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The Renfrew Center Foundation Presents Second Annual David H. Barlow Poster Award for Research Excellence

Kelsey Clark Honored at the 2019 Renfrew Center Foundation Conference

The Renfrew Center Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to advancing the education, prevention, advocacy, research and treatment of eating disorders, announced Kelsey E. Clark, BA, as the winner of the second annual David H. Barlow Poster Award for Research Excellence. This award was presented to Kelsey on Saturday, November 9, at the 29th Annual Conference for Professionals, held November 8 through 10 in Philadelphia, PA.  

The award, presented to an early career professional with the most outstanding poster submission, honors Dr. Barlow’s legacy of groundbreaking psychotherapy research. Kelsey’s winning submission, Clients and Clinicians Facing Fears: Exposure Therapy for Eating Disorders, explores the feasibility and acceptability of an exposure therapy for bulimia nervosa using a mixed methods approach.  

According to Kelsey, many clinicians underuse exposure therapy due to concerns about its practicality and negative response from clients. However, Kelsey’s findings bolster previous research indicating exposure is feasible, acceptable and has untapped potential for treating eating disorders. Kelsey is a third year clinical psychology doctoral candidate at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, working under the mentorship of Adrienne Juarascio, PhD.  

“I’m honored to receive this special award and to be among so many esteemed professionals at this year’s Conference,” said Kelsey Clark. “I would like to thank The Renfrew Center Foundation for recognizing the impact of my findings and the value of exposure therapy in eating disorder treatment.”  

The David H. Barlow award is presented to a graduate student or a professional within three years of receiving their degree, and whose poster submission to The Renfrew Center Foundation Conference describes work that will have the strongest impact on understanding, treating and/or preventing eating disorders. Dr. Barlow’s research has provided the foundation on which many current treatments for anxiety disorders and mood disorders are based. The field of psychotherapy has been shaped and forever changed through his innovative ideas and rigorous scientific studies.  

“The Renfrew Center Foundation is thrilled to be able present this award in honor of Dr. David Barlow, emeritus member of The Renfrew Center’s Clinical Advisory Board, and acknowledge the incredible work he has contributed to this field,” remarked Judi Goldstein, MSS, LSW, Vice President of The Renfrew Center Foundation Vice President and Conference Chair. “Determining an awardee was a challenge with so many strong submissions, but Kelsey’s outstanding evidence-based submission truly stood out.”  

The 2019 Conference brought together hundreds of mental health professionals from around the world for a weekend that focused on evidence-based strategies and clinically relevant research, while exploring this year’s theme, Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond: Discerning Truth. This theme was also reflected in featured speaker Laura Ling’s keynote speech, “Bringing Truth to Light.” With expert-led workshops and in-depth programming, professionals went back to their practices with vitality and fresh enthusiasm. 

 

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