The Renfrew Center of Pittsburgh
The Renfrew Center of Pittsburgh specializes in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and related mental illnesses. Programming consists of a comprehensive range of services, including day treatment, intensive outpatient and group therapy.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, The Renfrew Center of Pittsburgh has shifted all Day and Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) to a virtual platform until further notice. All of our clinical leaders have been trained in using this platform, and therapist guides and patient handbooks have been rolled out. Additionally, to support prospective patients seeking treatment during this time of uncertainty, we are still offering assessments and taking admissions at our Residential level of care in Philadelphia, PA and Coconut Creek, FL.
For more information and current updates, please click here or call 1-800-RENFREW (736-3739).
Meet Our Clinical Leaders:
Laurie Cooper, PsyD, CEDS-S, is Regional Assistant Vice President at The Renfrew Center. Dr. Cooper oversees the clinical and administrative operations of the Baltimore and Bethesda, MD; Nashville, TN; and Pittsburgh, PA locations. She received her Doctorate of Psychology from Baylor University and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. An Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Cooper has maintained a life-long commitment to prevention, advocacy and treatment for those suffering with eating disorders; as well as education, training and supervision for new professionals. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and active in the Academy of Eating Disorders, National Eating Disorders Association, RenewED Eating Disorder Support and the National Academy of Professional Women. Dr. Cooper is a frequent lecturer on the topics of Ethical Considerations and Best Practices in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Christian Based Treatment of Eating Disorders and Helping Mothers and Daughters be Authentic and Resilient in Today’s Culture.
Erin Wentroble, PsyD, is the Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Pittsburgh. She received her Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University and completed post-doctoral training at Western Psychiatric Institute. She served as a therapist at Western Psychiatric Institute’s Center for Overcoming Problem Eating and held student practicum placements at Western Psychiatric’s Pediatric Intensive Outpatient Clinic for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Chatham University Counseling Center and the University of Pittsburgh’s Counseling Center. Prior to joining Renfrew, Dr. Wentroble served as the Assistant Director of CO-STAR (College Option-Services for Transition Age Students at Risk) where she developed a new intensive outpatient program for treating at-risk students.
Jaclynn Cosan, PsyD, is the Team Leader at The Renfrew Center of Pittsburgh. She received her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology and completed her specialization in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She completed her Doctoral Internship training at the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center with an area of concentration in sexual assault recovery. Since joining Renfrew in 2017, Dr. Cosan has supported Renfrew Center of Pittsburgh staff in delivering evidence-based practice via The Renfrew Center Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders® while integrating Relational Cultural Theory, which promotes growth-fostering relationships.
Liz Marino, RD, LD, CSSD, is the Regional Nutrition Manager for The Renfrew Center and a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Akron, OH, completing her Honors Thesis on “Exercise Preference and its Relation to Mindful Eating.” Prior to joining Renfrew, Ms. Marino worked in the University of Toledo’s Athletic Department, the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders and served as the Research Assistant to Dr. Eleni Lantzouni at the Akron Children’s Hospital who published on “Predictors and Incidence of Disordered Eating in Adolescents with DM-I.” Ms. Marino is a member of the Pittsburgh Academy of Dietetics and iaedp.
Virtual 2 CE Seminar for Pittsburgh, PA Professionals
Permission to Pause:
Supporting College Students in Pursuing a Higher Level of Care
Presented by: Laura McLain, PsyD
Site Director, The Renfrew Center of Atlanta
Attempting to balance classes, social life, internships and extracurricular activities is a challenge for most college students – particularly those struggling with disordered eating. When presented with the recommendation to a higher level of care, these students often avoid accepting much-needed support and erect barriers to justify opting out of treatment. Unfortunately, postponing recommended eating disorder treatment often exacerbates eating disorder behaviors and creates longer-lasting obstacles on the road to recovery.
This virtual 2 CE workshop will explore the unique challenges clinicians are up against when making the case for time-sensitive treatment with students needing a higher level of care. Discussion will highlight techniques to integrate flexibility into academic scheduling as well as many other creative options and solutions to meet students’ level of motivation and help them receive the level of care they need.
Date: Friday, September 11, 2020
Time: 8:45 am - 11:00 am (EDT) - Includes introduction
Held Online: A Zoom link will be emailed out prior to the event
Note: Space is limited. This online seminar is open to professionals in the Pittsburgh, PA area only.
Attendees will need access to wi-fi, and a device with a camera, microphone and audio capabilities.
The Renfrew Center is pleased to offer a new, Virtual Therapy Group for adolescent girls and women in Pennsylvania who struggle with disordered eating or who are working towards recovery from an eating disorder.
This online, virtual therapy group offers structured care in a web-based environment. Participants actively engage with each other to explore and understand the emotions and relational functions of their disordered eating and develop strategies to connect to emotions, improve communications and achieve recovery focused goals. Group curriculum is informed by the empirically based Renfrew Center Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders®.
To get started, you will need to have access to Wi-Fi and a device such as a computer or tablet with a camera and screen.
Participants must be located in Pennsylvania.
For more information about the Virtual Therapy Group or to schedule a virtual assessment, please call 1-800-RENFREW (736-3739).
Date: Meets weekly on Thursdays
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
We are pleased to announce that The Renfrew Center of Pittsburgh is now in-network with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Renfrew is dedicated to providing coverage to as many patients seeking treatment as possible, and we are continuously adding new insurance contracts. With the addition of Highmark Blue Cross in the Pittsburgh area, we will now be able to provide care to more adolescent girls and women seeking treatment for eating disorders.
Accepting more than 430 insurance plans across the country, The Renfrew Center has contracts with almost every managed care company for all levels of treatment and is a preferred provider for many insurance companies.
The Renfrew Center of Pittsburgh now offers an Outpatient Group.
Eating Disorders Group
The Eating Disorders Group is for adolescent girls and women of all ages who have struggled with disordered eating. Led by an experienced therapist, the group actively engages participants with each other to explore and understand the emotional and relational functions of their disordered eating and develop strategies to connect to emotions, improve communication and achieve recovery-focused goals.
Ideal for those seeking extra support during their recovery. Group members are required to be followed by an outpatient therapist in order to participate.
Date: Meets weekly on Monday evenings
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: The Renfrew Center of Pittsburgh
For more information or to schedule an assessment, please contact 1-800-RENFREW.