Jennie L. Lacy is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Duke University where she specialized in the treatment and research of eating disorders. Her research interests have targeted the link between emotion regulation and eating disorders. Clinically she has focused primarily on the treatment of eating disorders, as well as self-injurious behaviors, borderline personality disorder, and family therapy. She went on to complete her Clinical Psychology Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of California, San Diego at the UCSD Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program where she worked primarily with adolescents and college age individuals. During her time at UCSD she also received continued specialized training in working with families of individuals with eating disorders, as well as the neurobiology of eating disorders.
She has been working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders since 2004 and has extensive specialization in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Maudsley Family Therapy, and several other forms of family based treatment for eating disorders. She is experienced at treating anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and subclinical eating disorders. She has worked in inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient settings and has expertise in the implementation of empirically supported treatment and best practice eating disorder treatment. She believes strongly in an eclectic approach to therapy, pulling from various modalities as needed, thereby providing individualized treatment to individual cases. Therapeutically she strives to remain collaborative with the patient and family in her approach to treatment, and strongly believes in the importance of non-judgment and role it plays in one’s ability to approach change.
She conducts individual, group, family, and multi-family group therapies. One of her biggest passions is working with individuals and families to understand the nature of eating disorders and to help families feel more supported, involved, and empowered in their loved one’s treatment and long term recovery.