October 11, 2018

Newswise — The Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) has been awarded the first grant for a new federal program that will provide $3.75 million over five years to establish UNC as the National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. 

Christine M. Peat, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the UNC School of Medicine, will lead the new program, which is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Our team at UNC is thrilled to lead the charge in providing eating disorders training and education. To do so, UNC will partner with the 3C Institute (led by Melissa DeRosier, PhD) to develop the Eating Disorders Information and Training Network (EDIT-NET) – a web-based platform that will train health care providers across disciplines in the evidence-based detection and management of eating disorders and become the national resource for eating disorder literacy,” Peat said.

“As the National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, our multidisciplinary team at UNC will launch EDIT-NET to expand access to evidence-based care for those with eating disorders and improve eating disorder literacy among the public,” Peat said.   

The primary objectives for EDIT-NET include:

• Providing the most up-to-date information on strategies related to addressing eating disorders;

• Promoting the public awareness of eating disorders; and

• Establishing a national hub for the development and dissemination of eating disorders training and technical assistance for health care practitioners across disciplines