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Lisa Lilenfeld

Associate professor




  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1995
  • B.S. Human Development & Family Studies, Cornell University, 1990


Dr. Lilenfeld completed her internship and three-year National Institute of Mental Health post-doctoral fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic in Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the Argosy faculty in 2007, Dr. Lilenfeld was an Associate Professor and the Associate Director of Clinical Training in the Ph.D. training program in the Department of Psychology at Georgia State University in Atlanta. For the past two decades, her program of research has focused upon identifying risk factors for eating disorders, particularly personality traits. She has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and has made approximately 100 national and international conference presentations, many with graduate students. She has been the recipient of numerous grants to fund her research, and has served as an active collaborator for an ongoing international genetic study of eating disorders. Dr. Lilenfeld has been interviewed by various television (e.g., ABC news, FOX news) and newspaper (e.g., USA Today, WebMD) organizations regarding her eating disorders work. She recently spoke at a Congressional Briefing and has worked alongside former Congressman Patrick Kennedy on Capitol Hill to garner support from Congress and the Senate to support national legislation pertaining to eating disorders treatment, prevention and research. She has supervised doctoral students conducting therapy since 1998.


  • Eating Disorders and Body Image (Assessment, treatment, risk factors)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Suicidality and Self-Injurious Behavior

Selected Publications

  • Lilenfeld, L.R. (2011). Personality and temperament in eating disorders. In: W.H. Kaye and R. Adan (Eds.). Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences. New York: Springer.
  • Lilenfeld, L.R. (2011). Suicidal behavior in eating disorders. In: D. Stein, Y. Latzer and Y. Merrick (Eds.). Eating Disorders: Treatment-Related Perspectives and Specific Issues. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  • Lilenfeld, L.R. (2011). When problem eating enters your practice: What to know, what to do, and when to refer. Independent Practitioner (official publication of APA division 42), 31(2), 71-75.
  • Wang, K., Zhang, H., Bloss, C., Duvvuri, V, Kaye, W., Schork, N.J... Lilenfeld, L.R., Thorton, L.M., Bergen, A.W. & Magistretti, P. (2011). A genome-wide association study on common SNPs and rare CNVs in anorexia nervosa. Molecular Psychiatry,16, 949-959.
  • Lilenfeld, L.R., Ringham, R., Kalarchian, M. & Marcus, M. (2008). A family history study of binge eating disorder. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 49(3), 247-254.
  • Lilenfeld, L.R., Jacobs, C.H., Woods, A.M., & Picot, A.K. (2008). A prospective study of obsessive-compulsive and borderline personality traits, race, and disordered eating. European Eating Disorders Review, 16(2), 124-132.
  • Jacobs, M.J., Wilfley, D.E., Gregory-Bills, T., Crow, S.J., Walsh, B.T., Lilenfeld, L.R., Smith West, D., Berkowitz, R.I. & Fairburn, C.G. (2007). Placebo response in pharmacotherapy for binge eating disorder. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 40(3), 204-211.
  • Wilfley, D.E., Crow, S.J., Hudson, J.I., Mitchell, J.E., Berkowitz, R.I., Blakesley, V., Walsh, B.T., Alger-Mayer, S., Bartlett, S., Fernstrom, M. Foreyt, J., Fujioka, K., Halmi, K.A., Harrison, R.W., Gerich, J., Johnson, W., Lilenfeld, L.R., Pearlstein, T., Perri, M., Robbins, D., & Smith-West, D. (2008). Efficacy of sibutramine for the treatment of binge eating disorder: A randomized multi-center, placebo-controlled, double-blind study. American Journal of Psychiatry, 165(1), 51-58.
  • Lilenfeld, L.R., Wonderlich, S.A., Riso, L.P., Crosby, R. & Mitchell, J. (2006). Eating disorders and personality: A methodological and empirical review. Clinical Psychology Review, 26(5), 299-320.
  • Strober, M., Lilenfeld, L.R., Kaye, W. & Bulik, C. (2006). Genetic factors in anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. In: P.J. Cooper and A. Stein (Eds.). Childhood feeding problems and adolescent eating disorders (2nd Ed.). London: Routledge.


  • President & Chairperson, Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action
  • Academy for Eating Disorders (elected Fellow)
  • Eating Disorders Research Society (elected Member)
  • Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (Member)
  • Anxiety Disorders Association of America (Member)


  • Lilenfeld, L.R., Jacobs, C.H., Picot, A.K., & Woods, A.M. (2009, May). A two-year longitudinal study of obsessive-compulsive and borderline personality disorder symptoms, race, and disordered eating among an ethnically diverse sample of college women. Poster presented at the 17th International Conference on Eating Disorders; Cancun, Mexico.
  • Lilenfeld, L.R., Jacobs, C.H., Picot, A.K., & Woods, A.M. (2008, September). A longitudinal study of obsessive-compulsive and borderline personality symptoms, race, and disordered eating. Paper presented at the 14th Annual International Meeting of the Eating Disorders Research Society; Montreal, Quebec. (Approximately the top 20% of abstracts submitted are selected for paper presentations).
  • Lilenfeld, L.R., Picot, A.K., & Jacobs, C.H. (2007, October). Which men are at greatest risk? ? The importance of community involvement in determining the impact of self-esteem upon body dissatisfaction among gay men. Poster presented at the 13th Annual International Meeting of the Eating Disorders Research Society; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Lilenfeld, L.R., Jacobs, C.H. & Woods, A.M. (2007, May). Detrimental effects of media internalization upon disordered eating and exercise in men. Poster presented at the 19th annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS); Washington, D.C.
  • Lilenfeld, L.R. (2007, May). The role of personality in eating disorders. Workshop presented at the 15th International Conference on Eating Disorders; Baltimore, Maryland.

Selected Lectures

  • Lilenfeld, L.R. (2009, April). Research in Eating Disorders. Invited speaker at a congressional briefing on eating disorders on Capitol Hill where the FREED (Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders) Act, legislation put forth by members of Congress in conjunction with the Eating Disorders Coalition, sponsored by Representative Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island, was formally introduced.
  • Lilenfeld, L.R. (2008, January). Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders. One of six invited faculty presenters for online Continuing Education Workshop series for Episteme: Science-Based Practice (www.epistemetv.com) Audience: Available to psychologists internationally.
  • Lilenfeld, L.R. (2006, November). Body Image and Eating Disorders: A Hidden Epidemic. Atlanta Girls' School; Atlanta, Georgia. Audience: Mothers of teenage daughters; open to the general public.
  • Lilenfeld, L.R. (2006, October). Update and overview of the etiology, assessment and treatment of eating disorders: 3 hour Continuing Education Workshop. Georgia Nurses Association headquarters; Atlanta, Georgia. Audience: LPCs and MSWs from the community.
  • Lilenfeld, L.R. (2006, September). Update and overview of the etiology, assessment and treatment of eating disorders: 3 hour Continuing Education Workshop. Georgia Psychological Association headquarters; Atlanta, Georgia. Audience: GPA members and other psychologists from the community.