Faculty and Research Fellows

University of Minnesota

Faculty

Scott Crow, MD

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 Director of Research at The Emily Program. 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. 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.

Katie Loth, PhD, MPH

Dr. Loth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She received her BS in Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, her MPH in Public Health Nutrition and her PhD in Behavioral Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota.  Prior to her faculty appointment, Dr. Loth completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Midwest Regional Postdoctoral Training Program in Eating Disorders Research at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Loth's research explores social and environmental influences on child and adolescent weight status and disordered eating behaviors. Specifically, she is interested in identifying ways that parents can work to help their children develop and maintain a healthy weight and a healthy relationship with their bodies. Dr. Loth also works clinically as a dietitian, both seeing patients and training family medicine residents at a family practices clinic in North Minneapolis.  

Diane Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD

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, PhD

Dr. Peterson is an Associate 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.  She has authored more than 200 articles and book chapters and has received several federally-funded grants. Dr. Peterson is also Chief Training Officer of the Emily Program, and Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders. Her research focuses on maintenance mechanisms and treatment outcome of eating disorders.

Emily Pisetsky, PhD, LP

Dr. Pisetsky is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota and Director of Assessment for the Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research. She received her B.A. in Psychology with high honors from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Charleston, WV. Prior to her faculty appointment, Dr. Pisetsky completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Midwest Regional Postdoctoral Training Program in Eating Disorders Research at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Pisetsky's primary research interests include investigating novel treatment for eating disorders and identifying factors associated with suicide risk in individuals with eating disorders.

Annie Haynos, PhD

Dr. Haynos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. She received her B.A. in psychology from The Catholic University of America in 2005. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the Duke University Medical Center and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2015. Prior to her faculty appointment, Dr. Haynos completed the T32 Midwest Regional Postdoctoral Training Program in Eating Disorders Research at the University of Minnesota. Her research is currently funded through the National Institute of Mental Health and the Klarman Family Foundation for Eating Disorders Research. Dr. Haynos' primary research interests include identifying the neurobiological and behavioral decision-making mechanisms associated with risk and maintenance of eating disorders, especially anorexia nervosa, and developing precision medicine approaches to eating disorder treatment by targeting these mechanisms. 

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Lisa Anderson, PhD

Dr. Anderson is a T32 Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. She received her B. A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2011. She received her Ph. D. in clinical psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York, following completion of her predoctoral clinical internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2016-2017. Dr. Anderson’s primary research interests include the identification of mechanisms that underlie anxiety and eating disorder symptom development and maintenance (e.g., fear- and disgust-based learning, interoceptive awareness), as well as developing and optimizing interventions targeting anxiety-related mechanisms in eating disorders.

The University of Chicago

Faculty

Jennifer E. Wildes, PhD

Dr. Wildes is an Associate Professor and Director of the Eating Disorders Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Chicago. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon and completed her psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, where she was on the faculty from 2007-2016. Dr. Wildes has been PI or Co-I on several federally funded investigations to elucidate mechanisms underlying the expression and maintenance of eating disorder symptoms and develop novel treatments. Currently, she is President-Elect of the Eating Disorders Research Society, Associate Editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Digestive Diseases and Nutrition C (DDK-C) Subcommittee.

John C. Alverdy, MD

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.

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Lindsay Bodell, PhD

Dr. Bodell is a T32 postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Chicago. She received her B.A. in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Florida State University in 2015. Dr. Bodell’s research interests include identifying psychobiological mechanisms (e.g., reward, stress reactivity, weight suppression) underlying the development and maintenance of eating disorders and improving understanding of high suicide risk in individuals with eating disorders.

Karen M. Jennings, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC

Dr. Jennings is a T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Chicago. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College, M.S. in Nursing from Boston College and Ph.D. in Nursing from Boston College. She is certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the specialty of Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. She is a scholar of the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program and a fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson New Careers in Nursing Scholarship. Dr. Jennings' primary research interests include identifying mechanisms (e.g., emotion regulation, autonomy, control) associated with the process of weight restoration, and the development of novel assessments and interventions targeting these mechanisms to promote and maintain weight restoration.

Neuropsychiatric Research Institute

Faculty

Stephen Wonderlich, PhD

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, PhD

Dr. Crosby is the Vice President for Research and the Director of Biomedical Statistics at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute and is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science 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 50 federally or privately funded research projects and currently serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, 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, PhD

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, MD

Dr. Mitchell is a Chester Fritz Distinguished University Professor in the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. 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

Lauren Schaefer, PhD

Dr. Schaefer is a T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute. She received her B.A. in Psychology in 2006 from the University of Missouri, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2017 from the University of South Florida. She completed her predoctoral internship in the eating disorders track at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests involve the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of eating- and weight-related problems (e.g., disordered eating and obesity), with a particular emphasis on the role of environmental influences in shaping eating attitudes and behaviors. Lauren is also interested in the assessment of eating- and weight-related problems and their risk factors, including the use of ecological momentary assessment. 

Kathryn Smith, PhD

Dr. Smith is a T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute. She received her B.A. in psychology in 2008 from Macalester College, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2014 from Kent State University. She completed her predoctoral internship in the eating disorders and self-injury track at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, after which she completed postdoctoral fellowships in the eating disorders program at Rogers Memorial Hospital (2014-2015) and at the Center for the Treatment for Eating Disorders at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota (2015-2016). She is interested in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders, including the use of ecological momentary assessment methods. Her primary interests include emotion regulation and co-occurring psychopathology in eating disorders and obesity.