Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD
Eating Disorders Consultant and Educator
Jessica Setnick envisions a world where no one is ashamed to talk about their eating issues. An outspoken advocate for the role of dietitians in eating disorder treatment, Jessica co-founded the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians in 2012. You may be familiar with her as the author of the Eating Disorders Clinical Pocket Guide or from her Eating Disorders Boot Camp workshops. Known for her straightforward and compassionate approach to educating health professionals and the public about eating disorders and dysfunctional eating behavior, Jessica closed her private practice in 2013 to focus on her mission of education. Jessica has been recognized many times for her work, receiving honors such as Today’s Dietitian Magazine’s Top 10 Dietitians Making a Difference and other awards for education and career achievement.
Mery Taylor, Ph. D.
CHOC Children’s Pediatric Psychologist
Dr. Taylor received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and obtained her PhD in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas. Dr. Taylor returned to California in 2002, where she completed her fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles at the Children’s Center for Cancer and other Blood Diseases. Dr. Taylor joined the staff of CHOC Children’s in 2005. There, she has led a multidisciplinary team that included hospitalists, dietitians, social workers, and psychiatrists in authoring a teaching guide for working with eating disorder patients and creating evidence-based Care Guidelines for the medical stabilization of eating disorder patients. Dr. Taylor has been a strong proponent of the Maudsely/Family-Based Therapy for the psychological treatment of patients with eating disorders. In 2013, Dr. Taylor honed her skills for this population when she participated in a 4-day intensive training program with the principal architect of Maudsely/Family-Based Therapy, Dr. Eisler.
Sarah Gillis, Ph.D.
Rady Children's/UCSD Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program Pediatric Psychology Fellow
Dr. Sarah Gillis is currently a post-doctoral fellow for the UCSD Eating Disorder’s program on the Medical Behavioral Unit at Rady Children’s Hospital. She conducts individual, family, and group therapy for both eating disorder and pediatric patients. Dr. Gillis is a graduate of the University of WI-Milwaukee’s Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, where she provided therapy and Consultation/Liaison services for children with a wide variety of chronic medical issues. Dr. Gillis’s clinical interests include the psychosocial effects of children and adolescents coping with chronic medical conditions, medical stabilization of eating disorders, and family based interventions.