Psychology in Service: Eating Disorders Outreach, Education and Treatment by Karen Samuels, Ph.D.

COPE Co-Founder/Director, Karen Samuels, Ph.D. shared the history of COPE and her 40 year history working in the field of eating disorders with the SUMMER 2021 Edition of the Florida Psychologist.

As a psychologist, my career
has been dedicated to
working with those suffering
with the continuum of Eating
Disorders (ED) and Disordered
Eating (DE), Body image disturbance
and related issues
since the late
1970’s. The field
of Psychology is
relatively young and
still discovering “best
practices” for our
clients. The DSMIII only added an
ED section in 1980.
The specialty area of
Eating Disorders and
Disordered Eating
continues to struggle
with funding for
research to identify
treatments that are most efficacious
across the continuum of EDs and DE.


COPE Book Review by Dr. Danielle Lindner, Ph.D. – July 2021

Living With Your Body and Other Things You Hate by Emily Sandoz & Troy DuFrene

When people ask for my favorite self-help book on body image, my go-to is Living With Your Body & Other Things You Hate by Emily Sandoz & Troy DuFrene. I have to admit – when I first came across the book, the title gave me pause. As a psychologist who studies body image, of course I don’t want my clients or research participants (or anyone else!) to hate their bodies. For many people, though, the idea of loving one’s body seems really impossible. That’s why I like this book so much. It’s about calling a truce with your body so you can live the kind of life you want to live. The book offers information and exercises designed to help people nonjudgmentally accept their bodies, better tolerate difficult body image thoughts, emotions, and experiences, and participate in the kinds of activities that are important to them.

If you’ve ever wanted to do something but haven’t done it because of how you feel about your body, this book might be worth a read.

Danielle Lindner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

Stetson University

421 N. Woodland Blvd.

DeLand, FL 32723


The Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative (EDGI) is the largest-ever genome-wide association study for eating disorders. EDGI will create the blueprint to identify the causes of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. The Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative (EDGI) is an international research study designed to understand how your genes can influence your risk for developing an eating disorder.

You can help by introducing the study to your patients. The goal is 6000 participants. See the 5 simple steps (below) for participation. There is also a link below to download a flyer for your waiting room, post on your website or blog, or send to clients electronically,

We know that one treatment doesn’t fit all eating disorders. EDGI will guide us toward a personalized medicine approach including tailored treatment and recovery plans. EDGI will allow us to understand how both genes and environment influence risk for these disorders. The purpose of EDGI is to learn more about how genes influence risk for bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and anorexia nervosa. By introducing this important study to your patients, you can help advance understanding of the genetics of eating disorders and contribute to a future with better treatments!

You can download the flyer (above) to share here.

Morningside Chats Hosted by Sondra Kronberg

Join us this week!
PLEASE FORWARD AND OFFER THIS RESOURCE TO PATIENTS & colleagues to add to their support – 
It is a completely collegial, non-competitive, non-promotional joint effort by experts.
This week, July 10th
Sondra Kronberg hosts:

Choose Support • Choose Connection • Choose Recovery
Wishing you and your loved ones the best of health. 
Breathe and stay in each moment with love and care for yourself. ️
In honor of all of our patients and in memory of our dear friend
Lynn Grefe, CEO of NEDA

For previous chats, newsletters and takeawaysvisit our website!
CLICK TO REGISTER and/or Visit our website!

EXPERTS in the eating disorder field, iaedp, and gurze/salucore resources have come together weekly to offer free support to all clients who are struggling with this forced change in their lives and in their treatment. Morningside Chats in the Living Room is a safe space for anyone to join, listen, comment, be present and as anonymous, as you choose. Each week a different expert in the eating disorder field will engage in casual dialog and offer tips and support. Professionals are sharing their unique perspectives on life, joy, daily struggles, and the rapidly changing environment we all find ourselves in today.
Morningside Chats offers a genuine source of connection and support for both the speakers and participants during this time of isolation. It is a place to connect, share, process, and uncover the silver linings or just hang out. Amazingly, professionals as well as patients are participating as a way to stay connected.
Patients will be able to maintain their anonymity by signing on as anonymous in their profile or by changing their name on the screen when they sign on to the call. They will not be seen as all videos will be turned off except for those of the hosts. Professionals welcome as well!!
We hope you can join us!!
Best Regards, 
Morningside Chats in the Living Room




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Everyone knows someone who is struggling with an eating disorder, body image distress or other disordered eating challenges.   COPE has been active in Volusia and Flagler counties since 2001, dedicated to make a difference.  We are involved in the local schools, colleges, community health forums, lobbying in Washington, D.C. for legislative change, speaking across the area and now proud to offer scholarship funds for those who would not be able to receive essential health care. 

All of us involved in COPECommunity Outreach for the Prevention of Eating Disorders, are dedicated volunteers, working to eliminate eating disorders, improve body image and restore peace and balance to those affected by these life threatening challenges.   We have been a community resource, and 501©(3), Jan. 2001.

COPE provided many resources that are a beacon of hope for those who suffer or have loved ones affected by eating disorders and body image issues.