Eating Disorders

Mental Health Professionals on the Eating Disorders Team

Annette has over 15 years of experience providing individual and group therapy and psychoeducational outreach to students with a range of eating concerns and has served as the clinical team leader since 2007. She has presented at national and international conferences on the treatment of eating disorders and is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders. She has conducted research on the impact of acculturation, depression, and body dissatisfaction on disordered eating and continues to be curious about social, cultural, and interpersonal factors that may contribute to the development and maintenance of eating disorders. Annette believes the journey toward recovery can be a challenging one but with the appropriate level of support from a multidisciplinary team of eating disorder professionals, students can learn healthy ways of coping with stressful situations; improve their relationships with food, self and others; develop problem-solving skills; improve body image; and maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Annette is fluent in Spanish.

Mary Beth’s research has focused on understanding body shame, including the ways in which media-based messages as well as important relationships impact this experience. She is particularly interested in helping students develop healthy relationships with food and their bodies.

Sadi has experience working individually and running group therapy with people who are struggling with eating disorders. She tailors her treatment to the individual’s unique presenting concerns and works to focus on an individual’s psychological health and overall well-being. Sadi supports the individual in their courageous journey toward eating disorder recovery.

Sául joined the Eating Disorders team in the summer of 2015. His work on this interdisciplinary team has informed his understanding of the benefit of treating eating concerns holistically, rather than focusing strictly on psychological factors. The work of eating disorder recovery is difficult. Sául believes that validating students’ struggle with recovery, educating them on the components of a comprehensive treatment plan, and providing support as students begin to make changes are crucial to effective intervention. Sául is fluent in Spanish.

Doreen has worked for many years as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. One of her main areas of interest is facilitating the emotional and psychological transition to adulthood. Eating disorders sometimes arise during this period of transitions. She understands that while a person may or may not be particularly distressed by eating disorder symptoms, these symptoms often do represent stress in one or more areas of a person’s life such as social, emotional, academics, and family. She takes a multidisciplinary approach in helping people recover from eating disorders. Doreen is fluent in Mandarin.

Hina joined the Eating Disorders team in 2017. She brings an integrative orientation to her clinical work with students who present with a range of eating concerns, combining aspects of psychodynamic and cognitive therapy. Her clinical and research interests include an exploration of how issues related to cultural identity impact students’ relationships with food and their bodies, and how sociocultural messages contribute to the development of eating disorders. Hina is fluent in Hindi and conversant in Urdu.

Medical Services Professionals on the Eating Disorders Team

Colby joined the eating disorders team in 2013 and has been working with those struggling with eating disorders and eating concerns for 9 years. Prior to coming to Columbia, Colby honed her skills as a dietitian at eating disorder treatment centers. She was involved in every level of therapeutic care, including the day program, the intensive outpatient program (IOP), and individual nutrition counseling. She gained vast experience in nutrition therapy for those struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive exercise, and other forms of disordered eating. Colby has also presented at national conferences on the treatment and care of eating disorders.

Doctor Eng is a board-certified family physician who also performs osteopathic manipulative treatment. She has spent her career practicing as a family physician in Philadelphia and New York City. Doctor Eng received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Aria Health (formerly Frankford Hospital) where she served as chief resident.

Roseann is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She began her career in women's health, working at several hospitals and two birthing centers, as well as Planned Parenthood. She transitioned to student health, when she worked at Fordham University Health Service for 12 years. She enjoys the diversity of student health and focuses on education and prevention as integral parts of treatment.

Doctor Richards is a board-certified family physician with special interests in reproductive health, behavioral health, health promotion, and osteopathic manipulative medicine. After receiving her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rowan University), Dr. Richards completed her family medicine residency at St. Barnabas Hospital. She spent the early part of her career as staff physician in St. Barnabas Hospital’s adolescent medicine department, where she helped write and implement a New York State Department of Health Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) grant. While there, she also helped develop the Teen Health Center and Supporting Youth Development programs. Prior to her transition to college health, she served as associate program director of the Family Medicine Residency at St. Barnabas Hospital.

Treatment

The eating disorders team understands the journey toward recovery can be a long and challenging one. For some students, treatment may require a higher level of care than what can be provided by Columbia Health. Therefore, the team is dedicated to assisting students in need of more intensive services (e.g., an intensive outpatient program) in identifying and getting connected with these services in the community, as recommended. Team members may also coordinate various outreach and educational on-campus activities related to eating concerns, weight management, nutrition, and body image.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Medical Services at 212-854-7426.

Schedule an appointment with Counseling and Psychological Services at 212-854-2878.

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