Category: Eating Disorders

Symposium

Symposium 38 - A New Way Forward? Novel Applications of Exposure-Based Therapy in the Context of Eating Disorders

Friday, November 17
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Aqua 310, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: Eating Disorders | Exposure | CBT
Presentation Type: Symposium

Eating disorders (EDs) are serious illnesses that are associated with significant medical and psychosocial impairments, high rates of relapse, and some of the highest mortality rates among all mental disorders (Treasure et al., 2010). Although cognitive-behavioral therapy is an efficacious treatment for EDs, a substantial portion of individuals do not benefit while others improve mildly but remain symptomatic following treatment (Wilson, Grilo, & Vitousek, 2007). Accordingly, there is a need to improve current ED treatment interventions. Given the similarities in symptom maintenance observed between EDs and anxiety disorders, it has been suggested that exposure-based therapies may be effective in reducing key cognitive-behavioral features of EDs (e.g., Steinglass et al., 2012). Preliminary investigations have provided support for the use of exposure in the context of EDs; however, further research is required to assess its feasibility and effectiveness. The objective of our symposium is to present recent findings on the effectiveness of several innovative exposure-based interventions (e.g., imaginal exposure) in the treatment of EDs in diverse contexts (e.g., inpatient settings, treatment of EDs in youth).        


This symposium integrates several recognized experts who have utilized a diversity of exposure-based treatment strategies to address EDs in varying contexts. Levinson and colleagues will begin by presenting data from a study on the feasibility and effectiveness of imaginal exposure in the treatments of EDs delivered in an online format. Next, Storch and colleagues will describe an adapted version of exposure and response prevention therapy to treat youth with EDs in partial hospitalization program and present treatment outcomes among a large clinical sample of over 100 children. Farrell et al. will then present data on the effectiveness of an exposure-based intervention targeting eating-related fears and avoidance among adults requiring inpatient hospitalization for severe EDs. Finally, Glasofer and Steinglass will describe their well-supported model of habitual restriction behavior among individuals with anorexia nervosa and will present treatment outcomes from a novel habit reversal intervention they have recently developed. The symposium will conclude with remarks from the discussant, Dr. Carolyn Becker, who will summarize the innovative advancements and treatment outcomes in implementing exposure therapy to address EDs in diverse contexts.  

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Eric A. Storch

Professor, College Of Medicine Pediatrics
University of South Florida; Rogers Behavioral Health – Tampa; Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

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Nicholas R. Farrell

Clinical Supervisor
Rogers Memorial Hospital

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Carolyn Becker

Professor
Trinity University

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Eric A. Storch

Professor, College Of Medicine Pediatrics
University of South Florida; Rogers Behavioral Health – Tampa; Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

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Nicholas R. Farrell

Clinical Supervisor
Rogers Memorial Hospital

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Deborah R. Glasofer

Assistant Professor
Columbia University Medical Center

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