The Renfrew Center Eating Disorder Treatment Facility


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Since 1985, The Renfrew Centers have been providing clinical excellence within a nurturing environment  empowering adolescent girls and women to change their lives.

Registration is NOW OPEN for The 29th Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference for Professionals

Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond: Discerning Truth

November 8-10, 2019 • Philadelphia Airport Marriott 

As we continue to address the challenges we face as a professional community, we recognize the importance of discerning truth in our current climate of “fake news”, unsubstantiated claims and slanted rhetoric. These forces have contributed to rising levels of distrust and vulnerability among our clients with eating disorders. Conference 2019 will examine the ways in which we, as clinicians, can help clients develop skills to enhance critical thinking, emotional regulation and relational connection. At the same time, it is incumbent upon us to explore our own biases and capacity for taking others’ perspectives, utilizing empirically-based, justice informed science and research. 

Discerning Truth will focus on cognitive and psychological flexibility, neuroscience and the developing brain, compassion, and the healing qualities of the therapeutic relationship.

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Poster presentations allow presenters to share new research findings on eating disorders and approaches to treatment. Posters that describe quantitative or qualitative research studies are welcome. Posters describing systematic literature reviews are also invited, as long as the review is strongly data/evidence based. If accepted, authors will present their findings visually on a poster board and are expected to answer attendee questions during the Poster Session on Saturday evening (11/9). The poster session will feature the work of both senior and junior investigators. Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals!

We are excited to announce that the second annual David H. Barlow Poster Award for Research Excellence will be presented to the early career professional with the most outstanding poster submission to The 2019 Renfrew Center Foundation Conference. This award will be given to a graduate student or a professional within 3 years of receiving their degree whose conference poster describes work that will have the strongest impact on understanding, treating, and/or preventing eating disorders.


The following information MUST be uploaded as part of your submission in order for your application to be processed:

-Abstract (300 words max)
-Handout Description (50 words max)
-Presentation Outline – Objective, methods, results and discussion
-Presenter Information (CVs, bio, etc.)


Poster Proposals must be submitted by June 28, 2019 by 11:59pm EDT. 

No submissions will be accepted after this deadline.

For more information, please contact Kavita Patel at

The deadline for program proposals has passed.

The Renfrew Center Foundation, established in 1990, is dedicated to the elimination of eating disorders through education, prevention, research, advocacy, and treatment. The Foundation values the professional development of future leaders in the field and recognizes the long-lasting benefits of Conference attendance for both educational and networking opportunities.

In keeping with this mission, The Renfrew Center Foundation is pleased to offerscholarships for the 2019 Renfrew Center Foundation Conference which include a complimentary full Conference registration.


Scholarship applicant:

  • Is a credentialed researcher, clinician or advocate who has five years or less experience working within the eating disorder field.
  • Can demonstrate commitment to education, prevention, research, advocacy and/or treatment of eating disorders.


  • Is a first time attendee to The Renfrew Center Foundation Conference.
  • Can demonstrate commitment to education, prevention, research, advocacy and/or treatment of eating disorders.
  • Is a credentialed researcher, clinician or advocate who has experience working within the eating disorder field.


Submit the following items:

  • Online application form
  • An updated resume/CV
  • Short essay (500 words max) that describes the following:
    • Your experience thus far in the eating disorder field or your interest in the field.
    • How you will use the Conference experience to enhance your development as a professional in the field.
    • How do you see yourself contributing to the field?


Applications must be submitted between June 4, 2019 - June 30, 2019.  All applicants will be notified August 1st through August 12th. Applicants not selected for the scholarship can receive the Conference early rate if registered by September 13, 2019. For questions, please contact Kelly Krausz, Foundation Coordinator, at 1-877-367-3383 or