Intensive Family Treatment
Five-day intensive family treatment program (ED-IFT) for adolescents with eating disorders and their families that uses a multifamily therapeutic approach and includes live meal coaching, behavioral contracting, and skills training
Learn about our research studies
UCSF and Stanford have teamed up in a new study examining the efficacy of adaptive family based treatment for adolescents ages 12-18 with anorexia nervosa.
What are eating disorders?
Eating disorders are severe disturbances in attitudes and behaviors around eating, weight, shape, and body image.

Our multi-disciplinary team offers comprehensive, evidence-based treatment for patients with eating disorders and their families. 

Overview

The UCSF Eating Disorders Program, formally established in 2007, is a comprehensive, evidence-based program that provides outstanding clinical care for individuals with eating disorders (up to age 25) and their families, including family-based and individual treatments. Our program is a collaboration between Child and Adolescent Services in the Department of Psychiatry and the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. We are unique in our ability to provide both inpatient and outpatient services, depending on medical and/or psychiatric need. Our services include comprehensive medical/psychiatric evaluations, as well as ongoing medical management, evidence-based individual and family therapies, and medication management.

History

UCSF has a long history of treating young people with eating disorders.  Our team has been providing medical care, psychiatric and psychological services, and nutrition therapy to individuals with eating disorders and their families for well over 30 years. We are the only outpatient program in California to offer truly integrated care with physicians, psychologists, and dieticians who collaborate closely to provide comprehensive eating disorders treatment, with the support of social work and specialized nursing staff.  Our inpatient medical unit also includes members across our multidiscplinary team and provides state-of-the-art medical care with specialist support from our team of dieticians, psychologists, and social work.