Walter Kaye, MD
Founder & Executive Director, UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center
Professor, UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Walter Kaye was recruited to the UC San Diego faculty from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he was research director of the eating disorder program, and where he received a NIMH senior scientist award.
Dr. Kaye’s current research is focused on exploring the relationship between brain and behavior using brain imaging and genetics, and developing and applying new treatments for anorexia and bulimia nervosa. He is the principal investigator for an international, multi-site collaboration on the genetics of anorexia and bulimia nervosa. He has an international reputation in the field of eating disorders and is the author of more than 300 articles and publications. He attended Ohio State Medical School, trained in neurology at the University of Southern California and trained in psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Kaye was then a fellow and research physician at the National Institute of Mental Health for seven years where he conducted research on appetite regulation, behavior and treatment for disorders.
As Director of the University of California, San Diego Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program, Dr. Kaye and his clinical team are treating anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders with an innovative, intensive program that approaches the problem on multiple levels, including medical, psychological, psycho-educational and counseling of the family as key support group.
Ivan Eisler, PhD
Joint Head of Child & Adolescent Eating Disorders Service, Maudsley Hospital Emeritus
Professor of Family Psychology and Family Therapy, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
Dr. Ivan Eisler is a Professor of Family Psychology and Family Therapy at Kings College London and the Joint Head of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service’s Eating Disorders Service. Dr. Eisler has been training providers in the provision of family therapy for over 35 years and is the principal architect of Maudsley Family Therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Dr. Eisler’s research has focused on the development and evaluation of psychological treatments with an emphasis on family therapy for eating disorders. His publications on his work are widely acknowledged as the evidence base for child and adolescent eating disorder treatment by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the UK and other countries.
Jennifer Thomas, PhD
Co-Director, Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Jennifer Thomas is the Co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Thomas’s research focuses on atypical eating disorders, as described in her books Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem? and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: Children, Adolescents, and Adults. She is currently principal investigator on several studies investigating the neurobiology and treatment of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, funded by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health and private foundations. She is the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications. She also serves as Secretary for the Academy for Eating Disorders and Associate Editor for the International Journal of Eating Disorders.
Laura Hill, PhD, FAED, LLC
Eating Disorder Consultant
Dr. Laura Hill is an international Eating Disorder Consultant focusing on Temperament-Based Therapy with Supports (TBT-S) clinical trainings and research. In addition, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Hill is the author of the E-Text, “A Brain-Based Approach to Eating Disorder Treatment. She has researched and published on eating disorders since the early 1980’s with increasing focus on the integration of brain-based research into eating disorder treatment. She is a co-developer of TBT-S with Walter Kaye, MD, Christina Wierenga, PhD and Stephanie Knatz, PhD at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD); & is a co-recipient of the Feeding Hope Grant by the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) in 2014.
Dr. Hill is an original founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders in 1993 and was Director of The National Eating Disorder Organization, now known as NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association), from 1990 to 1994. In addition she was the founder, President & Chief Executive Office of The Center for Balanced Living from 2000 to 2017.
Dr. Hill is the recipient of the Muskingum University Distinguished Service Award in 2014 and the NEDA 2011 Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness. She was a 2012 TEDx speaker, titled “Eating Disorders from the Inside Out” and has spoken internationally for over 35 years.
Kendra Becker, PhD
Staff Psychologist, Eating Disorder Clinical and Research Program
Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Kendra R. Becker is a staff psychologist at the Eating Disorder Clinical and Research Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is a co-author of more than 30 scientific publications and her primary research interests include exploring emotional and personality influences on eating behaviors as well as investigating neurological, hormonal, and behavioral differences among individuals with low weight eating disorders. She is funded by the U.S. National Institute of Mental health and private foundations. She is currently a principal investigator exploring long-term aggregated cortisol as a biological marker of restrictive eating and predictor of symptoms trajectory, hormone and brain changes following cognitive-behavioral therapy for avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), and neurobiological underpinnings of reward functioning in low-weight ARFID compared to anorexia nervosa.
Kay Rhee, MD, MSc, MA
Medical Director, Medical Behavioral Unit, Rady's Children Hospital of San Diego
Medical Director, Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research, UC San Diego
Dr. Rhee is a board certified pediatrician with 12 years of experience as a pediatric hospitalist and inpatient medicine. She moved to UC San Diego in 2010 and is currently the Medial Director of the Medical Behavioral Unit at Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego. She coordinates care for children transitioning between the inpatient and outpatient eating disorder treatment programs and provides medical consultation to children and families in the outpatient programs. In addition to her medical training, she received a Master in Sociology at Stanford University, and Master in Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. She has multidisciplinary training in family based behavioral therapy, parenting training, and motivational interviewing. She conducts research with overweight and underweight children and studies the role of parents in treatment outcomes. She is also beginning to study the interplay between genetics, gut microbiome, and behaviors in overweight and underweight children.
Heather Hower, MSW, LICSW, QCSW, ACS...
Project Director, Brown University
Faculty Research Associate, Hassenfeld Child Innovation Institute
Faculty Associate Specialist, UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center
Heather Hower, MSW, LICSW, ACSW, QCSW, serves as a Project Director and Faculty Research Associate at Brown University, Warren Alpert Medical School and School of Public Health, and a Faculty Associate Specialist at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research. She is on the Board of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), including Conference Committee Co-Chair and Research Advisory Council (RAC), is an eating disorders grant reviewer for the Department of Defense (DOD), a Faculty Member and conference presenter at Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), a conference proposal reviewer for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), a manuscript reviewer for the International Journal of Eating Disorders (IJED), an advocate for the Eating Disorder Coalition (EDC), a research assistant for Jenni Schaefer’s forthcoming book, and a writer of eating disorder blogs for NEDA, Jenni Schaefer, Project HEAL, and Medium. Heather’s current research interests include capitalizing on eating disorder traits as strengths, promoting temperament-based treatments, and defining recovery.
Stephanie Knatz-Peck, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor, UC San Diego
Director of Intensive Family Therapy Programs, UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center
Dr. Stephanie Knatz Peck is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). She serves as Director of the Intensive Family Treatment Programs (IFT), which are internationally recognized Temperament-Based Treatment (TBT-S) programs for adolescents and young adults and their family members. She has overseen the development and implementation of the Temperament-Based Treatment (TBT-S) approaches for adolescents and young adults at UCSD in collaboration with Dr.’s Laura Hill and Christina Wierenga. Her recent work is focused on developing and testing novel interventions targeting temperament and neurobiology in a variety of clinical formats and developing an intensive temperament-based, multi-family treatment approach designed specifically for young adults. She continues to oversee the adolescent IFT program, an internationally-recognized, evidence-based treatment program for adolescents and their families.
Dr. Peck’s is an expert in family-supported treatments and multi-family treatment approaches. For the past 4 years, Dr. Peck has regularly conducted intensive trainings focused on novel family-supported treatments through the UCSD Eating Disorder Center’s Training Institute, at international conferences such as the International Conference of Eating Disorders (ICED), and at local hospitals and institutions alongside world-renowned eating disorder experts. She also provides ongoing training for post-doctoral fellows, residents and medical students through UCSD.
Christina Wierenga, PhD
Associate Professor, UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center
Co-Director of Research, UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center
Dr. Wierenga is an Associate Professor, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Co-Director of the Research Program at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology, Neurorehabilitation, and Clinical Neuroscience from the University of Florida and completed an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at UCSD in Biological Psychiatry and Neuroscience. She is an expert in the neurobiology of eating disorders, in particular related to the neural circuitry supporting cognition and behavior. She conducts neuroimaging and neuropsychological research examining the brain basis of disordered eating, with an emphasis on key constructs that contribute to altered motivation to eat, including cognitive control, reward processing, learning, and interoception. She is also heavily involved in treatment development efforts for eating disorders guided by a neurobiological understanding of temperament-based behavior, as well as treatment outcome studies. Through close collaboration with Drs. Peck and Hill, she has developed and continues to test a Temperament-Based Treatment with Supports (TBT-S) approach for adolescents and adults with eating disorders, which is frequently delivered in an intensive 5-day multi-family format. Dr. Wierenga is a CA licensed Clinical Psychologist and supervises clinical trainees in the Adolescent Eating Disorders Program and primarily uses FBT, DBT, and CBT. She also conducts neuropsychological assessments in both the Adolescent and Adult Programs. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers, has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIMH, NIDDK), National Eating Disorders Association, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Alzheimer’s Association, and serves in leadership roles within the Academy of Eating Disorders.
Emily Gray, MD
Medical Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Programs, UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center
Emily Gray M.D. is the medical director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Eating Disorder Program at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center for Treatment and Research and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSD School of Medicine. She is board certified in adult and child/adolescent psychiatry and completed her undergraduate, medical school, and adult psychiatry residency training at the University of California, San Diego. She received specialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/McLean Hospital and after graduating, became faculty at Harvard Medical School with an appointment at MGH where she specialized in the treatment of eating disorders, child and adolescent psychiatry, and the overlap between psychiatric conditions and gastroenterology.
Erin Parks, PhD
Director of Outreach and Admissions, UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center
Dr. Erin Parks is a clinical psychologist and the Director of Outreach and Admissions for the UCSD Eating Disorder Center for Treatment & Research. Dr. Parks is a graduate of Northwestern University and UCSD/SDSU's Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, where she specialized in neuropsychology and conducted neuroimaging research of child development. Dr. Parks began working at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center for her post-doctoral fellowship. She has worked as a clinician in the Adolescent Clinic, was the founding manager of the Pediatric Clinic, and co-managed the Adult Clinic. She has also worked as a psychologist on the inpatient Medical Behavioral Unit (MBU) and co-lead the Intensive Family Therapy (IFT) program. As Director of Outreach and Admissions, Dr. Parks current focus is on how to best educate clinicians, parents, and the community about the neurobiological basis of eating disorders and the evidence-based treatments that are now available.
Guido Frank, MD
Co-Director of Research, UC San Diego Eating Disorders Treatment & Research Program
Guido K. W. Frank, M.D., is a clinician-researcher who uses functional brain imaging to better integrate research and clinical work. His goal is to develop better treatments for eating disorders based on this research. Dr. Frank is board certified in adult as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. In addition, he received extensive training in biological brain research as well as formal training in psychotherapy. He has been NIMH funded since 2008. His combination of clinical and research training gives him a unique perspective on psychiatric disorders, fostering an evidence and neuroscience-based approach to treatment.
Jessie Menzel, PhD
Director of Pediatric Services, UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center
Dr. Jessie Menzel is an assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at UCSD and the founder of the pediatric program at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center for Treatment and Research. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida and completed her internship at UCSD and the San Diego VA Healthcare System. Dr. Menzel has extensive treatment experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with eating disorders at all levels of care. She has specialized training experiences in family-based therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, and exposure and response prevention for OCD and other anxiety disorders. Dr. Menzel has published research in the fields of eating and anxiety disorders and her current research interests are in the development of innovative treatments for Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). Dr. Menzel provides individual, family, and group therapy at the Pediatric Program.
Mary Ellen Trunko, MD
Medical Director, UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center
Associate Clinical Professor, UCSD Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Mary Ellen Trunko has worked with the UCSD eating disorders program since its inception, and has been involved in planning and development of services, delivery of patient care, and supervision and teaching of junior staff members. As associate clinical professor and medical director, Dr. Trunko performs comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, handles medication management, coordinates primary care and other medical services, and educates patients and their families on physiological, medical and psychological aspects of eating disorders. She also runs an outpatient practice that includes individuals with eating disorders as well as those with general psychiatric needs.
Dr. Trunko is board certified in both psychiatry and internal medicine, an unusual combination that is highly relevant to the understanding and treatment of eating disorders. She has used this specialty knowledge to advise primary care providers on the care of eating-disordered patients through presentations and consultation. She has written review papers and clinical case reports on pharmacological interventions for eating disorders. Dr. Trunko earned her MD degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, and completed separate residencies in internal medicine and psychiatry at UCSD.
Roxanne Rockwell, PhD
Director of Adolescent Services, UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center
Dr. Roxanne Rockwell is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the UC San Diego Adolescent Eating Disorders Service. She has experience in the treatment, evaluation and research of eating disorders and obesity since 1999. She was one of the founding members of the UCSD Eating Disorders Program in 2005, and has been integrally involved in its development and expansion. Dr. Rockwell played a primary role in devising and building the innovative individual and multi-family Intensive Family Therapy (IFT) programs and the adolescent and young adult day treatment and intensive outpatient programs. As a certified Family Based (i.e., “Maudsley”) Therapist, she served as the IFT program director for several years, and currently provides training and supervision in this modality for staff and faculty. She founded the UC San Diego Parent Advisory Council (PAC) in 2012 and continues to develop this important service. Dr. Rockwell graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, and completed pre-doctoral internship at Rady Children’s Outpatient Psychiatry which involved working with children and families dealing with various psychiatric illnesses. Her clinical and research work focuses primarily on eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder) and weight management issues. She serves as a LEAD Fellow and Diversity Champion for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UC San Diego.
Tammy Maginot, PhD
Pediatric Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine Program Director, Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego/UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center
Tamara Maginot “Tammy” works at the Medical Behavioral Unit at Rady Children's Hospital/ UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program. Tammy has her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in pediatric health from the California School of Professional Psychology. Tammy completed her clinical internship at Sharp Healthcare in San Diego and completed her doctoral dissertation on the effect of weight on elementary school aged children’s social competence. Tammy’s clinical and research interests include working with children and adolescents managing chronic medical conditions, trauma-informed care, family-based treatment of obesity and eating disorders, and medical stabilization of eating disorders.
Terry Schwartz, MD
Director of Medical & Clinical Services, UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center
Terry Schwartz is the Clinical Director of the UCSD Eating Disorders Programs. She has over 15 years of extensive experience in working with eating disorders, as well as providing Eating Disorders treatment trainings at multiple university and county facilities. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSD Medical School. From 1997 through 2005, she served as Associate Medical Director at UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Services, and Medical Director for the UCSD Co-Occurring Disorders Program. She continues to be actively involved in the training of psychiatry residents, psychology interns, and other trainees. From 1999-2004, she served as chairman of the San Diego County Mental Health “Psychopharmacology of Co-Occurring Disorders” Committee. She received her MD from the University of California, San Diego, in 1993, and completed her residency in psychiatry at UCSD.
She has been named by San Diego Magazine (voted by peers) as one of the Top Doctors in San Diego.