Meet Our Treatment Team at the Eating Disorder Program
A variety of treatment interventions occur in the Eating Disorder Program at Children's Hospital Colorado. Perhaps most important is that our treatment is always tailored to the unique needs of each patient and family. Our team approach is integrated with all levels of care and may include inpatient, day treatment, intensive outpatient and outpatient care.
Every family has a "team," which includes a:
- Child psychiatrist: To evaluate the overall severity of the eating disorder, determine the potential role of co-existing anxiety, depression and obsessional symptoms, and coordinate interventions with the team.
- Adolescent medicine specialist: To provide medical monitoring, evaluation of growth with a target weight range, assessment of potential medical complications, and consultation around the child's gradual return to more normalized activity.
- Family therapist: To provide individual and family therapy sessions each week, in addition to the group therapy program for kids and parents.
- Registered dietitian: To work with parents on meal planning and managing nutrition at home and at school. The dieticians also work with kids to address nutrition questions, appetite regulation and practicing meals outside of the program.
Meet our program leaders
- Jennifer Hagman, MD, associate professor of Psychiatry, has served as the Eating Disorder Program director since 1993.
- Amy Sass, MD, oversees the adolescent medicine care in the program.
- Jim Masterson, LCSW, serves as the director of therapeutic services.
- Margaret Kelley, RN, MA, serves as the clinical nurse manager of the program.
- Guido K. Frank, MD, assistant professor of Psychiatry, serves as the director of research at the Developmental Brain Research Program.
Read an article by Dr. Hagman about the history of the Eating Disorder Program and the care provided today.