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Eating Disorders Summer Research Fellowship

Since 1997, the summer research fellowship program at the Eating Disorder Clinical and Research Program (EDCRP) has been designed to stimulate interest in eating disorders research and train young investigators in the field.


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.

 Learn More About the EDCRP Summer Research Fellowship


2019 Applications

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 3 to July 26, 2019.

During that time, fellows will:

  • Receive supervision and mentorship
  • Participate in current research activities
  • Meet weekly with our faculty

Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding applicants who submit a proposal that describes an original research project.

Only undergraduate or graduate/medical students who will be enrolled in a degree program during the time of the summer research fellowship program are eligible to apply. Preference is given to graduate/medical students rather than undergraduate students, although undergraduate students with exceptional research experience are welcome to apply. Individuals who will have graduated from their degree program in the spring prior to the summer research fellowship program are not eligible, nor are individuals who will be matriculating into a degree program in the fall after the fellowship.

Research Design

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, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, longitudinal outcome, neuroendocrine abnormalities, neuroimaging 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 contact Ani Keshishian at 617-726-8470 or

How to Apply

Download fellowship application

Please note that your fellowship application should consist of the following materials:

  1. A completed copy of the application form
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. A two-page abstract/proposal
  4. Two letters of reference

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, 2019
Deadline for applications: January 15, 2020

Please e-mail your application materials to Ani Keshishian at You may also mail your application materials to the address below.

2020 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


Our Fellows

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.

2018 Fellows

Fellow Audrey Landheim

Audrey Landheim
“My project at the EDCRP was to help develop a mobile app (Fudo) that could be used in the secondary prevention of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, specifically targeting picky eating. While working on this project, I was able to take on the role of a product owner, someone who defines the subject matter and priorities of a future app to an engineering team. With the help and mentorship of Dr. Thomas and Dr. Eddy, we were able to clearly determine what aspects of existing treatment (CBT-AR) were crucial to secondary prevention of ARFID. As product owner, I was able to collaborate with Novosi, a digital therapeutics company, and describe the steps needed to incorporate content needed in the app for prevention. We designed Fudo with the intention to prevent ARFID, and my goal is that we can continue to advance our design to create an app that can be used to treat those with full-blown ARFID, increasing the ability of those that need help to receive the help that they need."


Fellow Helen Burton Murray

Helen Burton Murray, MA
"My project aimed to document the prevalence of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) in patients presenting to gastroenterology motility specialists. Patients with gastrointestinal symptoms that are of non-organic cause often avoid foods or restrict food intake in attempt to prevent their symptoms. Unfortunately, little is known about how commonly such food avoidance/restriction is pathological in adults, resulting in medical and/or psychosocial impairment that warrants a diagnosis of ARFID. Identifying ARFID among these patients is important because avoidant/restrictive eating could secondarily maintain continued gastrointestinal distress. My hope is that the findings from my project will increase awareness of ARFID in adult patients presenting with gastrointestinal symptoms so that they can receive accurate diagnosis and treatment faster."

See our program alumni.


Past Recipients of the EDCRP Summer Research Fellowship

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.


Marita Cooper, MPsych, Australian National University
Research Project: Conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the diagnostic validity of muscle dysmorphia

Alice Lowy, MA, Northeastern University
Research Project: Focused on synthesizing the literature on the relationship between thin-ideal internalization and eating pathology among black and white women


Russell DuBois, MS, Northeastern University
Research project: Using network analysis to better understand the causal relationships among eating disorder symptoms

Setareh O’Brien, BA, Wesleyan University
Research project: Explored the relationship between adoption status and disordered eating symptoms

Yongjoo Kim, MPH, PhD, KMD, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Research 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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