An adaptive connection with one’s body is like a great conversation. The body talks -- expresses a need (stomach contracts) or a change from a prior state -- and the individual responds in turn. Typically, this back-and-forth communication occurs seamlessly.
For those with eating disorders, profound deficits in the ability to read and respond effectively to a body's signals leads to disruptions in conversation, difficulties meeting basic needs, and often, problems connecting and understanding the experience of others.
We focus our research on individuals struggling with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, pediatric binge eating, and feeding disorders of childhood: conditions that often appear simultaneously with dysregulation of basic motivational drives (e.g., hunger, thirst, or affective arousal).
Our laboratory is committed to helping affected individuals reconnect. Thus, we use findings from our more basic neurocognitive, physiological, and behavioral research to inform the development of novel intervention strategies. Our treatment development efforts capitalize on the latest advances in behavior therapy and neuroscience and include individual, family and group-based interventions.
Current trials include: