TBT-S Speakers

Dr Laura Hill, PhD, FAED, LLC

Dr Laura Hill eating disorder expert in tbt-s

Dr. Laura Hill is an international eating disorder consultant focusing on brain-based eating disorder treatment approaches for professionals, now named Temperament Based Therapy with Supports. 

She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at The Ohio State University. She is one of the original founders of the Academy for Eating Disorders in 1993 and was Director of The National Eating Disorder Organization, now known as NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association), from 1990 to 1994. 


In addition she was the founder, President & Chief Executive Office of The Center for Balanced Living from 2000 to 2017. She has researched eating disorders since the early 1980’s and has been publishing in peer reviewed journals since that time with increasing focus on biological and brain-based research and treatment for eating disorders. 

She has helped lead the development of a new, brain-based treatment for anorexia nervosa with colleagues at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and The Center for Balanced Living; who were recipients of the Feeding Hope award by the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA). 

 Dr. Hill was also the recipient of the Muskingum University Distinguished Service Award in 2014 and the NEDA 2011 Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness. 

She was a 2012 TEDx speaker and has spoken internationally for over 35 years. She is the author of, “A Brain-Based Approach to Eating Disorder Treatment,” (Sept. 2017) an interactive electronic text for treatment providers to integrate the brain bases of eating disorders into their ongoing treatment practices.

Dr Stephanie Knatz Peck, PhD

Dr. Knatz Peck is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). She serves as Director of the Intensive Family Treatment Programs (IFT), which are internationally recognized Temperament-Based Treatment (TBT-S) programs for adolescents and young adults and their family members.

 She has overseen the development and implementation of the Temperament-Based Treatment (TBT-S) approaches for adolescents and young adults at UCSD in collaboration with Dr.’s Hill and Wierenga.

Her recent work is focused on developing and testing novel interventions targeting temperament and neurobiology in a variety of clinical formats and developing an intensive temperament-based, multi-family treatment approach designed specifically for young adults. She continues to oversee the adolescent IFT program, an internationally-recognized, evidence-based treatment program for adolescents and their families.

Dr. Knatz Peck is an expert in family-supported treatments and multi-family treatment approaches. For the past 4 years, Dr. Knatz Peck has regularly conducted intensive trainings focused on novel family-supported treatments through the UCSD Eating Disorder Center’s Training Institute, at international conferences such as the International Conference of Eating Disorders (ICED), and at local hospitals and institutions alongside world-renowned eating disorder experts. She also provides ongoing training for post-doctoral fellows, residents and medical students through UCSD

Dr Christina Wierenga, PhD

Dr. Wierenga is an Associate Professor and Clinical Neuropsychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). She is an expert in the neurobiology of eating disorders, in particular related to the neural circuitry supporting cognition and behaviour. 

She co-directs the Research Program at the UCSD Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program, where she conducts neuro-imaging and neuropsychological research examining the brain basis of disordered eating, with an emphasis on key constructs that contribute to altered motivation to eat, including cognitive control, reward processing, learning, and interoception. 

She has published over 70 peer-reviewed research manuscripts. She is also heavily involved in treatment development efforts for eating disorders guided by a neurobiological understanding of temperament-based behavior, as well as treatment outcome studies. Through close collaboration with Drs. Knatz Peck and Hill, she has developed and continues to test a Temperament-Based Treatment with Supports (TBT-S) approach for adolescents and adults with eating disorders, which is frequently delivered in an intensive 5-day multi-family format.

Dr. Wierenga is a CA licensed Clinical Psychologist and supervises clinical trainees in the Adolescent Eating Disorders Program and conducts neuropsychological assessments in both the Adolescent and Adult Programs. She serves as faculty in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and the UCSD Clinical Psychology APA approved Internship and is actively involved in training graduate students, pre-doctoral clinical interns, and post-doctoral fellows. 


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