The Mount Sinai Eating and Weight Disorders Program specializes in assessing and delivering empirically supported treatments for men and women across the age and weight spectrum, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and obesity.
Tom Hildebrand, PsyD, leads our team of experts in the field. Our mission is to rapidly bring these treatments to clinical use and develop innovations from our treatment experience to guide the next generation of research. With these efforts, we hope to eliminate these diseases and the suffering of our patients and their caregivers.
Assessment and Treatment
We offer a wide variety of treatment options:
- Comprehensive diagnostic assessments
- Bariatric surgery evaluations:
- The Mount Sinai Hospital
- Mount Sinai St. Luke's
- Treatment for individuals with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, obesity, body image concerns, and men with muscle dysmorphia or anabolic steroid use
- Individualized treatment addresses each patient’s needs, including care for co-occurring conditions such as depression, anxiety, and addiction
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Enhanced
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Maudsley Based Family Therapy and Family Based Therapy-Exposure (FBT-E)
- Group therapy sessions
Through The Friedman Brain Institute, our program is developing novel therapeutic approaches based on improved understanding of the fundamental neurobiology of these disorders. Our group uses state-of-the-art neuroimaging, psychophysiology, and statistical models to study the basic deficits in eating and body image disturbance. Our research includes:
- Development and testing of mirror exposure therapy.
- Adapting interoceptive exposure to alter brain regions associated with impaired feeding.
- The use fMRI and psychophysiology to understand food avoidance and binge eating.
- Gender differences in biology, treatment, and outcomes from eating disorders.
- Parent based treatment of pediatric obesity.
Our clinicians are leaders in the development and implementation of empirically supported treatments. Our team has developed mirror exposure therapy for eating disorders, tested mobile phone interventions for binge eating populations and developed family-based treatments for obesity and anorexia nervosa among other methodologies.