ED Research Program In the Department of Psychiatry

About Us

Faculty

James Lock, MD, PhD
Dr. Lock is Professor of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine where he also serves as Director of the Eating Disorder Program for Children and Adolescents. Dr Lock has published over 200 articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He is the co-author of Treatment Manual for Anorexia Nervosa: A Family-Based Approach, Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder and Treating Bulimia in Adolescents: A Family-Based Approach. He has lectured widely in the US, Canada, South America, Europe, and Australia. He has been funded by the NIH to conduct treatment research in eating disorders continuously since 1997. Click on Dr. Lock's name above to view his faculty bio and a list of representative publications.

Sarah Adler, PsyD
Dr. Adler is a clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical Center. She is an attending psychologist in the adult eating disorder clinic where she supervises doctoral and post-doctoral trainees. Her current research focus is treatments for eating disorders and refractory obesity, measurement based care, and the development and implementation of new models of mental health care. Dr. Adler completed her doctorate at the Stanford-PGSP Consortium, and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Stanford Department of Psychiatry.

Cara Bohon, PhD
Dr. Bohon is an Assistant Professor  in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Eating Disorder Clinic. She received her training from the University Of Oregon and the UCLA Semel Institute. Her  research interests have focused on the neural bases of eating disorders and obesity. She is particularly interested in the way emotion and reward is processed in the brain and how that may contribute to eating behavior and food restriction. She hopes to eventually translate biological research findings into treatments.

Danielle Colborn, PhD
Dr. Danielle Colborn recently completed a post-doctoral fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Eating Disorder Clinic.  Dr. Colborn received her training from California School of Professional Psychology-San Francisco, and Creighton University.  Dr. Colborn has conducted research on interpersonal relationship processes in females with anorexia nervosa, neuropsychological functioning and weight restoration in adolescents with anorexia nervosa, and is a therapist on treatment studies for adolescents with bulimia and anorexia nervosa.

Alison Darcy, PhD
Dr. Darcy is an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. She conducted her PhD research at University College Dublin where she developed and evaluated a group cognitive behavioral therapy for people with chronic anorexia nervosa. She is interested in building an evidence base that informs the development, adoption and implementation of internet and mobile health behavior change applications in mental health care. Particularly exciting is the potential these technologies offer for individualized medicine and targeted prevention and/or treatment.

Jennifer Derenne, MD
Dr. Derenne is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and completed an internal medicine internship at Salem Hospital. She went on to pursue General Psychiatry residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship training at Harvard Medical School's Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital Program. She has expertise in treating anxiety, depression, and eating disorders across the lifespan, with particular interest in treating college age students. In addition to her clinical practice, she is active in medical education and serves on the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry College Mental Health Committee. She is currently the Psychiatric Director of the Comprehensive Care Unit for Eating Disorders at Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

Kathleen Kara Fitzpatrick, PhD
Dr. Fitzpatrick is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine. She specializes in neuropsychological assessment of eating disorders and evaluation of treatments for children and adolescents. Her current research interests focus on the development of Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT), which utilizes neuropsychological components to address cognitive and behavioral difficulties associated with eating disorders. In addition to working as a therapist on research treatment studies, she also provides supervision to therapists on different treatment modalities.

Nina Kirz, MD
Dr. Kirz has worked in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford for over 10 years both inpatient and outpatient, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. She currently provides psychotherapy and medication management for patients with eating disorders in the outpatient clinic.

Kristine Luce, PhD
Dr. Luce is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Luce received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Seattle Veterans Hospital and a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She has specialized clinical and research experience with eating-related disorders. Although Dr. Luce uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy as a primary treatment modality, she is a certified therapist in a variety of therapeutic approaches including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Bipolar Disorder, Family Focused Therapy for Bipolar Disorder, Brief Supportive Psychotherapy for Chronic Depression, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia, and Desensitization Treatment for Insomnia.

Lilya Osipov, PhD
Dr. Osipov is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical Center. She completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Stanford University. Dr. Osipov specializes in evaluation of children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders, obesity, and emotion dysregulation. Her current research interests focus on processes maintaining disordered eating behaviors and assessment and intervention with bariatric surgery candidates.

Athena Robinson, PhD
Dr. Robinson is Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical Center. She completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Stanford University. Her research and clinical work specialties include eating disorders, overweight & obesity, emotion regulation, and behavior change interventions.

Cristin Runfola, PhD
Dr. Cristin Runfola is a Clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical Center. She was previously an Assistant Professor and Global Foundation for Eating Disorders (GFED) Scholar with the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, and completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship and T32 post-doctoral research fellowship in eating disorders at UNC-Chapel Hill. She also had specialized training in eating disorders treatment and research at Stanford University and the University of San Diego, California (UCSD). She is trained in delivering manualized treatment protocols in the context of research studies, and has experience providing eating disorders treatment in the outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient levels of care. She also has expertise in cognitive-behavioral couples therapy. Her research interests are in developing and testing novel treatments for eating disorders as well as eating disorders in underserved populations (e.g., women at midlife).

Debra Safer, MD
Dr. Safer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical Center. Her research and clinical work focus on treating eating disorders in adults and adolescents, specifically binge eating disorder. She is involved as a study therapist in several treatment research studies.

Mary Sanders, PhD
Dr. Mary Sanders has worked in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry department at Stanford for over 20 years and specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. Currently, she is an attending psychologist at the Comprehensive Care Unit at Stanford – an inpatient unit for individuals who have become medically compromised as a result of their eating disorder. She spends a portion of her time on research studies for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

Linsey Utzinger, PsyD
Dr. Utzinger is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine.  She completed her graduate training in the PGSP-Stanford Consortium, her predoctoral internship at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and her postdoctoral training on an NIMH T32 eating disorders research fellowship at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, ND, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota and the University of Chicago.  Dr. Utzinger specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with eating disorders.  Her research interests focus broadly on identifying and understanding mechanisms associated with the maintenance of eating disorders, with the ultimate goal of informing intervention efforts and targeting these mechanisms in treatment.

Research Staff

Kate Arnow
Kate joined the lab in June 2012 and currenty coordinates the FBT/CRT study. She graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in psychology and history. Prior to joining the lab, she worked as the coordinator for the DSM-5 Field Trial at Stanford.

Fabiola Valenzuela
Fabiola joined the lab in December 2015. She is currently coordinating the Food and Brain Study, which analyzes emotion and reward processing in Binge Eating.  She graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in psychology, with concentrations in cognitive and abnormal psychology.

Molly Vierhile
Molly joined the lab in January 2015 and currently coordinates the Family Aggregate study. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a B.A. in psychology and French. Prior to joining the lab, she coordinated studies examining a variety of topics, including sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease, at the University of Rochester.

Lab alumni

Judy Beenhakker, MS
Judy was the lead research coordinator for the lab for over 7 years, and was responsible for coordinating several research trials related to adolescent and adult anorexia nervosa. She now works at the University of Virginia and resides in Charlottesville with her husband and two daughters. Her contributions to our lab are countless!

Alaina Critchlow
Alaina worked in the lab for over three years, as the coordinator of a multi-site treatment trial investigating two types of family therapy for adolescent anorexia nervosa. She is also a Stanford alum and is a huge Stanford football fan. She is now a medical student at the University of Colorado, Denver, with aspirations to specialize in pediatrics and infectious disease.

Nandini Datta
Nandini graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in developmental psychology and joined the lab in August 2010. She worked as the research assistant on the 5-year Familial Aggregation study, which examines the cognitive functioning of adolescent females with anorexia nervosa. Nandini recently started graduate school at Duke University under the mentorship of Nancy Zucker.

Elizabeth LoTempio
Liz worked in the lab for several years an is currently a pre-doctoral intern at Yale University Schol of Medicine. She conducted assessments for several of the research projects. Her research interests include prevention of eating problems in children and completed her dissertation on therapeutic alliance in the treatment of eating disorders.

Stephanie Manasse
Stephanie joined the lab in June 2010 and worked as the coordinator for the adolescent bulimia treatment study and adaptive family treatment study for adolescents with AN. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in psychology. In the future, she would also like to investigate behavioral interventions for obesity. Stephanie is now in the clinical PhD program at Drexel University.

 

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