ANAD Conference 2019 Speakers

First Keynote Speaker

Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, PhD, CEDS-S, FAED

Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: New Applications for the treatment of eating disorders

Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, PhD, CEDS-S, FAED, has a wealth and breadth of experience treating adults and adolescents with mood, anxiety and eating disorders. She is Lecturer at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience in the field of eating disorders and women’s mental health issues and has taught and supervised Psychiatry residents and fellows as well as Clinical Psychology interns and externs for over two decades. She was named Teacher of the Year by the Clinical Psychology Internship and Fellowship Program at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2013. Dr. Astrachan-Fletcher is a senior RO DBT clinician, training directly under Tom Lynch and she is a nationally recognized expert in the field of DBT, FBT (Family-Based Treatment), and is a frequent presenter at national eating disorders conferences. Dr. Astrachan-Fletcher has been instrumental in research collaborations with Daniel Le Grange, Tom Lynch and others. She has helped to make empirically based and innovative treatments translatable for the private sector. She co-authored The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia: Using DBT to Break the Cycle and Regain Control of Your Life (2009), which is used at eating disorders treatment facilities throughout the country.

Second Keynote Speaker

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP

Caroline is one of the world’s leading experts on the science behind successful goal setting and the use of ‘good grit’ to achieve hard things. Caroline used grit to help overcome her personal battle with bulimia, and today she has more than three decades of unbroken recovery. Caroline has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, and teaches at Wharton Business School’s Executive Education program. Caroline is the author of six books, including Positively Caroline: How I Beat Bulimia for Good (Cogent 2013), Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017) and Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009).

For more information on Caroline Miller please visit her website.

A signed copy of one of Caroline’s books will be provided to all conference attendees. ANAD will gratefully accept donations in cash, check, or credit card, for these books.

Break Out Speakers

Bryn Jessup, PhD

Neurobiology and Family Process: The Seeds of Growth and Change For Adolescents, Emerging Adults and Their Families

Dr. Jessup will discuss the application of neurobiological principles to understand dynamic properties of human family systems.

Dawn Delgado, LMFT

The Trauma Informed Lens in Treating Eating Disorders

This presentation will provide a tangible working equation for clinicians and clients to better understand and break down the impact of traumatic experiences on the brain, the body, and the psyche of the individual.

Dena Cabrera, PsyD, CEDS-S

Distracted and Hungry: Understanding and Treating ADHD and Eating Disorders in Children and Adults

This presentation will explore this brain-behavior relationship between eating disorders and ADHD.

Erin Terada, PsyD, CEDS

“Binge Watching”:  Concept of Gastronomic Voyeurism in Social Media

This presentation will delve into the phenomenon of social media use and cultural influence on food behaviors that can impact those with eating disorders.

Jennifer Burnell, MS, RDN/LDN, CEDRD-S

Eating Disorders within the Fitness Industry: An Examination from Both Sides

This presentation will illustrate the potential symbiotic relationships that can occur between eating disorder professionals and group fitness professionals i.e., the mutual benefits along the potential challenges.

Julie Friedman, PhD 

Tangled Up in Food:  Treating The Patient with Comorbid Binge Eating and Traumatic Stress

This session will review the research regarding trauma and the pathophysiology of binge eating pathology, the neurobiology of binge eating behaviors and the neurobiological consequences of traumatic stress, and treatment interventions to address the patient with comorbid binge eating and traumatic stress.  

Kim Dennis, MD

What’s Addiction Got to do with It?

Dr. Dennis will be discussing the role of brain reward in AN, BN, and BED.

Lee Neagle, MA, LPC

Working in the Here and Now: The Use of Experiential Techniques and Mindfulness in Eating Disorder Treatment

This presentation we will examine how to define values with clients and ourselves and focus on how to incorporate those values into our life.

Meghan Foley, RD

Nutritional Rehabilitation and the Early Refeeding of Severely Malnourished Patient

This presentation will specifically highlight protocols and procedures set forth at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders by Denver Health. It will help attendees to understand that ACUTE is present to help medically stabilize patients and how this is done.

Melissa O’Neill, LCSW, CEDS-S
Rosalind Rogers, GLCMA

Eating Disorder and Vulnerability: The Deep Impact of Trauma

This workshop will explore this relationship between trauma and eating disorders, including shared features of both those who have experienced trauma and those struggling with eating disorders such as difficulty identifying and tolerating emotions.

Quinn Nystrom, MS

Diabetes and Eating Disorders:

Navigating the Complexities Provider-Patient Communication


Rebecca Albertini, MBA
Beth Harrell, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD-S

Working through Implicit Bias as a Treatment Professional

This presentation seeks to provide the understanding and tools needed to recognize unconscious biases when treating and working with diverse groups by sharing information, research, practical experiences and open discussion.


SooMi Lee Samuel, MD, MA
Joshua Kaplan, LCPC

ARFID:  What is it, How does it Present, and When do We Treat It?

At the end of this presentation attendees should be able to identify a typical patient with ARFID, educate families about ARFID, and create a treatment plan for management of ARFID within his/her own practice.

Johnny Williamson, MD

Eating and Substance Use Disorders:
Treating Challenging Substance Abuse Comorbidity

This presentation will define and explain the characteristics of individuals presenting with eating disorders and substance abuse comorbidity. It will help participants understand the shared similarities between addiction and eating disorders in both diagnosis and clinical presentation. The role of trauma in eating disorders/substance abuse comorbidity will be explained. In addition, evidence-based best practices will be reviewed when treating this population.