Disordered Eating Assessment Core

Director: Scott J. Crow, M.D.

The Disordered Eating Assessment Core assists Minnesota Obesity Center investigators in the assessment of disordered eating and other psychopathology, and the development of interventions for such disordered eating. These services are applicable both to the study of obesity and to the study of “classic” forms of disordered eating including clinically diagnosable eating disorders. Services provided through this Core are organized in the following sections:

  1. Clinical Assessment: The Core provides consultation regarding assessment of disordered eating and other behaviors; training and ongoing quality improvement/quality assurance for trained assessors; and the conduct of structured assessments.
  2. Treatment Development: The Core provides consultation to investigators regarding the development of manual-based treatments for obesity and disordered eating, and is actively engaged in such development efforts. In addition, the Core provides certain structured therapeutic interventions (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for ongoing projects.
  3. Access to Clinical Populations: The Core provides access to populations of potential subjects with eating disorders diagnoses; subjects with other psychopathology; non-affected comparison groups; obese samples; and archival data sets.
  4. Technology-Based Methods of Data Accumulation: The Core provides access to several emerging technologies for the highly accurate on cost-effective accumulation of research data, such as ecological momentary assessment, and data scanning/online data entry.
  5. Cost Effectiveness Analysis: The Core provides consultation regarding the collection of cost effectiveness data in clinical trials.

Services provided by this Core are highly labor-intensive, requiring individuals with advanced training plus expensive, specialized experience in behavioral assessments, treatments or both. It would be impractical, expensive and often impossible for investigators to re-create this capacity in their own group.

Eating Disorders Journal Club

This journal club meets on the first Thursday of the month from 8:30 - 9:45 AM in the Department of Psychiatry Paula Clayton Conference Room in the Fairview West Building on Riverside Avenue at the University of Minnesota. 

2015-2016 Schedule

September 3rd: Laconia Koerner (Origin Acupuncture): Acupuncture and theories of Chinese medicine
October 1st:      Emily Pisetsky (University of Minnesota):  Suicide risk in eating disorders
November 5th:  Annie Haynos (University of Minesota): Anorexia nervosa
December 3rd:  Nancy Sherwood (Health Partners Foundation):  Weight loss research
January 7th:      Jessica Cici (Children's/CTED):  Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
February 4th:    Kathy Kater (private practice):  Thin privilege and weight stigma
March 3rd:        Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel (University of Minnesota):  Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) for the treatment of adolescent depression
April 7th:          Lucene Wisniewski (Emily Program, Cleveland):  Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) treatment   
May 5th:           Dawn Taylor, Allison Donovan, and Heather Gallivan (Melrose):  Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
June 2nd:          Richelle Moen (University of Minnesota): TBD