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.

Meet our team
Professional Staff:

Kamryn EddyKamryn T. Eddy, Ph.D., Co-Director
Dr. Eddy is the co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, a staff psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Eddy received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in eating disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her pre-doctoral internship was at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she trained in family-based treatment for adolescent eating disorders. She also trained at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University and at Children's Hospital, Boston and has expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy for eating disorders.

The author of over 50 published research papers and book chapters, Dr. Eddy focuses her research on the diagnostic classification of eating disorders, particularly among children and adolescents. Her longitudinal research describes the long-term outcome of anorexia and bulimia nervosa over 25 years. In addition, she is involved in biological research focused on identifying and treating neuroendocrine complications of anorexia nervosa. Dr. Eddy is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and she has received support for her research through the NIMH and through private foundations.

Dr. Eddy's clinical specialty areas are the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with eating disorders.

View Dr. Eddy’s Harvard Catalyst profile.

You can contact Dr. Eddy as follows:

Kamryn T. Eddy, Ph.D., Co-Director
Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
2 Longfellow Place
Suite 200
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 724-1744
keddy@mgh.harvard.edu



Jennifer ThomasJennifer J. Thomas, Ph.D., Co-Director
Jennifer J. Thomas, Ph.D. is the co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, a staff psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. She completed her undergraduate degree summa cum laude at Dartmouth College, her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Yale University, her pre-doctoral clinical internship at McLean Hospital, and her post-doctoral research fellowship jointly at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital’s Klarman Eating Disorders Center. She specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for eating disorders and has worked with children, adolescents, and adults evaluated and treated individuals of all ages with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and other clinical eating disorders, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Dr. Thomas’s scientific research focuses on enhancing eating disorder diagnostic criteria to better reflect clinical reality. Her recently released book Almost Anorexic: Is My or My Loved One's Relationship with Food a Problem? and her 45 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters describe the many forms of disordered eating that are not fully captured by current psychiatric definitions. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and International Journal of Eating Disorders, and is co-chair of the Program Committee for the 2015 International Conference on Eating Disorders. The NIMH, Klarman Family Foundation, and Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation have supported her research.

View Dr. Thomas’ Harvard Catalyst profile.

You can contact Dr. Thomas as follows:

Jennifer J. Thomas, Ph.D., Co-Director
Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
2 Longfellow Place
Suite 200
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 643-6306
jjthomas@mgh.harvard.edu



Anne BeckerAnne E. Becker, M.D., Ph.D., S.M., Founding Director
Dr. Becker is the Founding Director of the Mass General Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program. She is Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Becker received her medical training at Harvard Medical School and completed her psychiatric residency and research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1994. She also received a doctoral degree in anthropology from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and a master's degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research interests lie in the domains of cultural psychiatry and global mental health. Dr. Becker’s recent NIMH-funded research examined the impact of social transition on disordered eating and body image in young women. Dr. Becker has published numerous original scientific papers and reviews on eating disorders. Presently, she serves as the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders; in addition, she served as a member of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 Eating Disorders Work Group and is a Past President of the Academy for Eating Disorders.

In addition, Dr. Becker is Vice Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and Director of the Social Sciences MD-PhD Program at Harvard Medical School.

Please click here to learn more about Dr. Becker’s book Body, Self, and Society: The View from Fiji.

View Dr. Becker’s Harvard Catalyst profile.

You can contact Dr. Becker as follows:

Anne E. Becker, M.D., Founding Director
Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
15 Parkman Street
WAC-816
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 724-2934
abecker@mgh.harvard.edu


Emily GrayEmily K. Gray, M.D., Staff Psychiatrist
Dr. Emily Gray is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and a staff psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her M.D. from the University of California, San Diego and also completed her adult psychiatry training at UCSD. She is a recent graduate of the Mass General/McLean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and is a recipient of a Klarman Family Foundation grant to support her clinical work in eating disorders as well as furthering her research interests.

Dr. Gray is a consultant to Pediatric Gastroenterology at Mass General and works on a multidisciplinary team through the Mass General Pediatric Neurogastroenterology and Motility Program. Her interests include eating disorders and athletes, family therapy, as well as combining psychopharmacology with psychotherapy. Dr. Gray also co-leads the Teen Mentor Program that delivers advocacy, education, and outreach to Boston area schools.

You can contact Dr. Gray as follows:

Emily K. Gray, M.D., Staff Psychiatrist
Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
2 Longfellow Place
Suite 200
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 726-8470
ekgray@mgh.harvard.edug



Debra FrankoDebra L. Franko, Ph.D., Associate Director
Dr. Franko is the Associate Director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program and Consultant in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has been on staff since 1998 and completed her postdoctoral training at the Eating Disorders Unit at Mass General in 1988. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, trained at Beth Israel Hospital and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is currently Professor in the Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology at Northeastern University and serves as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Dr. Franko was a Visiting Scholar in Psychology at Wesleyan University for ten years and received a Distinguished Fellow Award from the Institute for Advanced Study at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.

She has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on multiple NIH grants focused on obesity prevention, the use of technology in addressing eating disorder risk, and the longitudinal study of eating disorders. Her most recent work has been to develop online programs for adolescents to prevent eating disorders and improve body image. She also recently completed a large-scale NIH-funded study examining binge eating disorder in ethnically diverse populations, and continues to focus on developing culturally-appropriate treatments for eating disorders. She is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Academy for Eating Disorders and serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Eating Disorders and Body Image: An International Journal of Research. Dr. Franko is a member of the Advisory Board for the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders based at the Harvard School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the area of eating disorders, body image, and obesity, and co-authored Unlocking the Mysteries of Eating Disorders: A Practical, Life-Saving Guide to Your Child’s Treatment and Recovery (McGraw-Hill)

You can contact Dr. Franko as follows:

Debra L. Franko, Ph.D., Associate Director
Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
2 Longfellow Place
Suite 200
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 726-8470
d.franko@neu.edu


Laurie ManzoLaurie Manzo, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N, Clinical Nutrition Specialist
Laurie Manzo is a Clinical Nutrition Specialist in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. She received her undergraduate degree in dietetics at the University of Connecticut, completed her dietetic internship at Loyola University Chicago, and attained her masters’ degree in Heath promotion with a specialty in eating disorders at Plymouth State University. Laurie provides nutrition counseling to children, adolescents, and young adults who are concurrently receiving medical care in Adolescent Medicine and/or psychiatric care in the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program. She brings 8 years of experience supporting young people with eating disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Laurie is known among patients and their parents for her warm and nurturing approach.

You can contact Laurie Manzo at ldmanzo@mgh.harvard.edu



Helen BurtonHelen Burton, B.A., Clinical Research Coordinator
Helen Burton is the Clinical Research Coordinator in the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, contributing to research development and assisting with clinic program intake and management. Helen received her B.A. in Psychology at Georgetown University in 2011. She has prior experience as a research assistant with pediatric clinical trials at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC and as an intake coordinator for Rock Recovery, a non-profit eating disorder program. Helen’s research interests broadly include etiology, maintenance factors, and treatment efficacy of eating disorders.

You can contact Helen Burton as follows:

Helen Burton, Clinical Research Coordinator
Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
2 Longfellow Place
Suite 200
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 726-8470
hfburton@mgh.harvard.edu*

* IF YOU ARE A PATIENT AT EDCRP OR ARE LOOKING TO BECOME A PATIENT AT EDCRP, PLEASE CONTACT US VIA TELEPHONE AT 617-726-8470, TO PROTECT PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY


 

Clinical Teaching Faculty:

Judith CraverJudith Crown Craver, Ph.D.
Dr. Craver has been a member of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program since 1995. She received her B.A. from Williams College and her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her post-doctoral fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University Health Services. Dr. Craver is currently a Clinical Assistant in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Mass General, as well as a Clinical Consultant at Harvard University Health Services. In addition to these positions, Dr. Craver maintains a private practice in Cambridge, MA.

Dr. Craver’s interests in the area of eating disorders include group psychotherapy, individual psychotherapy with young adults, and teaching mental health professionals to provide comprehensive and effective treatment.


Audrey TolmanAudrey Ellen Tolman, Ph.D.
Dr. Tolman is a psychologist in private practice and a clinical supervisor in the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program. She received her A.B. degree in Psychology from Harvard College in 1987 and attended graduate school at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she received a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1995. She came to Mass General in 1994 and completed a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship, during which she specialized in the treatment of eating disorders. She has supervised psychology interns and fellows and psychiatry residents at Mass General since 1999.

Her research interests have included female identity development, adolescent separation-individuation, and women’s experiences as mothers of adolescent children.


Clinical Affiliates:

Melissa Abraham, Ph.D.

Helen Riess, M.D.

Nicole Simi, Ph.D.


Affiliated Clinical and Research Groups:

Klarman Eating Disorders Center at McLean Hospital

Mass General Weight Center

Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Unit

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program

Nutrition Services

Neuroendocrine Unit

Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

Women’s Health Associates

Department of Medicine

Division of Gastroenterology

Pediatric Gastroenterology