Professor Janet Treasure, OBE PhD FRCP FRCPsych has specialised in the treatment of eating disorders at the South London and Maudsley Hospital and had an academic career at King’s College, London for the majority of her career. The Unit continues to be one of the premier European academic centres for eating disorders. In their innovative approach to training and treatment they have adopted the newest technologies including iPODs, DVDs and web-based programmes as part of their interventions. Professor Treasure has spearheaded projects that introduce recovered patients and carers into the audit and development plans for clinical services and also in the delivery of training for professionals, carers and patients.
She was made a Professor of Psychiatry in 2000 and awarded an OBE for her work in eating disorders in 2013. Her research has led to greater understanding of, and better treatments for, anorexia and bulimia. Much of her research focusing on the development of new treatments has been carried out collaboratively with, and often inspired by patients and their families. As well as editing professional texts, Professor Treasure has written several self-help books for people with eating disorders (Schmidt & Treasure, 1993; Treasure, 1997). Guided self-help using books such as these are recommended in the NICE guidelines as a first stage of treatment.
She has also written a book for carers to share her expertise and understanding (Treasure, et al., 2007) and is featured on the home page of this website. This work is recognized internationally and treatment centres across the world are implementing this approach.
She has been awarded several prizes for her work: Royal College Psychiatrist Gold Medal, NHS Innovation Award, MHRN awards for work with carers. In 2004, she was awarded the Academy for Eating Disorders’ Leadership Award for Research. In 2010 and in 2012 she was cited in the Sunday Times as one of the UK best known doctors. In 2014 she was awarded the Life time Achievement Award from the Academy of Eating Disorders and a second one from BEAT- the largest eating disorder charity in the UK
Professor Treasure holds various posts as Trustee, or other various roles. on several eating disorders charities: BEAT, SUCCEED, Student Minds, FEAST, Diabetics with Eating Disorders DWED, Psychiatry Research Trust, Charlotte’s Helix. She is currently collaborator and PI on several NIHR and HTA grants and BRC PhD and charity scholarships. She has supervised over 25 PhD students over her career, examined over 14 UK PhDs and 3 PhDs from Australia as well as many MSc projects.
Professor Treasure is a regular speaker at national and international conferences. She has written over 360 papers, listed on Pub Med, and has a citation index of 45. She has written or edited eight academic books and three self-help books, as well as having contributed to numerous chapters in other books.
Professor Treasure is on the board of Section for Eating Disorders of the World Psychiatric and Vice Chair World Biological Psychiatry Associations. She was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders in 2008. She was co-chair of the Section of Neuropsychology 2008-2012. She is an International Representative on the Credentialing Task Force for residential services of the Academy of Eating Disorders. Professor Treasure is an associate editor of the European Eating Disorder Review and The Journal of Eating Disorders and is on the board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders and Weight and Eating Disorders.
She is regularly interviewed by the media on eating disorders including Horizon, All in the Mind, Women’s Hour etc.
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. She has been a member of the research team at the Institute of Psychiatry since 2006, primarily as a PhD student and latterly as a Visiting Researcher. She is actively involved in supporting carers of people with eating disorders using the principles of motivational interviewing and in the supervision of 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. Her specialist areas include carer telephone coaching, qualitative research and the use of fidelity measures in monitoring motivational interviewing skills. She has co-edited a Clinicians Guide with Professors Janet Treasure and Ulrike Schmidt and has contributed to several peer reviewed papers in the academic literature. She is currently based in Edinburgh.