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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
Kamryn T. Eddy, Ph.D., Co-DirectorKamryn T. Eddy, Ph.D. is the Co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Eddy received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University, completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and her postdoctoral at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Eddy's clinical specialty areas are assessment, family-based treatment, and cognitive behavioral therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults with eating disorders. Dr. Eddy focuses her research on the diagnostic classification of eating disorders, particularly among children and adolescents. Her longitudinal research describes the course and outcome of anorexia and bulimia nervosa. In collaboration with the Neuroendocrine Unit and the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Eddy is a principal investigator in a NIMH-funded study examining the neurobiological underpinnings of symptom trajectory and recovery in adolescent eating disorders. Dr. Eddy is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and her research is supported through the NIH and private foundations.
View Dr. Eddy’s Harvard Catalyst profile.
You can contact Dr. Eddy as follows:
Kamryn T. Eddy, Ph.D., Co-DirectorEating Disorders Clinical and Research ProgramMassachusetts General Hospital2 Longfellow PlaceSuite 200Boston, MA 02114(617) email@example.com
Jennifer J. Thomas, Ph.D., Co-Director Jennifer J. Thomas, Ph.D. is the co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, and an Associate 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. Her recently released book Almost Anorexic: Is My or My Loved One's Relationship with Food a Problem? and her many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters describe the many forms of disordered eating that are not fully captured by current psychiatric definitions.
View Dr. Thomas’ Harvard Catalyst profile.
You can contact Dr. Thomas as follows:
Jennifer J. Thomas, Ph.D., Co-DirectorEating Disorders Clinical and Research ProgramMassachusetts General Hospital2 Longfellow PlaceSuite 200Boston, MA 02114(617) 643-6306 firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne E. Becker, M.D., Ph.D., S.M., Founding DirectorDr. 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 DirectorEating Disorders Clinical and Research ProgramMassachusetts General Hospital15 Parkman StreetWAC-816Boston, MA 02114(617) email@example.com
Lazaro V. Zayas, M.D., Staff PsychiatristLazaro V. Zayas, M.D. . is a staff psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. He completed his undergraduate degree at Yale University, where he received a degree in music, and received his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. He subsequently moved to Boston, where he completed both his adult psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship in the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital training programs. He is also currently a psychoanalytic candidate at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.
Dr. Zayas specializes in the psychopharmacologic and behavioral treatment of eating disorders, particularly as they pertain to males struggling with eating disorders.
You can contact Dr. Zayas as follows:
Lazaro V. Zayas, M.D., Staff PsychiatristEating Disorders Clinical and Research ProgramMassachusetts General Hospital2 Longfellow PlaceSuite 200Boston, MA 02114(617) 726-8470 firstname.lastname@example.org
Debra L. Franko, Ph.D., Associate Research Director Dr. Franko is the Associate Research 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 Research DirectorEating Disorders Clinical and Research ProgramMassachusetts General Hospital2 Longfellow PlaceSuite 200Boston, MA 02114(617) email@example.com
Laurie Manzo, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N, Clinical Nutrition SpecialistLaurie 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathryn Coniglio, B.A., Clinical Research CoordinatorKathryn Coniglio is the Clinical Research Coordinator for the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Kathryn graduated summa cum laude in May of 2015 from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in clinical psychology, and a minor in child development. At Tufts, she competed in swimming at the national level, serving as her team’s captain during her senior year. Kathryn has prior clinical and research experience as an undergraduate intern at the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA), and at the Eating Disorders Research Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Kathryn coordinates patient intake for the clinic, as well as ongoing research projects and development. Specifically, her research interests include biomarkers and neural pathways involved in transdiagnostic and subthreshold eating disorder symptoms.
You can contact Kathryn Coniglio as follows:
Kathryn Coniglio, Clinical Research CoordinatorEating Disorders Clinical and Research ProgramMassachusetts General Hospital2 Longfellow PlaceSuite 200Boston, MA 02114(617) email@example.com*
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She has developed clinical expertise in conducting dialectical behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy and is proficient in the assessment of eating pathology. She is currently investigating the validity of pathological exercise assessment and is examining differences in trait models of personality in those with eating pathology. She is also interested in how maladaptive beliefs about shape and weight spread through social networks. Her long-term research goals include investigating the impact of menstrual hormones on emotion dysregulation and eating pathology across the lifespan and resulting influences on social networks and possible interactions with personality traits.
Kendra R. Becker, Ph.D., Clinical and Research FellowEating Disorders Clinical and Research ProgramMassachusetts General Hospital2 Longfellow PlaceSuite 200Boston, MA 02114(617) firstname.lastname@example.org
Judith 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 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.
Klarman Eating Disorders Center at McLean Hospital
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Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Unit
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