James Lock, MD, PhD (he, him, his)
Dr. Lock is a Professor of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine where he also serves as Director of the Eating Disorder Program for Children and Adolescents. Dr Lock has published over 200 articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He is the co-author of Treatment Manual for Anorexia Nervosa: A Family-Based Approach, Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder and Treating Bulimia in Adolescents: A Family-Based Approach. He has lectured widely in the US, Canada, South America, Europe, and Australia. He has been funded by the NIH to conduct treatment research in eating disorders continuously since 1997. Click on Dr. Lock's name above to view his faculty bio and a list of representative publications.
Sarah Adler, PsyD
Dr. Adler is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Adler completed her doctorate at the Stanford-PGSP Consortium, and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Stanford Department of Psychiatry. She is currently an attending Psychologist in the Eating Disorder and Weight Control Clinic and specializes in both research and clinical care for patients with disordered eating behaviors. Dr. Adler is passionate about the intersection between behavioral health and technology to increase access to care. Dr. Adler is the Author of The DBT Solution for Binge and Emotional Eating, which was originally written and tested for her doctoral dissertation. Dr. Adler currently teaches and supervises students and post-doctoral fellows in evidence-based treatments.
Cara Bohon, PhD (she/her/hers)
Dr. Bohon received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral research fellowship in child and adolescent psychology at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and UCLA. She joined Stanford’s faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in 2012 and currently serves as Director of the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Eating Disorders Clinic. Additionally, she leads the Eating Disorder Research Program’s neuroscience studies. Her research bridges real-world patient experience with biology, and she is passionate about translational work that will improve mental health interventions and access to care. Dr. Bohon was awarded the Early Career Investigator Award from the Academy of Eating Disorders in 2012, and she has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, NARSAD Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, Stanford Child Health Research Institute, Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging, the Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation, and the Friends of Semel Institute. Her work on the neurobiology of unhealthy eating behaviors, including obesity, binge eating, and anorexia nervosa, has been widely published in top-tier peer-reviewed journals, such as Science and Journal of Abnormal Psychology.
Danielle Colborn, PhD (she/her)
Dr. Danielle Colborn is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Eating Disorder Program. She received her doctorate from California School of Professional Psychology, and did her post-doctoral fellowship through the Stanford School of Medicine Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Eating Disorder Clinic. Dr. Colborn has conducted research on interpersonal relationship processes in females with anorexia nervosa, neuropsychological functioning and weight restoration in adolescents with anorexia nervosa, and treatment outcomes for Family-Based Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for adolescents with bulimia and anorexia nervosa. In addition to research Dr. Colborn is a certified FBT supervisor and enjoys teaching and clinical work in the area of adolescent eating disorders.
Jennifer Derenne, MD (she/her/hers)
Dr. Derenne is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and completed an internal medicine internship at Salem Hospital. She went on to pursue General Psychiatry residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship training at Harvard Medical School's Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital Program. She has expertise in treating anxiety, depression, and eating disorders across the lifespan, with particular interest in treating college age students. In addition to her clinical practice, she is active in medical education and serves on the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry College Mental Health Committee. She is currently the Psychiatric Director of the Comprehensive Care Unit for Eating Disorders at Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.
Kristene Hossepian, PsyD (she/her/hers)
Dr. Kristene Hossepian is a Clinical Instructor at Stanford's Inpatient Comprehensive Care Program. She earned her doctorate from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford/Children’s Health Council. Kristene has worked on a number of projects exploring the protective and adaptive factors which aid in the adjustment, coping, and resilience of families with histories of adverse life events. Currently, Kristene is interested in exploring the physiological mechanisms underlying a wide variety of psychopathology as well as providing children and adolescents with novel emotion regulation strategies.
Nina Kirz, MD (she/her)
Dr. Kirz is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She graduated from the Yale University School of Medicine. She completed an internship in Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, residency in Psychiatry at Montefiore Hospital, and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cornell University/New York Hospital. She has worked treating eating disorders in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford since 2005, in the inpatient Comprehensive Care Program until 2014 and in the outpatient clinic since then. She currently provides psychotherapy and medication management for patients with eating disorders in the outpatient clinic.
Kristine Luce, PhD
Dr. Luce is a Psychologist and Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Seattle Veterans Hospital and a post-doctoral research fellowship at Stanford University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Luce has specialized clinical and research experience with eating-related disorders and is the Co-Director of the Stanford Adult Eating and Weight Disorders Clinic. In addition, Dr. Luce treats anxiety and mood disorders and has specialized clinical training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Brittany Matheson, PhD (she/her)
Dr. Brittany Matheson is a Clinical Instructor and licensed clinical psychologist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed her undergraduate degree at Duke University and earned her doctorate from the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. She completed her APA clinical internship at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford/Children’s Health Council. Dr. Matheson’s research interest include examining the psychosocial, neurocognitive, and familial factors related to disordered eating and excess weight gain in children and adolescents. In particular, Dr. Matheson has clinical and research experience in the interplay among obesity, disordered eating, and autism spectrum disorder. She is also interested in the development and implementation of evidence-based treatments for youth with disordered eating as well as better understanding factors that influence adolescent bariatric surgery outcomes.
Lilya Osipov, PhD
Dr. Osipov is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical Center. She completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Stanford University. Dr. Osipov specializes in evaluation of children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders, obesity, and emotion dysregulation. Her current research interests focus on processes maintaining disordered eating behaviors and assessment and intervention with bariatric surgery candidates.
Cristin Runfola, PhD (she/her)
Dr. Cristin Runfola is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical Center. She was previously an Assistant Professor and Global Foundation for Eating Disorders (GFED) Scholar with the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, and completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship and T32 post-doctoral research fellowship in eating disorders at UNC-Chapel Hill. She also had specialized training in eating disorders treatment and research at Stanford University and the University of San Diego, California (UCSD). She is trained in delivering manualized treatment protocols in the context of research studies, and has experience providing eating disorders treatment in the outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient levels of care. She also has expertise in cognitive-behavioral couples therapy. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of dysregulated eating and weight concerns in undeserved populations and her primary interest is in developing and testing the efficacy of clinical interventions designed to improve outcome for eating disorders. Dr. Runfola also teaches graduate courses in the Stanford University and Palo Alto University PsyD Consortium.
Debra Safer, MD (she/her/hers)
Dr. Safer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical Center. She obtained her MD from the University of California, San Francisco and completed her residency as well as a post-doctoral fellowship in eating disorder intervention research here at Stanford. Her research and clinical work focus on treating eating and weight disorders in adults and adolescents, with an emphasis on adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy for binge eating. She has conducted clinical trials investigating the use of psychotherapy as well as medication for eating disorders, including recent interest in innovative treatment options such as virtual reality. She has been a study therapist in several treatment research studies. More broadly, she is interested in helping efforts to address climate change mitigation with serial dramas (prosocial entertainment-education programs with methodology based on Dr. Albert Bandura's theories of self-efficacy and social modeling).
Mary Sanders, PhD (she/her)
Dr. Mary Sanders is a Clinical Associate Professor and has worked in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry department at Stanford for over 30 years. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. Currently, she is an Attending Psychologist on the Comprehensive Care Unit at Stanford – an inpatient unit for individuals who have become medically compromised as a result of their eating disorder. Her research and clinical interests include the assessment and treatment of eating disorders.
Eric Stice, PhD (he, him)
Dr. Eric Stice is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Public Mental Health and Population Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Stice has devoted his career to identifying risk factors that predict future onset of various social and mental health problems, designing and evaluating prevention programs for these problems. and encouraging broad implementation of the most effective prevention programs. Dr. Stice has conducted 10 prospective studies investigating risk factors for future increases in eating pathology, body mass, and depression, including 3 that have involved brain imaging, genotypes, and their interactions. He has also conducted 11 randomized efficacy and effectiveness prevention trials and 2 treatment trials targeting eating disorders, obesity, and depression. In addition, he has conducted meta-analytic reviews of risk factor studies for eating disorders and prevention trials for eating disorders, obesity, and depression.
Aileen Whyte, PhD (she/her)
Dr. Aileen Whyte is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Stanford School of Medicine where she also serves as Director of the Stanford Outpatient Eating Disorders Clinic. Dr. Whyte received a BA in Psychology from City College New York and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the New School, New York. Dr. Whyte completed her pre-doctoral internship training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel New York and then completed postdoctoral training at the Trauma Recovery Centre in Cork, Ireland. Dr. Whyte has served as a study therapist on FBT trials and has significant experience in the provision of FBT to young people with eating disorders. Dr. Whyte has led multiple seminars and workshops in the treatment of eating disorders and provides ongoing supervision and consultation in the FBT approach. Dr. Whyte played a key role in the development of a national clinical strategy in Ireland to increase dissemination and implementation of evidence based treatments, including FBT, with the aim of improving treatment outcomes for those with eating disorders. Her research and clinical interests include the treatment of co-occurring trauma and eating disorder symptoms as well as the implementation and dissemination of evidence based treatments.