Episode 171: Dr. Michael Levine, Dr. Tamara Pryor & Brogan Rossi: Circumventing the Risks of Developing an Eating Disorder

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Today, Kathy welcomes Dr. Michael Levine, Dr. Tamara Pryor, and Brogan Rossi, MS. RYT, and they all have a conversation about circumventing the risks of developing an eating disorder. This is part 1 of a 2-part conversation so be sure to check back next week to listen to part 2.

Michael P. Levine, Ph.D., is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he taught 33 years (1979-2012). In the field of eating disorders his commitment to research, writing, and activism focuses on the intersection between sociocultural risk factors, prevention, community psychology, and developmental psychology. He has authored two books and three prevention curriculum guides, and he has co-edited three books on prevention. In August 2015, as co-editor with his long-time collaborator and colleague Dr. Linda Smolak, he published a two-volume Handbook of Eating Disorders (Wiley & Sons Publishing). He and Dr. Smolak are currently working on a second, updated edition of their 2006 book The Prevention of Eating Problems and Eating Disorders (Erlbaum/Routledge/Taylor & Francis). In addition, he has authored or co-authored approximately 110 articles and book chapters, and he has presented his work throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, England, Spain, Austria, and Australia. He is a member of the advisory councils of The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and the Center for Balanced Living (CBL, Columbus, Ohio).

Dr. Levine is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), which has awarded him their Meehan-Hartley Award for Leadership in Public Awareness and Advocacy (2006), and their Research-Practice Partnership Award (2008). Dr. Levine is also a member of the Founders Council of the National Eating Disorders Association, which awarded him the Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness (2004) and the Nielsen Award for Lifetime Achievement (2013). After living for 37 years in Mount Vernon, OH, with his wife, Dr. Mary A. Suydam, a retired (as of May 2015) Kenyon religious studies and women and gender studies professor, they moved to California in late June 2016, to live near UC Santa Barbara, where they both obtained all their degrees.

Tamara Pryor, PhD, FAED, Executive Clinical Director and Director of Research at EDCare, has been privileged to work in the field of eating disorders for the past 30 years. Dr. Pryor has published research examining personality disorders, substance abuse, sexual functioning, and the neurobiology of the eating disordered individual. She has presented nationally and internationally, and she co-authored a prevention curriculum, as well as 4 book chapters on Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse. Dr. Pryor is a member of the Eating Disorder Research Society, a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders, and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Association.

Brogan Rossi, M.S., RYT, is passionate about advocacy, education, and raising awareness for eating disorders and body positivity. With a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, she has spent the past 6 years of her career immersed in the mental health field. She worked for 2.5 years with Dr. Guido Frank’s brain research lab studying the neurological underpinnings of Eating Disorders. She is now a registered yoga instructor and co-owner of The Recovery Box, a company founded to encourage a personalized, creative, and authentic approach to eating disorder recovery and has been developed with survivors and professionals in mind. 

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