Treatment Studies

Many universities conduct extensive research in the field of eating disorders. See the list below to find out more information about eating disorder treatment studies happening near you.

Stanford University

  • Stanford University is conducting a number of treatment studies that provide free treatment for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
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  • The Eating Disorders Research Program at Stanford University is currently recruiting mothers with a past or current eating disorder whose children are 1-5 years old for a parenting program research study.
    No-cost Parenting Program for Mothers with Eating Disorder History
  • Eligible men and women aged 18-60 are invited to participate in a research study at Stanford University that aims to test the efficacy of an FDA approved drug for obesity, Qsymia, for reducing symptoms of binge eating and purging in participants with bulimia nervosa, compared to a control medication.  All study participants will receive the study medication– either in the first half of the study or in the second half of the study.  Neither participants nor members of the research team will know the order in which the treatments are received until the end of the trial.  Medication is provided at no cost and the study is expected to take up to 6 months.
    Qsymia (phentermine-topiramate) to Reduce Binge Eating and Purging in Patients with Bulimia Nervosa

University of California, San Diego

  • The University of California, San Diego currently has a number of active studies that are recruiting individuals with eating disorders, women who have recovered from eating disorders, and individuals who have never had an eating disorder.
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  • The UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research is currently recruiting eligible women for three studies using a technology called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Participation in this research includes diagnostic interviews, questionnaires, and 1-2 fMRI study visits. Participants will be compensated up to $200 for taking part, and the treatment center may be able to cover travel expenses to San Diego.
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Columbia University

  • The Columbia University Medical Center’ s Department of Psychiatry is conducting a number of studies addressing the behaviors, biology, and neurobiology of eating disorders.
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Drexel University

  • Stephanie Hawthorne is a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at Drexel University, Sacramento.  She is searching for volunteers to participate in her research study entitled HerStory: Narrative Accounts of Young African American Women with Eating Disorders.  The purpose is to understand the personal, social, and educational experiences of young African American women who have experienced diagnosed eating disorders during their adolescent years.  This study is being conducted as part of Drexel University’s dissertation requirements for the Doctoral degree in Education under the supervision of Dr. Kathy Geller, Associate Clinical Professor.

    To be eligible to participate in this study, potential participants need to meet the following criteria: 1) self-describe as an African American woman between the ages of 18 and 30; 2) be clinically diagnosed with an eating disorder during her adolescent years (between the ages of nine and 18); and 3) currently being or have been previously treated for an eating disorder.

    To find out more,  please email Stephanie at ( or phone (916-628-8490) Stephanie directly.