Our Scientific Advisory Committee
Pauline S. Powers, MDChair of GFED Scientific Advisory Committee
Dr. Pauline Power is a psychiatrist, professor and researcher who has been a pioneer in the field of eating disorders. She is the Division Director at the University of South Florida Center for Eating and Weight Disorders in the Department of Pediatrics at the USF Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Powers is the Founding President of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and a past President of the National Eating Disorder Association. She founded and directs Hope House, a center in Tampa Florida that provides cost-free outpatient services for community members with eating disorders and their families. Dr. Powers’ research has included medications for eating disorders, treatment of athletes, credentialing for eating disorders treatment, and many other areas. She has authored numerous journal articles and texts.
Judith Banker, MD, LLP, FAED
Judith Banker is the founder and executive director for the Center of Eating Disorders, a non-profit support and outpatient treatment center located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With over 30 years of specialist experience, Banker serves as a member of the Professional Advisory Panel of F.E.A.S.T (Families Empowered and Supporting Eating Disorder Treatment) and the Advisory Board of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED).
A Past President and Fellow of the AED, she was a recipient of the 2011 AED Clinical Leadership Award as a result of her continued contributions to clinical treatments and the transtheoretical application of psychodynamic principles and techniques in eating disorder treatment, which she lectures on internationally. An accomplished writer, Banker’s research and publications have addressed a wide range of topics which include research-practice integration, effective eating disorder treatment, and early identification and screening for eating disorders.
Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, FAED
Dr. Cynthia Bulik is a Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is also Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program. With over 30 years of experience and research, Dr. Bulik has developed outpatient, partial hospitalization and inpatient services for eating disorders in both New Zealand and the United States.
The founder of an 18-country Genetic Consortium for Anorexia Nervosa she is a decorated and accomplished pioneer of the field, receiving such awards as the Price Family National Eating Disorders Association Research Award, the Eating Disorders Coalition Research Award, the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) Leadership Award for Research, and the AED Meehan/Hartley Award for Advocacy. As the Past President of the AED and Past Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Dr. Bulik is passionate about making science accessible to the public and has appeared on numerous shows to promote healthy eating practices and awareness.
Amy Baker Dennis, PhD, FAED
Dr. Amy Baker Dennis has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders for over 35 years. She was the founding President of Eating Disorder Awareness and Prevention (NEDA), a Founding Fellow and Board member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, a Founding member of the Eating Disorders Research Society and a Founding Fellow of the Academy for Cognitive Therapy.
She currently serves on the NEDA Executive Board of Directors. Dr. Dennis has served on the faculty of Wayne State University School of Medicine, The University of South Florida College of Medicine and Hamilton Holt Graduate School at Rollins College. She has published and lectured both nationally and internationally and has received numerous awards for her contributions to the field of eating disorders.
Craig Johnson, PhD, FAED, CEDS
Dr. Craig Johnson is the Chief Clinical Officer at the Eating Recovery Center located in Denver, Colorado. As a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University Of Oklahoma Medical School, Dr. Johnson has been a leader in the field of eating disorders for more than 30 years.
Formerly holding faculty positions at Yale, University of Chicago and Northwestern Medical Schools, he has also served as the Past President of the National Eating Disorder Association. An acclaimed researcher, he served as Founding Editor for the International Journal of Eating Disorders as well as a founding member of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) and the Eating Disorders Research Society.
Walter H. Kaye, MD
Dr. Walter Kaye is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego and Director of the Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Program. Trained in neurology and psychiatry, Dr. Kaye served as a fellow and research physician at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), where he conducted research on appetite regulation, behavior, and treatment for disorders.
Previously serving on the faculty for 20 years at the University of Pittsburgh, he is the founder and principal investigator of the Price Foundation and NIMH International Collaborative studies on the genetics of anorexia and bulimia nervosa. An accomplished researcher and specialist, he has received numerous awards such as the Price Family Lifetime Research Award, NIMH Senior Scientist Award, and the Academy of Eating Disorders Lifetime Research Award. Dr. Kaye is an international leader in the genetic basis of eating disorders, as well as the neurobiology of eating disorders, promoting our understanding of the causes of eating disorders and cutting edge research to integrate those findings into the most effective treatments.
James Lock, MD, PhD
Dr. James Lock is a Professor of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. Serving as the Director of the Eating Disorder Program for Children and Adolescents, Dr. Lock is the recent recipient of the Mid-Career Award and the past recipient of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Career Development Award.
An acclaimed researcher, with 4 studies currently funded by the NIH for research on eating disorder treatment in children, adolescents and young adults, he publishes extensively in scientific journals and textbooks. Awarded the Price Family Foundation Award for Research Excellence in 2010, Dr. Lock lectures internationally, especially on his pioneering work in the development of Family Based Therapy (“Maudsley”) for teens with anorexia.
Kimberli E. McCallum, MD, CEDS, FAPA
Dr. Kimberli McCallum, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, is the founder and director of McCallum Place, a comprehensive eating disorders treatment center.
Board certified in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry, Dr. McCallum received her MD from Yale School of Medicine, her psychiatric training at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, and did a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Washington University of Medicine. A pioneer in the field of eating disorders, she has developed specialized interdisciplinary eating disorders services at McCallum Place including inpatient, residential, partial hospital, and intensive outpatient. Dr. McCallum has developed special programs for eating disorders in diabetics and in athletes. She has served on the boards of many eating disorders organizations, including the National Eating Disorders Association and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.
B. Timothy Walsh, MD
Over 25 years ago, Dr. Walsh established the Eating Disorders Research Unit at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center. He has been the principal investigator on numerous studies of psychological and pharmacological treatments for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, and has served as the Past President of both the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and the Eating Disorders Research Society. He is the recipient of the Price Family Award for Research Excellence from the National Eating Disorders Association, the Research Mentor Award from the American Psychiatric Association, and the Distinguished Service Award from the AED. Dr. Walsh served as the chair of the Eating Disorders Workgroup for both DSM-IV and DSM-5, which provide widely used criteria for the diagnosis of all mental disorders.