University of Minnesota
Kelly Berg, Ph.D.
Dr. Berg is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of Assessment for the Eating Disorders Research Program at the University of Minnesota. Prior to her faculty appointment, she completed a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Midwest Regional Postdoctoral Training Program in Eating Disorders Research at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Minnesota after completing her predoctoral internship at The University of Chicago Medical School. She has published extensively on the assessment and diagnosis of eating disorders. Her recent research has focused on the identification of mechanisms that maintain eating disorder behaviors over time. The goal of this research is to inform the development of novel interventions for eating disorders.
Scott Crow, M.D.
Dr. Crow is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota and the Director of the Midwest Regional Postdoctoral Training Program in Eating Disorders Research. He is also the Director of the Disordered Eating/Assessment Core of the Minnesota Obesity Center (P30 DK 50456). Dr. Crow is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and its Psychiatry Residency Training Program, where he was Chief Resident and Consult-Liaison Psychiatry Fellow. His research interests include the causes, course, and treatment of eating disorders and obesity as well as mood disorders. He is a past President of the Academy for Eating Disorders. Previously, he received a mid-career Independent Scientist Award from NIMH which focused on the treatment of eating disorders.
Diane Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.
Dr. Neumark-Sztainer is a Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, both at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on adolescent nutrition and the prevention of weight-related problems including eating disorders, unhealthy weight control behaviors, body dissatisfaction, and obesity. Dr. Neumark-Sztainer has published nearly 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals and a book for parents of adolescents entitled: " 'I'm, like, So, fat!' Helping your teen make healthy choices about eating and exercise in a weight-obsessed world." Dr. Neumark-Sztainer is involved in outreach work aimed at the prevention of eating disorders and obesity via presentations at scientific meetings, community presentations, and media interviews. She has received several awards for her work including awards from the National Eating Disorders Association, the Academy for Eating Disorders, and the Eating Disorders Coalition.
Carol B. Peterson, Ph.D.
Dr. Peterson is a Research Associate and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of eating and weight disorders. She has authored more than 90 articles and book chapters and has served as an investigator on several federally-funded grants. Dr. Peterson also has a part-time private practice in which she specializes in the treatment of eating disorders.
Current Postdoctoral Fellows
Katie Loth, Ph.D.
Dr. Loth is a first year Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry in Minneapolis, MN. Katie completed her undergraduate degree (2005) in Dietetics at The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and earned her Masters Degree (2009) in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She is a registered dietitian and worked at The Emily Program as a nutrition counselor prior to earning her Ph.D. in Behavioral Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. During her time as a doctoral student, Katie worked as the Project Director of the NIH-funded Project F-EAT grant, a research study aimed at understanding the role that parents and families play in the weight and weight-related behaviors of adolescents. Her research interests include adolescent weight and weight-related behaviors, including dieting, disordered eating, and binge eating, as well as exploring the role that parents and families can play in facilitating the development of a healthy weight and healthy weight-related behaviors in young people.
Emily M. Pisetsky, Ph.D.
Dr. Pisetsky is a T32 Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. She received her B.A. in psychology with high honors from Wesleyan University in 2007. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Charleston, WV and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. Dr. Pisetsky's primary research interests include investigating novel treatment modalities and mediums, behavior genetics, and factors associated with suicide risk in individuals with eating disorders.
The University of Chicago
Daniel Le Grange, Ph.D.
Dr. Le Grange is Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and Director of the Eating Disorders Program at The University of Chicago Medical Center. He completed his doctoral education at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, and trained in family-based treatment at the Maudsley Hospital in London. Dr. Le Grange’s research over the past decade has been largely supported by the National Institutes of Health in the United States. He currently is principal investigator on a 5-year multi-site study that evaluates the efficacy of three psychosocial treatments for adolescents with bulimia nervosa, principal investigator on a 3-year treatment development study for young adults with anorexia nervosa, investigator on a 4-year multi-site study focused on the ecological momentary assessment of anorexia nervosa, and a 2-year multi-site study to develop family-based treatment for pediatric overweight. Dr. Le Grange is site director for a 5-year multi-site T32 training grant for postdoctoral research in eating disorders. He is a past chief investigator on two 3-year National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) grants evaluating psychosocial treatments for patients with anorexia nervosa, and past recipient of an International Research Fellowship from the University of Sydney. Currently, Dr. Le Grange is a chief investigator and Visiting Professorial Fellow on a 6-year Baker Foundation Grant at the University of Melbourne where he is evaluating family-based treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa.
John C. Alverdy, M.D.
Dr. Alverdy is a senior research scientist in the Department of Surgery and a practicing gastrointestinal surgeon. Dr. Alverdy has more than 15 years of experience as a PI running a 7 person basic science laboratory at The University of Chicago. He collaborates with multiple groups, mentors students and postdoctoral fellows, and interacts with various administrative and research cores. Dr. Alverdy is a longtime member of the Digestive Disease Research Core (DDRC) and a longtime collaborator with its director, Dr. Eugene Chang. Dr. Alverdy helps oversee a large group (>20) of investigators focused on host pathogen interactions in the gut and its effect on host health, inflammation, and sepsis. He has worked on various budgets, recruitments, interdisciplinary retreats, data sharing plans, and planning sessions for both the Department of Surgery as Executive Chair, with the DDRC, and in his own laboratory.
Stephanie Dulawa, Ph.D.
Dr. Dulawa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in Neurosciences from the University of California at San Diego in 2000 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, NY, NY in 2004. In 2005 she was promoted to Associate Research Scientist in the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University, and then began her current position as Assistant Professor at The University of Chicago. Her research interests concern the neurobiology of affect and eating disorders. Her laboratory uses the activity-based anorexia mouse model which mimics aspects of Anorexia Nervosa. Her work combines behavioral, pharmacological, genetic, molecular, and biochemical strategies to identify specific molecules and neural circuits which underlie disordered eating. Her research aims to identify some of the mechanisms underlying eating disorders and to identify novel treatments.
Andrea Goldschmidt, Ph.D.
Dr. Goldschmidt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 and then worked at The University of Chicago as a T32 postdoctoral fellow from 2010-2011, before transitioning to her current faculty position. Her research interests concern the etiology, psychosocial correlates, and treatment of pediatric binge eating and obesity. This work includes the application of novel methodologies to study proximal triggers to aberrant eating in children. The ultimate goal of Dr. Goldschmidt's research is to develop interventions for problematic eating in overweight and obese youth.
Current Postdoctoral Fellows
Erin Accurso, Ph.D.
Dr. Accurso is a T32 postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Chicago. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College in 2006 and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in 2012. Her research interests include the efficacious and effective treatment of youth with eating disorders, as well as dissemination and implementation since in the treatment of eating disorders, with the ultimate goal of improving services delivered to youth with eating disorders in the community.
Anna Ciao, Ph.D.
Dr. Ciao is a T32 Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Chicago. She received her B.A. in psychology from Trinity University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The University of Hawaii at Manoa. She completed her predoctoral internship with The University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry in the Eating Disorders track. Dr. Ciao's primary research interests include protective and risk factors for the development of eating and weight concerns and targeted prevention and early intervention programs for adolescents and young adults. Her work is also focused on improving and disseminating evidence-based interventions for eating disorders and obesity.
Neuropsychiatric Research Institute
Stephen Wonderlich, Ph.D.
Dr. Wonderlich is a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and Associate Chairperson in the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He is also Co-Director of the Eating Disorders Institute and Director of Clinical Research for the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute. He has published widely in the literature. He currently sits on the Editorial Board for several professional journals, is a past President of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and currently sits on the Eating Disorder Workgroup for DSM-5. He also serves as Director of the Treatment Collaborative for Traumatized Youth for the state of North Dakota.
Ross Crosby, Ph.D.
Dr. Crosby is the Director of Biomedical Statistics at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute and is a Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Fargo, North Dakota. Dr. Crosby received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Nevada in Reno, Nevada. He has served as an investigator and/or statistician on over 40 federally or privately funded research projects and currently serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Eating Disorders and Obesity Surgery. His research interests include the classification and diagnoses of eating disorders and the application of statistical models to psychiatric research.
Scott Engel, Ph.D.
Dr. Engel received his Ph.D. from North Dakota State University in 2003. He worked at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute as a post-doctoral fellow from 2003-2004 and continues his work there as a research scientist. Dr. Engel's research interests revolve primarily around emotion and eating disorders as well as new and innovative means of assessing patients with eating disorders and obesity. He is particularly interested in the use of ecological momentary assessment (EMA), which assesses research participants in "real-time" and in their natural environment. Dr. Engel has been involved in a number of EMA studies investigating mood, stress, and other variables that impact various eating and eating disordered behaviors.
James E. Mitchell, M.D.
Dr. Mitchell is currently the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute/Lee A. Christofferson M.D. Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is also a Chester Fritz Distinguished University Professor and President and Scientific Director of the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute. Dr. Mitchell completed his undergraduate education at Indiana University and completed medical school at Northwestern University. Following an internship in Internal Medicine, he completed his residency in Psychiatry and a Fellowship in Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. His research activities focus on eating disorders, obesity, and bariatric surgery. He is a past President of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Eating Disorders Research Society and is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders and Obesity Reviews.
Current Postdoctoral Fellows
Brian Cook, Ph.D.
Dr. Cook is a second year Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, ND. After completing his undergraduate degree (2001) in psychology at the University of Rhode Island, he worked in theoretically guided health behavior change research dissemination at ProChange Behavior Systems, Inc. He received both his M.S. (2006) and Ph.D. (2010) in Exercise Psychology from the University of Florida. Prior to his current Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, he was a lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. His research interests are in behavioral addictions, applying theoretical models of health behavior change, and the role of exercise in eating disorders.
Jason M. Lavender, Ph.D.
Dr. Lavender is a third-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, ND. He received received his B.S. in Psychology from Duke University in 2005. He completed his predoctoral clinical internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York in 2011. His research interests focus on the role of emotion constructs and related factors (e.g., personality, neurocognition) in the etiology and maintenance of eating disorder psychopathology, as well as novel approaches to psychopathology classification. He also has interests in the neurobiology of eating disorders, particularly related to emotional and neurocognitive processing. Recently, through the regional T32 fellowship, he has collaborated with colleagues and mentors at the University of Minnesota on research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine these processes in eating disorder samples.