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    Good morning HEDS members,

    It was wonderful meeting many of you this past weekend at the HEDS Community Conference!

    I am excited to share that I am looking to hire multiple clinicians to join our team at The UTHealth Center for Eating Disorders, a NEW treatment program here in Houston, with aims of providing patients with access to gold standard, evidence-based treatment for eating disorders, across the continuum of care. While we are currently recruiting nationally, I thought that there would be few better people to join us than those who have already established roots here, with track records of passionately serving the Greater Houston community.

    For those I have not yet had the chance to connect with, I am attaching a brief description of our current and future programming below, and a job description (and link) for those that may be interested in applying. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with many of you on providing our patients with the best interdisciplinary care that they deserve, and enthusiastically welcome emails from anyone that is interested in learning more about what we hope and plan to offer in the increasingly near future. My email is Zachary.S.Appenzeller@uth.tmc.edu



    Zachary S. Appenzeller, Psy.D.

    Assistant Professor | Licensed Psychologist

    Founding Director, UTHealth Center for Eating Disorders

    John S. Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center

    UTHealth Houston | McGovern Medical School

    Louis A. Faillace, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    5615 H. Mark Crosswell Jr Street | Room 4D09 | Houston, Texas 77021



    The UTHealth Center for Eating Disorders is a multi-level of care eating disorder treatment program, affiliated with McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston). Our center is a collaboration between the Louis A. Faillace, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Adolescent Medicine. Located at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center at UTHealth Houston, our interdisciplinary team of psychologists, therapists, medical providers, and registered dietitians, will comprehensively provide evidence-based psychological treatments, medical monitoring, medication management, and nutritional support to adolescents and adults with eating disorders across our Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, and Partial Hospitalization Programs.

    As a part of the UTHealth Houston Behavioral Sciences Campus, we operate out of the largest academic psychiatric hospital in the country. Located within the Texas Medical Center, we are uniquely situated to provide collaborative, interdisciplinary care for patients, and training for students, across departments and institutions. The UTHealth Center for Eating Disorders’ mission is four-fold:

    1. Clinical: We aim to provide the Greater Houston community with the highest quality, accessible, cost-effective, research-supported treatment that our field has to offer.

    2. Research: We seek to engage in innovative research aimed at enhancing our understanding and treatment of eating disorders across the lifespan.

    3. Education: Our goal is to provide students and trainees across disciplines of behavioral sciences, psychiatry, adolescent medicine, internal medicine, and nutrition, with expert-led education and training opportunities in the provision of eating disorder-specific services.

    4. Community: Through our community outreach efforts, we offer didactics on eating disorders screening, assessment, prevention, psychoeducation, and treatment to community providers, parents, and families, as well as middle and high school students, teachers, and counselors.

    Position Summary:

    The UTHealth Center for Eating Disorders is seeking two full-time, licensed mental health professionals (LPC, LCSW, LMSW) to provide clinical services across our Outpatient (OP), Intensive Outpatient (IOP), and Partial Hospitalization (PHP) Programs. Clinical responsibilities will include conducting comprehensive initial assessments, treatment planning, and therapy (individual, family, and group) for adolescents (12-17) and adults (18+) with eating disorders.

    Through our insurance-based, Outpatient Eating Disorders Clinic, candidates would offer traditional, evidence-based, outpatient therapy for adolescents and adults with anorexia nervosa, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), bulimia nervosa, and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED), with and without comorbid anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Applicants chosen would adherently provide Maudsley Family-Based Treatment (FBT), Enhanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT-E), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ARFID (CBT-AR), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Those with interest in expanding outpatient services to include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) would be enthusiastically welcomed to do so. All clinicians are expected to dedicate at least 0.2 FTE each week to the provision of outpatient services, with additional opportunities for internal moonlighting for those that desire supplemental income.

    Through our future Adolescent Eating Disorders PHP/IOP, we will use a stepped-care approach to the treatment of adolescents with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and OSFED. If families and their loved ones are struggling to improve at our outpatient level of care, or are simply in need of more support, our stepped-care approach to treatment allows us to seamlessly provide patients with the same therapy at higher levels of care, while systematically integrating additional evidence-based treatments that are shown to be effective in addressing their eating concerns.

    Our IOP is soundly rooted in FBT, CBT-E, and ERP, while our PHP expands on this model to offers additional biotemperament-based tracks of DBT and RO DBT. All clinicians are expected to dedicate at least 0.8 FTE each week to the provision of PHP/IOP services. Program hours are 7am-3pm.

    Additional responsibilities include the opportunity to: supervise practicum students/ interns; co-present didactics to trainees across disciplines of psychology, social work, counseling, nutrition, psychiatry, and adolescent medicine; engage in presentations geared towards the local community; attend regular interdisciplinary consultation team meetings; and meet individually for regular case consultation with the program director, Zachary Appenzeller, Psy.D.

    Applicants must demonstrate strong evidence of training and interest in evidence-based treatments for eating disorders, and common comorbid psychopathology, including anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorders, borderline personality disorder (BPD), and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). Applicants with prior training and experience providing FBT, CBT-E, CBT-AR, ERP, DBT, and RO DBT are strongly preferred. However, applicants with less training or experience that are eager to learn will be provided with significant opportunities for mentorship and training across all evidence-based treatments offered at our center.

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