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Eating Disorders, A Silent Epidemic: Fireside Chat with Dr. Karen Jennings

Chicago, IL • July 19, 2018

Join Karen Jennings, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC for an evening of education and candid discussion on eating disorders, nutrition, and wellness.

Thursday, July 19, 2018 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM CDT

The Dearborn (Private Room)
145 North Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60602

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Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, affect millions of men, women and children in America. Globally, researchers are studying all aspects of this phenomenon including the etiology and consequences of these illnesses. Dr. Karen Jennings will discuss her innovative research at the University of Chicago, her experiences treating individuals with eating disorders, and her perspectives on nutrition and wellness for women.

Dr. Jennings is a NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Chicago, and Clinical Faculty at Rush University College of Nursing. She received her BA in Psychology from Amherst College, MS in Nursing from Boston College and PhD in Nursing from Boston College. She is certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the specialty of Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, and has worked at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts and Walden Behavioral Care in the greater Boston area. She is a scholar of the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program and a fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson New Careers in Nursing Scholarship. She currently serves on the Editor Board of the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, and serves as a committee member for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s Research Council Steering Committee and the Academic for Eating Disorders’ Research Practice Integration Committee. Dr. Jennings’ primary research interests include alternative approaches to the classification and treatment of eating disorders; the clinical utility of alternative classifications to help guide treatment assessments and interventions; and the synergistic relationship between research and practice. In the Fall, she will be joining the faculty at the University of Rhode Island, College of Nursing as tenure-track Assistant Professor.

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