Professor Janet Treasure, OBE PhD FRCP FRCPsych is Director of the Eating Disorder Unit and Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London. Professor Janet Treasure has more than 30 years experience in the treatment and study of eating disorders. She is currently director of the Eating Disorders Service, which is at the epicenter for clinical management of eating disorders and training. As well as this Professor Treasure is Chief Medical advisor for Beat and a fellow for the Academy of Eating Disorders. In 2007, Professor Treasure received an Eating Disorders National Award from national eating disorder charity Beat. During her illustrious career, she has edited seven academic texts on eating disorders and authored three self-help books, including Getting Better Bite by Bite, Anorexia Nervosa and A Survival Guide for Families, Friends and Sufferers. Professor Treasure has been active in a number of research projects and has over 300 peer reviewed papers in print. In 1984, she was awarded the Gaskell medal from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and has numerous other awards for her work. In 2004, she was awarded the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) Leadership Award in Research. (This award honors an individual who has over substantial period of time developed through research new knowledge about eating disorders that is internationally respected and that has had a measurable impact on the field). As well as her considerable research into eating disorders, Professor Treasure has been highly involved in treatment trials for type 1 diabetes through cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing. Professor Treasure has trained over 25 PhD students in research on eating disorders.
Gill Todd, RMN MSc worked for over 16 years as Clinical Nurse Leader at the Gerald Russell Eating Disorders Unit, Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals in London. Over her 25 year career span, she has worked alongside Professors Gerald Russell, Janet Treasure and Ulrike Schmidt. In 1995, she trained as a Motivational Interviewing Trainer and is now a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Gill started the first national conference for Carers of Eating Disorders in 1996 which focused on teaching helpful communication skills to families with an eating disorder in their midst. During this time, her research interest lay in the application of motivational interviewing and expressed emotion models to the needs of families on the adult in-patient unit. This work would become the prototype for Prof. Janet Treasure’s ‘Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved one with an Eating Disorder’. Gill now spends her time teaching and coaching the various iterations of the New Maudsley Model, both in the UK and internationally (Sweden, Slovenia, Iceland, Greece, Australia, New Zealand).
Pam Macdonald, PhD is a research psychologist, coach and trainer. Her doctoral thesis focused on a DVD/telephone coaching support intervention, part of an ongoing project at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London into the development of a skills-training intervention for carers of people with an eating disorder. She now works as a visiting researcher on the current phase of the project, Expert Carers Helping Others. She is actively involved in supporting carers of people with eating disorders using the principles of motivational interviewing and now supervises carers in becoming peer mentors to other carers. She has personal experience of the regular emotional challenges that can impinge upon the functioning of the entire family at different points along the recovery path and is a passionate advocate of evidence based research that equips carers with the appropriate information and tools that will help them best support their loved one through their eating disorder. She has co-edited a Clinicians Guide with Professors Janet Treasure and Ulrike Schmidt and contributed to several peer reviewed papers in the academic literature.