Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)?

AED consists of a multitude of members from the entire spectrum of health professionals who are personally or professionally involved with individuals with eating disorders. Read more about our mission here.

What are the Mission, Purpose, and Vision of AED?

The mission of the AED is to advance eating disorder prevention, education, treatment, and research by expanding the global community of committed professionals.

Learn more about AED's founding history.

The purpose of the Academy for Eating Disorders is:

To promote the effective treatment and care of patients with eating disorders and associated disorders;
To develop and advance initiatives for the primary and secondary prevention of eating disorders;
To provide education and dissemination of knowledge regarding eating disorders to members of the Academy, other professionals, and the general public;
To stimulate and support research in the field;
To promote multidisciplinary representation and expertise within the Academy membership and its governing structure;
To advocate for the field on behalf of patients, the public, and eating disorder professionals;
To assist in the development of guidelines for training, practice and professional conduct within the field; and;
To identify and reward outstanding achievement and/or service in the field. 

A world without eating disorders through science and practice.

How is AED organized?

AED is led by a member-elected group of leaders (Executive Officers) and a Board that covers day-to-day business. There is a time-limited tenure for those individuals. View the current leadership of AED here.

There are various committees that work on issues related to AED and the eating disorders field, making proposals that are then approved by the Board and Leadership. This process ensures that the decisions are made based on broad support and in line with general goals.

AED is financed through membership fees and donations. The Finance Committee oversees budgetary and fiscal matters of the AED. It reviews the financial conduct of the AED, advises the Executive Committee on fiscal matters, oversees the implementation of budgetary priorities and assists with the preparation of the annual budget along with advising the Board concerning its approval.

What can AED do for me?

AED is a platform for health professionals who work in the eating disorders field and other individuals who are personally affected by eating disorders (e.g., family members). This involves teaching, networking, support for finding therapists around the world and discussions with other health professionals.

AED's main event is the annual International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED), a scientific conference that spans research and education from basic science to the treating clinician and back.

AED members also have access to various online communities for discussion of a broad range of topics.

AED has a continuous education (CE) program in which professionals can earn credit toward their licensure requirements.

How do I become a member?

You can become a member by visiting Join AED page.

How can I find contact information for a member of the AED?

AED members can find contact information for other members by searching the Member Directory.  

How Can i watch AED webinar recordings?

Past webinar recordings can be found in the AED Webinar Library. Want a little more help navigating? Check out the video below:

How do I post In the online communities?

How do I get involved with the AED?

Visit the Get Involved page to learn about the variety of ways you can help further the mission of AED.

How do I join a SIG?

How do I Volunteer for one of AED's committees?

How does AED Help Therapists Advance their training?

AED provides numerous resources for professionals, regular live webinars and recordings in our webinar library, and professionals can engage in training and earn CE credit at ICED

How do I Access AED's Continuing education content?

How Can I access my subscription to the international journal of eating disorders?

How can AED help me as a researcher?

Being a member of AED helps researchers connect and collaborate with each other and keep abreast of recent developments in eating disorders research. The annual International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED) is attended by leading international researchers and includes presentations and discussions on the cutting edge of research in the field. Additionally, AED offers grants to support innovative and cutting edge research in the field of eating disorders. AED also allows researchers to connect with other researchers and professionals in order to recruit participants for their studies by announcing the study in its online community