Research at the Eating Disorders Program (EDP) addresses various aspects of the phenomenology, etiology, and treatment of Eating Disorders (EDs) in the spectrum of Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and Bulimia Nervosa (BN).
Inspired by a multidimensional biopsychosocial model, studies in the program focus on many themes:
- Individual and familial psychological factors (impulsivity, perfectionism, etc.);
- Developmental processes, childhood trauma;
- Interpersonal deficits;
- Neurobiology (HPA-axis and serotonin function);
- Genetics and other themes.
More importantly, among active eating-disorder focused centres around the world, the EDP has shown a rare level of integration across multiple levels of inquiry and multiple dimensions, the result of which is a developed attention to constitution - environment interaction effects that puts the EDP on the “cutting edge” of work in the area.
The program's research also includes studies on treatment outcome, and more specifically, upon factors that influence quality of outcome in different patient sub-groups.