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Ellen Fitzsimmons-Craft, PhD

Current Position
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

University Roles
Faculty Scholar, Institute for Public Health
Member, Center for Diabetes Translation Research

Education and Training
BA, Psychology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 2008
MA, Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2010
PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2014
Postdoctoral, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2016

Areas of Clinical Interest
eating disorders, weight management, anxiety


Areas of Research Interests
Dr. Fitzsimmons-Craft’s primary research interests involve the etiology and maintenance of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating, with particular interest in the influence of sociocultural factors on such pathology (e.g., social comparison). She is especially intrigued by the high rates of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating found in certain vulnerable groups (e.g., college women) and factors that may contribute to this. Dr. Fitzsimmons-Craft is also interested in eating disorder recovery and the evidence-based prevention and treatment of eating disorders and obesity, including the use of technology for intervention delivery. Her work aims to disseminate evidence-based interventions for eating disorders from research to practice and extend treatments in ways that will reach the large number of people in need of care for eating disorders but who are not receiving services.

More articles and abstracts at the National Library of Medicine

Key Publications
Kazdin AE, Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, Wilfley DE, (2017 Mar). Addressing critical gaps in the treatment of eating disorders. Int J Eat Disord. 50(3): 170-189.  Full Article ->

Agras WS, Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, Wilfley DE, (2017 Jan). Evolution of cognitive-behavioral therapy for eating disorders. Behav Res Ther. 88: 26-36.  Full Article ->

Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, Ciao AC, Accurso EC, (2016 Feb). A naturalistic examination of social comparisons and disordered eating thoughts, urges, and behaviors in college women. Int J Eat Disord. 49(2): 141-50.  Full Article ->

Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, Accurso EC, Ciao AC, Crosby RD, Cao L, Pisetsky EM, Le Grange D, Peterson CB, Crow SJ, Engel SG, Mitchell JE, Wonderlich SA, (2015 Nov). Restrictive eating in anorexia nervosa: Examining maintenance and consequences in the natural environment. Int J Eat Disord. 48(7): 923-31.  Full Article ->

Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, Bardone-Cone AM, Wonderlich SA, Crosby RD, Engel SG, Bulik CM, (2015 Mar). The relationships among social comparisons, body surveillance, and body dissatisfaction in the natural environment. Behav Ther. 46(2): 257-71.  Full Article ->

Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, (2011 Nov). Social psychological theories of disordered eating in college women: review and integration. Clin Psychol Rev. 31(7): 1224-37.  Full Article ->

Funded Research Projects
NIMH(Co-I):Harnessing Mobile Technology to Reduce Mental Health Disorders in College Populations

NIMH(Co-I):Investigating the Promotion of Eating Disorders on Twitter: Implications for Online Intervention

NIMH(Significant Contributor):Using Technology to Improve Eating Disorders Treatment

NIMH(Significant Contributor):Implementation of Evidence-based Treatments for On-campus Eating Disorders

Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare(Executive Director):Missouri Eating Disorders Council Training Initiative

Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare(Significant Contributor):Missouri Eating Disorders Council Healthy Body Image Program Project Coordination