Feeding Hope Fund for Clinical Research & Training

Announcing the 2014 Feeding Hope Fund Grant Winners!

NEDA is proud to announce the winners of the Feeding Hope Fund grants, whose innovative research projects will also make progress in the ways we treat eating disorders. The two awardees, who were selected by NEDA’s board of directors and research advisory council, will each receive grants of $100,000.

The two winning proposals are:

  • Christina Wierenga, Ph.D. and Kerri Boutelle, Ph.D. of the University of California, San Diego and Laura Hill, Ph.D from the Center for Balanced Living, with the proposal titled, "An Innovative Family Based Treatment for Adults with Anorexia Nervosa Using Insights from Neurobiology"
  • Joanna Steinglass, M.D., Timothy Walsh, M.D., and Evelyn Attia, M.D., of Columbia University Medical Center, with the proposal titled, "Changing Habits in Anorexia Nervosa: A Novel Approach." 

Since its inception in 2013, NEDA has awarded $600,000 through the Feeding Hope Fund to further research in the field of eating disorders.

What is the Feeding Hope Fund?

The Feeding Hope Fund will raise restricted funds designated for the distinct purpose of providing grants to:

  • qualified clinical researchers who have been selected through our very competitive application process
  • qualified clinical experts providing creative submissions for advancing the training and dissemination of evidence based treatments to fellow clinicians

 In 2013, NEDA Awarded the Inaugural ‘Feeding Hope Fund’ Grants!

$400,000 was Presented for Research & Training in the Field Based on Program Innovation and Clinical Impact

The 2013 recipients are: Daniel LeGrange, PhD from the University of Chicago with the proposal entitled “Family Based-Treatment Without Borders: Utilizing Telemedicine to Deliver Family-Based Therapy (FBT)." The second winning grant proposal comes from Denise Wilfley, PhD from Washington University in St. Louis with the proposal entitled “Harnessing Technology for Training Therapists to Deliver Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). The two awardees, which were selected by NEDA’s Research Advisory Council and approved by our board of directors, will each receive two-year grants of $200,000 ($100,000 annually). Projects were selected based on an emphasis of program innovation and projected clinical impact.

Read more about the 2013 winning proposals »


Why support the Feeding Hope Fund?

Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illnesses. Considering 30 million people will have an eating disorder during their lifetime, research funding in this field is negligible, compared to other serious mental illnesses.

What will my investment do?

Your investment will address several key strategic goals of the Feeding Hope Fund. It will support and encourage clinical research in the field, provide models of dissemination and training, and inspire others to step forward, so that treatments are improved and a cure within our reach.

" I have always felt that eating disorders suffer the most persistent discrimination within the mental health community in both insurance coverage and research funding. I commend NEDA for raising awareness to these issues and for setting the stage for progress."

- Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy

"...because they have the highest mortality rates of all mental disorders, further research to better understand eating disorders is critical... Research is our best hope for effective prevention and even better treatments in the future."

- Thomas Insel, M.D.
   Director, National Institute of Mental Health


By choosing a level of giving below, your tax deductable donation will widen a path of exploration and discovery into the causes, treatment and potential cure for eating disorders. At the national level, there are very few research dollars set aside compared to incidences of eating disorders. Your gift and our ability to drive research will result in a powerful partnership, sending a signal that significant funds need to be devoted to research.

  • $100,000
  • $50,000
  • $25,000
  • $10,000
  • $5,000
  • Tribute gift of $2013 in honor of our Feeding Hope Fund launch year
  • Other

At all levels, benefits include: exclusive invitations to research updates and events, Annual Report on research grant updates and recipients, listing on Feeding Hope Fund website and a commemorative pin to wear proudly to show your support.

*More than 90% of all gifts will go directly to research and training grant opportunites.