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In 1997, the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program (EDCRP) established a summer fellowship program to stimulate interest in eating disorders research and train young investigators in the field. The EDCRP provides annual funding for summer research fellowships with the support of Matina S. Horner, PhD, and the Lawrence J. and Anne Rubenstein Charitable Foundation. Matina S. Horner, PhD has sponsored over 50 undergraduate and graduate students. In 2013, we were fortunate to receive an award from the Rubenstein Foundation in support of our summer research fellowships. During their eight weeks at the EDCRP, fellows receive supervision and mentoring as they conduct independent research projects, participate in our research activities and meet weekly with our staff for discussion sessions on research methodologies in the field of eating disorders.
The Summer Research Fellowship Program is designed to mentor young investigators in the eating disorder field. Fellows accepted into the program complete an eight-week independent research project in residence at the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program (EDCRP) from June 4 to July 27, 2018.
During that time, fellows will:
Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding applicants who submit a proposal that describes an original research project.
Applicants should design a research proposal so that the project can be completed within the eight week fellowship period. Successful applications will have relevance to the research interests of the EDCRP, including eating disorder classification, longitudinal outcome, neuroendocrine abnormalities and prevention efforts. We especially welcome applications with a focus on eating disorder prevention, implementation and dissemination of evidence-based treatments, or public education.
It is generally not feasible to collect data during the eight week period unless the project has been thoroughly designed, a subject pool has been previously identified and IRB approval is obtained prior to the start of the fellowship.
Projects that involve writing a literature review, analyzing previously collected data or writing up a research report from data already analyzed are the most feasible to complete during the fellowship. Previous awardees have also worked on masters' theses or dissertations.
Learn more about previous fellows and their research.
If you have questions, please call us at 617-726-8470 (Ani Keshishian) or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Please note that your fellowship application should consist of the following materials:
If sent electronically, your application materials must be submitted together in a single PDF. No other format received will be considered for review.
Application submission period begins: December 1, 2017Deadline for applications: February 1, 2018
Please e-mail your application materials to Ani Keshishian at email@example.com. You may also mail your application materials to the address below.
2018 Summer Research Fellowships in Eating Disorders Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program Massachusetts General Hospital 2 Longfellow Place, Suite 200 Boston, MA 02114 Attention: Ani Keshishian
The Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program (EDCRP) summer research fellowship gives undergraduate and graduate students the time, resources and mentorship required to carry out independent eating disorder research projects.
Marita Cooper, MPsychMarita is a fourth year doctoral student at the National Institute for Mental Health Research at Australian National University. Her fellowship project included a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the diagnostic validity of muscle dysmorphia. Marita hopes that this research will provide conclusions regarding muscle dysmorphia's diagnostic criteria, nosological classification and highlight future areas for research.
Alice Lowy, MAAlice is a third year doctoral student in counseling psychology at Northeastern University. Her research project focused on synthesizing the literature on the relationship between thin-ideal internalization and eating pathology among black and white women. This research aims to clarify the distinct role of thin-ideal internalization in eating pathology among black women, as they are often underrepresented in eating disorders research.
See our program alumni.
Student projects have focused on a range of topics from prevention, to cross-cultural perspectives, to personality variables and biological factors. Many fellows stay in touch with us as they continue their independent research projects after their fellowships have ended, typically resulting in peer-reviewed articles or theses. Several fellows have gone on to become independent investigators in the eating disorder field.
Russell DuBois, MS, Northeastern UniversityResearch project: Using network analysis to better understand the causal relationships among eating disorder symptoms
Setareh O’Brien, BA, Wesleyan UniversityResearch project: Explored the relationship between adoption status and disordered eating symptoms
Yongjoo Kim, MPH, PhD, KMD, Harvard TH Chan School of Public HealthResearch project: Investigated the prevalence of disordered weight control behaviors (DWCB) among Korean adolescents, as well as risk and protective factors at the individual, family, and school levels.
Brittany Bohrer, University of Kansas Research project: examined differences in impairment between individuals with purging-type bulimia nervosa, non-purging bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder
Lauren Forrest, Miami University of Ohio Research project: examined whether eating disorder symptoms predicted suicidal desire among eating disorder patients
Rebecca DeSanti, Albany Medical College Research project: examined neurocognitive function in females with anorexia nervosa
Lisa Anderson, University at Albany (SUNY) Research project: examined the relative contributions of fear and disgust to eating disorder symptomatology
Cindy Schmelkin, Harvard Medical School Research project: examined the effects of oxytocin dysregulation and weight recovery on social cognition in women with anorexia nervosa
Suzanne Straebler, The University of Oxford (UK) Research project: developed and evaluated scalable methods for improving the implementation of evidenced based treatments, like cognitive behavioral therapy, for eating disorders
Deirdre Buckley, Harvard University Research Project: conducted a literature review of determinants of bone mineral density in women with anorexia nervosa
Tiffany Graves, Boston University Research project: conducted a meta-analytic review of the effect of therapeutic alliance on treatment outcome in eating disorders
Mun Yee Kwan, North Dakota State University Research project: examined gender difference in the relationship between coping responses and bulimic symptoms
Melissa Stone, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology Research Project: examined the effect of therapist self-disclosure of personal recovery from an eating disorder on anticipated therapeutic alliance and treatment outcome
Charlotte Delaney, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Research Project: explored the new DSM-5 classification of pica and rumination disorder, as well as their community prevalence and comorbidity with other eating disorders. (Note, private funding through the Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
Nouha Georges, Boston University Research Project: Wrote a literature review of research in alexithymia (difficulty recognizing feelings) in women with anorexia nervosa
Rebecca Patterson, Muhlenberg College Research Project: Conducted analyses to explore non-fat phobic anorexia nervosa
Jessica Yu, Rutgers University Research Project: Examined the impact of daily stress on binge eating and purging in individuals with bulimia nervosa
Doris Berman, Wellesley College Research Projects: Literature review of mortality in anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Also, working in the Neuroendocrine Unit at Mass General on a study of physiologic testosterone in anorexia nervosa (low-dose testosterone to bring hormone to normal levels)
Bernice Raveche, Harvard School of Public Health Research Project: Exploring the association between weight-based discrimination and disordered eating outcomes among ethnically diverse youth
Esmeralda Romero-Lorenzo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Projects: Learning about and summarizing psychosocial development in anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and eating disorders not otherwise specified. Also, working with the Mass General Neuroendocrine Unit on a study of appetite regulating and stress hormones in the genetics of anorexia nervosa
Rebecca Shingleton, Boston University Research Project: Working on a data-set that involves investigating real-time data (collected using ecological momentary assessment) in patients with self-injurious behavior, including binge/purge thoughts and behaviors
Dan Donoho, Stony Brook University School of Medicine Research Project: In conjunction with the Mass General Neuroendocrine Unit, working on a study of the neurobiology of appetite regulation in anorexia nervosa
Kara Gaughen, Boston University Research Project: Reviewing the literature on eating disorders in male athletes, with a focus on manifestation of symptoms and issues surrounding identification and diagnosis at the collegiate level
Lauren Richards, Boston University Research Project: Developing a new tool for the assessment of binge eating
Jennifer Slane, Michigan State University Research Project: Working on her dissertation, which examines genetic and environmental influences on associations between bulimia nervosa and alcohol use disorders
Margo Genderson, Boston University Research Project: Reviewing the literature on eating disorders and their associated psychiatric conditions, focusing on shared genetic and environmental influences
Lauren Kronenfeld, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Research Project: Studying measures of body image assessment across racial and ethnic groups through a literature review
Jason Lavender, University at Albany, SUNY Research Project: Examining how patterns of binge eating and purging progress over time in women with anorexia and bulimia
Zack Lipsman, Harvard University Extension School Research Project: In conjunction with the MGH Neuroendocrine Unit, exploring whether the changes in stress and appetite regulating hormones exhibited in anorexia nervosa are associated with specific genes
Michele Crisafulli, Boston University Research Project: Examining the effects that different messages have on the public's perceptions of individuals with anorexia nervosa
Kyle De Young, University at Albany, State University of New York Research Project: Investigating at what level behavioral symptoms may be present during periods of remission but not be predictive of future relapse
Jacob McGrane, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Project: Working with the MGH Neuroendocrine Department on studies involving therapeutic strategies for reducing bone loss in anorexia nervosa
Stacey DiPalma, Brown University School of Medicine Research Project: Determining the current place of eating disorders in the formal education of medical students
Kamryn Eddy, Boston University Research Project: Nosology, or diagnostic classification of eating disorders
Loren Gianini, University of New Mexico Research Project: Individual, familial and social factors that lead an individual to internalize the thin ideal
Sarah Merhar, Mount Holyoke College Research Project: Internship at Neuroendocrinology Clinical Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital
Jolie Weingeroff, Boston University Research Project: Strategies that individuals with eating disorders use to manage distress
Lareina La Flair, Medical Education Department, Harvard Medical School Research Project: Relationship between sexual assault and eating disorders in Asian women
Naomi Ray-Schoenfeld, Wesleyan University Research Project: Internship at Neuroendocrinology Clinical Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital
Dana Satir, Boston University Research Project: Clinicians' reactions to working with adolescents with eating disorders
Maria Cristina Cruza-Guet, Lehigh University Research Project: An examination of the National Eating Disorders Screening Program
Natalie Freed, University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Research Projects: Neuroendocrine modulation of metabolic effects in overweight adolescents; Effects of anorexia nervosa on peak bone mass; Growth hormone suppression in healthy children following administration of an oral glucose load
Monica Hsiung Wojcik, Princeton University Research Project: Abnormalities of the growth hormone and IGF-I Axis in anorexia nervosa
Maria-Christina Stewart, University of Hawaii Research Project: Public perceptions of women with anorexia nervosa
Maria Frisch, University of Minnesota Research Projects: Descriptive study of residential eating disorder treatment programs and study on arts-based therapies and eating disorders
Cori Kraus, Brandeis University Research Project: Alcohol and drug use disorders in women with eating disorders
Rama Mulukutla, Meharry Medical College Research Project: Androgen deficiency and osteopenia in anorexia nervosa
Alison Hwong, Brown University Research Project: Effects of testosterone and actonel on bone density and anorexia nervosa
Emily Delf, Boston University Research Project: Cognitive function in women with anorexia nervosa Research Project: A prospective study of personality and disordered eating in an ethnically diverse sample of college women
Lisa Rubin, Arizona State University Research Project: Against the grain: Exploring African American and Latina women's strategies for resisting and accommodating mainstream beauty ideals
Dara Greenwood, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Research Project: The role of attachment style in the media-eating disorders equation
Eileen P. Anderson, EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education Research Project: Culture, body image, and eating disorders in Belize
Valerie E. Charat, Harvard University Research Project: The role of compulsive exercise and restrictive eating in women with eating disorders
Mary Beth Gordon, Harvard Medical School Research Project: The effects of testosterone on functional brain abnormalities in women with anorexia nervosa
Abby Slate, Mount Holyoke College Research Project: Eating and dieting behaviors among college women
Gina Escamilla, Harvard School of Public Health Research Project: Ethnicity and adolescent girls' response to print media: Implications for self and body Image
Abigail Judge, Brandeis University Research Project: Treatment for anorexia nervosa in an era of managed care
S. Bryn Austin, DSc, Harvard School of Public Health Research Project: A prospective study of smoking and dieting in early adolescents
Susan Rushing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Project: Biological substrates that contribute to childhood anorexia nervosa Onset
Cara James, Harvard University Research Project: Body image and disordered eating among African-American women
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