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Judith Brisman

Founder, Eating Disorder Resource Center

Judith Brisman, Ph.D. is one of the pioneers in the field of eating disorders. She opened the first center in the United States dedicated to the treatment of bulimia. Initially called Bulimia Treatment Associates, now the Eating Disorder Resource Center, these centers, based in New York City, were among the first programs in which the original treatment of bulimia developed. Over the last 25 years, the therapeutic programs have expanded to include work with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other body image disorders.

Dr. Brisman is well-respected in the eating-disorder community for her ongoing contributions to the field. Her work focuses on the need for direct intervention with disordered eating, while maintaining a sensitive exploration of the psychological factors involved. She is co-author of Surviving an Eating Disorder, which was the first book of its kind to offer effective solutions and support for family and friends of those with eating disorders. Now, years after its publication, Surviving an Eating Disorder continues to be a best-seller in its field.

Dr. Brisman is on the editorial board of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. In addition to being the director of EDRC, she is an associate editor for the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and she is a supervisor of psychotherapy and on the teaching faculty at the William Alanson White Institute. She has published and lectured extensively regarding the interpersonal treatment of eating disorders, and she is well known for her expertise in running training seminars and presentations.

In addition to being the director of the Eating Disorder Resource Center, Dr. Brisman maintains a private practice in Manhattan. Perhaps her most extensive experience comes from raising her twin daughters who teach her more than any training program could possibly allow.