This episode is an interview with Dr. Emily Pisetsky, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and licensed psychologist. First, Dr. Pisetsky shared how she became interested in clinical psychology and the pathway she took toward studying and treating eating disorders. Next, we talked about research on body image and eating disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Dr. Pisetsky shared useful tips for curating social media feeds to maximize mental health. In addition, Dr. Pisetsky discussed prevention and treatment approaches for mental health concerns during and after pregnancy (including the importance of social support). Dr. Pisetsky has made important contributions to the field of eating disorders through both research and clinical work, and I highly recommend keeping up with her through her Google Scholar and Twitter accounts! You can also check out Dr. Pisetsky’s faculty webpage and her recent article on emerging psychological treatments in eating disorders.
Resources for Mental Health During & After Pregnancy
This episode is an interview with Dr. April Smith, an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology. First, Dr. Smith shared how she became interested in her current research areas. Next, we talked about potential explanations for elevated suicidal behavior rates among people with eating disorders. Dr. Smith shared how her lab has investigated underlying factors through the lens of the interpersonal theory of suicide. In addition, Dr. Smith is conducting intriguing research on interoception (a person’s ability to sense what’s going on in their body) and its connections to these mental health issues. Dr. Smith’s innovative, scientific approach was fascinating to hear about, and we hope you enjoy learning about it!
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Recent articles from Dr. Smith and collaborators include: a meta-analysis on disordered eating and suicidal behavior, an examination of shared risk factors, and a review of research on eating disorders and suicidality.
You can read about her grant on interoceptive deficits and suicidality here.
Here is the Fox et al. (2019) paper that compares self-harm intentions underlying eating disorder and nonsuicidal self-injury behaviors, and here is the paper testing the four-function model of self-harm with binge eating and purging.
You can learn more about eating disorders here and suicide prevention here.
NOTE: This episode includes frank discussion of eating
disorder symptoms, weight, body image, depression, and related struggles.
Music critic and award-winning writer, Ken Capobianco, shares his story
about recovering from anorexia nervosa after 30 years. We talked about the ways
that dieting in his teen years escalated into an eating disorder and the
painful effects it had on his life. Ken shared how his book, Call Me
Anorexic: Ballad of a Thin Man, was written to reduce stigma and help men
with eating disorders understand that they’re not alone. Therapy, humor, and
social connections were crucial to Ken’s recovery. We discussed, in depth, the
parts of therapy and relationships he found helpful (and the ones that he
didn’t). Ultimately, Ken’s story is one of hope and a passion for helping
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