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Eating Disorders Treatment: Applying a Social Justice Lens for Healing and Liberation

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Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH
1 Hour 07 Minutes
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Feb 25, 2022
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Body dissatisfaction is a primary driver of eating disorders, and when eating disorders occur in marginalized individuals, related dynamics are increasingly complex. Marginalized people seeking professional help may find eating disorders services – which were constructed for cisgender, heterosexual, affluent, thin, able-bodied women – unequipped to provide intervention and treatment for their intersecting identities. This session focuses on practical interventions informed by social justice principles to ensure all individuals with eating disorders can access safe treatment options.



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Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH, is a passionate and spirited clinical trainer speaking from her heart on social justice and eating disorders since 1995. Dr. Raimondo is a psychologist in Kaiser Permanente's eating disorder clinic in Oakland and runs a private practice. In 1997, Dr. Raimondo worked with About-Face, a nonprofit organization that addresses media impact on body image, serving as the Director of Media Literacy until 2005. Today she is on the About-Face Board of Founders and a consultant. Dr. Raimondo is on the Advisory Board for the Association of Size Health and Diversity (ASDAH), on the Advisory Board of Eating Disorder Recovery Support (ERDS) as Past President and serves as Co-Chair of the Academy of Eating Disorders Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee. Dr. Raimondo recovered from anorexia nervosa over 20 years ago. Her recovery and her martial arts training inspire her dedication to multicultural body nurturance and community celebration.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Marcella Raimondo maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center Eating Disorders Clinic. She is a consultant for Ride the Wave Therapy Clinic. She is a presenter and receives compensation. Dr. Raimondo receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Marcella Raimondo serves on committees for the Academy of Eating Disorders and Eating Disorders Recovery & Support. She serves on the advisory board for the Association of Size Diversity and Health. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the California Psychological Association.

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  1. Appraise the research and practice gaps with regard to EDs and treatment.
  2. Analyze what eating disorders treatment would look like through a social justice lens.
  3. Develop ways to translate awareness into action in our understandings of and approaches to ED treatment.


  • Eating Disorders and Social Justice
    • Interventions with a social justice approach
    • Supporting research
    • Group work
    • Real case vignettes: The struggles of marginalized folks accessing treatment
  • Self-Reflection Dialogue
    • Safety agreement reviewed again
    • Self-reflection exercise
    • Ways to safely and compassionately move through discomfort when discussing social justice
  • Advocate for Change
    • ​​​​​​​Promote social justice in our eating disorders clinics and the field overall
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Registered Dietitians & Dietetic Technicians
  • Nurses
  • Other mental health professionals


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