Speakers

Keynote: I Move, Therefore I Am: Developmental Pathways for a Troubled Self-Experience of the Body

Jesse Viner, MD

Following his education at Yale, The Chicago Medical School, Northwestern University Medical School Psychiatry Residency and The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, Dr. Jesse Viner has four decades of experience applying the knowledge of psychiatry and psychoanalysis to the challenge of creating meaningful and pragmatically effective treatment programs. He is a national expert in the areas of trauma recovery, eating disorders and severe personality disorders.
He has served on the faculties of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis where he also is the Secretary of of the Board of Trustees, and as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Viner is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is the recipient of the Illinois Psychiatric Society 2016 Award for Excellence & Innovation in Clinical Services.

Dr. Viner created Yellowbrick in recognition of the specialized needs of emerging adults and their families, and the necessity for a treatment system that addressed the unique challenges of the transition into adulthood.

Dr. Viner is parent to six sons and daughters ages 21- 36.

Joseph A. Reed, PhD

Dr. Reed received his B.A. in psychology and philosophy from the University of Louisville and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Toledo. His research in graduate school focused on loneliness, social exclusion, and serious mental illness. He completed his predoctoral internship at Baylor College of Medicine with a primary clinical placement at The Menninger Clinic. He went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at The Menninger Clinic on the Compass Program for Young Adults.

Dr. Reed has specialized training in the assessment and treatment of diagnostically complex emerging adults in a therapeutic milieu. He has particular interest in the psychoanalytic therapy of Borderline Personality Disorder (i.e., Transference-Focused Psychotherapy, Mentalization-Based Therapy) and was the recipient of a 2019 Early Career Scholar Award from the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology, Division 39 of the American Psychological Association. In his free time, he enjoys reading, running, and seeing what else is on Netflix.

Plenary Panel: The Weight of Stigma in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Lisa Erlanger, MD

Dr. Lisa Erlanger is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a physician at UW Hall Health Primary Care Clinic and at Opal Food and Body. She believes all patients deserve compassionate, weight neutral, trauma-informed, and affirming medical care. She is a Body Trust Provider in Training through Be Nourished in Portland, OR. When she is not practicing medicine, Dr. Erlanger is sharing meals with friends and family, reading great fiction, or exploring Seattle dog parks.

Aaron Flores, RDN

Aaron Flores is a registered dietitian nutritionist based out of Los Angeles, California. With over 10 years of experience, Aaron has worked with eating disorders in a variety of settings. A large part of his career was spent working at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System where he helped develop and launch one of the first Binge Eating Disorder programs to help Veterans struggling with this disorder. Since leaving the VA, Aaron has continued to work in the eating disorder community helping run groups and providing individual counseling to adolescents and adults. He currently works part time at Center for Discovery and part-time in his private practice in Calabasas, CA. He is a Certified Body Trust® provider, and his main areas of focus are Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size®. In his work, Aaron helps individuals learn how to make peace with food and develop body-positive behaviors. His work has been featured during Weight Stigma Awareness Week, in blogs for the National Eating Disorder Information Centre and National Eating Disorder Association. Aaron is a frequent speaker and has presented at the 2016 and 2017 Binge Eating Disorder Awareness Annual Conference, the 2018 and 2019 International Conference on Eating Disorders and the 2018 Association for Size Diversity and Health Conference. Along with his work with eating disorders, he also is a co-host of the podcast, Dietitians Unplugged.

Aaron Flores’s private practice is in Calabasas, CA. He uses Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size® in his work to help individuals learn how to make peace with food and their bodies. He is a Certified Body Trust® provider and he also the co-host of the popular podcast, Dietitians Unplugged.

Judith Matz, LCSW

Judith Matz, LCSW has worked in the field of eating problems and weight concerns for over 30 years. She received her Master’s degree from University of Michigan and completed a post-graduate fellowship at Michael Reese Hospital where she trained in the treatment of eating disorders. Judith is co-author of Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating, and Emotional Overeating (2nd edition, 2014) and The Diet Survivors Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care (2006), and author of the children’s book Amanda’s Big Dream. Judith is a popular speaker at national and international conferences, and descriptions of her work have appeared in the media including the Psychotherapy Networker, New York Times, LA Times, Fitness, Good Housekeeping, Self, Shape, Today’s Dietitian, Diabetes Self-Management, NBC News Chicago with Nesita Kwan, Huffington Post Live,and she appears in the documentary America The Beautiful 2. Judith has a private practice in Skokie, IL, where she works with clients with Binge Eating Disorder and those who want to break  the diet/binge cycle and learn to feel at home in their bodies. Judith is dedicated to helping people end the preoccupation with food and weight and to fighting weight stigma.

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