Agenda from the Eating Disorders in Women Workshop Spring (2015)

Eating Disorders in Women Identifying, Treating, Healing

Continuing the conversation started at our 2014 Annual Quality Conference, a multi-disciplinary group of providers will discuss the practicalities of recognizing the signs, providing treatment and helping to heal adult and adolescent women with eating disorders.


5:00-5:25 PM    Registration, Dinner and Networking

5:25-5:30 PM    Workshop Opening: Karen Rosene-Montella, MD, Chair, Women’s Health Council of RI

5:30-7:00 PM    Multi-disciplinary Panel Presentation
Overview: Teri Pearlstein, MD
Diagnosis and Individual Psychotherapy:  Christina Boisseau, PhD
Psychiatric Treatment: Teri Pearlstein, MD
Role of Dietitian: Adriana Brayman, RD, LDN, CNSC
Medical Complications and Inpatient Care: Abigail Donaldson, MD
Family Based Treatment: Christina Tortolani, PhD

7:00-7:30 PM    Conversation with a Patient: Adriana Brayman, RD, LDN, CNSC  

7:30-8:00 PM    Q&A with all speakers

Survey Results Eating Disorders in Women Workshop Spring (2015)

Survey Results from this year’s conference.

Presenters from the Eating Disorders in Women Workshop Spring (2015)

Adriana Brayman RD, LDN, CNSC, is a licensed, registered dietitian. Adriana has extensive clinical pediatric and adult nutrition experience with a specialty in eating disorders. She was has been the senior pediatric dietitian and inpatient and outpatient eating disorder dietitian at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI and led the eating disorder program at at Silver Hill psychiatric hospital and the primary dietitian at One Source Nutrition, a practice based in Stamford, CT. She also worked with patient of all ages including infants and toddlers through adults and with various diagnoses including bulimia nervosa and substance abuse. Adriana currently runs her own practice located in the Historic district of East Greenwich.

Christina L. Boisseau, PhD, is research psychologist at Butler Hospital and an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She specializes in the research and treatment of eating and anxiety disorders.

Lindsay Daskalopoulos, LICSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Providence. She has extensive experience working with young adults and specializes in eating disorders and body image issues, adjustment, grief, depression, trauma and cross cultural issues. She practices from a psychodynamic and relational perspective and focuses on listening,understanding and problem solving to help create change, hope and effective coping. She worked in multiple college counseling settings and in community mental health prior to opening her practice in 2004.

Abigail Donaldson, MD, is a board certified in both Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, she completed pediatric residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and her Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is the Medical Director of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Eating Disorder Program, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She provides subspecialty care in eating disorders in the inpatient and outpatient settings, and works with a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive management for eating disordered patients in the region.

Carrie Bridges Feliz, MPH, is lead its Community Health Services at Lifespan. She has an extensive background in public health having served as the team lead for Health Disparities and Access to Care in the R.I. Department of Health. In that role, she supervised the offices of Minority Health, Women’s Health, and Primary and Rural Health. She also served as a public health prevention specialist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she concentrated on Rhode Island refugee health; HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis prevention efforts; and infectious diseases.

Teri Pearlstein, MD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Since August 1, 2011, she has been the Director of Women’s Behavioral Medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, affiliated with Miriam Hospital. She was the Director of the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health at Women and Infants Hospital 1996-2011 and the Director of the Women’s Treatment Program at Butler Hospital 1990-2000. Dr. Pearlstein has been a leader in various capacities in her professional organizations and has published over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts in the areas of premenstrual dysphoric disorder, perinatal mood disorders, perimenopause, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health disorders in women.

Karen Rosene-Montella, MD, is the Senior Vice President for Women’s Services and
Clinical Integration at Lifespan. Dr. Rosene-Montella is a Professor and Vice Chair of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Previously she served as Chief of Medicine at Women & Infant’s Hospital. Dr. Rosene-Montella is a founding member and current Chair of the Women’s Health Council of RI.

Christina Tortolani, PhD, is a Staff Psychologist in the Division of Child and Family
Psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital. She is an Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling,Educational Leadership, School Psychology, Rhode Island College and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She earned her MA from Boston College and doctorate from Northeastern University. She completed her internship in Clinical Psychology at Dartmouth Medical School and postdoctoral fellowship in traumatic stress at Brown Medical School. Christina’s clinical and research interests include the treatment of eating disorders, body image and trauma.

Pocket Cards from the Eating Disorders in Women Workshop Spring (2015)

SCOFF Screening for eating disorders.