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Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders

Edited by B. Timothy Walsh, M.D., Evelyn Attia, M.D., Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D., and Robyn Sysko, Ph.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-509-3
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The recent publication of the revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has had a profound impact on the classification of eating disorders, introducing changes that were formalized after years of study by the Eating Disorders Work Group. The Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders is the only book that provides clinicians with everything they need to know to implement these changes in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. After an overview of feeding and eating disorders that systematically reviews the changes from DSM-IV to DSM-5, some of the foremost scholars in each area address eating disorders in adults, children and adolescents, and special populations. Chapters on assessment and treatment, along with accompanying videos, offer comprehensive, state-of-the-art coverage that will benefit clinicians in practice, such as psychiatrists and psychotherapists, as well as mental health trainees.

Clinicians will find the following features and content especially useful:

  • Five full chapters on assessment tools cover the evolution of measures and instruments, from the primitive beginnings to the cutting edge of new technological applications. The challenges of diagnosing feeding and eating disorders in children and adolescents are also addressed.
  • Treatment chapters cover restrictive eating, including anorexia nervosa and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, binge eating, including bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder, and other eating problems, including pica, rumination disorder, and night eating syndrome.
  • One chapter focuses on eating problems among men and boys, who have diverse presentations, and the motivations and body image disturbances that may differ from those typically found among females.
  • Because attunement to culturally and socially patterned characteristics of clinical presentation is essential to an informed and accurate mental health assessment, an entire chapter is devoted to clinical effectiveness in multicultural and cross-cultural settings.
  • Each chapter ends with key clinical points to help readers focus on the most salient content, test comprehension, and review for examinations.

Clinicians in both training and practice will find the book's up-to-date, DSM-5–compatible content to be utterly essential. The Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders belongs in the library of every mental health professional practicing today.


  • Contributors
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Video Guide
  • PART I: Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Classification of Eating Disorders
  • PART II: Evaluation and Diagnosis of Eating Problems
  • Chapter 2. Eating Problems in Adults
  • Chapter 3. Eating Problems in Children and Adolescents
  • Chapter 4. Eating Problems in Individuals With Overweight and Obesity
  • Chapter 5. Assessment of Eating Disorders and Problematic Eating Behavior in Bariatric Surgery Patients
  • Chapter 6. Eating-Related Pathology in Men and Boys
  • Chapter 7. Eating Problems in Special Populations: CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS
  • PART III: Assessment Tools
  • Chapter 9. Self-Report Assessments of Eating Pathology
  • Chapter 10. Use of the Eating Disorder Assessment for DSM-5
  • Chapter 11. Diagnosis of Feeding and Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents
  • Chapter 12. Application of Modern Technology in Eating Disorder Assessment and Intervention
  • PART IV: Treatment
  • Chapter 13. Treatment of Restrictive Eating and Low-Weight Conditions, Including Anorexia Nervosa and Avoidant/ Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
  • Chapter 14. Treatment of Binge Eating, Including Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating Disorder
  • Chapter 15. Treatment of Other Eating Problems, Including Pica and Rumination
  • Index


    Evelyn Attia, M.D.
    Anne E. Becker, M.D., Ph.D., S.M.
    Kelly C. Berg, Ph.D., LP
    Allegra Broft, M.D.
    Amanda Joelle Brown, Ph.D.
    Eva M. Conceicao, Ph.D.
    Katherine Craigen, Ph.D.
    Michael Devlin, M.D.
    Kamryn T. Eddy, Ph.D.
    Jo M. Ellison, Ph.D.
    Scott G. Engel, Ph.D.
    Kelsie T. Forbush, Ph.D., LP
    Eve Khlyavich Freidl, M.D.
    Loren Gianini, Ph.D.
    Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D.
    Neville H. Golden, M.D.
    Thomas Hildebrandt, Psy.D.
    Marsha D. Marcus, Ph.D.
    Laurel Mayer, M.D.
    James E. Mitchell, M.D.
    Rollyn M. Ornstein, M.D.
    Kathleen M. Pike, Ph.D.
    Christina A. Roberto, Ph.D.
    Janet Schebendach, Ph.D.
    Natasha A. Schvey, Ph.D.
    Joanna Steinglass, M.D.
    Robyn Sysko, Ph.D.
    Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, Ph.D.
    Jennifer J. Thomas, Ph.D.
    B. Timothy Walsh, M.D.
    Jennifer E. Wildes, Ph.D.
    Stephen A. Wonderlich, Ph.D.

About the Authors

B. Timothy Walsh, M.D., is Ruane Professor of Pediatric Psychopharmacology in Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Director of the Division of Clinical Therapeutics at New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York.

Evelyn Attia, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, and Director of the Eating Disorders Research Unit at New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York.

Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Psychologist at the Eating Disorders Research Unit at New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York.

Robyn Sysko, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Eating and Weight Disorders Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York.

This handbook is an essential all-in-one resource for every clinician who treats eating disorders. Everything you need to transition from DSM-IV to DSM-5 for all eating disorders including special populations is contained in this authoritative compilation. A first stop for clinical guidance and a must for your bookshelf.—Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, FAED, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

This timely and authoritative Handbook brings together outstanding experts who thoroughly discuss updated diagnoses of eating disorders according to DSM-5, describe their assessment using practical clinical instruments, and provide scholarly reviews and discussions of comprehensive psychosocial and biological treatment approaches. A wide range of clinicians including psychiatrists and other health and mental health professionals who treat eating disorder patients will greatly benefit from and highly value this welcome resource.—Joel Yager, M.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA; Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

This book written by experts on the various aspects of eating disorders will be particularly useful for those interested in the diagnosis and assessment of eating disorders. Too many books skip lightly over these important areas. Here you will find much substance.—Stewart Agras, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Timothy Walsh is one of the world's leading authorities on eating disorders. This well-researched and thorough guide, which he co-authored on the subject, will not only help clinicians and researchers better understand the condition, but also enable sufferers to get the help they so desperately need and deserve.—Joy Bauer MS, RDN—Nutrition and Health expert for NBC's TODAY Show, #1 New York Times bestselling author and founder of Nourish Snacks

This Handbook is actually an encyclopedic compendium of the most current research and state-of-the-art practical applications for the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders. The authors throughout this book are among the pre-eminent scholars and clinicians in this field, yet the writing is always accessible and relevant. This handy text will no doubt become the go to resource for a multi-disciplinary group of clinicians as well as academics.—Andrea Marks M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, AYAM: Adolescent-Young Adult Medicine

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