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Presentation Details and Presenter Bios

Food Insecurity and Eating Disorders:
Finding Common Ground to Reduce Suffering
by Carolyn Black Becker, PhD, ABPP

Eating disorders are frequently thought to be a problem for thin, White, affluent girls and young women. Yet increasingly, researchers are discovering that not only is this stereotype incorrect, it also has created significant barriers to care for millions of people. In 2016, an interdisciplinary research team at Trinity University launched an innovative study exploring the link between food insecurity and eating disorders in partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank. This talk will discuss findings from both the 2016 study and follow-up research so as to explore areas of overlap between the fields of eating disorders and food insecurity.

Dr. Carolyn Black Becker is a Professor of Psychology and a board certified, licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in eating disorders and community participatory research. Dr. Becker’s work primarily focuses on the implementation of scientifically-supported interventions in “real world” settings. Dr. Becker is a past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and current president of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. She is a fellow of the AED, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Becker has received numerous awards including the Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness granted by the National Eating Disorders Association and the Research Practice Partnership Award from the AED. Dr. Becker’s work has been covered by a number of media outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN and US News and World Report.


A Father’s Journey:
5 Ways We Must Change Eating Disorder Healthcare

by Craig Kramer, Global Mental Health Ambassador, Johnson & Johnson

One in five adults in the US experiences mental illness in a given year, and, as a result of stigma and lack of access to care, twice as many people die from suicide in the US every year as died from HIV at the peak of the epidemic.  These numbers are staggering and are impacting every person, family, and business in America.   At the center of the epidemic are eating disorders, the deadliest mental illness that affects 10% of Americans.  This session will focus on the experience of one father of an ED patient, and the global movement he and his company, the healthcare company Johnson & Johnson, are helping to create to transform mental healthcare worldwide.  Lessons for the ED community will be presented with the goal of empowering each of us to be a leader in this area for our communities.

Craig Kramer is Mental Health Ambassador and Chair, Global Campaign for Mental Health, in Neuroscience External Affairs at Janssen R&D, a Johnson & Johnson company.

In this capacity, Craig leads a Johnson & Johnson team that seeks to transform mental health care globally by raising awareness, reducing stigma, promoting research, improving access, and ensuring better patient outcomes.  Key initiatives include a global leaders’ coalition to champion proven, scalable reforms, including “next-in-class” workplace mental health practices.

Prior to this role, Craig held a variety of positions in global corporate and government affairs at Johnson & Johnson and worked as a lawyer in the U.S. Congress, a Washington, D.C., law firm, and an international human rights organization. 

Craig is a graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, the University of Michigan School of Law, and Harvard Business School’s General Management Program. He serves on the American Brain Coalition, mhNOW/citiesRISE, the DMAX Foundation, the Global Coalition on Youth Mental Health, International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders, International Schools Services, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, One Mind at Work, Project HEAL, and United for Global Mental Health.


Still Magic in the Mess:
Helping Black Women Heal from Eating Disorders

by Crista Gambrell, PhD, Assistant Director of Counseling Services at Virginia Wesleyan University and CEO/Founder of Gambrell Welllness

It’s the age of Black Girl Magic and Black Girls Rock. It seems everywhere you look there’s some celebration of the beauty and power of black women. While it’s true that black women are magic and black women do, indeed, rock, black women also struggle. Specifically, black women struggle with eating disorders.

This presentation will highlight statistics on the prevalence of disorder eating among black women. It will overview the cultural and contextual factors that contribute to disordered eating patterns. Finally, it will offer recommendations for engaging this population in treatment in a sensitive, compassionate, and culturally competent way.

Dr. Crista Gambrell (PhD, LPC) is a licensed professional counselor, speaker, and author in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She has been practicing full time for over ten years. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Counseling Services at Virginia Wesleyan University. She is also CEO and Founder of Gambrell Welllness, a prevention-focused wellness community, that promotes mindful living, movement, and mental health. Part of her unique approach to care comes from her personal journey toward wellness that she shares in her book, “Healing through Movement: Getting Back up after a Broken heart.” Her clinical interests include anxiety disorders, exercise and eating habits, women’s health concerns, and complementary and alternative approaches to healthcare. She is currently on indefinite sabbatical from outpatient private practice. However, you can connect with Dr. Crista virtually on her website: www.gambrellwellness.com, on Facebook: @gambrellwellness, and on Instagram: @drcristagambrell.