Mary Ellen Trunko, MD
Associate Clinical Professor, UCSD Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Mary Ellen Trunko has worked with the UCSD eating disorders program since its inception, and has been involved in planning and development of services, delivery of patient care, and supervision and teaching of junior staff members. As associate clinical professor and medical director, Dr. Trunko performs comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, handles medication management, coordinates primary care and other medical services, and educates patients and their families on physiological, medical and psychological aspects of eating disorders. She also runs an outpatient practice that includes individuals with eating disorders as well as those with general psychiatric needs.
Dr. Trunko is board certified in both psychiatry and internal medicine, an unusual combination that is highly relevant to the understanding and treatment of eating disorders. She has used this specialty knowledge to advise primary care providers on the care of eating-disordered patients through presentations and consultation. She has written review papers and clinical case reports on pharmacological interventions for eating disorders. Dr. Trunko earned her MD degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, and completed separate residencies in internal medicine and psychiatry at UCSD.
Danica Torres, RN
Danica Torres, Registered Nurse joined the UCSD Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program in December 2010. Her career as a nurse includes acute care experience and experience with adults and adolescent eating disorder patients in residential, inpatient and partial hospitalization settings. At UCSD, she attends to the medical needs of the patients along with assisting the physicians to coordinate care throughout the patient’s treatment process.
Liz Turner, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Liz Turner is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) who has worked at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center since October 2018. She graduated with a BSN from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2006 and started working as a medical/surgical RN at UCSD Thornton December 2006. She worked at UCSD Thornton and then UCSD Hillcrest for 7 years acquiring invaluable bedside experience and establishing a strong foundation of medical knowledge, particularly for orthopedic, kidney and liver transplant patients. It was during these years at UCSD that she started noticing how undertreated mental health conditions and unhealthy coping styles significantly impacted a person’s recovery outcomes. She felt the lack of identification, focus and undertreatment of mental health was contributing to poor health and unnecessary suffering. This is what inspired her to return to school to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. In 2013 she moved to Seattle, Washington with her spouse and worked for the University of Washington Medical Center on a medical/surgical unit caring for complex liver and kidney transplant patients, in addition to various other medical and surgical patients, while attending graduate school. She started graduate school at the University of Washington in 2014 and graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the PMHNP track in 2017.
After graduate school, she worked for a community mental health clinic providing psychiatric care to underserved and socioeconomically disadvantaged patients. Under excellent guidance and supervision from the psychiatrists and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, she developed a strong skill set and knowledge base in providing evidence-based psychiatric care across a diverse group of patients and the full spectrum mental health disorders. In 2018 she moved back to San Diego with her spouse to be closer to family. She accepted a job at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center where she has become an expert in the treatment of eating disorders and the various comorbid psychiatric conditions. She has come to deeply value the tenets and philosophy of DBT as one of the best evidence-based interventions for eating disorders, in addition to the wide spectrum of psychiatric disorders that frequently co-occur in this population.
Leslie Anderson, PhD
Director of Training, Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Leslie Karwoski Anderson is a clinical associate professor, training director at UCSD Eating Disorders Center, DBT- Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™, and trainer for Behavioral Tech. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas, and completed her clinical internship at Duke University Medical Center. Before coming to UCSD, she held a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Washington, was a supervisor in Marsha Linehan's DBT training clinic, and was a staff psychologist at the DBT Center of Seattle. She currently oversees the training and clinical supervision of the UCSD EDC staff, and conducts individual, family and group therapy for anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and EDNOS. Her research interests are in treatment development, evaluation, and outcomes, especially with regards to adaptations of DBT and FBT, and she has published many journal articles and two books in this area (including the Clinical Handbook of Complex and Atypical Eating Disorders). She frequently gives talks and workshops on DBT, eating disorders, suicidality, and related topics in the community and at national conferences. She has served in several leadership roles within the Academy of Eating Disorders, and is the co-editor-in-chief of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention.
Anne Cusack, PsyD
Adult Program Co-Director
Dr. Anne Cusack is a clinical psychologist at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research and co-director the Adult Treatment Program. As a graduate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, she completed her pre-doctoral internship at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital working with various psychiatric populations. Clinically, she has worked as a therapist on a research trial of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for eating disorders at the University of Chicago, as well as provided treatment of eating disorders, mood disorders, substance use disorder, PTSD, complicated grief and personality disorders in inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient settings. She specializes in DBT and Prolonged Exposure therapy. She is currently the Academy for Eating Disorders co-chair for the DBT special interest group. Her research interests include treatment development, acceptance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, suicidality, and self-injurious behaviors. Anne previously worked in the Adolescent Program and currently provides individual, group and family therapy for the Adult Day Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Programs. When she’s not at work, Anne loves traveling, adventuring and playing with the cutest puppy in San Diego!
Kim Claudat, PhD
Adult Program Co-Director
Dr. Kim Claudat is a clinical psychologist and co-director of the Adult Treatment Program at UC San Diego Health Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and completed her pre-doctoral internship at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego. Dr. Claudat began her work at UC San Diego as a postdoctoral fellow, working in both the adolescent and adult programs. In addition to overseeing the adult program and providing clinical supervision, she provides individual, group, and family therapy. She has received specialized training in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD (CPT), and as a CPT Provider, provides this treatment to our patients presenting with co-morbid PTSD. Her clinical and research interests focus on the connection between eating disorders and emotion regulation difficulties, as well as treatment development and outcomes. Although her research and clinical work has mainly focused on eating pathology, she has experience providing evidence-based treatments to children, adolescents, adults, and their families, with a range of presenting psychiatric problems across various treatment settings.
Gina M. Bongiorno, LMFT
Therapist, COD Manager
Gina M. Bongiorno is a senior therapist and manager of the Co-Occurring Disorders (COD) program at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center. Using her expertise in eating and substance use disorders, trauma, and grief as well as specialized training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Gina developed the comprehensive, evidence-based COD track. Gina obtained her Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego, where she was the recipient of the Award of Distinction and the Dean's Merit Scholarship, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of San Diego and a consultant for trauma-informed care.
Emily Dailey, LCSW
Emily is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the adult program. She graduated from USC Social Work. She has 10 yrs experience with DBT. Emily was trained in DBT at Harbor UCLA where she worked in their outpatient DBT program. She started working with eating disorders in a residential setting and continues her work in PHP and outpatient settings. She also studies and practices Mindfulness and ACT, a mindfulness-based therapy. She has her own Mindfulness practice and feels passionate about teaching it to others. Some of her interests include spending time outdoors with her family.
Haily Humphrey, M.A., LPC
Therapist, Athlete & Exercise Coordinator
Haily is the Athlete & Exercise Track Coordinator and a Program Therapist for the Adult Program at the UCSD Health Eating Disorders Center. She earned a B.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Psychology and a minor in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach and a M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver. Prior to working for UCSD, Haily worked as an intern and later milieu therapist at a PHP and IOP treatment center in Denver, Colorado—an experience that solidified her passion for working in the field of eating disorders. Throughout this time, she helped implement the program’s Elite Athlete Track, which provided highly structured and specialized programming for both athletes and high-level performers struggling with eating disorders. During her time as an athlete and throughout her training, Haily became increasingly aware of the high prevalence of eating disorders among athletes and the necessity of treating this unique subset of individuals differently than non-athletes recovering from eating disorders. Haily is passionate about helping athletes of all levels overcome their eating disorders, repair their passion for sport/exercise and build a life worth living. Haily is a native Southern Californian who stereotypically cannot get enough of the sun and ocean.
Lauren Gomez, LMFT
Therapist, IOP Coordinator
Lauren Gomez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been working at UCSD Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Center since 2012. She received her Master's degree from San Francisco State University. Lauren is passionate about helping adult men and women with eating disorders. Lauren coordinates the Intensive Outpatient Program to help patients reintegrate back into their live once they are ready to discharge from program. In addition to treating eating disorder disorders, Lauren also provides trauma treatment.
Courtney Simpson, PhD
Dr. Courtney Simpson is a clinical psychologist in the Adult Treatment Program at UC San Diego Health Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research. She received her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed both her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UC San Diego Health Eating Disorders Center. Dr. Simpson has experience providing evidenced-based treatment to individuals adults and adolescents with eating disorders across all levels of care. Clinically, she specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Prolonged Exposure. Her research interests include understanding the sociocultural factors that contribute to eating disorders and the development and implementation of interventions that prevent and treat eating-related conditions. In her free time, Courtney enjoys taking her dogs to the dog beach, paddle boarding on the ocean, and traveling with family and friends.
Julianna Gorder, PsyD
Dr. Julianna Gorder is a clinical psychologist in the Adult Treatment Program at UC San Diego Health Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research. Dr. Gorder earned her PsyD from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and has extensive experience treating individuals of all ages with eating disorders at all levels of care. Prior to coming to UCSD as a postdoctoral fellow in 2018, she received specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders at Eating Recovery Center of Chicago and the Eating Disorders Program at University of Chicago. Dr. Gorder also has experience working with general and forensic populations of children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Gorder has training in DBT, CBT, FBT, and ACT, and is particularly passionate about Radically Open (RO) DBT, a treatment for disorders of overcontrol. Dr. Gorder completed her first RO DBT intensive in 2018 with Dr. Thomas Lynch, and she is currently an RO DBT Senior Clinician and approved RO DBT trainer. In addition to her clinical and research work at UCSD EDC, Dr. Gorder provides clinical supervision to doctoral level practicum students and postdoctoral fellows. Her research interests include defining eating disorder recovery, the impacts of trauma on eating disorders, as well as the impact of biotemperament and emotion regulation style on eating disorder presentation. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her friends, family, and cat (Lily), and is an avid fan of Saturday Night Live!
Allie Wagner, PhD
Dr. Allison (Allie) Wagner is a postdoctoral fellow at UCSD Eating Disorders Center. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in gender studies from the College of the Holy Cross. She subsequently received her Ph.D. from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Dr. Wagner has extensive training and experience working with clients of all ages and across the eating disorder diagnostic spectrum, with specific training in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) under the guidance of Dr. Kelly Vitousek at the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy Eating Disorders Clinic. She additionally has background and experience working in neuropsychology and aging, as well as training in CBT-E, DBT, and ACT. Her research interests include factors impacting treatment outcome, self-compassion, cognitive flexibility, exposure interventions for eating disorders, and sociocultural influences on weight and health behaviors. She is passionate about utilizing clinical research to ensure that all patients can receive appropriate and effective treatment. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside hiking or walking, going to the beach, practicing yoga, and drinking large quantities of tea.
Claire is a Program Therapist with the Adult Program. Claire graduated with her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego after studying Psychology and Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Claire managed a National Institute of Health grant and conducted research on the impact of weight stigma, which solidified her interest in working with the eating disorder population. Before transitioning to the Adult Program, Claire spent time working with individuals and families in the Adolescent Program. Claire is passionate about working with patients with co-occurring substance use and eating disorders and is a part of the program’s Co-Occurring Disorders (COD) track. Outside of work, Claire enjoys spending time in nature, exploring her spirituality, and relaxing with her family and pets.
Brittany Bohrer, MA
Pre-doctoral Psychology Intern
Brittany is a pre-doctoral psychology intern at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Dakota and her Master of Arts degree from the University of Kansas. Brittany is currently pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas, where she gained experience implementing evidence-based treatments with patients from a diverse range of clinical presentations and backgrounds. Brittany also has extensive experience in the assessment and diagnosis of eating disorders. She is especially interested in working with LGBTQ+ populations and with persons across the spectrum of eating-disorder diagnoses. Brittany's clinical and research interests include eating-disorder assessment, diagnosis, treatment-development and outcomes research. Brittany is passionate about eating-disorder treatment and recovery and is excited to be part of the UCSD Eating Disorders team.
Joseph Donahue, MA
Pre-doctoral Psychology Intern
Joe earned his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College (Norton, Massachusetts) where he explored body image concerns in college-aged males as part of his honors senior thesis. He earned his master’s degree from the University at Albany, State University of New York where he continues to pursue his doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Joe is passionate about working with people with eating disorders and previously worked at an IOP for eating disorders in Albany, New York. His research interests focus on risk and protective factors for eating disorders, particularly in males and sexual minority populations. His Masters project explored eating pathology among sexual minority men using an Objectification Theory framework. He hopes to continue researching variables that better explain the relation between sexual minority status and increased risk for eating and body image disturbances, as well as barriers to treatment for this population. Outside of work Joe enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, and exploring Southern California.
Mellissa (Mell) Giegerich, ASW
Mell is a Milieu Therapist in the Adult Program at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center in pursuit of her clinical license. Mell graduated from Davidson College in 2015 with a BS in Psychology and obtained her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2019. Throughout her schooling, Mell gained experience working with individuals with substance use disorders as well as trauma and other stressor related disorders; thus, igniting her passion to work with clients with these mental health conditions. Additionally, upon completion of her master’s degree, Mell engaged in a postmaster’s fellowship program at the VA within the psychosis clinic, providing individual and group therapy services to Veterans with serious mental illness. Further, being a former collegiate athlete herself, Mell has a great interest in how to incorporate athletic experiences, and one’s identity as an athlete, into therapeutic treatment for eating disorders. Mell currently works as a therapist within the COD, PTSD, and sport tracks in the Adult program, providing individual and group therapy. When she is not in the clinic, she is at the beach or in the mountains camping and hiking!
Susan Murray, MA
Pre-doctoral Psychology Intern
Susan Murray, M.A. is a doctoral student completing her clinical internship at UCSD. She completed her doctoral coursework in clinical psychology and neuroscience at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her research interests include improving treatment outcomes for individuals with eating disorders through innovative psychotherapeutic interventions and by leveraging the field's growing understanding of neuroscience. Susan's therapeutic approach includes a combination of humanistic values and evidence-based practices. She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Compassion-Focused Therapy.
Pre-doctoral Psychology Intern
Victoria is a pre-doctoral psychology intern at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center. She is also a doctoral candidate, working toward her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas. Victoria received her Master of Arts Degree from the University of Kansas and Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University. She has extensive experience with the assessment and diagnosis of eating disorders. Additionally, Victoria has clinical experience in health psychology intervention and evidence-based treatment for eating and other internalizing disorders. She is especially interested in working with individuals with eating disorders and women’s behavioral health concerns. Victoria’s research interests involve diagnostic comorbidity among eating, anxiety, mood, and trauma-based disorders and better understanding the neurobiological underpinnings of disordered eating.
Pre-doctoral Psychology Intern
Danielle is a pre-doctoral psychology intern at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center. She completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Mary Washington and her Master of Arts in clinical psychology at the University of Tulsa, where she continues to pursue her doctorate. Over the course of her clinical training, she has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with eating disorders, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders using DBT, ACT, and CBT (particularly exposure-based approaches). Her research focuses on the role of interoception in the development of eating disorders and suicidal behaviors.
Lilly Parks, MA is a clinical psychology doctoral student and intern at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center. Lilly received her BS in Developmental Psychology at the University of California, San Diego with a minor in Education Studies. Upon completing her undergraduate career, Lilly worked at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center as a research assistant, where she gained experience in the assessment and diagnosis of eating disorders. She is a current doctoral student at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego, where she has gained experience implementing evidence-based treatments with diverse populations of patients. Lilly has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as individuals in acute crisis states. Her research includes eating disorders, self-esteem, and childhood trauma. She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), and specializes in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Outside of work, Lilly enjoys traveling, live music, and painting.
Breana Janke, RD
Breana Janke is a Registered Dietitian who has been working for the Adolescent and Adult Day Treatment Program since Fall 2012. Breana earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Diego State University. Shortly after completing her undergraduate work, Breana was accepted into a dietetic internship program where she completed one year of supervised practice experience required to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Breana’s interest in eating disorders developed during her dietetic internship where she received experience treating patients with eating disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings. After earning her RD, Breana worked as a clinical dietitian providing medical nutrition therapy to many different patient populations including oncology, diabetes, renal and liver disease. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and San Diego Dietitians in Eating Disorders Group. Breana is thrilled be a part of UCSD’s Treatment team where she is able to pursue her passion of working in the field of eating disorders.
Krissy Lines is a Registered Dietitian with the PHP and IOP adult program at UCSD Eating Disorders Clinic. She first discovered her love of the medical field from working as an Emergency Medical Technician in San Diego, CA. This career led her through kinesiology, nutrition and counseling coursework; eventually earning both her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Human Nutrition from Texas State University. She continued with her Dietetic Internship throughout Central Texas, with a focus on clinical nutrition.
Her Dietetic career focuses on eating disorders, clinical/medical nutrition therapy, education and community nutrition outreach. Krissy has additional experience with nutrition research, including published manuscripts on the home food environment of young children. She continues community work with local Food Banks, individual and group education. Within her nutrition counseling Krissy incorporates intuitive eating, individualized education, supported goal-setting, and hands-on meal planning techniques.
As a native San Diegan, Krissy spends a lot of time at the beach. She also enjoys traveling with her family, playing music, and painting.