In this section
The Eating Disorders Research Program aims to improve
knowledge about effective management of anorexia nervosa and other restrictive
eating disorders in order to develop treatments that give the best chance for
A key project conducted by the Eating Disorders Research
Team was a clinical trial of a new form of family-based treatment (FBT) anorexia
nervosa. This treatment focused on parents seeing the therapist alone, rather
than the whole family seeing the therapist together. From 2010 to 2016, there
were 107 families involved in the study, making it the largest single-site study
of FBT in the world. The study has given services and families a new treatment
option for adolescents with anorexia nervosa.
currently underway include:
Hughes, E.K., Burton, C., Sawyer, S., &
Le Grange, D. (in press). Participation of mothers, fathers, and siblings in
family-based treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Accepted 16
September 2017. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2017.1390756.
Le Grange D., Hughes E.K., Court A., Yeo M., Crosby C., & Sawyer S.M.
(2016). Randomized clinical trial of parent-focused treatment and family-based
treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa. Journal
of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 55(8): 683-692. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2016.05.007
Sawyer, S.M., Whitelaw, M., Le Grange, D., Yeo, M., & Hughes, E.K. (2016). Physical and
psychological morbidity in adolescents with atypical anorexia nervosa. Pediatrics, 137(4): e20154080. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-4080.
Eating Disorders Service
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) - Eating Disorders
The Baker Foundation
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
The Royal Children’s Hospital
University of Melbourne
To find our
more or if you think you can help, contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the RCH Eating Disorders Service.