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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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:

Eating behavior in overweight children

andrea goldschmidt, phd

The University of Chicago seeks volunteers for a research study looking at physiological, psychological, interpersonal, and environmental factors involved in eating behavior among overweight children. For information about this study please go to: Eating Behavior in Overweight Children      






The Eating Disorders Program at The University of Chicago Hospitals provides comprehensive outpatient 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 Disorders Program at The University of Chicago Hospitals has an extensive assessment process to ensure that the program is a good fit for you/your child’s needs. The initial assessment procedure involves a combination of self-report questionnaires and interviews for the patient and parent(s) that ask about eating disorder symptoms, as well as other psychiatric concerns

Treatment for Eating Disorders

Our treatment team is interdisciplinary in nature and includes therapists, psychiatrists, and pediatricians, all with extensive experience treating eating disorder patients. 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., restrictive eating, 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 family therapy
  • 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.

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 

 Treatment for Pediatric Overweight:

The Eating Disorders Program also offers family-based treatment for pediatric overweight.  In general, treatment focuses on regulating body weight by providing sufficient nutrition for growth and development while implementing healthy eating and exercise changes within the household. While treatment is largely behaviorally focused and centers around changing the home environment, such as minimizing unhealthy food available in the home, decreasing sedentary activity, and increasing physical activity, treatment also addresses the psychological and social aspects of overweight. Therapists set dietary goals and guidelines with each family and focus on how best to implement these changes within each household. Typically, all family members participate in a course of outpatient treatment over the course of several months.

Appointments and Contact Information

If you would like detailed information about the Eating Disorders Program or would like to schedule an assessment, please contact Julianna Gorder at (773) 834-1007.  

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