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.

Break Out Speakers: See below for titles and bios

Emergent Needs and Optimal Solutions for the Treatment of Co-Morbid Eating and Mood Disorders

Steven Prinz, MD – Medical Director of Eating Recovery Center Illinois/Insight Behavioral Health Centers
Steven Prinz, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist and the Medical Director of ERC Illinois and Insight Behavioral Health Center. Dr. Prinz works with Insight’s multidisciplinary treatment team to deliver direct psychiatric care and medication management. In his role at Insight, Dr. Prinz brings extensive expertise in the treatment of serious behavioral health conditions including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-injury and substance use disorders. Prior to joining ERC/Insight’s medical team, Dr. Prinz served as Medical Director of the Eating Disorder Program and Anxiety Disorder Program at Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward in Naperville, IL. Additionally, Dr. Prinz has held several leadership designations within the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). He currently provides organizational leadership and oversight as a Regional Board Member, and previously served as Vice President and President of the Scientific Committee for ANAD. Dr. Prinz earned his undergraduate degree at Loyola University of Chicago and his Doctor of Medicine at the Chicago Medical School. He completed his Residency in Psychiatry at the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago.

Susan McClanahan, PhD, CEDS – Chief Clinical Development Officer

Susan McClanahan, Ph.D., CEDS is the current Chairman of the ERC/Insight Advisory Board and the Founder of  Insight Behavioral Health Centers.  Dr. McClanahan is a licensed clinical psychologist committed to leadership, teaching, training, research and advocacy in the field of eating disorders and general mental health.  Having specialized in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder for the past 25 years, Dr. McClanahan is a leading expert in the field.  She holds an Assistant Professor position at both Rush Medical Center and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  Dr. McClanahan’s expertise is sought after at many major national conferences and events.

The Healing Power of the Body: Using Embodied Approaches in Body Image Treatment

Brooke Farrington MSW, LCSW, CEDS-S

Brooke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist-Supervisor in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She is the Founder and Executive Director of Farrington Specialty Centers, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, compulsive exercise, and body image issues for all genders of all ages.  Farrington Specialty Counseling offers outpatient, group, and intensive outpatient (IOP) levels of care.  Neossia is a Day Treatment Program.  Prior to opening her practice, Brooke worked at an eating disorder facility where she directed the outpatient and intensive outpatient programs and led dance and movement groups in the residential program.  She speaks frequently in Northeast Indiana as an eating disorder expert and has spoken on the national level.  As well as being a therapist, Brooke also teaches dance.  She is a professional member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp), the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED), and the Eating Disorder Task Force of Indiana.  She is chair of iaedp’s Connection, Outreach, and Mentoring Committee and an iaedp Approved Supervisor.  She was awarded iaedp’s Member of the Year in 2016.

Bethany Pruitt MSW, LCSW, RYT-200

Bethany is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Yoga Teacher. She began practicing yoga at age 14 and has been teaching since 2011. The healing power of yoga for those struggling with body image, mental health, and trauma led Bethany to return to school to become a therapist. She earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, where she led groups for people struggling with compulsive overeating. She now works and lives in Fort Wayne, IN where she specializes in the treatment of eating disorders in the outpatient and IOP
setting. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp™), and a Community Partner with the Yoga and Body Image Coalition.

Trauma-Informed Care in Children and Adolescents: Considerations for eating disorders teams

Patty Davis, MSW, LSCSW, LCSW, IMH-E(III)

Patty Davis is a program manager for Trauma Informed Care at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, moving its healthcare system toward a trauma informed organization through awareness building and institutional changes designed to incorporate the Trauma Informed Key Principles into all policies, practices and procedures. Patty has a long history of treating children and families for eating disorders and traumatic stress through evidence-based practices such as Family Based Treatment, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Parent Child Interactive Therapy. Patty founded and leads the Parent-Family Advisory Council for Children’s Mercy Eating Disorders Center. Patty has been an invited author and content expert for national on-line educational courses through Children’s Hospital Association on Delivery of Trauma Informed Healthcare. She has co-authored policy and human resource guidelines for organizations working to become trauma informed. Patty is an invited speaker at local, state and national conferences, speaking frequently on the signs of symptoms of traumatic stress, effective treatments to prevent and mitigate the effects of trauma, and on building trauma informed systems of care with cultural humility and equity building.

Beth Harrell, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD-S

Beth began her work with eating disorders in inpatient setting in the early 1990’s. Throughout her career she has worked in variety of levels of eating disorders care treating the full spectrum of diagnoses and ages 8-76. She is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian-Supervisor (CEDRD-S), Director of Certification for iaedp , runs a private practice and is adjunct faculty for private university. She is an active member of the Missouri Eating Disorders Council (MOEDC) providing training around the state for professionals in early identification and management of eating disorders, is a founding member of IFEDD (International Federation of Eating Disorders Dietitians), a Board member for the Body Balance Coalition (BBC) in Kansas City, a recognized outstanding member of the Kansas City Dietetics Association, previous Dietetic Internship Director and is active in her community for eating disorders outreach and education.

Navigating Social Media in a Body Conscious World

Melissa Geraghty, Psy.D., 

Dr. Melissa Geraghty is a licensed clinical health psychologist at Rago & Associates, a private practice located in Naperville, Illinois. Her primary specialties include eating disorders, chronic pain, and complex medical. Her psychotherapeutic style is based on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which incorporates mindfulness, teaching coping skills, and assisting clients in living their values. Dr. Geraghty has worked with people with eating disorders in inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings.

Dr. Geraghty is an international speaker and presents workshops to help better educate healthcare professionals and the public on eating disorders and chronic pain. She has also received recognition and awards for her clinical advocacy efforts. Dr. Geraghty’s Facebook (@MindfulMomentsByDrG) and Twitter (@MindfulDrG) accounts allow her to spread awareness on eating disorders, physical and psychological difficulties, as well as post information on mindfulness.

Gender-Inclusive Residential Treatment: Breaking the Treatment Binary

Emmy Johnson, MSW, LCSWA

Emmy Johnson, MSW, LCSWA, (they/them) is an eating disorder professional working as a therapist at Carolina House in Durham, North Carolina. They specialize in working with LGBTQ+ populations with eating disorders and trauma, and they love providing training in working with transgender clients. They strive to be anti-racist, anti-oppression and Health At Every Size/anti-sizeism oriented in all that they do. Outside of work, they love going hiking with their dog Lyra and rereading Harry Potter for the twenty-somethingth time.

Finding Hope in Telling Our Stories: Understanding the Intersection of Discrimination and Shame in the Treatment of Eating Disorders in People of Color and LGBTQ+ Communities

Norman Kim, PhD

Norman completed his B.A. at Yale and his Ph.D. in Psychology at UCLA. His research and clinical interests include the application of a transdiagnostic framework for eating disorders, taking an evolutionary approach to shame and anxiety, and minority mental health. In conjunction Norman has developed an expertise in treating and teaching about psychiatrically complex populations, multi-modal treatment, and diagnostic assessment with a particular focus on Eating Disorders, Trauma, and Bipolar Disorder. He is a regular national speaker, educator, and passionate advocate for eating disorder awareness and legislation with a particular focus on minority status and barriers to mental health care. He is on the Board of Directors of the Eating Disorders Coalition, the co-chair of the People of Color subcommittee of IAEDP, on the inaugural behavioral health task force for the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, the co-chair of the Transcultural SIG for the Academy of Eating Disorders, and on the Advisory Boards of Recovery Warriors, The Multiservice Eating Disorders Association (MEDA), Spectrum CBT and Tikvah V’Chizuk. Norman is the co-founder and National Director of the Reasons Eating Disorder Center.

The Missing Link: Treating the Relationship Between Food and Emotion Avoidance

Elisha Contner Wilkins, MS, LMFT, CEDS-S

Elisha Contner Wilkins is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Supervisor. She is the Executive Director of Veritas Collaborative’s Child, Adolescent and Adult Center in Richmond, Virginia. She has over 20 years of clinical experience and has focused much of her career developing and working in higher levels of care from inpatient to intensive outpatient for eating disorders. She also conjointly spent 10 years in outpatient, private practice in Central Florida prior to moving to Richmond, Virginia. She is passionate about getting patients to the right level of care at the right time, developing evidence-based programming, and supervising the next generation of eating disorder clinicians. Elisha is the current President of the iaedp Chapter in Richmond.

The Family’s Role: FBT-Informed Care at PHP and IOP Levels of Care

Becky Mehr, MS, RD, LD/N, CEDRD-S
Director of Outpatient Nutrition for The Renfrew Centers

Becky Mehr, MS, RD, LD/N, CEDRD-S, is Director of Outpatient Nutrition for The Renfrew Centers and serves as the Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of Nashville. Ms. Mehr received her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Lipscomb University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Memphis. Her presentations locally and nationally focus on the topics of exposure therapy, diabetes and eating disorders. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) and the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

M. Joann Wright, Ph.D., Timberline Knolls

As the Director of Clinical Services, Joann supervises the clinical staff at Timberline Knolls. Joann has more than 20 years of experience with program development, clinical supervision, and program leadership. As a Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer and Fellow of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Sciences (ACBS), she offers her knowledge and skills in training this cutting-edge therapeutic approach including supervising individuals becoming ACT therapists. She has also provided national and international workshops and presentations on individual and group therapy techniques. In addition, Joann has more than 10 years of experience with program development and clinical oversight. She received her Bachelor of Arts at Arizona State University and her Master of Arts and her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical/School Psychology from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

Above All Else Do No Harm: Ethical Challenges in Working with Patients Diagnosed with Eating Disorders

Susan Zoline, PhD 

Susan Zoline, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been involved in practicing, teaching and consulting in the Chicago area for over thirty five years. Dr. Zoline was Professor of Psychology and University Fellow at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago, where she taught clinical masters and doctoral students for thirty years. More recently, Dr. Zoline is a Clinical Faculty in the PsyD program in Clinical Psychology at Adler University. Dr. Zoline’s areas of professional expertise include professional ethics, suicide, violence and abuse assessment and intervention, clinical supervision and risk management. Dr. Zoline is a longstanding member of the Illinois Psychological Association Ethics Committee which she has co-chaired since 2010. She has also served as an expert witness on cases involving criminal matters and licensure issues. Dr. Zoline has worked clinically in a broad variety of settings and regularly consults and provides workshops to mental health and other professionals both locally and nationally on topics related to professional ethics.

Eating Disorders & Trauma Through an IFS (Internal Family Systems Therapy) Lens

Amy Y Grabowski, MA, LCPC

Amy Y Grabowski, MA, LCPC is the director of The Awakening Center, an eating disorder treatment center which she founded 25 years ago. In addition to providing individual and group psychotherapy to clients with trauma and eating disorders, she is the author of “An Internal Family Systems Therapy Guide to Eating Disorders: Healing Part by Part” (©2018 Routledge Taylor & Francis) and “Imagine Being at Peace: a Guided Imagery Meditation CD”(©2006 Amy Grabowski). She has presented at numerous professional conferences. Between 1985 and 2015, Amy was an ANAD State Board member, ANAD Support Group leader, and the original editor of the ANAD newsletter.