Eating Disorders Track

The Eating Disorders Program at the University of Chicago provides comprehensive outpatient services for the assessment, treatment, and follow-up of children and adolescents with eating disorders.  Services include: assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and other eating and feeding-related disorders; concurrent treatment of eating and comorbid disorders; and assessment and treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity.  Adults with obesity are evaluated and treated by program faculty, as part of the Center for the Surgical Treatment of Obesity. The intern on this track will participate in all aspects of the Eating Disorders Program, developing expertise in the use of state of the art approaches to eating disorders. 

The Eating Disorders track emphasizes the use of empirically supported treatments. Training is provided by a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, psychiatrists, and adolescent medicine physicians. Faculty members in the Eating Disorders Program are involved in both clinical practice and research, and ongoing studies in the program include treatment outcome, treatment development, and assessment of eating disorders, with funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and private foundations supporting these studies.

Available Rotations include:

Eating Disorders Clinic

The Eating Disorders Clinic focuses on the provision of assessment and specialized psychological outpatient treatment for children and adolescents with a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge Eating Disorder or Eating or Feeding Disorders Not Elsewhere Classified. The intern receives training in Family-Based Treatment (i.e., the Maudsley Approach) for adolescents with anorexia and bulimia, as well as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for bulimia and binge eating disorder. Opportunities to learn and apply other empirically supported treatments are also available. Training in the administration of the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) is provided. The intern attends weekly seminars, which include case presentations, didactics, and manuscript development meetings, as well as weekly clinic rounds. This rotation is directed by Dr. Daniel Le Grange and Dr. Andrea Goldschmidt with supervision provided by program faculty. 

Center for the Surgical Treatment of Obesity

The Center for the Surgical Treatment of Obesity (CTSO) provides psychological services to adults seeking bariatric surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center (http://www.uchospitals.edu/specialties/minisurgery/bariatric). The intern will receive training in conducting brief psychological evaluations of potential surgery candidates and in the follow-up of patients who undergo bariatric surgery. The intern will work closely with a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, dieticians, nurses, and clinical psychologists. Training includes didactics, training in assessment procedures for reliability, and supervision of clinical work. A monthly support group for patients is also co-led by the intern. Additional group programs, including a stress management group and the PREP (preoperative readiness) group are also commonly led by the intern, and available as opportunities for training. This rotation is directed by Dr. Andrea Goldschmidt and is supported by Kristen Anderson, LCSW.

Competencies:

At the end of the internship year, the intern on the Eating Disorders track will have mastered the following specific competencies:

  • Proficiency in the administration of the EDE and other assessment measures used as apart of a comprehensive eating disorders battery.
  • A thorough working knowledge of eating disorder diagnostic nomenclature and classification issues, and the ability to utilize historical, interview, and psychometric data to diagnose eating disorders accurately.
  • Proficiency in the use of family-based, cognitive-behavioral and/or interpersonal approaches to the treatment of eating disorders and obesity. 
  • Skill in consultation with other professionals within a hospital setting, including primary care physicians, surgeons, psychiatrists, pediatricians, clinical social workers, nurses, and other clinicians working with ED patients, as part of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment planning and implementation.
  • Exposure to and familiarity with all aspects of clinical research across the Eating  Disorders track, including recruitment, assessment, implementation of standardized treatments, and analysis and dissemination of study results.