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In our research lab, we are conducting a number of treatment studies that provide free treatment for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Please read further for additional information.

Feasibilityof Combining Family and Cognitive Therapy to Prevent Chronic Anorexia

This study aims to investigate the feasibility of combining Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) with Family Based Treatment (FBT) for future use in a randomized clinical trial to reduce the risk of adolescents developing persistent Anorexia Nervosa. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of two groups: one group will receive FBT and CRT, and the other group will receive FBT and art therapy. All treatment is free and lasts 6 months.

Who can participate?

If you would like more information, please contact Kate Arnow at karnow@stanford.edu or at (650) 723-9182.

***Note: Treatment is free. However, given the health risks associated with these disorders, medical monitoring is required, and for this you will need to use your own health insurance.

Familial Aggregation Study of Anorexia, OCD, and Cognition

Our five-year NIH sponsored study examines cognitive functioning of adolescent females with anorexia nervosa as compared to healthy controls, thorugh neuropsychological testing and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). If you would like to participate in this exciting new research, you and your family will come to Stanford for a battery of neuropsychological testing.

Each participant and their family members will complete a series of assessments that span approximately 2 – 3 hours. In addition, female participants with anorexia, their sister, and age matched healthy controls will undergo an fMRI scan during which they will play cognitive computer games.  

To be eligible as a participant with OCD, you must:

To be eligible as a participant with a history of anorexia, you must:

To be eligible as a participant with no history of anorexia, you must:

Each participating family member is compensated $75 for completing the assessments; participants who are scanned will be paid an additional $75.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Natalie Portillo at (650) 723-7885 or nport22@stanford.edu

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Taste Reward Processing in Pediatric Obesity

The study aims to explore the brain processing of taste and food cues in children with and
without obesity. The goal is to determine whether brain differences seen in obesity in adults
and adolescents are present already at an early age. We hope to learn whether differences in brain response to taste occur early on in the development of obesity or whether it is something that develops after years of overeating. This will help inform how we design prevention and early intervention programs to address childhood obesity.

To be eligible as a participant your child must:

Be between the ages of 4 through 6

If you are interested in participating, please contact Natalie Portillo at (650) 723-7885 or nport22@stanford.edu

Parent-Based Prevention Research Study for Mothers with Eating Disorders

This is a study examining the feasibility and acceptability of a preventive intervention program designed to improve child feeding in families in which the mother has an eating disorder. Participants will be randomly selected to receive one of two different treatment arms. Each treatment extends over 16 weeks period and consists of 12 sessions.
Who can participate?
Adult mothers with children between the ages of 1 and 5 years old
Current diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, or Binge Eating Disorder
Living with a partner
Medically stable for outpatient treatment
If you are interested in participating, or would like further information, please contact Dr. Shiri Sadeh-Sharvit at (650) 497-4949
or at shiri_sade@yahoo.com



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