Board of Directors

2020

PRESIDENT

Dr. Nicole Obeid, PhD (Ottawa, Ontario)

Dr. Nicole Obeid is the Lead for Research and Outcomes Management for the Eating Disorder Program at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and is also an Adjunct professor with the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She completed her doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Ottawa in 2013 and has recently completed the Global Clinical Scholar Research Training Program at Harvard Medical School (June 2016), where the focus of the program was in research methodology, clinical trials and epidemiology. She has worked in the field of eating disorders for over a decade and has authored many peer-reviewed articles and spoken at numerous national and international conferences. Dr. Obeid’s primary research interests surround predictors and outcome trajectories involved in refractory-type eating disorders, evaluation of child and youth mental health treatment programs, biopsychosocial models of eating and weight related disorders, and pediatric clinical epidemiological research related to eating disorders and obesity.

PRESIDENT-ELECT

Dr. Lea Thaler, PhD (Montreal, Quebec)

Lea Thaler is a clinical and research psychologist in the Eating Disorders Continuum at the Douglas University Institute in Montreal, Quebec. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. Dr. Thaler received her B.A. in Honours Psychology from McGill University and then completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her current research focuses on the epigenetics of eating disorders, as well as on factors such as motivation and support that influence eating disorder treatment outcome.

PAST-PRESIDENT

Dr. Cheryl Aubie, PhD (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Cheryl Aubie is a Clinical Psychologist at the Eating Disorder Clinic in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and an adjunct faculty member in the Clinical Psychology programs both at Dalhousie University. Dr. Aubie received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Windsor in 2006 where her research focused on the role of weight-related teasing on binge eating and mood. Although she is currently working in full-time clinical practice, Dr. Aubie has research interests in the role that emotion plays in the development of eating disorders and using emotion-focused therapy (EFT) to treat eating disorders.

SECRETARY-TREASURER

Kim Williams (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Kim Williams is the Clinical Operations Manager of Looking Glass Residence, a residential eating disorder treatment program for youth at BC Children’s Hospital.  She has a Masters of Arts in Health Leadership, a Bachelor of Science degree, and is a registered dietitian.  Kim has worked in the area of eating disorders for over 20 years and has published and presented her work on eating disorders nationally and internationally.  Her interests include residential treatment, patient and family centered care, chronic eating disorders, and motivational work.

DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE

Gisele Marcoux-Louie (Calgary, Alberta)

Gisele Marcoux-Louie has been the research and evaluation analyst with the Eating Disorder Program in Calgary, Alberta since 2007 and is responsible for coordinating the collection and reporting of program and patient outcomes.  She is also an adjunct associate professor of the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Gisele received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Communications from the University of Calgary and then completed her MSc in Public Health through the University of Alberta while she played a lead role in developing and validating the Eating Disorder Quality of Life Scale (EDQLS).  Gisele advocates for the use of program data to inform clinical practice and seeks opportunities to improve program access and efficiencies. She has in-depth expertise in EDs but has also conducted and assisted research with broader health and mental health populations.

Dr. Jennifer Coelho, PhD (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Dr. Gina Dimitropoulos, PhD (Calgary, Alberta)