UNC Hospitals – Chapel Hill
Education and Training:
B.A., Psychology, Yale University
M.S., Clinical and Developmental Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., Clinical and Developmental Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
Clinical Internship, University of California at San Diego
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Psychology Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Zerwas’s research has two broad aims. The first focuses on dysregulated eating in childhood, psychiatric genetics, longitudinal data analysis, and defining eating disorders prodrome–early signs and symptoms that emerge before the onset of eating disorders–that could assist in early screening and detection. She conducts research on the emergence of dysregulated eating in childhood using the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort (MoBa), the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development datasets and plans on exploring the genetic risk factors for eating psychopathology across the lifespan. The second line of her research focuses on leveraging technology to improve eating disorders treatment. She coordinated “CBT4BN: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Bulimia Nervosa” which compared chat groups and face-to-face group therapy for bulimia nervosa and has worked extensively on an iPhone application to improve self-monitoring for patients with eating disorders. She is also active on Twitter and believes that social media use can assist eating disorders education, research, and advocacy.