Eating Disorders Program
The Eating Disorders Program, directed by Laurie Mitan, MD, provides a safe, supportive, caring environment while using evidence-based approaches to treat adolescents with eating disorders. The program includes clinical, research and training missions, and incorporates faculty and staff from the divisions of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Child Psychiatry, Nutrition Therapy and others. Working closely with Abbey Tissot, PhD, Associate Director of Research, our program members presented three well-received posters at the 2012 annual meeting of the Academy of Eating Disorders. The posters explore the longitudinal development of eating disorder symptomatology as it relates to physical development, meal content, and meal timing.
Advocacy for Youth in Detention
Paula Braverman, MD, Director of Community Programs, serves as the medical director of the Hamilton County Juvenile Court Youth Center, also known as “2020.” She is recognized nationally for her advocacy and care of detained youth. Braverman was the lead author on a policy statement from the Committee on Adolescence, published in Pediatrics, which addressed health care for incarcerated youth. Youth in the juvenile correctional system are a high-risk population who often have unmet physical, developmental and mental health needs that occur at higher rates than in the general adolescent population. Ideally, the health needs of these youth should be identified when admitted to a juvenile custodial facility. The policy statement provides an overview of the health needs of youth in the juvenile correctional system, including standards for care and evidence-based interventions.