ED Research Program In the Department of Psychiatry


In our research lab, we are conducting a number of treatment studies that provide free treatment for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Please read further for additional information.

Familial Aggregation Study of Anorexia, OCD, and Cognition

Our five-year NIH sponsored study examines cognitive functioning of adolescent females with anorexia nervosa as compared to healthy controls, through neuropsychological testing and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). If you would like to participate in this exciting new research, you and your family will come to Stanford for a battery of neuropsychological testing.

Each participant and their family members will complete a series of assessments that span approximately 2 – 3 hours. In addition, female participants with anorexia, their sisters, and age matched healthy controls will undergo an fMRI scan during which they will play cognitive computer games.

To be eligible as a participant with OCD, you must:

If you are traveling from a distance, we will reimburse your travel expenses including flights and hotels.

To be eligible as a participant with a history of anorexia, you must:

To be eligible as a participant as a control:

Each participating family member is compensated $75 for completing the assessments; participants who are scanned will be paid $150-$180. If you are interested in participating, please contact Molly Vierhile at 650-723-7885 or mvierhil@stanford.edu

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Parent-Based Prevention Research Study for Mothers with Eating Disorders

This is a study examining the feasibility and acceptability of a preventive intervention program designed to improve child feeding in families in which the mother has an eating disorder. Participants will be randomly selected to receive one of two different treatment arms. Each treatment extends over 16 weeks period and consists of 12 sessions.

Who can participate?

If you are interested in participating, or would like further information, please contact Dr. Shiri Sadeh-Sharvit at (650) 497-4949
or at shiri_sade@yahoo.com

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Family Based Treatment Training for Therapists

Interested in being trained and supervised in Family Based Treatment for adolescent Anorexia Nervosa? Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco are conducting a research study funded by the National Institute of Health to explore the best way to provide high quality training to busy therapists. Training will be online and supervision will be provided by a Family Based Treatment expert free of charge.

Check out our website for more information: http://online-training-in-family-based-therapy.launchrock.com/

or contact Kate Arnow, karnow@stanford.edu, phone 650-723-9182. 

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Food and Brain Study: Emotion and Reward Processing in Binge Eating

The Food and Brain (FAB) is a research study through the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences using fMRI measures to learn how brain function relates to eating behavior. Women ages 18-35 who currently do and do not engage in binge eating are invited to participate in our study. 

Who can participate?

The study includes 2 appointments lasting between 1 and 2 hours, and you will be paid $50-150 for your participation.

For more information:
Email Fabiola at fabresearch@stanford.edu
Or call 650-723-5521

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Qsymia (phentermine-topiramate) to Reduce Binge Eating/Purging in Patients with Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa

This study aims to test the efficacy of an FDA approved drug for obesity, Qsymia, for reducing symptoms of binge eating and/or purging in participants with binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa, compared to a control medication.  All study participants will receive the study medication-- either in the first half of the study or in the second half of the study.  Neither you nor members of the research team will  know the order in which you receive them until the end of the trial.  Medication is provided at no cost and the study is expected to take up to 6 months.

Who can participate?

If you would like more information, please contact Hannah at htoyama@stanford.edu or at (650)-723-2242

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For general information regarding questions, concerns, or complaints about research, research related injury or the rights of research participants, please call (650) 723-5244 or toll-free 1-866-680-2906, or write to the Administrative Panel on Human Subjects in Medical Research, Administrative Panels Office, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5401.


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