Participate in ED treatment studies at University of Chicago

I received a message from the University of Chicago ED Treatment Program that let me know of the following treatment opportunities:

We provide free treatment services through our NIH-sponsored research studies. We are currently recruiting for the following studies:

Adolescent Bulimia Nervosa Treatment Study: This study provides no-cost outpatient treatment to adolescents suffering from bulimia nervosa. To be eligible, participants must be between the ages of 12-18, have a diagnosis of bulimia nervosa or partial bulimia nervosa, live with at least one parent/guardian, and be prepared to participate in up to 6 months of no-cost treatment along with assessments. Participants can receive up to $200 if all assessments are completed. For more information, please contact Colleen Stiles-Shields at 773-834-5677 or

Adolescent Overweight Treatment Study: This study provides no-cost outpatient treatment for adolescent obesity. To be eligible, participants must be aged 13-17, must be overweight, living with at least one parent/guardian, and be willing to participate in up to 24 weeks of no-cost treatment for weight loss as well as complete assessments. For more information, please contact Kali Ludwig at 773-834-0360 or

Adult Anorexia Nervosa Treatment Study: The University of Chicago is conducting a National Health funded research study designed to develop and refine a family-based treatment manual for young adults (aged 18-30 years) with Anorexia Nervosa as well as assess the feasibility of this out-patient psychotherapy. Treatment involves up to 6 months of cost-free individual and family therapy sessions. Interested individuals may contact our Research Coordinator at (773) 834-9120.

If you would like to find out more information about our general outpatient eating disorders clinic or educational services that our team may be able to provide, please contact our clinic coordinator, Leah Boepple, at 773-702-0789.

You can also visit our website at or our Facebook page at!/pages/University-of-Chicago-Eating-and-Weight-Disorder-Program/112762265461075.

Carrie's note: As always, participating in a research study has risks and benefits.  Click here to get more information on participating in clinical trials.

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CJ Weaber said...

I know this doesnt have anything to do with the study but I have a question. I am also in recovery and have hit a bit of a road bump. Lately I can't sleep! I can fall asleep but come 3:00 A.M. I wake up, my stomach starts to growl and I go downstairs and make a snack. My ED has always been over-exercise and restriction so this is kind of new to me in my journey. I am no longer engaging in ED behaviors so I am having difficulty grasping why my body is doing this to me? Did you experience anything similar? I admire your strength and trust your insight. Thank you for always being honest and open on your blog. It has helped me through many dark days.
CJ Weaber

Angela Elain Gambrel said...

As typical, once you hit 30 you obviously either don't have anorexia nervosa or you don't need treatment. I don't understand why they restricted the study to ages 18-30, but I am not surprised.

Anonymous said...

^^ I kind of thought the same thing when I read the inclusion criteria for the adult study. I thought to myself, damn I feel old when I don't even meet the cut off for adults at 34. LOL.

But it is a study for younger adults so they have to cut it off at a point. Perhaps in the future they will do further research on different age groups and other subsets provided these studies prove to be worthwhile.

I don't think they intend to imply that people over the age of 30, nor under the age of 12, don't suffer from eating disorders. They are simply defining study parameters.

Anonymous said...

The reason why the adult study only includes young adults is because it is testing the efficacy of family-based treatment, or the "Maudsely Approach" for patients with AN. It involves utilizing the parents as an integral part of the recovery process, which may not be applicable for "older" adults. This form of therapy is emerging as the treatment of choice for adolescents with AN as it has been shown to be effective in clinical RCTs.

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