Prior Chat Videos
JUNE ALEXANDER - CHAT FROM 9/9/20
June Alexander serves on the Board of Directors of the Academy for Eating Disorders, representing ‘Experts by Experience’, the F.E.A.S.T. advisory panel, the NEDC steering committee, and other leading eating disorder advocacy organizations. She has a PhD in the therapeutic value of diary writing in recovery and has co-ao-authored and written 10 books on eating disorders, including her memoir. Dr Alexander’s story-telling work has achieved global recognition. She combines journaling and story-telling expertise with eating disorder experience in her role as a life writing mentor for people with eating disorders.
ANN KEARNEY COOKE - CHAT FROM 9/12/20
Dr. Ann Kearney-Cooke is a New York Times bestselling author, sought after professional speaker, researcher, and licensed psychologist. She is internationally known for the treatment of eating disorders. Using a matter of fact approach and the guiding motto “The time for change is NOW”, she helps individuals struggling with anorexia, bulimia, and obesity recover utilizing the most effective, state of the art techniques. Over the past thirty
years, Dr. Kearney-Cooke’s, entertaining, and uplifting presentation style has earned her the reputation as one of the most powerful speakers and change agents of our time. She shares the latest scientific findings, innovative strategies, and inspiring stories. She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Eating Disorders. She has presented at over three hundred professional conferences and conducted workshops to train eating disorder therapists across the globe. Dr. Ann has received numerous awards for the development of effective treatments for individuals struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating. She received the Craig Johnson Award for Clinical Practice and Training.
BETSY BRENNER - CHAT FROM 9/3/22
Betsy Brenner is passionate about sharing her recovery story from an eating disorder in midlife that was both the culmination of significant challenges, but also the catalyst for healing from past trauma. Published in May 2021, Betsy’s memoir, “The Longest Match: Rallying to Defeat an Eating Disorder in Midlife” evokes the inspiring message that it’s never too late to be a work in progress.
Betsy, a former hospital attorney, is a long time high school tennis coach and bereavement group facilitator. She also was a hospice volunteer and speaker on grief and loss. Betsy, an Author, Recovery Speaker and Peer Support Mentor, resides with her husband in Barrington, Rhode Island. They are the parents of three grown children.
RALPH CARSON - CHAT FROM 8/29/20
Dr. Carson is currently the senior and clinical advisor for the Eating Recovery Center. Prior to joining ERC, Dr. Carson was the Executive Director of FitRx in Brentwood, Tennessee, an outpatient program for people of size struggling with both medical and psychological complications of binge eating. He is also a Clinical Nutritional Advisor to Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Treatment Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, In addition to his successful clinical practice, Dr. Carson is committed to community education and teaching the next generation of healthcare professionals specializing in exercise therapy, sports nutrition, eating disorders and mood and anxiety. He was a faculty member of the University of Alabama at Huntsville for over 20 years, and previously nutritional advisor to numerous university athletic departments, and speaks regularly to professional and lay audiences alike. Dr. Carson is the author of two books “Harnessing the Healing Power of Fruit” and “The Brain Fix: What’s the Matter with Your Gray Matter”, and has published more than 20 articles.
ALLI SPOTTS DE LAZZER & CELISA FLORES - CHAT FROM 9/11/21
Alli Spotts-De Lazzer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS), and iaedp-approved CEDS-Supervisor with a private practice in Studio City, Los Angeles. Since 2008, she’s been presenting workshops and publishing articles on eating disorders and mental health. Passionate about service, she's facilitated a friends/family support group for over a decade, spent years volunteering on committees for AED and iaedp, and created a series of public events called #ShakeIt for Self-Acceptance! Her book, MeaningFULL: 23 Life-Changing Stories of Conquering Dieting, Weight, & Body Image Issues, which includes her own recovery mini-memoir, is available at most book retailers.
Cori Rosenthal is a licensed marriage and family therapist and mindfulness and self-compassion educator in private practice in West LA. She incorporates mindfulness, compassion practices and Brainspotting in her work with adolescents and adults. She specializes in working with intimacy and codependency, eating disorders, disordered eating, trauma, anxiety and depression. In addition to her private practice, Cori runs an Intuitive Eating support group with dietitian Erica Mouch and a small group for the Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy certification program. She earned a master’s degree in Psychology from Antioch University with a specialization in Child Studies and completed Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training through the Center for UCSD.
CRAIG JOHNSON - CHAT FROM 8/29/20
Dr. Craig Johnson has been a leader in the field of Eating Disorders for more than 35 years. He is the Chief Science Officer and Director of the Family Institute for Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Medical School and has formerly held faculty appointments at Yale University Medical School, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg Medical School. He was the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Co-Founder of the International Conference of Eating Disorders, Founder of the AED, Founding Member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, and Co-Founder and past President of the NEDA. He has been a National Institute of Mental Health funded researcher for over 15 years and has authored over 80 research articles and three books. He has received distinguished contribution awards from AED, iAEDP, NEDA, National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, and the American Red Cross.