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Deb Mitchison, Researcher, Western Sydney University and Clinical Psychologist;
Haylee Adamson, Registered Mental Health Nurse;
Genevieve Pepin, Occupational Therapist & Occupational Therapy Discipline Lead, Deakin University
Deb Mitchison has been an Executive Committee member for ANZAED since 2017, and she also coordinates the Special Interest Groups. She is a researcher at Western Sydney University and clinical psychologist, specialising in eating disorders. In her role on the Policies and Procedures Committee, she has had input in developing the funding guidelines for the ANZAED scholarships, and she also has extensive experience applying for (and mentoring others applying for) grants, awards and scholarships in her role in academia.
Haylee Adamson has been a registered Mental Health Nurse for more than 10 years and is currently working in Regional Victoria in Community Mental Health. She is a current ANZAED member, and Co-Chair for the ANZAED Regional and Remote SIG. Haylee has been a previous recipient of the Paul Foulkes Scholarship.
Webinar Overview: ANZAED offers a wide range of scholarships and awards each year for both the annual ANZAED meeting, as well as the international meeting of the AED. This talk will offer an overview of these scholarships and awards and provide guidance for writing successful applications. Specifically, the talk will feature previous recipients and judges of these awards to give expert opinion and support. The talk will be particularly relevant for clinicians, as well as early career researchers. Speakers will be open to questions.
Associate Professor Genevieve Pepin was a member of ANZAED Executive Committee from 2016 to 2018. She was the co-convenor of the 2018 ANZAED conference held in Melbourne. She led the Carer Consumer committee and is a member of the Membership committee. Genevieve is an occupational therapist and the Occupational Therapy Discipline Lead at Deakin University. Her expertise and passion are in carers research, understanding the impact of eating disorders on function and the daily activities of those with an eating disorder and their family, and the development of innovative interventions promoting best health outcomes.
Presenter: Jennifer J. Thomas, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Jennifer Thomas is the Co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Thomas’s research focuses on atypical eating disorders, as described in her books Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem? and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: Children, Adolescents, and Adults. She is currently principal investigator on several studies investigating the neurobiology and treatment of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, funded by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health and private foundations. She is the author or co-author of more than 130 scientific publications. She also serves as Secretary for the Academy for Eating Disorders and Associate Editor for the International Journal of Eating Disorders.
Webinar Overview: Dr. Thomas will provide a detailed update on the implementation and current state of the evidence for cognitive-behavioral therapy for ARFID (CBT-AR). First she will describe the four stages of this flexible, modular treatment drawing material from her recently published book Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: Children, Adolescents, and Adults (2019). Next she will discuss the results of two recent open trials evaluating the efficacy of CBT-AR as well as recent advances in our understanding of the neurobiology of ARFID. Finally, she will conclude with case examples and tips on video delivery of CBT-AR during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presenter: Howard Steiger, Ph.D. Head, Eating Disorders Continuum, Douglas Institute; Professor, Psychiatry Department, McGill University
Howard Steiger directs Quebec’s only large-scale, specialized eating-disorders program—the Douglas Institute Eating Disorders Continuum (EDC). The EDC offers a full range of Inpatient, Day Treatment and Outpatient services for adolescents and adults touched by EDs and their families. He is Professor in Psychiatry and Associate Member in Psychology at McGill University. An active clinician, researcher, and teacher, Steiger has published numerous articles and chapters on the eating disorders. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of EDs, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and has been Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, President of the ED Research Society, Co-President of the Quebec Charter for a Healthy and Diversified Body Image, and Member of the Academy for EDs executive.
Webinar Overview: In the eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, and Binge Eating Disorder), comorbidity with other psychiatric entities is more the rule than the exception. This webinar reviews current findings on comorbidity patterns in the various eating disorder (ED) syndromes, and addresses the question of why EDs so frequently coincide with other mental-health problems. Practice principles guiding clinical management (psychotherapeutic and pharmacological) of ED patients with various forms of comorbidity are provided, as are recommendations concerning sequencing of interventions and need for specific treatment adjuncts. Following the presentation, there will be room for questions and discussion.