Greater Kansas City 

Psychological Association

Understanding the Neurobiology of Restrictive Eating Disorders to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment

  • June 23, 2023
  • 2 sessions
  • June 23, 2023, 2:00 PM 4:00 PM (CDT)
  • June 23, 2023, 4:00 PM 6:00 PM (CDT)
  • Gladstone Community Center: 6901 N. Holmes Street, Gladstone, MO 64118


  • Students enrolled in a graduate program in psychology are welcome to attend this presentation at no cost. If they attend the entire presentation, they will be granted free student membership to GKCPA through June 30, 2023.

Understanding the Neurobiology of Restrictive Eating Disorders to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment

Presented by 

                                      Dr. Lauren Breithaupt

Receive 2 CE's 

PLEASE NOTE: This will be an in-person training from 2-4pm CST with an optional happy hours from 4-6pm CST.

Gladstone Community Center

6901 N. Holmes Street, Gladstone, MO 64118

Eating disorders are among the most lethal psychiatric disorders, yet the underlying neurobiological mechanisms are poorly understood, and current treatments show limited efficacy. Despite these alarming statistics, research funding allocation to eating disorders remains miniscule compared to other psychiatric illnesses. The absence of any universally agreed upon clinical endpoint has prevented clinicians and researchers from developing or utilizing objective biomarkers of illness severity or treatment response. The current talk with provide an overview of the key diagnostic psychological and biological features of restrictive eating disorders and current treatments for eating disorders. Next, we will discuss novel neuroscience research and how this information can improve diagnosis and treatment of restrictive eating disorders.


Dr. Lauren Breithaupt is a clinical psychologist and cognitive neuroscience, with a clinical and research specialty on the treatment of eating disorders. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Breithaupt’s research focuses on identifying neurobiological mechanisms involved in eating disorder. Recent research has focused on immune and endocrine systems impact on the brain networks underlying disordered eating patterns, and how changes in these systems relate to the development, course, and treatment of eating disorders. The ultimate goal of this work is to rigorously apply findings from biological, genetic, and environmental risk investigations to refine and personalize detection and treatment of eating disorders. To date, Dr. Breithaupt has published over 50 peer- reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and received federal, foundational, and university- based funding for my studies on eating disorders.


  • List 2 key diagnostic features of restrictive eating disorders.
  • Identify 2 biological or genetic factors that contribute to the development of restrictive eating disorders.
  • Name 2 current evidence-based treatments for restrictive eating disorders in adolescents and adults.


      Gladstone Community Center

      6901 N. Holmes Street, Gladstone, MO 64118

      The deadline to register is 6 PM on June 22nd.

      COST: Free for GKCPA members and Students. $15 for nonmembers/guests.

      This is only approved as a live, interactive CE presentation. Participants will have the same physical presence expectations through video that would be required for in-person events to gain CE credit.

      Greater Kansas City Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Greater Kansas City Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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