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Meet Our Outreach Team

The Emily Program's Outreach Specialists are dedicated to providing health care professionals and communities with information on eating disorders and The Emily Program's personalized services for treating disordered eating at all levels. Have a question about a referral? Connect with the team today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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Katie Armstrong

Professional Relations Specialist

Katie began working at the front desk of the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) more than ten years ago, which provided a unique opportunity to observe both the clinical and business sides of eating disorder treatment. When CCED merged with The Emily Program two years ago, she was able to seamlessly transition to an outreach role. Katie graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Affairs. As a Professional Relations Specialist, Katie uses her experience and education to connect with professionals, community members, and other treatment facilities to provide awareness and information on the treatment of eating disorders.

Contact Katie at 216-765-0500 ext. 4221 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Katie Gilder

Clinical Relations Specialist

Katie is passionate about helping people to get the care they need to have a peaceful relationship with food. After working for four years with adolescents and families as a dietitian at The Emily Program, Katie moved into an outreach role because she wanted to help reduce the stigma of eating disorders and provide education in healthcare settings and communities. Katie earned a Master’s in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, which she followed with a Dietetic internship (emphasis on eating disorders) in the Atlanta area at Southern Regional Medical Center.

Contact Katie at 651-645-5323 ext. 1964 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Jennifer Passanante

Jennifer Passanante

Clinical Relations Specialist

Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and completed her Masters in Social Work at The University of Texas at Arlington. She has worked as a therapist in a variety of behavioral health settings including inpatient psychiatric care and an intensive outpatient eating disorders program. Jennifer has found her niche in outreach where she can apply her clinical background to help patients, providers, and families find treatment. Jennifer regularly speaks at local elementary schools where she enjoys promoting positive body image and self-esteem with young students. As a Clinical Relations Specialist, Jennifer is passionate about educating both local and national providers about The Emily Program and partnering with them to help their clients achieve lasting recovery.

Contact Jennifer at 214-662-2492 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Shannon Pitts

Professional Relations Specialist

Shannon believes clients should always be top priority. This belief brought her to The Emily Program, where she helps healthcare providers gain access to individualized eating disorder treatment for their clients. Her past experience in pain management helped form her passion for serving a unique population and educating in areas of wellness that are less visible. A graduate of the University of Washington, Shannon uses her passion to connect with members of the community, both inside and outside the healthcare world, to raise awareness of eating disorders and the resources available locally and nationally at The Emily Program.

Contact Shannon at 206-794-0809 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 Laura Savat

Laura Savat

Outreach Manager

Laura graduated from The University of Minnesota-Duluth with a degree in Healthcare Management. Laura has devoted her career to understanding the healthcare system as a whole while building trusted relationships along the way. Having spent her career solely in the mental health field, she has a passion for starting conversations about eating disorders and reducing stigma around mental health. As Outreach Manager, Laura connects with health systems and providers to gain valuable perspective about caring for people struggling with eating disorders and to provide information about The Emily Program's established services.

Contact Laura at 651-645-5323 ext. 1608 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Anna Sjogren

Anna Sjogren

Professional Relations Specialist

Anna graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Political Economics and Leadership. As an undergraduate, she partnered with local community members and a variety of departments within the University to develop and implement a Campus Life Program dedicated to increasing eating disorder awareness and knowledge. Through various personal experiences, Anna has seen first-hand the need for improved access to care, and has subsequently been an active participant in both regional and national mental health lobby days. As a Professional Relations Specialist, Anna continues to develop relationships with regional community members and providers to increase awareness of eating disorders and The Emily Program as a local resource.

Contact Anna at 888-364-5977 ext. 1833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Dani Wojcik

Outreach Coordinator

Dani graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in Marketing and Communications. She has worked for The Emily Program since 2013. As Outreach Coordinator, Dani connects with providers and members of the community to raise awareness for eating disorders and to help clients access the care they need.

Contact Dani at 651-645-5323 ext. 2223 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Research Assistant Volunteer

Location: Beachwood, OH
Status: Part-time, unpaid

Volunteer research positions require a commitment of 8 hours per week, including a mandatory team meeting on Thursdays (10-11am) and is unpaid. The Emily Program research assistants are fundamental in the assessment process and will be responsible for collecting and scoring assessment measures for clinician's diagnostic interview. Research assistants will be responsible for inputting research questionnaires into SPSS, and maintaining all data logs. Additional duties include making weekly follow-up calls to clients, and conducting literature reviews. Research assistants will have the opportunity to collaborate on research projects, papers, and posters. This position is geared toward undergraduates and post graduates looking to expand their experience in scientific research.

Duties include:

  • Research orientations for new clients
  • Inputting & checking data
  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Scoring assessments for clinical team
  • Sending follow up questionnaires
  • Attending research meeting once a week
  • Maintaining and updating master logs
  • Collaborating on research projects and papers

Qualifications include:

  • Must be available for research meetings at our outpatient clinic every Thursday 10-11am.
  • Should have some experience in research with field interest in mental health. Geared toward current or post undergraduate and graduate students.

How to Apply:

Please email your letter of interest and resume to Caitlin Martin-Wagar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

U of M - TEP Dietetic Internship

The University of Minnesota - The Emily Program (U of M - TEP) Dietetic Internship (DI) provides an internship opportunity for U of M graduate students in Nutrition who plan to become Registered Dietitians. This accredited program offers non-credit, non-degree, supervised practice experiences designed to prepare graduates with a nutrition/dietetics degree to become eligible for the RD board exam. The program is a cooperative effort between the Department of Food Science and Nutrition and The Emily Program with administration of the program through the Department of Food Science and Nutrition.

We accept 15 interns for a 35-week (mid-August to mid-April), unpaid, full-time, competency-based program providing more than 1300 hours of supervised learning, with detailed scheduling and hours determined by the Dietetic Internship Director and facilities providing the experiences.

This internship has a concentration area of eating disorders created by integrating a well established dietetic internship with a nationally renowned eating disorder treatment facility to create an innovative, diverse, and well rounded internship experience.

For more information visit the University of MN Dietetic Internship site.

Group Therapy Graduate Student Practicum - Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Currently on hold through 2018.

You must submit your cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae as a single document all together, and not as two separate documents. You cannot submit a resume and cover letter separately. In your cover letter, please speak to why working with adults in a practicum in eating disorders appeals to you, to any relevant volunteer experiences you have had, and name one or two issues you imagine would be challenges to providers in working with adult clients with eating disorders.

Position Summary:

This practicum is 12 months in duration, 15-20 hours per week and unpaid. The Emily Program provides clinical training in the area of group therapy in outpatient and intensive programming settings. Group therapy experience will consist of 3-4 psychoeducational skills groups, meal groups and DBT groups. Individual therapy experience may be available as a co-therapy experience with your clinical supervisor but is not the focus of this practicum. Both MA-level and doctoral-level graduate students in counseling or clinical psychology are encouraged to apply. Trainee will be housed at the St. Paul, 2265 Como location and will attend weekly didactic trainings at the St. Paul location.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Throughout the training year, the following opportunities will be provided: observation, training, and treatment for clients struggling with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and OSFED (Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder). A variety of treatment modalities are utilized at The Emily Program, these include but are not limited to: cognitive behavioral therapy, family-based therapy, systems approaches, object relations, and interpersonal therapy. The Group Therapy Practicum Student collaborates in a multi-disciplinary setting with other Emily Program clinicians to provide comprehensive treatment to the client and the client's family. Practicum students will participate in a non-adherent dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) training during the first month of practicum and be involved in both DBT focused groups and individual therapy as the core of their clinical work. The Group Therapy Practicum Student will participate weekly  in mandatory Training Seminars on Mondays from 9-11 am, weekly clinical team meetings, weekly supervision, weekly consultation, staff meetings, and quarterly meetings with the Practicum Training Coordinator.

Mandatory Meetings:

  • Human Resources, Electronic Medical Records, and Practicum Training the first two weeks of December (mandatory)
  • Mondays from 9:00-11:00 am, ongoing training seminar (mandatory)
  • First Thursday of the month, Journal Club from 8:30-10:00 at the University of Minnesota (encouraged)
  • One hour, weekly supervision with direct supervisor (mandatory)

Qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a graduate program in Counseling or Clinical Psychology and be enrolled in graduate program throughout the duration of the practicum;
  • stated desire to learn about the field of eating disorders;
  • stated desire to learn and practice group therapy;
  • stated desire to work with adults and families;
  • and, knowledge of regulatory standards governing care delivery and operations.

Questions:

Questions regarding the Group Therapy Practicum should be directed to Tracy Williams, LICSW, Practicum Training Coordinator at (651) 645-5323 ext. 1286.

How to Apply:

In your cover letter, please speak to why a practicum in eating disorders appeals to you, to any relevant volunteer experiences you have had, and name one or two issues you imagine would be challenges to providers in working with clients with eating disorders. Click here to apply online.

Art Therapist Practicum

No longer accepting applications at this time.

Description: 

This practicum is an 8-month, unpaid and part time training experience. Graduate student in art therapy must be in good standing and enrolled in his/her graduate program during the practicum. A student who already possesses some art therapy experience is an asset.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Throughout the training experience, the following opportunities will be provided: observation, training, and treatment (group therapy, intensive program facilitation, residential treatment) for clients struggling with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and OSFED. Training will be both general to eating disorders and also have an art therapy lens. A variety of treatment modalities are utilized, these include but are not limited to: cognitive behavioral therapy, family-based therapy, systems approaches, object relations, and interpersonal therapy. The Group Therapy Practicum Student collaborates in a multi-disciplinary setting with other Emily Program clinicians to provide comprehensive treatment to the client and the client's family. The Group Therapy Practicum Student will participate in weekly didactic Training Seminars from 10-11 am on Mondays, weekly clinical team meetings, weekly supervision, weekly consultation, and staff meetings. The art therapy practicum student is also encouraged to attend the first Thursday of the month a Journal Club from 8:30-10:00 am on a range of eating disorder topics at the University of Minnesota. The Journal Club is encouraged but optional.

Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a graduate program in Art Therapy during the practicum
  • Stated desire to learn about the field of eating disorders
  • Ability to make 8-month commitment
  • Ability to attend mandatory Human Resources Training on Monday, November 2 from 8:30 to 4 pm and Tuesday, November 3 from 10-noon
  • Ability to attend ongoing, weekly, didactic seminar from 10-11 am on Mondays
  • Stated desire to learn and practice group therapy
  • Stated desire to work with adolescents, adults and families
  • Knowledge of regulatory standards governing care delivery and operations

Questions?

Questions regarding the Group Therapy Graduate Student Practicum should be directed to Bevie LaBrie, Art Therapist and Direct Supervisor at 651-645-5323 ext. 1275 or Diane Rubright, Practicum Training Coordinator at 651-645-5323 ext. 1241.

How to Apply:

In your cover letter, please speak to why an art therapy practicum in eating disorders appeals to you, to any relevant volunteer experiences you have had, and name one or two issues you imagine would be challenges to providers in working with clients with eating disorders. Click here to apply online.

Group Therapy Graduate Student Practicum - Spokane, Washington

Open Application Dates: No longer accepting applications at this time.

Position Summary:

We are offering two Group Therapy Graduate Student Internship positions within The Emily Program in Spokane, in 2016 (9-12 months) starting in January. Each position provides 10-15 hours/week clinical training in the area of group therapy and intensive day treatment in an outpatient setting for eating disorders. Some very limited individual and family therapy experience may be available as a co-therapy experience with your clinical supervisor, but individual therapy experience is not the emphasis of this practicum experience. The positions are unpaid.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Throughout the training year, the following opportunities will be provided: observation, training, direct supervision, case consultation, and treatment planning/implementation (group therapy, intensive program facilitation, family education) for clients struggling with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder. A variety of treatment modalities are utilized, these include but are not limited to: cognitive behavioral therapy, family-based therapy, systems approaches, narrative therapy, and interpersonal therapy. The Group Therapy Practicum Student collaborates in a multi-disciplinary setting with other Emily Program clinicians to provide comprehensive treatment to the client and the client's family. In addition to providing group therapy in a co-facilitation model, the practicum student will participate in the following weekly meetings: clinical supervision, clinical consultation, staff meetings and didactics. The student will have some limited paperwork requirements. Some assessment experience may be available for doctoral students only.

Qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a MA/MS or doctoral graduate program in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Counseling/Clinical Psychology
  • Stated desire to learn about the field of eating disorders
  • Stated desire to learn and practice group therapy
  • Stated desire to work with clients and their families
  • Knowledge of regulatory standards governing care delivery and operations
  • Must be available to attend intensive programming meetings, staff meetings, and clinical consultation (times are during the daytime, usually mid-day)

Additionally:

  • Must be able to work 1-2 evenings per week
  • Please specify in your cover letter if you have a primary interest in working with adults or adolescents/young adults, and why you have chosen to pursue a practicum in the area of eating disorders
  • Please specify in your cover letter and resume any relevant volunteer experiences
  • You are welcome to submit a two-three page resume (curriculum vitae)

Questions regarding the Group Therapy Graduate Student Practicum should be directed to Michelle Weinbender RD (509) 252-1366 x 2111 or Krista Crotty C.E.D.S., L.M.F.T., Psy.D (509) 252-1366 x2106.

How to Apply: 

In your cover letter, please speak to why a practicum in eating disorders appeals to you, to any relevant volunteer experiences you have had, and name one or two issues you imagine would be challenges to providers in working with clients with eating disorders. Click here to apply online.

Group Therapy Graduate Student Practicum - Seattle, Washington

Position Summary:

We are offering two distinct Group Therapy Graduate Student Practicum options within The Emily Program in Seattle, for the academic year 2016-2017 (9-12 months). Each position provides 10-20 hours/week clinical training in the area of group therapy and intensive day treatment in an outpatient setting for eating disorders. Some very limited individual and family therapy experience may be available as a co-therapy experience with your clinical supervisor, but individual therapy experience is not the emphasis of this practicum experience. The positions are unpaid.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Throughout the training year, the following opportunities will be provided: observation, training, direct supervision, case consultation, and treatment planning/implementation (group therapy, intensive program facilitation, family education) for clients struggling with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder. A variety of treatment modalities are utilized, these include but are not limited to: cognitive behavioral therapy, family-based therapy, systems approaches, narrative therapy, and interpersonal therapy. The Group Therapy Practicum Student collaborates in a multi-disciplinary setting with other Emily Program clinicians to provide comprehensive treatment to the client and the client’s family. In addition to providing group therapy in a co-facilitation model, the practicum student will participate in the following weekly meetings: clinical supervision, clinical consultation, staff meetings and didactics. The student will have some limited paperwork requirements.

Qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a MA/MS or doctoral graduate program in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Counseling/Clinical Psychology
  • Stated desire to learn about the field of eating disorders
  • Stated desire to learn and practice group therapy
  • Stated desire to work with clients and their families
  • Knowledge of regulatory standards governing care delivery and operations
  • Must be available to attend intensive programming meetings, staff meetings, and clinical consultation (times are during the daytime hours)

Additionally:

  • Must be able to work 1 evening per week (to 7 or 8 p.m.)
  • Please specify in your cover letter why you have chosen to pursue a practicum in the area of eating disorders
  • Please specify in your cover letter and resume any relevant volunteer experiences
  • You are welcome to submit a two-three page resume (curriculum vitae)

How to Apply:

Click here to apply. Your cover letter and resume must be compiled into one PDF in order to upload them into the application system.

Postdoctoral Fellowships at The Emily Program, Twin Cities, MN

Thank you for your interest! We are not currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please check back in the future for fellowship opportunities.

Position Summary:

The Emily Program in Minnesota offers Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowships in adult, adolescent, outpatient, and residential eating disorder services. The Emily Program provides advanced clinical therapy training with primary concentration in the treatment of eating disorders.

Duties and responsibilities:

Throughout the Fellowship, the following opportunities will be provided: evaluation and treatment of adults with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-eating Disorder and related illnesses. Evaluation refers to interview assessment and psychological testing of eating disorder and co-morbid symptomology. Training for Postdoctoral Fellows and The Emily Program approach to treating clients with eating disorders include individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy and intensive program therapy group facilitation. A variety of therapeutic modalities are utilized. These include, but are not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Family-based Treatment; Systems approaches; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy; and Interpersonal Therapy. The Postdoctoral Fellow collaborates in a multi-disciplinary setting with other clinicians at The Emily Program to provide comprehensive treatment to the client and potentially the client’s support people. The Fellowship is a rigorous training experience. In addition to 28 contact hours per week, the Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to participate in didactic training seminars, weekly clinical team meetings, weekly supervision, weekly consultation, staff meetings, and attend regular meetings with the Postdoctoral Training Coordinator. The Fellowship also includes a special opportunity to focus training in an area of interest (examples might include a research project, outreach, or program development). The Postdoctoral Fellow will be asked to provide two to three training didactics and/or to provide training related to eating disorders in the local community.

Qualifications:

All applicants must have:

  • Attended APA-accredited graduate programs in clinical or counseling psychology;
  • Completed an internship at an APPIC Member institution;
  • Completed all requirements for their PhD/PsyD, including dissertation defense or equivalent, prior to beginning their appointment;
  • Stated desire to work in the field of eating disorders; and,
  • Stated desire to work with clients and their families.

Training term, stipend, and benefits

The Emily Program offers a full-time (40 hours per week) fellowship that begins on September 11, 2017 and is to be completed by September 7, 2018. This full-time fellowship involves 28 hours per week of client contact, with one hour of individual supervision per week, and at least two hours weekly of specific, supervised training experiences.

How to Apply:

It is highly recommended that applicants use the APPIC online UPPD process to apply. Submissions are due by January 27, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year. Interview date: Tuesday, February 14th, 2017. We are committed to following the APPIC Postdoctoral Selection Guidelines for the 2017-2018 interview and fellowship year process.

In your cover letter, please be sure to also address the following: your interest in eating disorders treatment and in The Emily Program specifically; prior experience and interest in co-morbid disorders; any prior experience and interest in working in intensive programs (full and partial day-treatment programs); experience co-facilitating groups; any prior experience and interest in training and development; your working and evolving philosophy on the self as therapist; and, shorter-range and longer-term career goals.

Please include contact information for three references, a cover letter and CV in your application. Specifically, in your cover letter, please be sure to address the following: your interest in eating disorders treatment and in the Emily Program specifically; prior experience and interest in co-morbid disorders; any prior experience and interest in working in intensive programs (full and partial day-treatment programs); experience co-facilitating groups; any prior experience and interest in training and development; your working and evolving philosophy on the self as therapist; and, shorter-range and longer-term career goals. Applications can be submitted by sending your cover letter, references and curriculum vitae as attachments to Dr. Arikian at the email address below. Please also direct any questions to the Postdoctoral Training Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 651-645-5323 ext. 1294.

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