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Brittany Matheson, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor and licensed clinical psychologist in the Eating Disorders Clinic. She completed her undergraduate degree at Duke University, doctorate from the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego, and APA clinical internship at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford/Children’s Health Council. Dr. Matheson's research interests include examining the psychosocial, neurocognitive, and familial factors related to disordered eating and excess weight gain in youth. In particular, Dr. Matheson has research and clinical expertise in the interplay among obesity, disordered eating, and autism spectrum disorder. She is interested in the development and implementation of evidence-based treatments for youth with disordered eating as well as better understanding factors that influence pediatric bariatric surgery outcomes. Her research also focuses on the use of technology to enhance treatment and reduce access to care barriers.
Confirming the Effectiveness of Online Guided Self-Help Family-Based Treatment for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa
With an incidence rate of about 1%, Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is a serious mental disorder
associated with high mortality, morbidity, and cost. AN in youth is more responsive to early
treatment but becomes highly resistant once it has taken an enduring course. The first-line
treatment for adolescents with AN is Family Based Treatment (FBT). While FBT can be delivered
using videoconferencing (FBT-V), therapists' limited availability hampers scalability. Guided
self-help (GSH) versions of efficacious treatments have been used to scale and increase
access to care. The main aim of this proposed comparative effectiveness study is to confirm
that clinical improvements in GSH-FBT are achieved with greater efficiency than FBT-V in
generalizable clinical settings.
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