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Director, Eating Disorders Program

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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"I design treatment plans to be family-centered and supportive."

My Biography & Research


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.

Clinical Interests

Eating disorders; teen pregnancy

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Adolescent Medicine

Research Divisions

Adolescent Medicine

My Locations

My Education

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.

My Publications

Modifiable factors associated with mental health symptoms in siblings of adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Matthews, A; Peterson, CM; Lenz, K; Kramer, RA; Mara, C; Copps, E; Mitan, L. Eating and Weight Disorders. 2021; 26:1757-1765.

Eating disorder severity and psychological morbidity in adolescents with anorexia nervosa or atypical anorexia nervosa and premorbid overweight/obesity. Matthews, A; Kramer, RA; Mitan, L. Eating and Weight Disorders. 2021.

Correlation of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Response to Visual Food Stimuli With Clinical Measures in Adolescents With Restrictive Eating Disorders. Ziv, A; O'Donnell, JM; Ofei-Tenkorang, N; Meisman, AR; Nash, JK; Mitan, LP; DiFrancesco, M; Altaye, M; Gordon, CM. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020; 67:209-217.

Adolescent males with atypical anorexia nervosa and premorbid obesity: three case reports. Matthews, A; Peterson, CM; Mitan, L. Eating and Weight Disorders. 2019; 24:963-967.

An intensive family-based treatment guided intervention for medically hospitalized youth with anorexia nervosa: Parental self-efficacy and weight-related outcomes. Matthews, A; Peterson, CM; Peugh, J; Mitan, L. European Eating Disorders Review. 2019; 27:67-75.

When Outpatient Care Is Not Enough: Successful Use of an Inpatient Behavioral Intervention for a Child With ARFID. Lenz, KR; Mitan, LA; Kleinhenz, SR; Matthews, A. Clinical Case Studies. 2018; 17:469-481.

200 Characteristics and Weight Related Outcomes in Medically Hospitalized Youth with Anorexia Nervosa. Matthews, A; Peterson, C; Mitan, L. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2018; 62:s102-s103.