Cristin Runfola, Ph.D. is a post-doctoral research fellow with the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from the Palo Alto University, and B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at UNC-Chapel Hill. She also received training in eating disorders treatment and research at Stanford University and at the University of San Diego, California (UCSD).
Dr. Runfola is passionate about eating disorders research, treatment, and advocacy. She co-developed and is primary collaborator for Embody Carolina, an organization dedicated to preparing students to serve as compassionate and effective allies to those struggling with eating disorders. Her primary research interests are in treatment development and efficacy for eating disorders, psychosocial risk factors of disordered eating and body dissatisfaction in men and women across the lifespan, and diagnosis and classification of night eating. Dr. Runfola is an individual therapist for the (UCAN) study and group therapist for the (CBT4BN) study. She also conducts individual therapy in the eating disorders outpatient clinic.
Dr. Runfola serves as a committee member for the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) Membership Recruitment/Retention Committee (MRRC) and Electronic Media Committee. She organizes annual events on the UNC campus during NEDAwareness Week. 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 Order of the Chocolate Fish (OFC) in 2012 for her service and dedication to the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders.
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