Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program

At the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, our mission is to provide the highest quality patient care, clinical research, professional training, and public education.

2013 Fellows

2013 Summer Fellows


The EDCRP awards Summer Research Fellowships with the support of Matina S. Horner, Ph.D. and the Rubenstein Foundation, giving undergraduate and graduate students the time, resources, and mentorship required to carry out independent eating disorder research projects.

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. Here is how our 2013 fellows spent their summer at the EDCRP.

Deidre Buckley
Deirdre Buckley

Deirdre, a sophomore at Harvard University studying History of Science and Human Evolutionary Biology, conducted a literature review of determinants of bone mineral density in women with anorexia nervosa.


Tiffany Graves
Tiffany Graves

Tiffany, a 2011 graduate of the Master’s Psychology Program at Boston University. During her summer fellowship, conducted a meta-analytic review of the effect of therapeutic alliance on treatment outcome in eating disorders.


Mun Yee Kwan
Mun Yee Kwan

Mun Yee, a second year psychological clinical science doctoral student at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND, examined gender difference in the relationship between coping responses and bulimic symptoms. Her project will help inform prevention and treatment of bulimia nervosa, particularly among males.


Melissa Stone
Melissa Stone

Melissa, a fourth-year student in the clinical health doctoral program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, used the Matina Horner fellowship to complete her doctoral thesis. She examined the effect of therapist self-disclosure of personal recovery from an eating disorder on anticipated therapeutic alliance and treatment outcome. Her study will provide a basis for clinicians and researchers to understand the potential advantages or disadvantages of therapist self-disclosure with eating disorder patients.


Charlotte Delaney
Charlotte Delaney

Charlotte, a second-year medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, explored the new DSM-5 classification of pica and rumination disorder, as well as their community prevalence and comorbidity with other eating disorders. Charlotte received private funding through the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for her summer fellowship.


 

Alumni

Past Recipients of the Summer Research Fellowship:

2012 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.

2011 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.

2010
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

2009
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

2008
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

2007
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 indvidual 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 indiviudals with eating disorders use to manage distress

2006
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

2005
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

2004
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

2003
Alison Hwong, Brown University
Research Project:
Effects of testosterone and actonel on bone density and anorexia nervosa

2002
Emily Delf, Boston University
Research Project:
Cognitive function in women with anorexia nervosa

Carli Jacobs, Georgia State University
Research Project:
A prospective study of personality and disordered eating in an ethnically diverse sample of college women

2001
Lisa Rubin, Arizona State University
Research Project:
Against the grain: Exploring African American and Latina womens strategies for resisting and accomodating mainstream beauty ideals

Dara Greenwood ,University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Research Project:
The role of attachment style in the media-eating disorders equation

2000
Eileen P. Anderson, Ed.M., 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

1999
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

1998
S. Bryn Austin, D.Sc., 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

1997
Cara James, Harvard University
Research Project:
Body image and disordered eating among African-American women