
- January 2012: Introduction to group and topic discussion
- February 2012: Intuitive Eating — Brooke Glazer, RD
- March 2012: Psychopharmacological Treatment of EDs — Hope Levin, MD
- May 2012: Overview of FBT — Lauren Muhlheim, PsyD
- July 2012: Current Topics in EDs
- October 2012: The One-Hour Medical School — Linda Schack, MD
- January 2013: Viewing of the film, Someday Melissa
- April 2013: What’s Wrong with Fat? — Abigail Saguy, PhD
- June 2013: Difficulties in the Treatment of Overweight Eating Disorder Patients – Swimming Against the Current — Wendy Rosenstein, MD
- October 2013: Yoga, Feminism, & Body Image — Melanie Klein, MA
- February 2014: Eating Disorders Affect us All: Eating Disorders in Diverse Populations — Stephanie Covington Armstrong
- March 2014: Yoga, Body Image, and Eating Disorders — Chelsea Roff
- April 2014: Working with Insurance Companies to Obtain Coverage — Lisa Kantor, JD
- June 2014: Intuitive Eating with BED — Aaron Flores, RDN
- August 2014: Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder? – Stacey Rosenfeld, Ph.D.
- September 2014: Pregnancy and Eating Disorders – Maggie Baumann, MFT, CEDS
- October 2014: Transgender Issues and Eating Disorders – Dagan VanDeMark
- December 2014: The Stages of Recovery – Aimee Liu
- February 2015: Adios Barbie: Body Image, Intersectionality, Healing and Advocacy – Pia Guerrero
- March 2015: B.E.A.U.T.Y: Paint Me A Soul — Nikki DuBose
- April 2015: Temperament, neurobiology, and implications for adult eating disorder treatment — Stephanie Knatz, Ph.D.
- May 2015: Misophonia – Jaeline Jaffe
- June 2015 – Modernizing Recovery Resources for the Millennial Generation– Jessica Raymond
- July 2015: Advocacy and the Eating Disorder World: Why Clinicians Matter– Kathleen MacDonald
- August 2015: Shift Happens: Cognitive development, flexibility and remediation in eating disorders– Kara Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
- September 2015: Full Metal Apron: Fighting Eating Disorders from the Kitchen Table — JD Ouellette
- November 2015: Medico-Legal Aspects of Eating Disorders Treatment Including Denial of Care — David Rudnick, MD
- December 2015: When Fit Becomes Foe: Excessive Workout Supplement Use as an Emerging Eating Disorder in Men — Richard Achiro, Ph.D.
- January 2016: Elimination is Oppression: The Ill-Advised War Against Obesity– Ragen Chastain
- January 2016: Unraveling the Enigma of Male Eating Disorders (CE event) — Stuart Murray, Ph.D.
- March 2016: When OCD and Eating Disorders Collide: Assessment and Treatment Planning for OCD and co-existing Eating Disorders – Kimberly Quinlan, LMFT
- April 2016: Medical Complications in Eating Disorder Treatment – Lyn Goldring, RN
- May 2016: Dieting, stress, and weight stigma – Janet Tomiyama, Ph.D.
- July 2016: It’s All Relative: Eating Disorders and Genetics – Stephanie Zerwas, Ph.D.
- November 2016: DBT for Eating Disorders – Charlotte Thomas, LCSW
- November 2016: in conjunction with the Couples SIG – Panel Discussion: The Impact of Particular Addictive/Compulsive Behaviors on a Couple’s Relationship, and How to Help – Hoarding, Gambling, and Eating Disorders– Regina F. Lark, PhD, Cristin Runfola, PhD, and Margaret Altschul, MBA, MA, LMFT
- December 2016: The Healing Power of the Paw: How Animals Can Play a Vital Role in Eating Disorder Recovery — Shannon Kopp
- January 2017: The Dangers of Dieting – Glenys Oston, RDN
- February 2017: When an Athlete Gets an Eating Disorder – Abby McCrea, LMFT (in conjunction with the Sports and Performance Psychology SIG)
- March 2017: Thinking Critically and Cautiously About the Phrase “Eating Disorders Are Biologically-Based Mental Illnesses – Michael Levine, Ph.D., FAED
- April 2017: Medical Complications of Eating Disorders – Margherita Mascolo, MD
- September 2017: Psychopharmacological Treatment of Eating Disorders – Hope Levin, MD
- October 2017: Media and Body Image: How Media Literacy Can Help Counteract Unrealistic Body Ideals – Bobbi Eisenstock, Ph.D.
- December 2017: Body Image in Anorexia Nervosa and Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Clinical and Neurobiological Features – Jamie Feusner, MD
- January 2018: Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder: Assessment, neurobiology, and treatment – Jennifer Thomas, Ph.D.
- April 2018: Understanding Brain Development in the Treatment of Eating Disorders – Ovidio Bermudez, MD
- May 2018: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Eating Disorders: What’s the Connection? – Gretchen Kubacky, Psy.D.
- July 2018: Men Struggle, Too: My Journey with Binge Eating Disorder – Ryan Sheldon
- December 2018: Eating Disorders and the Impact on Siblings – Kym Piekunka
- February 2019: Weight Stigma and Disordered Eating: A Multi-Method Approach – Jeffrey Hunger, PhD
- April 2019: Historical Trauma and Modern Day Oppression: How Does This Relate to Eating Disorders? – Gloria Lucas
- May 2019: Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT): Research and Clinical Application – Sheila Forman, PhD (with the Mindfulness and Spirituality SIG)