Clinical Assistant Professor
B.A., Psychology, San Diego State University
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University
Clinical Internship, Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Runfola is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Global Foundation for Eating Disorders (GFED) Scholar with the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. She oversees Embody Carolina, an organization dedicated to preparing students to serve as compassionate and effective allies to those struggling with eating disorders. Dr. Runfola received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University and B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University while also receiving specialized training in eating disorders treatment and research at Stanford University and the University of San Diego, California (UCSD), respectively. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship and T32 post-doctoral research fellowship in eating disorders at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Her research focuses on the epidemiology of dysregulated eating and weight concerns in undeserved populations and her primary interest is in developing and testing the efficacy of clinical interventions designed to improve outcome for eating disorders. Dr. Runfola sees individuals with eating disorders in the outpatient setting and serves as a study therapist for clinical trials including Uniting Couples in the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa (UCAN). With support from GFED, she is currently adapting the UCAN treatment for couples in which one member has bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, or other eating disorders such as purging disorder or night eating syndrome. (UNITE)
Dr. Runfola is a recipient of the APA Superior Research Award, the NIMH/AED Early Career Investigator Travel Fellowship Award, NEDA Top Fundraising Award, and UNC-CH Martin S. Wallach Award for Outstanding Clinical Psychology Intern of the Year. She was inducted into the (OFC) in 2012 for her service and dedication to the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. She is engaged in advocacy and holds leadership positions within the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED).
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