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Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder: Assessment, neurobiology, and treatment

1/18/2018
When: 1/18/2018
7:30 PM
Where: Office of Dr. Muhlheim
4929 Wilshire Blvd., #245
Los Angeles, California 
United States
Contact: Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D.

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The next Eating Disorder SIG will feature Dr. Jennifer Thomas of Harvard, a leading expert on the diagnosis and treatment of ARFID and co-author of upcoming book on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: Children, Adolescents, and Adults


Date:  Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 PM

 

Presenter:  Jennifer Thomas, Ph.D.

 

Title: Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder: Assessment, neurobiology, and treatment

 

Description: Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) was recently added to the Feeding and Eating Disorders section of DSM-5 to describe children, adolescents, and adults who cannot meet their nutritional needs, typically because of sensory sensitivity, fear of aversive consequences, and/or apparent lack of interest in eating or food. ARFID is so new that there is currently no evidence-based treatment.  This presentation will discuss how to recognize and diagnose ARFID, share preliminary findings from an ongoing NIMH-funded study of its neurobiological underpinnings, and describe a new cognitive-behavioral treatment currently being evaluated in an open trial.  

 

Bio:  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 also the Director of Annual Meetings for the Academy for Eating Disorders and an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

 

Location:  The office of Dr. Lauren Muhlheim (4929 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 245, Los Angeles) – free parking in the lot (enter on Highland)

 

RSVP to:  drmuhlheim@gmail.com

 

SIG meetings are open to all LACPA members.  Nonmembers wishing to attend may join LACPA by visiting our website www.lapsych.org

 

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