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EATING DISORDERS: Featuring Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD

RD's In Practice is an educational program aimed at advancing clinical knowledge and ideas in specialty areas of pediatric nutrition. Didactic lectures, question/answer sessions, and networking opportunities will allow time for attendees to discuss emerging topics, evidence based practice and solutions to practice dilemmas.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to: 

  •  Identify effective tools and strategies for nutrition therapy in the treatment of eating disorders.
  • Understand the psychodynamics of eating disorders and therapy modalities that are effective in their treatment.
  • Review effective meal planning strategies for eating disorders at discharge and in the outpatient setting.
  • Discuss "Bridging the Gap" between inpatient and outpatient nutritional management.
  • Discuss the Maudsley approach for the successful treatment of eating disorders in the inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Review the differences in the DSM IV and V criteria for eating disorders.

Target Audience

Registered dietitians working in disordered eating and eating disorders. RDs working in other areas of practice, other clinicians (RN, NP, Psych, MD, PA), and students are welcome to attend.

Lunch will be provided | 3 CPE units will be offered
Sponsored by Nutricia North America


11:30 am        
Lunch and Registration
12:20 pm        
12:30 pm        
Jessica Setnick,
The Dietitian’s Role in Eating Disorders: What Patients Want You to Know
1:15 pm          
1:30 pm
Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD
Recovery Protection: Preparing Patients for Eating in “the Real World”
2:15 pm 
Mery Taylor, Ph. D.
Profiling the Anorexic Patient
3:00 pm 
3:15 pm
Sarah Gillis, Ph. D.
 An Overview of Evidence Based Treatments for Eating Disorders
4:00 pm 
Closing Remarks/Adjourn

Program Information Program Faculty

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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


CHOC Children's Hospital
  1201 W La Veta 2nd Floor, Wade Center
Orange, CA 92868
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For information call 714-509-8475 or email msowa@choc.org


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