This website was originally created in 1997 by Colleen Thompson, while she was recovering from an eating disorder. She hoped to provide education and support for others with eating disorders while also educating herself and working through some of the issues that she struggled with personally.
Meet Our Team
Scott Mogul, Director
Scott has been managing the day to day affairs for this website since 2007. Taking over for Colleen, Scott has worked hard to raise awareness of eating disorders and provide information for those suffering from eating disorders, as well as their family and friends. His goal for the website is to ensure that it has all the necessary information and resources available to help people recover from eating disorders. He oversees all areas of the website including content and website design. You can reach Scott through our Contact Page.
Dr. Lauren Muhlheim, Clinical Director
Lauren Muhlheim, PsyD, CEDS is a psychologist who provides evidence-based psychotherapy for adults and adolescents. In graduate school she trained at the Rutgers Eating Disorder Clinic under G. Terence Wilson, Ph.D. who (along with Christopher Fairburn) was instrumental in developing the leading cognitive behavioral protocol for eating disorders. Dr. Muhlheim’s primary focus remains eating disorders and she has treated patients in outpatient settings worldwide, most recently in Shanghai and Los Angeles. She is recognized as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and is certified in Maudsley (FBT) for adolescent eating disorders by the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. She has held various leadership positions within the Academy for Eating Disorders, including co-chair of the AED Social Media Committee. She is currently serving on the AED Board of Directors as Director for Outreach. You can contact her through her website, www.eatingdisordertherapyla.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
Dr. Elisha Carcieri, Editor
Elisha Carcieri, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY #26716) practicing in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Carcieri earned her bachelors degree in psychology from The University of New Mexico and completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Saint Louis University. During her graduate training, she conducted research focused on eating disorders and obesity, and was trained in using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for eating disorders and other mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. Dr. Carcieri completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Long Beach VA Medical Center, where she worked with Veterans coping with mental illness, disability, significant acute or chronic health concerns, and chronic pain. In addition to cognitive behavioral strategies, she also incorporates alternative evidence-based approaches such as mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment-based strategies, depending on the needs of each client. Dr. Carcieri has experience working with culturally diverse clients representing various aspects of diversity including race/ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and size, and welcomes new clients from all backgrounds. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), and the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA). You can contact her by email or twitter.
Eva Musby, Community Liaison, Advocate and Writer
Eva Musby is a respected author, and has created resources to help parents in support of their children with an eating disorder. Her work is the result of personal experience (her child suffered from anorexia age 10), and is supported by research, writings, and accounts from parents and professionals across the world. Her book ‘Anorexia and other eating disorders – How to help your child eat well and be well’, and her videos, are recommended by eating disorder experts and parents world-wide. She also offers individual support to parents. You can contact Eva at her Website or on Twitter.
Tabitha Farrar, Writer
Tabitha Farrar developed anorexia at 17. After suffering her eating disorder eight years and unable to find adequate medical assistance, she researched herself into self treatment. Her recovery took her four years, and as a result Tabitha is passionate about advocating for evidence based treatment for eating disorders and a balanced approach to nutrition. Tabitha has written the book Love Fat which was published in 2015 and currently works as a public speaker, writer, and guide for those suffering from eating disoders. You can contact Tabitha at her Website or on Twitter.
Today, our mission is to build upon Colleen Thompson’s work by providing information, education, and support to the community, including people dealing with eating disorders themselves and loved ones that want to support friends or family members with eating disorders.
We want to help you get the help you need to recover. We want to support you as you’re supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. We want you to succeed and to have a happy, healthy life.
We also want to help parents, educators, and other adults that work with children and adolescents to be more aware of the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, so they can provide early intervention when needed. We want parents and educators to know what they can do to help prevent eating disorders in young people, but we also want them to know that eating disorders can occur no matter what you do, and if it happens to a child you care about, we want to support you in helping that child.
We want you to know you’re not alone. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, an estimated eleven million Americans struggle with eating disorders. Eating disorders affect people of all ages, men and women, people from all walks of life.
Unfortunately, some people with eating disorders will not survive. Anorexia is considered to be the most lethal of all psychological disorders. But we want you to be one of the survivors. We want you to know help is available and recovery is possible. We want to assist you on your journey to good health.
If You Need More Information
If you aren’t finding the information you need here, please email us. We’ll try to get you the information you need or direct you to other sources of information. We can’t give you medical advice, but we’ll do all we can to assist you.
If You Think You or a Loved One Needs Help with an Eating Disorder
This website is not a substitute for professional treatment and advice. If it’s not an emergency, you can call your primary care physician or your counselor, if you are currently in counseling. If you aren’t currently in counseling but want to talk to a counselor or are interested in a treatment program, you’ll find a list of treatment centers on this website, or you can ask your primary care physician for a referral, or you can check with your health insurance company to find out which counselors and eating disorder treatment programs are covered on your plan.
If You Need Immediate Assistance
If you, or someone you love, need immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Help is available and we want you to get the help you need.