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Our Treatment Philosophy

Why Choose Us?

There are many ED treatment facilities—read more about how we are different and why we may be the right fit for you and your family.

Specialized Staff

Our treatment teams are spearheaded by professionals who specialize in eating disorders and are comprised of full time psychiatrists, psychologists, master-level therapists, and registered dietitians.

Life Changing Care - Testimonial

Dr. Donald Kearns shares a moving letter from a grateful parent.

International Leader

We are an international leader in all three practices: eating disorders treatment, eating disorders research, and the training of eating disorders professionals.


Our Treatment Programs

Adult Programs

This program is designed to help adults and their families learn the skills and information necessary to manage the disease and pursue recovery, as well as provided a safe environment for the patients.

Adolescent Programs

This program is designed to teach adolescents skills to regulate their emotions and challenge eating disordered thoughts. Our adolescent program treats adolescents ages 14 to 18.

Pediatric Programs

This program located Rady Children's Hospital, is designed to help families learn the skills and information necessary to manage the disease and pursue recovery in the home, as well as provided a safe, age-appropriate environment for young patients.

Inpatient Medical Behavioral Unit

This program located Rady Children's Hospital, has dedicated inpatient beds for medical stabilization of patients with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and related eating disorders.

One-week Intensive Treatment Programs

IFT benefits all family members by providing a roadmap for how to continue to navigate recovery successfully within the family.

Our Research

Research Studies

We have a number of active studies that are currently recruiting individuals with eating disorders, women who have recovered from eating disorders, and individuals who have never had an eating disorder.

Published Papers

Walter Kaye and the UCSD Eating Disorders Research team have published over 250 papers on the neurobiology of eating disorders. These publications include behavioral, treatment, and cognitive neuroscience studies that have improved understanding of the clinical presentation, genetics, neurotransmitter systems, and neural substrates involved in appetite dysregulation and disordered eating. These studies are guiding the development of more effective, neurobiologically informed interventions.


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The Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research

The Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research develops and provides novel treatments for promoting healthy eating and weight management to children, adolescents, and adults through science, innovation, and collaboration.

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UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research announces collaboration with MentorConnect, a global eating disorders mentoring community and non-profit organization.


Puzzling Symptoms: Eating Disorders and the Brain PDF
F.E.A.S.T. Family Guide to the Neurobiology of Eating Disorders

To weigh or not to weigh? — Article by Walter H. Kaye, MD, Director

Mealtime Distractions Handout PDF