Where is the Hope When You are Ashamed to Exist: Impact of Shame and Microaggressions on Eating Disorders in Marginalized Communities

Norman Kim Image Norman Kim, Ph.D. – National Director at Reasons Eating Disorder Center – completed his B.A. at Yale University where he studied music and psychology and was the recipient of a Mellon Fellowship for Research in Psychiatry. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at UCLA, where he was the recipient of an individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health to study the neurobiologic underpinnings of emotion recognition and understanding in Autism.

Most recently he has been involved in a multi-site, longitudinal study of children and adolescents at risk for developing bipolar disorder. In conjunction with his research, Norman has developed an expertise in treating and teaching about psychiatrically complex populations, multi-modal treatment, and diagnostic assessment.

While rooted firmly in empirically supported approaches, he has incorporated practices emphasizing somatosensory integration and that draw from eastern and traditional medicine with our current knowledge of the neurobiologic and cognitive processes underlying anxiety, mood, trauma, and eating disorders. He has endeavored to develop a clinical approach that focuses on the exploration of meaning as a path to healing and that honors an individuals’ own narrative and journey.

Norman is a frequent, national speaker and educator, and is a passionate advocate for eating disorder awareness and translating research into clinical practice. He is on the Board of Directors of the Eating Disorders Coalition, the Eating Disorder Advisory Council for the Joint Commission, and the Clinical Advisory Board for Tikvah V’Chizuk.


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We at Eating Disorder Hope understand that eating disorders result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. If you or a loved one are suffering from an eating disorder, please know that there is hope for you, and seek immediate professional help.

Reviewed & Approved on November 20, 2019, by Jacquelyn Ekern MS, LPC
Published November 20, 2019, on EatingDisorderHope.com

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