Cynthia Bulik

Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders and Founding Director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders; Professor of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health; and Associate Director, UNC Center for Psychiatric Genomics

PhD, FAED

 

Professor of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Founding Director, UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders

Professor, Dept of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Director, Centre for Eating Disorders Innovation, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Location:

Karolinska Institute – Sweden
UNC Hospitals – Chapel Hill

Education and Training:

B.A., Psychology, University of Notre Dame
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of California at Berkeley
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of California at Berkeley
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Clinical Research, National Institute of Mental Health and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellowship, MacArthur Network I Research Fellow, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Summary Statement:

Dr. Bulik’s teams at UNC (Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders-CEED) and Karolinska Institutet (Centre for Eating Disorders Innovation-CEDI) are dedicated to deepening our understanding of the underlying biology and genetics of eating disorders and to advancing the evidence base for the treatment of these illnesses. As the co-chair of the Eating Disorders Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC-ED), she leads this global effort to identify actionable genomic variation in eating disorders. In addition, together with her colleague Ian Carroll, PhD, she has launched the study of the role of the intestinal microbiome in eating disorders and is leading both population-level and intensive longitudinal clinical investigations of the intestinal microbiota in eating disorders. For the past decade, she has worked closely with her colleague, Donald Baucom, PhD, to develop and disseminate a suite of couple-based interventions for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. She is also serving as senior faculty on the SAMHSA-funded Eating Disorders Information and Training Network (EDIT-NET), which designates the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders as the National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. EDIT-NET will develop a nationwide network of diverse healthcare providers who are competent to detect, treat, and prevent eating disorders, and empower the public to find reliable and accurate information about eating disorders. EDIT-NET will become the national authoritative source for information and training in eating disorders.

 

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