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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, Berkeley
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Clinical Research, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellowship, MacArthur Network I Research Fellow, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Summary Statement:

Dr. Bulik’s research 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 founder and co-chair of the Eating Disorders Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC-ED), she leads the global effort to identify actionable genomic variation in eating disorders. She is Principal Investigator of the global Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Together with Ian Carroll, PhD she conducts population-level and intensive longitudinal clinical investigations of the intestinal microbiota in eating disorders. For the past decade, with Donald Baucom, PhD and Jennifer Kirby, PhD she has developed and disseminated a suite of couple-based interventions for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. She also serves as senior faculty on the SAMHSA-funded National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED)—the national authoritative source for information and training in eating disorders. She is dedicated to mentorship of junior investigators, especially women in STEM fields and is passionate about translating science for the public.

 

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