Parisi Cummings to Present Research on Best Practices for Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

Melinda Parisi Cummings, Ph.D.

Melinda Parisi Cummings, Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychology at Holy Family University will be co-presenting with Robbi Alexander Ph.D. of Penn Medicine Princeton Health on March 18 at the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals annual symposium, which is being held virtually.

Dr. Parisi Cummings and Dr. Alexander are presenting on behalf of a multidisciplinary team of professionals from the Princeton Center for Eating Disorders. The presentation focuses on a novel approach to the treatment of severe and enduring anorexia nervosa. A licensed psychologist with over 20 years of eating disorders expertise, Dr. Parisi Cummings is a former Program Director of the Princeton Center for Eating Disorders Care at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center and is a consultant of the program and an affiliate member of the Penn Medicine Princeton medical staff.

The presentation, entitled “Is it Time for a Paradigm Shift? An Exploration of Best Practices for Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa,” examines four defining characteristics of severe and enduring anorexia nervosa (developed by approximately 20-25% of patients with anorexia nervosa), treatment recommendations based on research about the eating disorder, and the goals of a new inpatient treatment protocol for severe and enduring anorexia nervosa.

“I have been working with an amazing multidisciplinary team from the Princeton Center for Eating Disorders to review the literature on best practices for individuals with severe and enduring anorexia nervosa and develop an innovative treatment protocol to better address their needs,” said Dr. Parisi Cummings about her presentation. “I am thrilled to be presenting on this topic with Dr. Robbi Alexander on behalf of the team. This population has not been given as much attention in the research literature, and we must develop effective and accessible treatments for those with this form of the illness. In addition, it is essential to listen to the voices of those with lived experience this devastating disorder.”

For more information on the presentation, visit https://iaedp.confex.com/iaedp/2021/meetingapp.cgi/Session/4778

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