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There’s Help. There’s Hope! The Emily Program is a warm and welcoming place where individuals and their families can find comprehensive treatment for eating disorders and related issues. This blog is a place for us to share the latest happenings at The Emily Program, as well as helpful tidbits from the broader eating disorder community. Subscribe via RSS to receive automatic updates. We want to hear your story. Email us ( and ask how you can become a contributor!

September 12, 2018

University of Minnesota Medical School Affiliate

The Emily Program is affiliated with the University of Minnesota

As one of the premier treatment centers for eating disorders in the United States, The Emily Program is affiliated with the world-renowned University of Minnesota Medical School. Some of the world’s top researchers in the eating disorder field are on the staffs of both the University of Minnesota Medical School and The Emily Program. Learn more about referrals and admissions by calling 1-888-364-5977 today.

University of Minnesota affiliation

As an affiliate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, The Emily Program stays at the forefront of the best practices in eating disorder treatment. We have collaborated with world-renowned researchers and our clinicians are involved in cutting-edge research on eating disorder diagnosis, intervention, and outcomes.

Together with the University of Minnesota, The Emily Program helps facilitate the only dietetic internship of its kind in the United States. In a nine-week rotation at The Emily Program, students learn and experience working with eating disorders. Learn more.

The Emily Program is committed to continuing to develop and draw upon the most up-to-date and proven methods of treatment for the best in eating disorder care. We’re here to help.

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Your leadership team

Comprised of nationally recognized researchers and expert clinicians, the leadership team at The Emily Program ensures we provide the best care for eating disorders. Meet the team.

Frequently asked questions

The Emily Program is here to answer any questions you have about eating disorders and the recovery journey. We want to help. Read the FAQ now.

September 12, 2018

Leadership Team

Your leadership team

The leadership team at The Emily Program ensures we provide the best comprehensive care for eating disorders. Our multidisciplinary approach encourages collaboration in treating the complexities of eating disorders and related mental health concerns, including body image issues or substance use disorders. With in-person and virtual treatment options in Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, we’re here to help.

  • Dirk Miller

    Dirk Miller

    PhD, LP

    Executive Chair | Founder, The Emily Program | Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

    Meet Dirk

  • Jessie Morsching

    Jessie Morsching


    Chief Financial Officer | Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

    Meet Jessie

  • Jillian Lampert headshot

    Jillian Lampert

    PhD, MPH, RD, LD, FAED

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Meet Jillian

  • Liz McCabe headshot

    Liz McCabe

    PhD, LCSW

    Chief Clinical Officer

    Meet Liz

  • Mark Warren headshot

    Mark Warren


    Chief Medical Officer

    Meet Mark

  • Scott Crow

    Scott Crow


    Vice President for the Department of Psychiatry

    Meet Scott

  • Kate Norris headshot

    Kate Norris


    General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

    Meet Kate

  • Chase Bannister

    Chase Bannister


    Senior Vice President for Community Engagement

    Meet Chase

  • Leah Graves

    Leah Graves


    Vice President, Nutrition and Culinary Services

    Meet Leah

  • Stacey Brown

    Stacey Brown


    Vice President of Nursing

    Meet Stacey

  • Mary Bretzman

    Mary Bretzman


    Vice President for the Department of Adult Medicine

    Meet Mary

  • Anna Tanner

    Anna Tanner


    Vice President for the Department of Child and Adolescent Medicine

    Meet Anna

  • Lindsay Drebenstedt headshot

    Lindsay Drebenstedt


    Vice President of Corporate Operations

    Meet Lindsay

  • Harry Holmberg

    Vice President of IT

    Meet Harry

  • Sydney Brodeur-Johnson

    Sydney Brodeur-Johnson

    PhD, LCP, CEDS

    Senior Director of Clinical Services and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

    Meet Sydney

  • Caleb Kaihoi

    Caleb Kaihoi

    MA, LMFT

    Senior Regional Director, North

    Meet Caleb

  • Kelsey Thomas headshot

    Kelsey Thomas

    MS, RDN, CD

    Senior Regional Director, Pacific Northwest

    Meet Kelsey

  • Brittany Davis headshot

    Brittany Davis

    MEd, PCC-S

    Senior Regional Director, Midwest

    Meet Brittany

  • Rebecca Eckstein

    Rebecca Eckstein


    Senior Regional Director, Southeast

    Meet Rebecca

September 11, 2018

Your Care Team

Your care team

Because no two people have the same eating disorder, we personalize your treatment to your unique needs. With compassionate support at every level of care, our teams guide you throughout your entire journey.

We’re here with you, step by step

Your care team will likely consist of an individual therapist and a dietitian. Your therapist helps you learn how to address your symptoms and feelings in relation to eating and food. Therapy also aids in coping and self-growth. Your therapist is your primary contact throughout your treatment experience. Many times, a close connection develops between the therapist, client, and client’s family over time.

Other care team members may also help with your journey

Individual treatment plans may call for additional healthcare professionals on the care team, such as:

  • Specialty Therapist – provides integrative interventions or nontraditional care, such as yoga, expressive arts, or recreation therapy
  • Dietitian – helps clients choose food options that lead to a healthier lifestyle and nutritional balance
  • Medical Provider – evaluates, diagnoses, treats, and monitors physical ailments due to an eating disorder
  • Psychiatrist – helps address other mental disorders occurring with an eating disorder, such as anxiety or depression
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Recommended links

Your leadership team

Comprised of nationally recognized researchers and expert clinicians, the leadership team at The Emily Program ensures we provide the best care for eating disorders. Meet the team.

Frequently asked questions

The Emily Program is here to answer any questions you have about eating disorders and the recovery journey. We want to help. Read the FAQ now.

September 11, 2018

Our Approach

Our approach

At The Emily Program, we approach our work in eating disorder awareness, treatment, and lifetime recovery with:

Passion for what we do

Integrity in how we do it

Respect for those we serve

Service delivered in the way that works best for our clients

Evidence-based treatment, personalized care

At The Emily Program, we combine our evidence-based treatment with personalized integrative interventions. We’ve found that effective eating disorder treatment requires awareness of the genetic, biological, psychological, social, and cultural impacts on each client.

We respond to the whole person at The Emily Program, utilizing a multidisciplinary team of experts such as therapists, dietitians, and medical staff. Interventions could include:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Family-Based Treatment (FBT)
  • Nutrition assessment and therapy
  • Medical and psychiatry services
  • Yoga, expressive arts and movement, meditation, and mindfulness therapy
  • Exposure to a variety of food-related experiences, including supervised meals/snacks, meal planning, cooking, shopping, and dining out
  • Co-occurring substance use disorder services
  • LGBTQIA+ sexual and gender identity support
  • Trauma recovery support

Clinical philosophy

Given the diversity of eating disorder behaviors, clinical presentations, and individual and family needs, we have a robust and diverse evidence-informed basis for treatment. Our programs are designed by people with a deep understanding of eating disorders, and our care decisions are based on respect for each person and their personal journey. Treatment is informed by research, community standards, and sound clinical judgment. Across the board, our programs address changing core ED behaviors and beliefs, emotional regulation and management, nutritional and health rehabilitation, and building recovery skills. We are also constantly evaluating new approaches that may benefit some or all of our clients. We recognize that no one approach is optimal for all clients.

We treat people with all eating disorders, of all ages and genders, at four primary levels of care: outpatient individual and group services (OP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Day Program (PHP/IDP), and Residential/Inpatient. We offer virtual eating disorder treatment for PHP/IDP, IOP, and outpatient sessions. Services include individual, family, couples, and group sessions. 

Our interventions are based on five primary content areas currently shown to be effective and impactful in the treatment of eating disorders. The research on eating disorders and the standard of care in the field consistently support focus on these core content areas: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills, Nutrition Education and Exposure, Eating Disorder Psychoeducation, and Family Support via Family-Based Treatment (FBT) principles.

CBT-based interventions focus on recovery-promoting skill development, while DBT-based interventions focus on emotion regulation and management skill development. Both include a focus on creating a life worth living. FBT principles are adapted for all ages, while more traditional FBT is utilized for younger adolescents and their families. We also focus on nutritional restoration and exposure to restore health and develop skills to adequately nourish oneself in a whole host of situations, as well as anxiety management and mindfulness skill development with yoga interventions and expressive arts. Treatment at all levels of care is trauma-informed and incorporates co-occurring substance use screening, with assessment and intervention service delivery as indicated. Psychiatric and medical management services assess and address related and co-occurring conditions.

While the degree of complexity of content in each area may vary based on the level of care, these are the core elements of our program foundation and lay the groundwork for consistency and quality care. Together, these content areas form the core of treatment at The Emily Program so that we may optimally promote recovery for clients and families.

Food & nutrition philosophy

At The Emily Program, we foster a Can Eat Culture, believing that individuals can positively influence their eating disorder behavior by engaging in staff-facilitated therapeutic supported meals and snacks. The Emily Program endorses the inclusiveness of all foods and values the absence of food judgment. We can accommodate most dietary restrictions and utilize the expertise of our Registered Dietitians to assess the origins of an individual’s dietary preferences. We understand the complex role food plays and the diverse eating situations life presents. As such, we aim to provide nutrition and food-related experiences, education, counsel, and skills that enable an individual’s journey to a more mindful, flexible, balanced, autonomous, and sustainable relationship with food. We acknowledge the varying nutritional profiles of food, the individualized nutritional need of each person, and the unique food experience each person has. We strive to support individualization and personal choice that enables adequate nourishment and promotes recovery, which we understand may look different throughout the recovery journey. Ultimately, a Can Eat Culture paradigm supports overall health and wellbeing, with a sense of freedom and true choice in finding ways to purchase, prepare, and consume food.

Activity philosophy

We believe movement is important. Movement helps increase connection with the body. Yoga and gentle walking are encouraged and taught. Movement interventions support the goals of clients experiencing and practicing leisure activities and teach movement without compulsion. Nutritional intake must support the level of movement. When weight restoration is necessary or clients have a history of compulsive exercise/movement, we support gentle movement and may limit opportunities to engage in movement that would contribute to weight loss or medical instability. We focus on integrating movement that fits each person, with their recovery goals in mind.

Commitment to quality care and positive outcomes

“How do I know this will work for me?”

This is a common question we hear from individuals and families deciding whether to pursue eating disorder treatment. Eating disorders are complex, multidimensional illnesses. That’s why we consider several factors to assess outcomes, taking each individual’s situation into account when establishing benchmarks for success.

We personalize treatment with the goal of eliminating eating disorder symptoms and helping our clients develop a sense of peace and the ability to manage emotions, eating, and health in a constructive manner. We believe that eating and health stabilization is the first step in recovery, followed by education and training on new skills to manage thoughts and behaviors and regulate emotions. We believe these skills are developed through learning, exposure, practice, and support. We also believe recovery may involve a personal community redesign of social support.

See this infographic for more information on outcomes.

Advancing eating disorder care and awareness

Our professional staff has extensive experience in treating and studying anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, compulsive overeating, Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED), and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). In addition to one-to-one and group care services, we actively partner in research projects, collaborating with the University of Minnesota, Argosy University, the University of St. Thomas, Mayo Clinic, Hennepin County, and others.

Several staff members also have personal experience with recovery, and their work often extends beyond caring for clients. Many are involved with prevention efforts that promote awareness of eating disorder causes and effects on families and our communities. We truly care.

“We think like people with eating disorders think,” says our Executive Chair and Founder, Dirk Miller, PhD, LP. “We are our clients. We know the changes people need to make to live through an eating disorder’s destructive patterns of thoughts and feelings. We know how to restore people to whole and happy lives.”

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Recommended links

Your leadership team

Comprised of nationally recognized researchers and expert clinicians, the leadership team at The Emily Program ensures we provide the best care for eating disorders. Meet the team.

Frequently asked questions

The Emily Program is here to answer any questions you have about eating disorders and the recovery journey. We want to help. Read the FAQ now.

September 4, 2018

About Us

About us

Founded in 1993, The Emily Program is nationally recognized for our compassionate and personalized approach to eating disorder awareness, treatment, and lifetime recovery. We understand the tangled complexities of eating disorders, often from personal experience. We guide clients of all ages and genders through every step of their care journey, providing them with the multidisciplinary treatment they need to heal.

Our mission

Our mission is to provide exceptional, individualized care leading to recovery from eating disorders.

Our vision

Our vision is a world of peaceful relationships with food, weight, and body image, where everyone with an eating disorder can experience recovery.

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We are passionate about the care we offer: a full continuum of individualized eating disorder treatment, including residential, PHP/IDP, IOP, and outpatient services.


We treat each of our clients with empathy and integrity, recognizing that every person we treat is so much more than their eating disorder.

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We are committed to providing the best evidence-based care with a wide range of treatment options, as well as advocating for improved access to eating disorder care for all individuals.


Our multidisciplinary teams integrate medical, therapeutic, psychiatric, and nutritional expertise to deliver exceptional care in collaboration with clients, families, and the wider healthcare community.

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Grow with us

The Emily Program staff includes distinguished professionals in the eating disorder field who share their understanding, experience, and commitment to lifetime recovery with our clients. Dietitians. Therapists. Psychiatrists. Physicians. Nurses. With sites in four states, our goal is to offer care to as many individuals and families with eating disorders as we can. We are here to guide and empower you and your family every step of the way. We look forward to meeting you!

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