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The EDC lists research projects as a courtesy to users but does not endorse any of the studies.

Participants Needed: UC San Diego Eating Disorders Neuroimaging Studies

We are currently recruiting for three studies using a technology called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The first study is designed to assess brain response to different types of sensation. This study would involve a five-hour commitment, with two and a half hours in the MRI scanner. You would be compensated $200 for this single visit. We are recruiting women between the ages of 18 -45 who have recovered from anorexia and/or bulimia nervosa.

The second study is designed to assess brain response when making decisions. This study would involve 1-2 hours of assessment over the phone and a two-hour study visit, with one hour in the MRI scanner. You would be compensated $200 for this single visit. We are recruiting right-handed women between 17 and 30 years old. Participants may currently have bulimia nervosa, or may have never had an eating disorder.

The third study requires approximately three hours of interview and assessment time and a scanning session lasting about one hour. Participants will be compensated up to $225 for taking part. We are recruiting right-handed women between 18 and 35 years old. Participants may currently have bulimia nervosa, or may have never had an eating disorder.

All scan sessions take place at UC San Diego and depending on your location, we may be able to cover travel costs to San Diego, CA. If you or someone you know are interested in participating in these research studies, please email us at edresearch@ucsd.edu or visit our website http://eatingdisorders.ucsd.edu/research/our-research.html to learn more!

Eating Disorders and Myers Briggs Personality Types 

Tiffany Haug at Northern Illinois University (EDpersonalitystudy@gmail.com) is conducting a study on the relationship between eating disorders and Myers Briggs Personality Types. Though extensive research has been conducted on the link between eating disorders and personality disorders, little research has explored non-pathological personality types in those with a current eating disorder diagnosis, or those who have recovered from an eating disorder in the past.

This study has two main goals: 1. To determine whether the type of eating disorder someone has (or has had) is related to their personality type, and 2. To determine whether how long someone has had (or had) an eating disorder is related to their personality type. This study will utilize the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Assessment (Form M) to assess participant personality types. To participate in this study, one must be 18 years or older and currently have, or have had an eating disorder at some point in their life. Those who have never been formally diagnosed with an eating disorder but suspect that they may have had, or currently have an eating disorder also qualify for participation in this study.

The study proposed within, may assist in identifying dimensions of Myers-Briggs Personality Types that are correlated with the types and severity of eating disorder diagnosis. ED clinicians may be able to use such information to carefully examine whether the psychological and behavioral signs and symptoms exhibited from their patients stem from a personality disorder, or rather from a state-specific adaptation of individuals’ non-pathological personality type, as influenced by the eating disorder.

Click here for a link which will lead you to a site where you can complete the Myers-Briggs Personality Type assessment and click here to complete the corresponding demographics and eating disorder history questionnaire. For the Myers Briggs assessment enter the login personalitystudy2016 and the password mbti2016 in order to gain access to the assessment. The ID box is left blank.

This study is being advised by Amy D. Ozier, PhD, RD, LDN, Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University. To contact her directly, she can be reached at aozier@niu.edu or 815-761-8711. This study has received approval by the Northern Illinois University Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research.

Animal-assisted Therapy and Eating Disorders

Have you used an animal in the treatment of your eating disorder?

My name is Patricia Flaherty Fischette and I am a doctoral student at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in Bryn Mawr, PA.  As part of my dissertation research, I am conducting a research study that explores the experiences of women with eating disorders who used animal-assisted therapy as an adjunctive form of treatment.  

I am seeking participants who meet the following criteria:

a) at least 21 years of age or older;
b) diagnosed with an eating disorder within the last 10 years
c) used animal-assisted therapy in their treatment
d) self-identify as a female
e) been out of animal-assisted therapy for at least one year.

Participants will be excluded if previously hospitalized for an eating disorder; currently engaged in an eating disorder day program or intensive outpatient program (IOP);  diagnosed with a personality disorder; or overt indication of eating disorder symptomatology

The research will entail one or two in-person interviews (based on participant’s preference) lasting three hours in total hours regarding the individual’s experience of the animal-assisted therapy.  The individual will be provided compensation of $50 (VISA gift card) for participation in the study upon completion of both interviews.

This study is being conducted by Patricia Flaherty Fischette, LCSW and Ph.D. candidate, under the supervision of Dr. Janet Shapiro, Ph.D. and received IRB approval.  

If interested in receiving more information about the study, please feel free to contact me via email: pflaherty@brynmawr.edu or via phone: 484-792-1618. 

A study of the referral process in the treatment of eating disorder or disordered eating patients: When do health professionals refer to a registered dietitian? 

This research study is being conducted by Maggie Stroud, Kathleen Davis, PhD, RD, LD of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Mandy Golman PhD, MCHES, of Texas Woman’s University (TWU) and Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD. The purpose is to gather information regarding when and under what circumstances mental health professionals (MHPs) refer their patients with eating disorders or disordered eating to a registered dietitian (RD). We also hope to gain insight into attitudes and beliefs of MHPs regarding the role of RDs in eating disorders/disordered eating treatment. 

Below is a link to a one-time survey that will take approximately 20 minutes of your time to complete. No identifying information such as your name, email address or IP address will be collected. The results of this study will be used for scholarly purposes only. Deidentified survey responses will be analyzed to assess research objectives.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Davis, PhD, RD, LD of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Kathleen.davis@utsouthwestern.edu, 6011 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX 75390.

Survey: https://ais.swmed.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=93NMDEH93D

The INSPIRE Project: Innovations in Psychological Interventions for Regulating Eating

Researchers at Drexel University are looking for volunteers to participate in a study comparing a novel treatment for bulimia nervosa to an existing behavioral treatment.  Study participants must be 18 or over, meet criteria for a primary diagnosis of bulimia nervosa, and receive medical clearance from their PCP for participation in an outpatient treatment study.

If you are interested, call (215) 553-7137 or email inspireproject@drexel.edu

Researchers at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania are seeking women engaging in eating disordered behaviors for a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Women age 18 or older who have an eating problem that involves being too thin, binge eating, or both may be eligible for one of the studies. These studies examine the biological, behavioral, and neurological factors contributing to eating problems.

Eligible participants will visit University City, Philadelphia, PA four to five times over six months. Participation involves clinical interviews, completing questionnaires, and a blood draw. Depending on which study you participate in, you may also complete daily symptom recordings, a body scan, an fMRI scan, or an assessment of resting metabolic rate.

Compensation will be provided for attending study visits.

Please call 215-553-7171 or e-mail DUeatingdisorders@drexel.edu