Treatment Study for Women with Binge-Eating Problems

Aims of the Project

Binge-eating is a significant public health problem. Despite this, limited research exists on how best to treat binge-eating disorder at varying levels of severity. The purpose of the present study is to enroll individuals in guided self-help, but if more intense treatment is needed, assign individuals by chance to either group and individual Cognitive-Behavior Therapy or Dialectical Behavior Therapy. These treatments have been shown to be helpful for individuals with eating disorders. The effectiveness of guided self-help, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy will be compared and evaluated.



  1. A preliminary phone conversation will be scheduled to allow for research staff to provide more information and determine if the study is a good fit for you. Potential participants are asked to have a documented medical screen with their own physician prior to the start of treatment, with regular medical appointments if needed over time. If you are seeing a psychiatrist, we ask that you bring their details to the in-person interviews. Please bring any medication details to the in-person interviews.
  2. Preliminary interviews with the participant are scheduled with research staff to assess if the treatment study is a good fit. In addition to interview the participant is asked to fill out several questionnaires and offered the opportunity to participate in our biological studies. Typically this assessment process can take 2-3 weeks dependent on how interviews and appointments are scheduled.
  3. Following these assessments, the participant will begin therapy sessions.
  4. Brief questionnaires are given during the course of treatment, with an assessment conducted at mid-treatment and at the end of treatment and at 6 months follow-up.


Eligibility Criteria and Contact Information

This study is a good match for you if you:

  • Are 18 years to 60 years of age
  • Are female
  • Meet criteria for binge eating disorder or bulimia nervosa
  • Are prepared to participate in assessments and up to 28 weeks of cost-free outpatient psychotherapy


If you are interested and would like more information, please contact our clinic at (215) 204-2645.

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