Board of Directors
Andrew Walen, LCSW-C
Founder and Executive Director of The Body Image Therapy Center, Columbia, Maryland
Andrew Walen is the founder and Executive Director of The Body Image Therapy Center in Columbia, Maryland (www.thebodyimagecenter.com). He is a psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders, substance abuse, body image, anxiety and depression, self-harm, and self-esteem. He is an active author, speaker, and advocate on these issues.Mr. Walen currently serves as VP of the executive board for the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders (NAMED). He was also a founding board member of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). He has appeared on The Today Show, was featured in The New York Times, and interviewed on television and radio stations in the Baltimore/DC area as an expert in the field of eating disorders. In addition, he has authored numerous articles and presented workshops on eating disorders, body image disturbance, exercise addiction, bariatric surgery recovery, and binge eating disorder. His first book, Man Up to Eating Disorders, which is a memoir and self-help book directed at males with an emphasis on binge eating disorder, was published May 2014.
Mr. Walen is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Social Work in Nashville. He also is a published singer/songwriter and performs regionally (www.andrewwalen.com).
Stuart Murray, DClinPsych, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California, San Diego
Honorary Associate, University of Sydney
Tiffany Ashton Brown, M.S.
Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology, Florida State University
Psychology Resident, University of California, San Diego/VA
Tom Wooldridge, PsyD
Chair, Department of Psychology, Golden Gate University and Private Practice
Tom Wooldridge, Psy.D. is Department Chair and Nigel Miner Research Chair in the Department of Psychology at Golden Gate University. His clinical and research interests focus on anorexia nervosa. He has published articles and book chapters on eating disorders and males as well as on so-called ‘pro-anorexia’ forums. In addition, Tom has a small private practice in Berkeley where he sees individuals, couples, and families and is a candidate at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California.
Kyle Ganson, LICSW
Member at Large
Kyle T. Ganson, LICSW is clinical social worker in private practice in Concord, MA. He is also a doctoral student and adjunct professor at Simmons College in Boston, MA. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and MSW from Wheelock College. In his practice, Kyle works with boys and men with mental illness, individuals experiencing eating disorders, anxiety, and depression, as well as caregivers of those with mental illness. His research interests overlap with his clinical practice, specifically men’s mental illness and eating disorders, along with the education of male social workers. Kyle has presented at national and international conferences on topics including self-disclosure, group dynamics, and the use of photography with adolescents experiencing mental illness.
PhD candidate at the University of Sydney
Research fellow at the Redleaf Practice
Research associate at the Butterfly Foundation
Brian Pollack, LCSW, CEDS
Member at Large
Brian Pollack maintains a position at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Eating Disorder Program as a Primary Therapist on the Inpatient, Partial, and IOP levels of care providing Child, Adolescent, Adult, and Family Counseling. He received his Masters in Social Work from NYU and a BFA from Syracuse University. His experience encapsulates the full range of eating disorders from Anorexia, Bulimia, to Binge Eating Disorder and he currently is on the certification track to obtain this CEDS (Certified Eating Disorder Specialist). As a psychotherapist he is experienced with co-occurring disorders including substance abuse, mood disorders, and trauma and is one of the few male therapists in the state of New Jersey who specializes in eating disorder care.
Lena Sheffield, LMHC, CAP, MAC
Member at Large
Lena Sheffield, LMHC, CAP, MAC is in private practice in Miami, FL. She has been in the mental health and addiction field for over 30 years with an emphasis on eating disorders, anxiety, mood and compulsive disorders. She has been active in various eating disorder advocacy organizations around the U.S. and is currently on the EDCOM (eating disorders coalition of Miami) board. She has worked for several hospital/ residential treatment centers in various clinical, administrative, marketing and clinical education positions. She has presented extensively on eating disorders; with focus on co-existing substance use disorder, males, and/or Hispanic culture, to health care and mental health professionals, students, teachers and parents around the U.S.
NAMED Advisory Board
Arnold Andersen, MD
Professor Emeritus, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Douglas Bunnell, Ph.D., FAED, CEDS
National Clinical Development Officer, Monte Nido & Affiliates
Leigh Cohn, M.A.T., C.E.D.S.
Immediate Past President
Publisher at Gurze Books in Carlsbad, CA
Editor-in-chief, Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment & Prevention
Tom Hildebrandt, PsyD
Director, Eating and Weight Disorders Program; Mount Sinai Hospital, New York
Author and advocate, “The Dad Man”
Ray Lemberg, PhD
Author, private practice; Prescott, AZ
Jonathan Mond, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Australian National University
Margo Maine, PhD
Maine & Weinstein, West Hartford, CT
Russell Marx, MD
Associate Medical Director, Eating Recovery Center, Denver, CO
Roberto Olivardia, PhD
Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Lexington , Massachusetts
Mark Warren, MD, MPH, FAED
Chief Medical Officer, The Emily Program
Ted Weltzin, MD
Medical Director of Eating Disorders Services, Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc,WI