Dr. Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D. is the William R. and Jeanne H. Jordan Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is also Professor of Nutrition in the School of Public Health and the Director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Bulik has been conducting research and treating individuals with eating disorders since 1982. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She completed internships and post-doctoral fellowships at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA. She developed outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient services for eating disorders both in New Zealand and in the United States. Her research has included treatment, laboratory, epidemiological, twin and molecular genetic studies of eating disorders and body weight regulation. More recently she has begun to explore innovative means of integrating technology into treatment for eating disorders and obesity in order to broaden the public health reach of our interventions. She has active research collaborations throughout the United States as well as in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Austria, and Germany. Dr. Bulik has written over 300 scientific papers and chapters on eating disorders and is author of the books Eating Disorders: Detection and Treatment (Dunmore) and Runaway Eating: The 8 Point Plan to Conquer Adult Food and Weight Obsessions (Rodale), and a CD-ROM for the treatment of binge eating disorder and overweight (POWER: Preventing Overweight with Exercise and Reasoning). She is a recipient of the Eating Disorders Coalition Research Award, the Hulka Innovators Award, the Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership Award for Research, the National Eating Disorders Association Research Award, and the Carolina Women's Center Women's Advocacy Award. She is a past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders, Vice President of the Eating Disorders Coalition and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Dr. Bulik holds the first endowed professorship in eating disorders in the United States. To balance her life, she is happily married, a mother of three and a gold medalist in ice dancing.
Effective treatments for binge eating disorder exist, yet I have been constantly frustrated by how difficult it is for people to find effective treatment. We develop superb treatments in our ivory towers, but the lag time until these treatments reach the people who need them is unacceptable. Also, many people just live too far from an academic medical center to be able to access proven treatments like cognitive-behavioral therapy-which forms the foundation for Crave. Even when people do live near a specialized center, problems like parking, convenience, and our increasingly busy lives can get in the way of getting the health care we need. So rather than just having you come to treatment, I decided to bring the treatment to you. Crave might be all you need to overcome binge eating disorder or it might be the first step in a series of steps that you take to get your eating under control. Regardless, just picking up the book and beginning to understand what binge eating disorder is, is the first step in recovery.
Runaway Eating: The 8-Point Plan to Conquer Adult Food and Weight Obsessions
The first book to address a disturbing new trend: dangerous eating patterns in midlife women that can have serious health consequences.
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Obesity and Anorexia: How Can They Coexist?
Eating Disorders: Fighting Stigma with Science
The Disorder Next Door - Self Magazine May 2008 Issue
Dr. Bulik on the Today Show
Dr. Bulik discusses eating disorders