Cynthia Bulik Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry This Emotional Life - PBS

Experts Biography


Cynthia Bulik Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Bulik, a clinical psychologist, received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She is the Director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program. She is also a Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Public Health, and the William and Jeanne Jordan Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Bulik’s research includes treatment, laboratory, epidemiological, twin, and molecular genetic studies of eating disorders and body weight regulation. She also develops innovative means of integrating technology into treatment for eating disorders and obesity. She has active collaborations around the world, has published over 300 scientific papers and chapters on eating disorders, and has authored the books Eating Disorders: Detection and Treatment (Dunmore), Runaway Eating: The 8 Point Plan to Conquer Adult Food and Weight Obsessions (Rodale), Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop. Dr. Bulik holds the first endowed professorship in eating disorders in the United States.

Awards and Credentials

  1. Eating Disorders Coalition Research Award
  2. Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership Award for Research
  3. Price Family National Eating Disorders Association Research Award
  4. Past President of the Academy for Eating Disorders

Related Links

Recommended Reading List

  • "Patterns of Remission, Continuation, and Incidence of Eating Disorders during Pregnancy in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa)." Bulik, C.M., et al. (2007). Psychological Medicine, 37.
  • "Risk Factors for Eating Disorders." Striegel-Moore, R.H., et al. (2007) American Psychologist, 62.
  • "The Genetics of Anorexia Nervosa." Bulik, C.M., et al. (2007) Annual Review of Nutrition, 27.

Related Experts

  1. Topics

    Allison Kreiger Walsh is a motivational speaker, freelance writer, public relations professional and a non-profit activist. She is a 2006 cum laude graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Public Relations and is currently pursuing her Juris Doctorate at Florida A&M University's College of Law. Allison is the President/Founder of H.O.P.E. – Helping Other People Eat, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that focuses on the prevention and awareness of eating disorders. In addition to serving as the inaugural Chairwoman of the National Jr. Board for the National Eating Disorders Association and lobbying with the Eating Disorders Coalition on Capitol Hill, Allison has personally spoken to over 50,000 people about the dangers of eating disorders. In 2006, she started collecting jeans as an initiative through HOPE and NEDA to encourage people to "Be Comfortable In Your Genes- Don't Fight Your Genes, Just Change Your Jeans." Since 2006, over 8,000 pair of jeans have been collected and donated to charities in need. In 2010, Allison launched the “Get R.E.A.L.” Program, encouraging everyone to set “Realistic Expectations and Attitudes for Life.” This innovative video outreach program will be distributed to over 7,000 schools, hospitals, community health organizations and treatment centers throughout the State of Florida by August 2010. In addition to being Miss Florida 2006, Allison was the recipient of the Miss Florida Community Service Award, the Miss America State Community Service Award and the overall interview award. Allison has been a contributing editor for the Dove Digital Channel hosted on and has been a special guest on Lifetime Television's Balancing Act , PBS's Emotional Life, and FOX News’The Big Story with John Gibson, and Hannity and Colmes. Allison logged over 80,000 miles in her travels as Miss Florida and completed over 250 appearances. In 2007, Allison received the Young Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council and in 2008 Allison was honored as the National Eating Disorders Association Youth Advocate of the Year and the Women's Executive Council's Emerging New Young Leader of the Year. For more information, please visit

  2. Troy is a twenty-three year old male exercise/eating disorder survivor and advocate originally from North Dakota. It wasn't until he was nearly twenty years of age he realized his exercise habits and eating patterns had completely taken control of his life. Following his guest appearance on the 'Dr. Phil Show' in January 2009, Troy entered a residential eating disorder facility for an 81-day treatment regimine. After his return home, Troy realized he hadn't conquered all of the inner demons that had subconciously robbed him of life; eventually pulling him farther down than he had ever been before. Admitting his struggles were still alive and well, Troy re-entered himself into treatment; ironically for another 81 days. This time, he tackled his fears, inner demons and distorted views. He then grasped hold of recovery, a strong faith, his health and ultimately his life. Troy believes each day is a gift from God, who not only gave him a second chance at life, but a third; and he fully intends on using his past experiences to motivate and support others who are dealing with similar self-struggles. Troy has written for a variety of national outlets and has many personal quote publications. He has participated in both a documentary and DVD series and is partnered with the National Eating Disorders Association in numerous advocacy projects in the United States, including: coordinating events, webinar panel discussions, writing his personal story and becoming a media spokesman for males nationwide. His 'Journey Back' has blessed him with opportunities to speak to thousands of people in North Dakota and reach millions of people in the United States and around the world through his website (, personal story and advocacy projects. Attending Minot State University in Minot, ND, Troy (with honors) graduated with a B.S.E. in Health/Physical Education and Minor in Athletic Coaching in 2008. Presently, Troy is employed as an Education Program Administrator, while pursuing his Master's Degree (M.Ed.) in Education with an emphasis in Human Performance/Child Development from Minot State University. In his free time, Troy enjoys music, sports, spending time with his family/friends and being outdoors reflecting on God's amazing work.

  3. Topics

    Mary Bellofatto MA LMHC

    Certified Eating Disorder Specialist

    International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals

    Mary Bellofatto MA, LMHC, CEDS, NCC, TEP served as clinical director for one of the first residential treatment centers for eating disorders in Naples, Florida. She directed 42 eating disorder beds and 52 chemical dependency beds. Presently she owns and directs a training and consulting company that has worked with many of the national treatment centers for training, program development and consulting on Eating Disorders and addictions. Mary is a board member and secretary of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.  Mary is a popular speaker and trainer at national and international conferences as she shares her dynamics tools of transformation and change.

    Awards and Credentials

    1. Licensed Mental Health Counselor
    2. Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and approved Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
    3. National Certified Counselor, Trainer, Educator, Practitioner of Psychotherapy, Psychodrama, and Sociometry
  4. Topics

    Gregg Jantz Ph.D. CDP

    Certified Eating Disorder Specialist

    International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals

    Dr.  Jantz is a licensed mental health counselor, author of multiple books, speaker and founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc., a leading healthcare facility in Edmonds, Washington (  Utilizing a “whole-person” approach to recovery, The Center integrates emotional, relational, physical and spiritual components into long-term healing, personal growth and change.  People from all over the United States and internationally come to The Center for recovery from issues including depression, trauma, eating disorders, abuse and anxiety, integrating mental health, chemical dependency, naturopathic, medical and nutritional services.  Dr. Jantz believes people can and do change and in the tranformational power of Hope.

  5. Topics

    Lynn Grefe

    Chief Executive Officer

    National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

    Lynn Grefe's professional career has centered on issues, advocacy and solutions, using communication tools at every level. She has worked for state government in the criminal justice system; the private sector for a variety of corporate and non-profit clients on legislative and policy issues; moved into the non-profit political arena for women's reproductive health issues for eight years; and, in 2003 was named Chief Executive Officer of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).

    In her current position as C.E.O.,Ms. Grefe is charged with growing NEDA to national prominence to address the needs of the 10 million people who suffer from eating disorders and their families in this country. While Grefe is based in New York, the NEDA headquarters are in Seattle, WA.  She travels nationwide, serves as the spokesperson of NEDA and is bringing her lifetime of talents in communications, politics, issue advocacy, and corporate and not-for-profit development to the organization.

    Earlier in her professional career, Ms. Grefe was dedicated to the issue of juvenile offenders and was part of the professional team that opened the first halfway house for girls in the state of Florida. Ms. Grefe supervised staff managed the intake process, counseled teens and their families and became the community liaison and spokesperson for the program.

    Grefe holds a M.A. Degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a B.S. Degree in Criminology from Florida State University. As a student, she traveled extensively visiting police facilities and correctional institutions within the U.S. and abroad. She has two children, was a soccer coach, Girl Scout Leader for 10 years, and town coordinator for 4 years.  She currently serves on the Board of SARDAA (Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Association of America).

    Awards and Credentials

    1. National Director, Republican Pro-Choice Coalition, 1999-2002
    2. Director, Republican Pro-Choice Alliance of New York, 1995-1999
    3. Political Director of the National Republican Pro-Choice PAC, 1995-1999
    4. Former President of International Civics, Inc. (ICI)
    5. Co-founder and director, NY Area Public Affairs Professionals, 1980-1986