The Use of Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
by Ed Hamlin, Ph.D.
Recent research has shown that eating disorders (EDs) are highly prevalent throughout the world and are increasing dramatically in incidence. EDs are known to have the highest mortality of any mental disorder and, due to their egosyntonic nature, are generally recognized as being very difficult to treat.
Dr. Ed Hamlin has been involved in research regarding the EEG correlates of EDs and the application of neurofeedback training in their treatment. Following a brief review of previous research on the neurobiology of EDs, Dr. Hamlin will discuss the results from his on-going research and how the findings can be applied in the treatment of clients with EDs. He will describe some simple assessments which can be conducted using one or two channel EEG equipment and protocols that are being used to address the findings from the assessments. As has been shown with other mental conditions that have been challenging to treat, the incorporation of neurofeedback training appears to be adding significantly to improved outcomes.
Webinar Learning Outcomes
After this webinar, participants will be able to:
– Know the primary brain regions involved with eating disorders.
– Conduct EEG measurements for identifying specific targets for neurofeedback training.
– Develop specific neurofeedback protocols to assist with treatment for eating disorders.
Dr. Ed Hamlin is a psychologist and Clinical Director at the Institute for Applied Neuroscience in Asheville, North Carolina. He holds an adjunct faculty position as Professor at Western Carolina University and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Medical Center.
In addition to his clinical work, Ed conducts research and presents workshops on applied neuroscience and brain/mind relationships. He serves as a consultant and supervisor for the clinical staff at a number of facilities throughout the world.
Ed has practiced neurofeedback and applied psychophysiology since the mid-1980s and has taught and utilized these techniques in a variety of settings. He has a particular interest in neuroplasticity and the potential for changing maladaptive brain organization patterns. His current research projects involve examining the impact of early abuse and neglect on the developing brain and examining the brain activity in people with eating disorders and using neurofeedback in their treatment.