Deb Schermann, M.A., L.P.

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Deb Schermann, M.A., L.P.

Chief Clinical Officer

Deb has extensive experience in the eating disorders field, working in direct care and administration since 1987. In her role as Chief Clinical Officer, Deb has direct accountability for the overall clinical performance of The Emily Program’s treatment sites. She also continues to provide clinical services so she can remain engaged in the client experience at The Emily Program. Deb has personally experienced an eating disorder and is impassioned about employing others with personal eating disorder experiences and providing hope to those struggling with the illness.

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Carol Peterson, Ph.D.

Carol Peterson, Ph.D.

Chief Training Officer

Carol coordinates the internal trainings and training programs. Working with staff across the organization, she facilities professional training opportunities for The Emily Program staff as well as ensuring Internships, Fellowships, and Practicums meet training requirements. Carol is also a Research Associate and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Carol’s interest in research has resulted in authoring more than 90 articles and book chapters. She is an active member of the Eating Disorder Research Society, Academy of Eating Disorders, and American Psychological Association.

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Dirk Miller, Ph.D., L.P.

Dirk Miller, Ph.D., L.P.

Executive Chairman and Founder

Dirk has been dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders for over 20 years. Dirk oversees all clinical and administrative activities in addition to working directly with clients. He completed his doctorate in psychology at the University of Minnesota. His dissertation was in the area of eating disorders treatment. He developed and administered an inpatient/outpatient eating disorders program at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, which was the first such program in Indiana. In addition to his work with individuals struggling with eating disorders, Dirk also has been involved in the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse.

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Jillian Lampert, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., L.D., F.A.E.D.

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Jillian Lampert, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., L.D., F.A.E.D.

Chief Strategy Officer

Dr. Lampert is The Emily Program’s Chief Strategy Officer. Additionally, Dr. Lampert is Co-Founder and President of the Residential Eating Disorders Consortium (REDC), an organization whose main goal is to ensure access to care and elevate standards of practice across treatment programs by working collaboratively to address issues that impact the eating disorder treatment community. She is also Treasurer of the Eating Disorders Coalition, a DC-based national organization for eating disorders policy and advocacy and past president and current board member of WithAll (formerly The Emily Program Foundation), a Minnesota based organization promoting eating disorder education and advocacy. She holds an adjunct graduate faculty position in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Lampert completed her doctorate degree in Nutrition and Epidemiology and Master of Public Health degree in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. She earned a Master of Science degree in Nutrition at the University of Vermont and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics. She has an expansive range of policy, clinical, research, education, teaching, and program development experience in the area of eating disorders.

Dr. Lampert has served on the Board of Directors of the Academy for Eating Disorders as the Electronic Media Portfolio Director and co-chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Nutrition Special Interest Group. She is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders (FAED) and a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), and BHN (Behavioral Health Nutrition) dietetic practice group. Dr. Lampert is the author of numerous book chapters and articles addressing nutritional treatment of eating disorders, body image, sports participation, adolescent health and disordered eating and she regularly speaks regionally and nationally on numerous eating disorder related topics.

One of her primary goals in life is to have her daughter grow up with a loving, grounded sense of self.

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Robyn Janssen, Psy.D., L.P.

Robyn Janssen, Psy.D., L.P.

Senior Clinical Director

Robyn has worked in the eating disorders field for the past 10 years and has been in various leadership roles at The Emily Program. In addition, she enjoys providing outreach and education about eating disorders in the community. Robyn earned her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and completed her doctoral internship with an emphasis on eating disorders treatment at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has experience working with both adolescents and adults in residential, intensive programming and outpatient levels of care at The Emily Program.

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Lindsay Drebenstedt, M.B.A.

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Lindsay Drebenstedt, M.B.A.

Senior Director, Client Excellence

Lindsay leads The Emily Program’s Client Excellence Department, a network of teams dedicated to providing exceptional service to all clients seeking care at The Emily Program – from their first phone call to inquire about treatment services to ensuring a warm and welcoming environment in which to heal. Teams comprising the Client Excellence Department include admissions, office managers, utilization reviewers, client accounts, scheduling and property management. Lindsay also plays a central role in expanding treatment access to new markets, with a focus on site expansion execution. She began working at the front desk of The Emily Program during her senior year of high school, providing a unique opportunity to observe both the clinical and business sides of eating disorder treatment. Lindsay joined the administrative staff full-time after receiving her bachelor’s in business administration (concentrating on international business) from George Washington University in the District of Columbia. She earned her master’s in business administration from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

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