Eating Disorders Program


Director: Andrea Goldschmidt, Ph.D.

Medical Director: Seeba Anam, M.D.

Director Emeritus: Daniel Le Grange, Ph.D.

Team Members

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Interested in NO COST treatment studies? Click here to visit our research projects page

Family Perspectives on Early Eating Disorder Development

Anna Ciao, PhD

The University of Chicago is seeking adolescents and their families to participate in a study looking at eating disorder symptom development. All participants will be asked to come in for a 45 minute session in which they will be interviewed and surveyed about their eating disorder development. Participants will be adolescents between the ages of 12-18 with a past or current eating disorder and parents of adolescents with a past or current eating disorder diagnosis. Participants will each be compensated with a $25 gift card for their participation ($50 per family). In person interviews are preferable, we can also complete sessions via phone.

If you are interested and would like more information, please call us at 773-702-0789 or email  

Family-Based treatment without borders 

Kristen Anderson, LCSW and Daniel Le Grange, PhD

The University of Chicago Eating Disorders clinic was recently awarded a NEDA grant for a study entitled, “Family-Based Treatment Without Borders.” This study aims to address families’ need for evidence-based treatment for adolescent anorexia  in remote, and rural parts of the U.S. by assessing feasibility of conducting FBT via telemedicine. Recruitment is beginning Spring 2014:

executive function in overweight children

andrea goldschmidt phd

The University of Chicago seeks volunteers for a research study examining thought processes in overweight children. For more information about this study please go to:

Treatment of Bulimic Adolescents Study

Daniel Le Grange PhD

The purpose of this study is to attempt to identify an outpatient psychological treatment that is effective for adolescents with BN. For more information about this study, please go to:; RECRUITMENT FOR THIS STUDY IS NOW CLOSED.   

Help Us Improve the Maudsley Approach for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa

Daniel Le Grange PhD

The University of Chicago is conducting a research study to further develop outpatient psychological treatments for adolescents suffering from anorexia nervosa. For more information about this study please go to:; RECRUITMENT FOR THIS STUDY IS NOW CLOSED. 







The Eating Disorders Program at The University of Chicago Hospitals provides comprehensive outpatient and limited inpatient services for the assessment, treatment and follow-up of adolescents with eating disorders. This includes:

  • Adolescent anorexia and bulimia nervosa and related disorders
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Childhood and adolescent obesity 


Assessments are needed in order to make proper diagnoses and recommendations for treatment.  The Eating Disorder Program at The University of Chicago Hospitals has an extensive assessment procedure involving a combination of interviews and self-report questionnaires. 

Treatment for Eating Disorders

The goals and length of outpatient treatment depend on the special needs of each patient and are therefore tailored to the requirements of each patient. In general, the treatment focuses on eating disorder symptoms (e.g., self-starvation, binge eating and purging), as well as emotional and interpersonal concerns.  In addition, if the patient experiences significant anxiety, depression, or relationship problems, these conditions will also be assessed and treated at the Eating Disorders Program.

Services include:

  • Diagnostic evaluations
  • Individual and/or group psychotherapy
  • Parent participation in the treatment of children and adolescents
  • Medication consultations and management
  • Medical evaluation and follow-up

Most individuals are seen for a course of outpatient treatment sessions. In general, our program follows manualized treatment approaches which have received extensive clinical and research support. Because eating disorders usually have serious medical consequences, our program will also facilitate appropriate medical management either through our Pediatric or Primary Care Departments at The University of Chicago Hospitals. Brief inpatient intervention for the eating disorder, if indicated, is also provided in the Department of Psychiatry.

Adolescents are typically treated using manualized Family-Based Treatment, in which specific goals are set at the outset of treatment and reviewed throughout the therapy. Treatment typically addresses eating disorder issues in 20-25 sessions that are scheduled over 10-12 months. For a brief description of Family-Based Treatment see Treatment Options For Eating Disorders 

Appointments and Contact Information

If you would like detailed information about the Eating Disorders Program, please contact Ali Goodyear  at (773) 702-0789 or  Setareh O'Brien at (773) 702-9683.

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