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.

Training

trainingThe Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program welcomes the opportunity to help Mass General -affiliated trainees cultivate expertise in empirically supported treatments and clinical research techniques. We also provide clinical consultation and off-site workshops to practitioners outside of Mass General.

Clinical Training

Mass General Clinical Psychology Interns

Our clinical faculty provides supervision for several psychology interns per year in cognitive-behavioral therapy for eating disorders. Interns may arrange for 6-month or 12-month clinical electives, and can receive training in both individual and group psychotherapy. Mentorship, supervision, and case mix will be selected to create a foundation in evidence-based treatment for diagnostically diverse and complex patients.

Mass General/McLean Psychiatry Residents
The PGY III Psychopharmacology of Eating Disorders module provides didactic training and supervision on pharmacologic management of eating disorders. PGY IV residents may also arrange for 6-month or 12-month clinical electives at the EDCRP. Mentorship, supervision, and case mix will be selected to create a foundation in psychotherapeutic and/or pharmacologic management of diagnostically diverse and complex patients.

Multi-disciplinary Eating Disorders Case Conference
A one-hour team clinician-to-clinician consultation is available as a pro bono service to clinicians managing challenging cases within the metro-Boston community. Clinicians are asked to present their cases at a clinical case conference and are provided with team feedback. These one-time consultations focus on topics such as optimizing communication within multidisciplinary teams, selecting the optimal level of care for a specific patient, and engaging a patient who is ambivalent about relinquishing valued symptoms.

Off-Site Evidence-Based Treatment Workshops
The EDCRP is dedicated to the dissemination of empirically supported treatments to interested real-world practitioners. Our faculty members have led interactive workshops on the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy and family-based treatment for eating disorders locally, regionally, and nationally. To inquire about faculty availability and fee structure, please call 617-726-8470.

Research Training

Mass General/McLean Psychiatry Residents and Mass General Psychology Interns
Residents and interns who wish to undertake clinical research in eating disorders are invited to contact program faculty to discuss their interests and possible mentorship opportunities. A 6- to 12-month commitment is required.

Summer Research Fellowships
Each summer, the EDCRP mentors emerging scientists and students, giving them the resources and guidance they need to undertake an 8-week independent research project.

For more information about EDCRP training opportunities, please call 617-276-8470. Please note that, per hospital-wide policy, we cannot offer unpaid research assistantships. With the exception of the Summer Research Fellowships, students who wish to work with us must first arrange to earn course credit from their undergraduate or graduate institution.