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
  • Stanford University and UCSF’s Eating Disorder Programs are recruiting adolescents ages 12 to 18 with a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and their families to participate in a Family Based Treatment research study. By participating in this study participants receive FBT, an evidence-based treatment, free of charge and $50 upon completion of the study for the adolescent. The study entails of 15-18 sessions of FBT over a 9 month period with a follow-up occurring at both 6 months and 1 year post treatment. Everyone in the study gets FBT from trained psychologists starting immediately following enrollment. This study aims to confirm whether adding an adaptive treatment (a 3-session Intensive Parental Coaching-IPC Intervention) compatible with FBT significantly improves outcomes by addressing poor early response and to evaluate effect of treatment in those adolescents who do not show an early response to FBT.
    If you or someone you know are interested in the study and/or would like to hear more about it please email Alexa L’Insalata at or call 650-723-9182.
  • Stanford University’s Eating Disorder Program is recruiting females between the ages of 12 to 18 with a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa Restricting subtype (AN-R) who either are currently underweight or have been underweight in the last 3 months to participate in a study looking at the interactions between clinical and neurocognitve symptoms in adolescents with eating disorders. The study is a one time visit (at 401 Quarry Road Stanford, CA 94305), in which the participant will play a few computer games (3 total), complete a vocabulary task, complete a pattern matching task, and answer an online questionnaire (will be completed at home prior to coming in) that in total will take about 2 hours and each participant gets $50 for participating.
    If you fit the criteria for this study and are interested in being in a paid research study, please reach out! To inquire further please email Alexa L’Insalata at or call 650-723-9182.

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.