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.

The Renfrew Conference

The Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference for Professionals has been recognized as one of the premier eating disorders conferences in the country since it first convened in 1991. Held every fall in Philadelphia, the Conference hosts hundreds of professionals from around the United States and abroad, providing a forum for in-depth exploration of clinical practice, in addition to presentation of pertinent data and information in the eating disorders field. Workshops are presented by the top leaders in the field and extensive networking opportunities are available throughout the 3-day event. The unique spirit of the Conference creates a sense of community and respect, which allows professionals to talk honestly about what they do, say and feel when treating patients with eating disorders.

Click here to read the history of the Renfrew Conference from Conference Chair, Judi Goldstein. 

To order available audio recordings from The 28th Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference for Professionals, please click here.


November 8-10, 2019 • Philadelphia Airport Marriott 

Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond: Discerning Truth 

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.

Lisa Ling • Open Heart, Open Mind

Award-winning journalist, Lisa Ling, is the Executive Producer and Host of This is Life With Lisa Ling on CNN, venturing on a gritty, breathtaking journey to the far corners of America.

Her dedication to uncovering important issues has been the cornerstone in Ling’s distinguished career. Previously, as executive producer and host of Our America on OWN, a field correspondent for the Oprah Winfrey Show and a contributor to ABC News' Nightline and National Geographic’s Explorer, Ling reported from around the world, covering stories ranging from gang rape in the Congo to bride burning in India to the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda.

Poster Proposals

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.

Deadline for Submission • Friday, June 28, 2019

For more information, please contact Kavita Patel at

The deadline for program proposals has passed.

The Renfrew Conference Committee

Judi Goldstein, MSS, LSW, is Vice President of The Renfrew Center Foundation and has been responsible for the development of the Conference since 1994. She has been with The Renfrew Center for more than 30 years, since it opened in 1985. Ms. Goldstein is a Founder of The National Eating Disorders Association and recipient of NEDA’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp, is the Vice President, Professional Development, for The Renfrew Center Foundation and past President and Fellow of iaedp has authored chapters on body/mind treatment in two textbooks and the Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. She is a featured body image expert on national television and in several documentaries. 

Gayle E. Brooks, PhD, is Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for The Renfrew Center. Dr. Brooks leads the Renfrew Clinical Excellence Board and the Clinical Training Department. She has clinical oversight responsibility for Renfrew’s residential facility in Florida and for the non-residential sites in CA, FL, GA, IL, NC, and TN.


Melanie Smith, LMHC, is the Director of Training for The Renfrew Center. As a member of the corporate Clinical Training Department, she is responsible for developing and implementing clinical training and programming that is consistent with emerging research and evidence-based practice. Ms. Smith has presented workshops on topics related to eating disorders for professional conferences, insurance companies, community mental health agencies, treatment centers, hospitals, high schools, colleges and universities.

Beth Hartman McGilley, PhD, FAED, is Co-Editor of The Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research - Practice Gap. She specializes in the treatment of eating and related disorders, body image, sports psychology, trauma, and grief. A Fellow of the AED, Dr. McGilley has practiced for 30 years, writing, lecturing, supervising, and directing.

Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS, is a member of The Renfrew Center’s Clinical Advisory Board and The Renfrew Center Foundation’s Conference Committee. She is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in eating disorders and related issues for more than 35 years. A Founder and Adviser of the National Eating Disorders Association and Founding Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, she is the 2007 recipient of The Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention and a 2016 Honoree of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.

Mark Warren, MD, MPH, FAED, is the Co-Founder and Medical Director of The Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders. He is a faculty member at Case Medical School and teaches at University Hospitals of Cleveland and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Warren is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a two-time recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and a winner of the Woodruff Award.