Lea Thaler is a clinical and research psychologist in the Eating Disorders Continuum at the Douglas University Institute in Montreal, Quebec. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. Dr. Thaler received her B.A. in Honours Psychology from McGill University and then completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her current research focuses on the epigenetics of eating disorders, as well as on factors such as motivation and support that influence eating disorder treatment outcome.
Kim Williams is the Clinical Operations Manager of Looking Glass Residence, a residential eating disorder treatment program for youth at BC Children’s Hospital. She has a Masters of Arts in Health Leadership, a Bachelor of Science degree, and is a registered dietitian. Kim has worked in the area of eating disorders for over 20 years and has published and presented her work on eating disorders nationally and internationally. Her interests include residential treatment, patient and family centered care, chronic eating disorders, and motivational work.
Dr. Nicole Obeid is the Lead for Research and Outcomes Management for the Eating Disorder Program at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and is also an Adjunct professor with the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She completed her doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Ottawa in 2013 and has recently completed the Global Clinical Scholar Research Training Program at Harvard Medical School (June 2016), where the focus of the program was in research methodology, clinical trials and epidemiology. She has worked in the field of eating disorders for over a decade and has authored many peer-reviewed articles and spoken at numerous national and international conferences. Dr. Obeid’s primary research interests surround predictors and outcome trajectories involved in refractory-type eating disorders, evaluation of child and youth mental health treatment programs, biopsychosocial models of eating and weight related disorders, and pediatric clinical epidemiological research related to eating disorders and obesity.
Gisele Marcoux-Louie has been the research and evaluation analyst with the Eating Disorder Program in Calgary, Alberta since 2007 and is responsible for coordinating the collection and reporting of program and patient outcomes. She is also an adjunct associate professor of the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Gisele received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Communications from the University of Calgary and then completed her MSc in Public Health through the University of Alberta while she played a lead role in developing and validating the Eating Disorder Quality of Life Scale (EDQLS). Gisele advocates for the use of program data to inform clinical practice and seeks opportunities to improve program access and efficiencies. She has in-depth expertise in EDs but has also conducted and assisted research with broader health and mental health populations.
Dr. Jennifer Coelho is a Psychologist in the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for Children and Adolescents at BC Children’s Hospital, Investigator at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. She is a clinician and a researcher, and provides evidence-based therapies for eating disorders. Her research focuses on factors that are involved in the development and maintenance of eating disorders, and how to improve treatment outcomes in children and youth with eating disorders. She strives to integrate and apply her research findings to improve clinical care for youth and their families. Dr. Coelho brings an international perspective to her work, having previously trained and worked in Europe (including the Netherlands and France) and Australia. Details of Dr. Coelho’s publications are available on Research Gate and Google Scholar.
Dr. Gina Dimitropoulos is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, and is cross appointed with the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating evidence-based treatments for adolescents and emerging adults with eating disorders, examining the transitions in care for individuals transferring from pediatric to adult care, and assessing treatment fidelity and therapeutic alliance in Family Based Treatment (FBT). She most recently pioneered an adaptation to FBT for transition age youth (age 17-21). More recently, Dr. Dimitropoulos’ work focuses on capturing the experiences of FBT clinicians working with diverse families of varying races, ethnicities, cultures, religious affiliations, socioeconomic status, family history, Indigeneity, and sexual/gender classifications. She is a recognized expert in qualitative and mixed methods research, and is frequently called upon as a key investigator for various implementation science projects in eating disorders.