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The Perfect Storm: Intersection of Pandemic, Trauma, EatingDisorders and the Mental Health Crisis

June 13 @ 6:30 pm 8:00 pm

In-Person – Location TBD

Presented by: Wendy Oliver Pyatt, MD, FAED, CEDS

Through this unique and integrative presentation, seasoned clinician Dr. Wendy Oliver- Pyatt will examine the intersection of the pandemic, trauma, transgenerational trauma and eating disorders. Attendees will gain insight to the onset and development of eating disorders and body image disturbances within the context of the pandemic and the social crisis associated with the pandemic. Principals from Self-Psychology and DBT that can be a part of the healing formula will be discussed, along with the associated use of a treatment milieu as a tool for interventions as well as DBT.

A special focus of this presentation will be on the impact of trans-generational trauma on the development of eating disorders. Firsthand accounts and stories of the impact of transgenerational trauma related to being a child of a Holocaust survivor will be shared by Wendy and related back to the current pandemic and environment we currently live in, which will be postulated to have impacted an entire generation of survivors of other forms of trauma from our shared history.


  1. Participants will gain an understanding of the impact of trauma transgenerational
    trauma, the pandemic, and the impact on development of eating disorders and the
    mental health crisis.
  2. Participants will be exposed to foundations from Self-Psychology and DBT that can
    guide clinicians in the exploration of symptom origin and to help formulate a
    psychologically grounded treatment approaches to addressing trauma.
  3. Participants will gain insight to the methods and impact of social media on the
    exacerbation of eating disorders and the mental health crisis. The intersection of
    social media, and transgenerational trauma will be explored with curiosity.


Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult and Addiction Psychiatry.

With more than 25 years of clinical experience, she has developed five separate treatment programs, most recently Galen Hope and Within Health, all grounded on a strong bio-psycho-social foundation, and incorporating intensive psychotherapy, with behavioral foundations, and high medical standards. Wendy has developed a unique treatment approach that delves into the underlying issues, which often tie back to various forms of trauma, that place a person at risk for mental health conditions and eating disorders and lead to healing, health and inner peace.

Wendy received her specialty training at New York University-Bellevue Hospital in New York City, she has also held faculty positions at New York University, Albert Einstein School of Medicine and University of Nevada School of Medicine. Wendy is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in both Adult and Addiction Psychiatry. She is the author of two books, most recently Questions and Answers on Binge Eating Disorder, A Guide for Clinicians. She is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She has received Senatorial Recognition for her commitment to the mental health treatment community.