Today, Kathy welcomes Dr. Catherine Cook-Cottone and their conversation is on eating disorder recovery and embodied self-regulation. Dr. Cook-Cottone breaks this topic down for us and discusses how the beauty of embodiment is that we partner with our nervous system instead of fighting with it.
Catherine Cook-Cottone, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Professor at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), and Co-Editor in Chief of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. She is also the founder and president of Yogis in Service, Inc. a not-for-profit organization that creates access to yoga and delivers trauma-informed yoga teacher trainings. She is a consultant for the Africa Yoga Project and the United Nations Foundation creating and researching a trauma-informed yoga curriculum delivered in Kenya, Somalia, and Rwanda as well as mindfulness-based resilience training for humanitarian workers delivered in North America, Middle East, Eastern Asia, and Africa.
Catherine’s research specializes in embodied self- regulation (i.e., yoga, mindfulness, and self-care) and psychosocial disorders (e.g., eating disorders, substance use, and trauma). Her research has been funded by lululemon athletic, the Give Back Yoga Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and UNICEF. Catherine has written eight books and over 75 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. Her recent books include, “Mindfulness and yoga for self-regulation: A primer for mental health professionals,” “Mindfulness and yoga in schools: a guide for teachers and practitioners,” and “Embodiment and the treatment of eating disorders: The body as a resource.”