Dr. Melissa Freizinger, PHD
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My interest in eating disorders developed while working as a researcher and group clinician with women experiencing infertility at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. It became evident to me that in order to work with women, I needed to understand eating disorders both clinically and emotionally from the patient's experience. I began working at an eating disorder inpatient unit. My work with women experiencing infertility and my interest in eating disorders resulted in my dissertation research, "The Prevalence of Eating Disorders in Infertile Women." My work was published and has contributed to the knowledge in both the reproductive endocrinology and eating disorder fields. As I continued to work in the field of eating disorders, I realized the importance and urgency of treating patients who are newly diagnosed. As a result, I have shifted the focus of my work to the treatment of younger patients using Family Based Treatment. It is my belief that early intervention is key in the fight against eating disorders. We can help and empower families to attain the skills necessary to help their child fully recover. Through behavioral therapy, we can help patients and families see that full recovery is possible.

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Dr. Freizinger says...

My interest in eating disorders developed while working as a researcher and group clinician with women experiencing infertility at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. It became evident to me that in order to work with women, I needed to understand eating disorders both clinically and emotionally from the patient's experience. I began working at an eating disorder inpatient unit. My work with women experiencing infertility and my interest in eating disorders resulted in my dissertation research, "The Prevalence of Eating Disorders in Infertile Women." My work was published and has contributed to the knowledge in both the reproductive endocrinology and eating disorder fields.

As I continued to work in the field of eating disorders, I realized the importance and urgency of treating patients who are newly diagnosed.  As a result, I have shifted the focus of my work to the treatment of younger patients using Family Based Treatment.  It is my belief that early intervention is key in the fight against eating disorders.  We can help and empower families to attain the skills necessary to help their child fully recover.  Through behavioral therapy, we can help patients and families see that full recovery is possible.  

Dr. Freizinger says...

Dr. Freizinger has a 20-year background in clinical psychology with special expertise the treatment of eating disorders. She is currently the Associate Director of the Eating Disorder Program at Boston Children's Hospital, where she provides consultation, evaluation, and/or behavioral therapy to children, adolescents and young adults. She specializes in Family Based Treatment and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Freizinger has also been involved in program development at three Boston-based eating-disorder treatment centers. She is a nationally known speaker and trainer in the areas of eating disorders, family-based treatment, and dialectical behavioral therapy approaches to individuals with eating disorders. She is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Freizinger's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Specializes in Psychology
  •  No malpractice claims found
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  •  No board actions found

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Conditions Treated

  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Disordered Eating
  • Eating Disorders
  • Psychological Disorders

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  • English

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Specialties

  • Psychology
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Eating Disorders

Procedures Performed

  • Eating Disorder Treatment
  • Eating Management
  • Psychological Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Psychological Testing