National Eating Disorders Association

NEDACon is designed to bring together individuals and loved ones who are experiencing eating disorders or wanting to learn more about eating and body image issues for a day of local engagement with experts and community members.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, NEDACon shifted its focus in light of new safety regulations to offer virtual opportunities to host discussions related to the broader eating disorders community.

The Fall 2021 NEDACon will focus on research funded through the Feeding Hope Fund (FHF) illustrating the breadth and depth of the work in the field and highlighting the ongoing importance NEDA places on funding innovative research.

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Fall 2021

Understanding Barriers to Diagnosis and Treatment/Patient Engagement and Primary Care Physician Education

Presented by: Erikka Dzirasa, MD, MPH, DFAACAP (Project HEAL) and Rachel W. Goode, PhD, MPH, LCSW (UNC Chapel Hill)
Moderator: Liz Thompson, NEDA Interim CEO
In this presentation, Dr. Erikka Dzirasa discusses Project HEAL’s ongoing study with 2020 funding from the Feeding Hope Fund (FHF), Understanding Barriers to Diagnosis and Treatment, which aims to quantify the systemic barriers that people in the U.S. face when seeking ED treatment. Dr. Rachel Goode, discusses the findings from her 2018 FHF grant, Preventing Binge Eating Disorder among Black women in Primary Care, which involved key informant interviews with UNC Department of Family Medicine staff and participants to determine the accessibility of the AAT intervention in the primary care setting.

New Treatment Modalities Aimed at Expanding Access

Presented by: Terra Towne, PhD and Walter Kaye, MD (UCSD); Cristin Runfola, PhD and Debra Safer, MD (Stanford)
Moderator: Heather Hower, MSW, LICSW, QCSW, ACSW
Drs. Towne and Kaye discuss their ongoing project with recent Feeding Hope Fund (FHF) support, New Directions in Virtual and Online Temperament-Based Treatments for Eating Disorders, which aims to develop and test neurobiologically-targeted treatments for adults with Anorexia Nervosa to produce an virtual Intensive Family Treatment (IFT). Drs. Runfola and Safer present on their 2017 FHF, Virtual Reality Intervention Adaptation to a Real-World Clinic Setting, which aims to adapt and enhance existing virtual reality protocols for a U.S. population within an adult outpatient clinical setting.

Using Technology to Innovate Prevention

Presented by: C. Barr Taylor, MD (Stanford), Ellen Fitzsimmons-Craft, PhD (WashU), Michiel Rauws and Romi Sadlik (X2AI), Robert Morris, PhD (Koko AI), Nick Jacobson, PhD and Matthew Nemesure, PhD Candidate (Dartmouth)
Presenters discuss various projects in partnership with the Stanford-Washington University Eating Disorders team using technology to allow them to disseminate prevention resources to the public in an effort to reduce risk factors for eating disorders, including the Tessa™ chatbot program, with 2018 funding from the Feeding Hope Fund (FHF).

Thank you to our NEDACon Fall 2021 sponsors!