Eating Disorders

Following national standards for excellent care, Columbia Health has established a multi-disciplinary team of specialists on eating disorders. Students enrolled in Columbia Health are eligible to receive eating disorders assessments and counseling on-campus.

The Eating Disorders (ED) team at Columbia Health is comprised of medical providers and mental health practitioners, such as physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, and psychologists. Students initially demonstrating an eating concern will see a therapist, a nutritionist, and a medical provider for individualized assessments.

Getting Started

Contact CPS to schedule an appointment.

Members of the ED team work closely together to provide appropriate assessment of and treatment for students with a range of eating, weight, and body image concerns. The initial assessments will be reviewed by the ED team and recommendations for treatment and level of care will be provided to the student.

Eating Disorder Team/Mental Health Professionals

Annette Santiago Espana, Psychologist and Team Leader

Mika Awanohara, Psychologist

Carolyn Hahn, Psychiatrist

Lisa Cohen, Psychologist

Whitney Randall, Psychologist

Meghan Tatum, Social Worker 

Treatment

Students receiving care at Columbia Health may be provided with short-term individual psychotherapy, group counseling, nutrition counseling, and medical monitoring. The ED team will continue to assess a student's progress over time and make recommendations based on the student's engagement in treatment and level of functioning.

Additional Support

The ED team understands the journey toward recovery can be a long and challenging one. For some students, eating disorder treatment may require a higher level of care than what can be provided by Columbia Health. Therefore, the ED team is dedicated to assisting students in need of more intensive services (e.g., Intensive Outpatient Program) in identifying and getting connected with these services in the community, as recommended.

ED Team Outreach

ED team members may also coordinate various outreach and educational on-campus activities related to eating concerns, weight management, nutrition, and body image.

We look forward to collaborating with you on your journey toward a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Questions

For consultation or additional information, please contact Dr. Annette Santiago-España, Psychologist and Clinical Team Leader of the Eating Disorders Team at (212) 854-2878 or as3149@columbia.edu.

FAQs

Who should I contact for a medical concern related to an eating concern?

You should contact Medical Services by calling (212) 854-7426

Who should I contact if I wish to see a counselor for an eating disorder?

You should schedule an appointment at Counseling and Psychological Services by calling (212) 854-2878.

I have a friend who has an eating disorder. What should I do?

The ED team can also coach and consult with concerned friends, roommates, parents, athletic staff, deans, residence-life staff, and faculty.

Last updated October 30, 2014