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The Seventh Annual Veritas Collaborative Symposium on Eating Disorders

September 14-15, 2018

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Please join us for the 7th Annual Veritas Collaborative Symposium on Eating Disorders.

The Veritas Collaborative Symposium on Eating Disorders offers medical and mental health professionals the opportunity to learn from experts in the field to better apply best-practice care for patients and their families and provides up to 12.5 continuing education credits. With a multidisciplinary team of speakers, the Symposium aims to define the role of biology in the development of eating disorders; promote evidence-based identification, diagnosis, and treatment of eating disorders for all persons, including those with complex presentations; and emphasize key components for eating disorder recovery. In short, the Symposium seeks to advance access to care for all persons affected by eating disorders.


Kamryn T. Eddy - Veritas Collaborative

Kamryn T. Eddy PhD

Dr. Kamryn Eddy is the co-director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program and associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Eddy is a clinical psychologist and her outpatient clinical program serves patients and families with all types of eating disorders. She has expertise in family-based treatment and cognitive…

Kelly Klump - Veritas Collaborative

Kelly Klump PhD

Kelly Klump is an MSU Endowed Professor at Michigan State University.   Her research focuses on genetic and biological risk factors for eating disorders using human and animal models. Dr. Klump has published over 185 papers and has received a number of awards, including the David Shakow Award for Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology from…

William Sharp - Veritas Collaborative

William Sharp PhD

Dr. William Sharp is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and Director of the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, GA, whose mission is to enhance the overall quality of life for children and their families by providing evidenced-based, comprehensive care for the medical, behavioral, nutritional,…

Kyle Simmons - Veritas Collaborative

Kyle Simmons PhD

Dr. Simmons completed his Ph.D. at Emory University, and his postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health.  His research examines the neural bases of body-brain signaling, and how humans use signals from the body to guide decision-making and regulate emotions.  The goal of his research is to elucidate how the body’s homeostatic state…

Lucene Wisniewski - Veritas Collaborative

Lucene Wisniewski PhD, FAED

Lucene Wisniewski, PhD, FAED is a clinician, trainer and researcher whose interests center around using empirically founded treatments to inform clinical practice.  Lucene, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, has taught more than 150 workshops, lectures and presentations on Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior Therapies internationally and has over…

Tim Brewerton - Veritas Collaborative


Dr. Tim Brewerton is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he is also in private practice. He is board certified in general, child/adolescent and forensic psychiatry, as well as addiction medicine; a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of…

Leslie Cox - Veritas Collaborative

Leslie Cox MS, RD, CSP, LD, CEDRD

Leslie Cox is a registered dietitian specializing in eating disorders in children and adolescents.  She is a founding member of the inpatient medical stabilization team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  In 2012, Leslie and her colleagues at Children’s developed a clinical guideline for the management of patients admitted with an eating disorder.   In the Atlanta…

Laura Doerr - Veritas Collaborative

Laura Doerr MD, FAAP

Laura Doerr is a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. She is part of the Scottish Rite Pediatric and Adolescent Consultants Group but also part of the Inpatient Eating Disorder team and assist nutritionists, psychiatrists and case managers in medical stabilization of these patients.

Leah Graves - Veritas Collaborative

Leah Graves RD, LD, CEDRD, FAED

Leah Graves is the Senior Director of Nutrition Services for Veritas Collaborative and has been treating patients with eating disorders for over 30 years. She is highly respected within the eating disorders field for her expertise in medical nutrition therapy, nutrition counseling, clinical supervision, and research. A founding member of the Academy for Eating Disorders,…

Laura Hill - Veritas Collaborative

Laura Hill PhD

Dr. Laura Hill is a specialized eating disorder consultant on brain-based eating disorder treatment approaches to professionals globally. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at The Ohio State University. She is one of the original founders of the Academy for Eating Disorders in 1993 and was Director of The…

Maryann Jacob - Veritas Collaborative

Maryann Jacob MD, MS

Dr. Jacob is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and adult psychiatrist. She works currently as a consultation-liaison psychiatrist for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta evaluating and treating co-morbid psychiatric illness in a medical hospital setting. Additionally, she works on a team that has helped formulate an eating disorders protocol for patient’s admitted for…

Page Love - Veritas Collaborative

Page Love MS, RDN, CSSD, LD

Page Love is a registered dietitian specializing in sports nutrition therapy for eating disorder clients.  She developed the nutrition program for Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders and led their core nutrition therapy group and local ANAD groups for the past 22 years. She has served as a consultant to The Renfrew Center, Eating Recovery Center,…

Anna Tanner - Veritas Collaborative


Dr. Anna Tanner is a board-certified pediatrician with almost 20 years of experience providing care for children, adolescents, and young adults. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Williams College, Dr. Tanner completed medical school and residency at Vanderbilt University. She then joined the faculty at Vanderbilt, working as a Clinical Instructor in the…

Steven Tsao - Veritas Collaborative

Steven Tsao PhD

Dr. Steven Tsao is an expert on OCD, having served as a Staff Psychologist at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School and the Clinic Director at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a co-founder of the Center for Anxiety & Behavior Therapy, a…


Physicians in pediatrics and family practice, Psychiatrists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Dietitians, Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Health Educators, and other healthcare providers working with patients with eating disorders


At the conclusion of this knowledge-based program, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify at least three interventions for patients with comorbid obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders
  • Summarize developmental changes in genetic risk for eating disorders across adolescence
  • Label brain areas that impact eating disorders
  • Describe the potential contribution of medical and developmental factors in the development of feeding disorders in infants and young children
  • Discuss patient variables that mitigate or increase long-term risk for poor outcomes of anorexia and bulimia nervosa
  • Distinguish the role coaches can play in the identification of eating disorders among athletes and illustrate ways to incorporate coaches into an athlete’s recovery process
  • Identify the different types of DBT available for clients (DBT for BED/BN, DBT for multicomplex EDs, RODBT) and determine which is most effective for each diagnosis
  • Discuss recent functional neuroimaging and psychophysiological evidence demonstrating that the brains of patients with anorexia nervosa may perceive some peripheral body signals differently, and that these differences may influence how their brains respond to food cues
  • Explain three challenges faced in treating patients with eating disorders in the acute care medical setting


Friday, September 14th

  • 7:30AM Registration & Breakfast
  • 8:30AM Hormones and Genetics: Neurobiological Risk Factors for Eating Disorders in Women across Development (Keynote Address: Kelly Klump, PhD)
  • 10:00AM Break
  • 10:15AM Breakout Sessions
    • Building a Hospital-based Medical Stabilization Team: The Children’s Healthcare Experience (Breakout A: Leslie Cox, MS, RD, CSP, LD, CEDRD, Laura Doerr, MD, FAAP & Maryann Jacob, MD, MS)
    • Obsessed and Hungry: Understanding OCD and Eating Disorders (Breakout B: Steve Tsao, PhD)
    • Seeking Connected-eating:  Neurobiologically-informed Nutrition Therapy for Eating Disorders (Breakout C: Leah Graves, RD, LD, CEDRD, FAED)
  • 11:45AM Lunch
  • 12:30PM Workshop: A Brain-based Approach to Eating Disorders Treatment (Laura Hill, PhD)
  • 2:30PM Breakout Sessions
    • Eating Disorders in Children (Breakout A: Anna Tanner, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, CEDS)
    • Understanding and Treating the Triad: Eating Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, and PTSD (Breakout B: Tim Brewerton, MD, DFAPA, FAED, DFAACAP, HCEDS)
    • Running on Empty: Sport Nutrition Therapy Case Studies of Athletes During their Recovery Process and a New Community Based Online Education Program for Coaches and Exercise Professionals (Breakout C: Page Love, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD)
  • 4:00PM Break
  • 4:15PM Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders – A Historical Subtype of Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) (Keynote Address: Will Sharp, PhD)
  • 6:00-9PM Social Event

Saturday, September 15th

  • 8:00AM Breakfast
  • 9:00AM Eating Disorder Recovery: Long-Term Outcomes (Keynote Address: Kamryn Eddy, PhD)
  • 10:30AM Break
  • 10:45AM The Role of DBT in the Treatment of Complex Eating Disorders (Keynote Address: Lucene Wisnewski, PhD, FAED)
  • 12:15PM Lunch
  • 1:15PM Exploring the Relationship between Anorexia Nervosa and Altered Brain-Body Signaling (Keynote Address: Kyle Simmons, PhD)
  • 2:45-5PM Tours of the Child & Adolescent Hospital in Atlanta


The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North

7 Concourse Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA 30328

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Situated on a private lake, The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North is a tranquil retreat from the city for business and leisure travelers. Less than 2 miles from Perimeter Mall, the hotel is within 15 miles of downtown, the Georgia Aquarium, and the Atlantic Station retail and entertainment district.

To make a reservation with our group rate, please book with The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North before August 11, 2018.




  • Super Early Bird: $175 (available until May 31, 2018)
  • Early Bird: $225 (available until July 31, 2018)
  • Early Bird Student: $165 (available until July 31, 2018)
  • General Admission: $275
  • Student: $195
  • Single-Day: $150
  • Student Single-Day: $100
  • Buy 3, Get 1 FREE: $205

Tickets may be purchased day-of at the event location. No refunds will be issued after September 6, 2018. Substitutions are encouraged. Registration includes presentation materials and certificate of completion. A map and directions to the event location can be found in the Location section above. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both Friday and Saturday. 

This program provides up to 12.5 continuing education credits. 

  • Registration
    Sep 14, 7:30AM
  • Program Begins
    Sep 14, 8:30AM  ·  Sep 15, 9:00AM
  • Program Ends
    Sep 14, 5:30PM  ·  Sep 15, 2:45PM


Veritas Collaborative is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Veritas Collaborative maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program provides up to 12.5 continuing education credits.

Veritas Collaborative has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6885. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Veritas Collaborative is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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This activity has been submitted for approval as a continuing professional education activity by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Other health professionals will receive a certificate of attendance. Veritas Collaborative recommends that participants contact their local licensing boards for specific questions regarding the acceptance of these contact hours as continuing education credits.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Approval for continuing medical education credits for physicians and nurses is pending.

Disclosure Statement: Veritas Collaborative conforms to APA Ethical Standards and continuing education standards and criteria. All speakers are required to disclose any commercial relationships or conflicts of interest at the educational activity.

Veritas Collaborative is fully committed to the principle of equal educational opportunities for all individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of any characteristic protected by federal or state law. If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to participate in programs or services, please call us at (919) 906-0366, no later than ten days before the program begins.