I was inspired to specialize in the field of eating disorders when first exposed to it during my psychiatry rotation in medical school. I am certified by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals as a certified eating disorder specialist (CEDS).
In my practice, I design treatment plans to be family-centered and supportive. I have cared for families affected by eating disorders since 1993 and have been director of the Eating Disorder Program at Cincinnati Children’s since 2008. I am also interested in the gynecologic concerns of adolescents and the psychosocial effects of complex medical illnesses.
I provide eating disorder consultative services to community physicians and families at the Cincinnati Children's Outpatient Services Liberty Campus. At the Cincinnati Children's main campus, I offer primary care services in a teaching clinic as faculty in the Division of Adolescent and Transition Medicine's Teen Health Center.
In my clinical research, I work collaboratively with mental health providers to improve the understanding and treatment of restrictive eating disorders.
I enjoy teaching pediatric staff and medical students and have spent a significant amount of my career giving lectures and presentations.
In my free time, I relax by reading mystery novels.
MD: Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE, 1990.
Residency: State University of New York Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY, 1990-1993.
Fellowship: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, 1993-1996.
Certification: Adolescent Medicine, 1997; Pediatrics, 1994.
Eating disorders; teen pregnancy
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Yoga as an intervention to promote bone and mental health in adolescent females with anorexia nervosa: a pilot study. Eating Disorders. 2023; 31:526-532.
Eating Disorders. Adolescent Medicine: The Requisites in Pediatrics. Philadelphia, PA: Royal College of Psychiatrists; 2022.
Eating disorder severity and psychological morbidity in adolescents with anorexia nervosa or atypical anorexia nervosa and premorbid overweight/obesity. Eating and Weight Disorders: studies on anorexia, bulimia and obesity. 2022; 27:233-242.
Modifiable factors associated with mental health symptoms in siblings of adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Eating and Weight Disorders: studies on anorexia, bulimia and obesity. 2021; 26:1757-1765.
Correlation of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Response to Visual Food Stimuli With Clinical Measures in Adolescents With Restrictive Eating Disorders. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020; 67:209-217.
Adolescent males with atypical anorexia nervosa and premorbid obesity: three case reports. Eating and Weight Disorders: studies on anorexia, bulimia and obesity. 2019; 24:963-967.