Board of Directors

Executive Committee


Andrew Walen

Andrew Walen, LCSW-C

President
Founder and Executive Director of The Body Image Therapy Center, Columbia, Maryland

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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

Stuart Murray, DClinPsych, PhD

Co-director
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California, San Diego
Honorary Associate, University of Sydney

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Dr Stuart Murray is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UCSD, leading international research into the nature of eating disorders amongst males. He has published extensively across a broad range of eating disorders in males, including anorexia nervosa and muscle dysmorphia, and his research has featured prominently in international journals, textbooks, media outlets and academic conferences. Stuart is also a clinical and academic supervisor, providing supervision to Doctoral level students working in the context of eating disorders in males.
Tiffany Ashton Brown

Tiffany Ashton Brown, M.S.

Vice President
Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology, Florida State University
Psychology Resident, University of California, San Diego/VA

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Tiffany A. Brown, M.S., is currently a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Florida State University, under the research mentorship of Dr. Pamela Keel, Ph.D. Her research interests include investigating sociocultural risk factors for eating disorders in males and the application and development of novel methods in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. Her dissertation combined the latter two lines of research by examining the efficacy of a cognitive dissonance-based eating disorder prevention program, The PRIDE Body Project, for gay males. With funding from the Global Foundation for Eating Disorders, she is currently expanding the eating disorder prevention program she adapted to men with body image concerns, regardless of orientation.
Tom Wooldridge

Tom Wooldridge, PsyD

Co-director
Chair, Department of Psychology, Golden Gate University and Private Practice

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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.

Board Members


Kyle Ganson

Kyle Ganson, LICSW

Member at Large
Licensed Psychotherapist

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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.

Scott Griffiths

Scott Griffiths

Secretary
PhD candidate at the University of Sydney
Research fellow at the Redleaf Practice
Research associate at the Butterfly Foundation

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Scott Griffiths is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, research fellow at the Redleaf Practice, and research associate at the Butterfly Foundation. His clinical and research interests focus on men with eating and body image disorders and men who use appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs. He has published extensively on male body dissatisfaction and muscularity-oriented eating disorder behaviours and on stigma in eating disorders. Scott has received a number of awards and scholarships for his research and has been interviewed by national radio, television and print-media. Scott works closely with the Butterfly Foundation to improve recognition and access to information and treatment for men with eating disorders.
Brian Pollack

Brian Pollack, LCSW, CEDS

Member at Large
Licensed Psychotherapist

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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

Lena Sheffield, LMHC, CAP, MAC

Member at Large
Licensed Psychotherapist

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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

Joe Kelly
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