Newswise — Reston, VA, January 6, 2021 – The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) is proud to announce its 2021 Class of Fellows. The AED awards Fellow status to recognize distinguished contributions made by AED members to the field of eating disorders, reflecting a diversity of distinguished contributions to the field, and the interdisciplinary and international composition of the AED's membership.

The status of Fellow in the Academy for Eating Disorders (FAED) indicates that the qualifications and body of work of the person have elevated them to national and/or international recognition as a distinguished contributor to the field of eating disorders. In virtually all instances "distinguished" refers to a combination of the achievement of excellence and significant contributions deserving of recognition as extraordinary. The contributions of the person conferred with Fellow status are demonstrably unusual, innovative, and/or of a groundbreaking nature.

The AED 2021 Class of Fellows includes:

Gina Dimitropoulos, PhD, RSW, FAED 
University of Calgary 
Calgary, AB CANADA

Carine Marie El Khazen, DESS, DEA, FAEDAmerican Center for Psychiatry and Neurology 

Anita Federici, PhD, FAED 
The Centre for Psychology & Emotion Regulation 
Midland, ON CANADA

Ellen E. Fitzsimmons-Craft, PhD, FAED 
Washington University School of Medicine 
St. Louis, MO USA  

Karen M. Jennings Mathis, PhD, CNP, PMHNP-BC, FAED 
University of Rhode Island College of Nursing 
Providence, RI USA 

Ashish Kumar, MRCPsych, MSc, FAED 
Faculty of Eating Disorders, The Royal College of Psychiatrists 

Melissa A. Munn-Chernoff, PhD, FAED 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Chapel Hill, NC USA     

Umberto Nizzoli, PhD MPH MCA MDCA MAd, FAED 
Azienda Sanitaria 
Bagnolo ITALY


The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) is an international professional association committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment, and prevention. The goal of the AED is to provide global access to knowledge, research, and best treatment practice for eating disorders. For additional information, please contact Elissa Myers at (703) 626-9087 and visit the AED website at