Online Conference Presenter – Erin Parks, Ph.D.

Eating Disorder Hope Online Conference II:
Anorexia Hope & Healing in 2018

“International Overview of Anorexia Nervosa & Co-Occurring Issues”

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Topic – Leave me Alone, Help Me Recover – Family Involvement in Anorexia Recovery

Dr. Erin Parks

Erin Parks, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and neuroimaging researcher who is passionate about making scientific research accessible to everyone. Dr. Parks spent a decade using neuroimaging tools to study brain plasticity and development before she began specialized clinical training in eating disorder treatment.

Dr. Parks graduated from Northwestern University and UCSD/SDSU’s Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology before completing her internship at UC San Francisco and then taking a post-doctoral fellowship at the UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center.

Dr. Parks has served as a psychologist in their Adolescent Clinic and inpatient medical behavioral unit, as a manager in their Adult Clinic and Pediatric Clinic, and as a co-lead in their world-renowned one-week intensive programs. Currently serving as the Director of Outreach and Admission, Dr. Parks combines her clinical experience and research knowledge to help the public be better informed consumers of mental health services.

Description: Families want to help their loved ones recover, but aren’t always sure how. Teenagers and young adults want independence, but also need support from their families. While Family Based Therapy (FBT) remains the gold-standard treatment for adolescent eating disorders, one barrier to parents initiating FBT is their child’s objection to parental involvement and the parents’ subsequent fear of harming parent-child relationships. In this presentation, learn about the research on family involvement in healing from anorexia, and also learn about the myriad of ways families can be involved.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain knowledge about the research on family involvement in treating adolescents with anorexia.
  2. Participants will receive insight into the challenges many parents face when involving themselves in treatment.
  3. Participants will be able to identify and utilize new strategies to build a positive family-inclusive treatment environment.


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One CE was available for qualified attendees who were present for the entire 1 hour online presentation and completed the required survey afterward.

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EDH Virtual Hope Conference – December 7, 2017:

The Neurobiology of Eating Disorders: New Discoveries and Treatments


“When good traits go bad – using neurobiology to understand temperament and develop more effective treatments”

Learning Objectives:

  1. Basic concepts – How the brain works
  2. What are we learning about temperament in eating disorders
  3. Relate new understanding of how temperament contributes to the development and chronicity of eating disorders
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the functional aspect of disordered eating behaviors — how they serve to alleviate anxiety and negative affect

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Current Research Studies at UCSD Center for Eating Disorders

Doctor reviewing clipboard.Eating disorders are among the most complex diseases with many different factors contributing to the development of these disorders. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any other psychiatric illness, tragically claiming more lives than any other mental illness. With so much at stake and these life-threatening diseases endangering the lives of countless individuals, more answers are needed in terms of understanding how to effectively treat eating disorders.

Advancements in the field of eating disorders are primarily made possible by research studies and trials. Studying the varying components of eating disorders, including factors that may contribute to the development of eating disorders, can give a better understanding not only of the actual disease, but also of treatment approaches that can help a sufferer recover. Because of the complexity of these diseases, researchers in the field of eating disorders are pioneers, discovering many new facets about these disease states that are opening up new possibilities for treatment approaches.

While many different scientists and research teams have contributed to the advancement of the knowledge and understanding of eating disorders, some scientists have made breakthrough discoveries in their research endeavors. Dr. Walter Kaye and his team from the University of California of San Diego Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Program have conducted several studies and trials that have given a greater understanding of eating disorders.


“Neurobiology and Eating Disorders”

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