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Nancy L. Zucker PhD | Veritas Collaborative Staff

Dr. Zucker is the Founder and Director of the Duke Center for Eating Disorders (DCED), an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. Dr. Zucker’s attempts to understand how individuals learn to decode the signals from their body (e.g., like hunger pains or gut butterflies) and how they come to use (or not use) those body signals to help them make effective decisions (e.g., like eating when hungry) and learn to trust themselves. She studies these neurobiological and learning processes and then uses these findings to design innovative treatments. Thus, many of the treatments she has developed help individuals and their families to get better at and more comfortable with experiencing all the confusing messages their bodies may send- from fatigue, to emotional pain. She views that helping individuals to live effectively in their bodies is one of the cornerstones of eating disorder treatments.