Food as Medicine

Public Health and Wellness

FNCE 2018

329. A Deeper Understanding: The Intersection of Disordered Eating and the Science of Emotion

Sunday, October 21
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 3 - Advanced

Clinicians and researchers in the fields of psychology and nutrition have long been aware that there is more to the story of understanding our relationship with food, exercise and care of our bodies. Decades of research in emotion science point to evidence that extreme or unhealthy eating, exercise or body management behaviors often develop, and are maintained, due to difficulties with accepting and tolerating difficult emotions. The goal of this presentation is to educate and empower dietitians to utilize what emotion science has to offer to enhance the vital work they do as nutritional therapists treating complex eating disorders. Having a shared understanding, language and interventions that can be used with consistency by all disciplines in the treatment team will only enhance the potency of treatment overall. Through lecture and experiential demonstration, this session will illustrate the practical application of emotion exposure principles with nutrition therapy.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 5200 - Disordered eating (disease/disorder)
  • 6010 - Behavior change theories, techniques
  • 8130 - Sensory perception and evaluation of food and ingredients

Becky Mehr, MS, RDN, LDN

Becky Mehr, MS, RD, CEDRD-S, LDN, is the Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of Nashville and Director of Outpatient Nutrition Services for the Renfrew Centers. She has worked in the field of eating disorders for 10 years. Her background experience covers a wide range of settings and populations including providing medical nutrition in an acute care facility and working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Ms. Mehr received her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Lipscomb University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Memphis. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Academy of Dietetics.

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Julia Cassidy, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S

Julia Cassidy is the Director of Dietary for Center for Discovery where she has worked for over 15 years. Julia is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and a Licensed Body Positive facilitator. Julia is also the Co-Chair for the Nutrition SIG with AED (Academy for Eating Disorders) and the Mental Health Resource Professional for BHN (Behavioral Health Nutrition through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics).

Julia has presented on the topic of eating disorders, dietary application in the treatment of eating disorders and intuitive eating both nationally and internationally. Through her passion of nutrition, food, positive body image and eating disorder recovery. Julia oversees 20 Dietitians nationwide and has developed and updated the nutrition program used with all clients in the adolescent residential programs at Center for Discovery.

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Melanie Smith, MS, LMHC

Melanie Smith, M.S., LMHC, is the Director of Training for The Renfrew Centers. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing clinical training and programming consistent with emerging research and evidence-based practice. She provides supervision and consultation to Renfrew staff to continually assess and improve fidelity and competence of treatment delivery of The Renfrew Center Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders. Ms. Smith has extensive training and experience in the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP) and is a UP Certified Therapist & Trainer.

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Becky Mehr, MS, RDN, LDN

Becky Mehr, MS, RD, CEDRD-S, LDN, is the Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of Nashville and Director of Outpatient Nutrition Services for the Renfrew Centers. She has worked in the field of eating disorders for 10 years. Her background experience covers a wide range of settings and populations including providing medical nutrition in an acute care facility and working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Ms. Mehr received her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Lipscomb University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Memphis. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Academy of Dietetics.

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