Ellen Fitzsimmons-Craft

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Additional Titles & Roles

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

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Training: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2016
  • Predoctoral Internship: The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2014
  • PhD: Clinical Psychology: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2014
  • MA: Clinical Psychology: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2010
  • BA: Psychology: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 2008

Major Awards

  • NIMH K08 Career Development Award, 2019
  • mHealth Scholar for the 2019 mHealth Training Institute (mHTI), 2019
  • NIMH Mental Health Services Research Conference New Investigators Workshop, 2018
  • Academy for Eating Disorders Early Career Investigator Travel Fellowship, 2015
  • Seymour Fisher Outstanding Body Image Dissertation Award, Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 2013
  • Martin S. Wallach Award for the Outstanding Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013

Areas of Clinical Interest

eating disorders, weight management, anxiety

Research Interests

Dr. Fitzsimmons-Craft have established a programmatic line of research centering on the use of the Internet and technology for eating disorder prevention and treatment, screening for eating disorders in college and other populations, sociocultural etiological and maintenance factors for eating disorders, and eating disorder recovery. Ultimately, her work aims to disseminate evidence-based interventions from research to practice as well as 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.

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Key Publications

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Funded Research Projects

NIMH (PI): Developing a Conversational Agent or “Chatbot” to Facilitate Mental Health Services Use in Individuals with Eating Disorders (K08 MH120341)

Washington University Center for Diabetes Translation Research (PI): Developing and Piloting a Virtual Reality Experience to Address Childhood Obesity

NIMH (Co-I): Leveraging Social Media to Identify and Connect Teens with Eating Disorders to a Guided Self-Help Mobile Intervention (R34 MH119170)

National Eating Disorders Association Feeding Hope Fund (Co-I): Automating Coaching to Facilitate Dissemination of an Effective Prevention Program for Eating Disorders

NIMH (Co-I): Harnessing Mobile Technology to Reduce Mental Health Disorders in College Populations (R01 MH115128)

NIMH (Co-I): Investigating the Promotion of Eating Disorders on Twitter: Implications for Online Intervention (R21 MH112331)

NIMH (Significant Contributor): Using Technology to Improve Eating Disorders Treatment (R01 MH100455)

NIMH (Significant Contributor): Implementation of Evidence-based Treatments for On-campus Eating Disorders (R01 MH095748)

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