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Personality and Eating Disorders
PRESENTER: Susan McClanahan, Ph.D., CEDS
DETAILS: Eating disorders can often be difficult to diagnose and even more challenging to treat. When an eating disorder is comorbid with a personality disorder, as is often the case, supporting a client through recovery is even more challenging. This presentation will review epidemiology, etiology, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of comorbid eating and personality disorders. Discussion will include an overview of evidence-based treatments and indicators for the need to refer to a higher level of care.

1. Identify ways in which personality disorders may reflect trauma, traumatic stress and traumatic invalidation.
2. Discuss how trauma-informed care can be used to address particular psychological deficits of patients with comorbid eating and personality disorders.
3. Identify optimal approaches to teach families and loved ones to better support those with comorbid eating and personality disorders.

Provider Panel Discussion with Platinum Sponsor Eating Recovery Center
PRESENTERS: Susan McClanahan, Ph.D., CEDS, Senior Clinical Advisor for Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center and Hannah Gruenewald, MS, RD, LD, Clinical Nutrition Manager at Eating Recovery Center

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Susan McClanahan, Ph.D., CEDS

Susan McClanahan, Ph.D., CEDS is the Senior Clinical Advisor for Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center. Dr. McClanahan is a licensed clinical psychologist committed to leadership, teaching, training, research, and advocacy in the field of eating disorders and general mental health. Having specialized in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder for the past 25 years, Dr. McClanahan is a leading expert in the field. She holds an Assistant Professor position at both Rush Medical Center and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. McClanahan’s expertise is sought after at many major national conferences and events.

Hannah Gruenewald, MS, RD, LD
Hannah Gruenewald is a Registered Dietitian and Clinical Nutrition Manager at Eating Recovery Center in Chicago IL. Her work in the Binge Eating Treatment & Recovery Program (BETR) stems from a HAES-informed lense and centers around a strict anti-diet approach in how we nourish and care for ourselves. Hannah is dedicated to empowering her clients in health and body autonomy as they navigate their recovery journey.