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. 

Please click here to order available audio recordings and handouts from the 2019 Conference workshops and keynotes. For questions, please contact Kelly Krausz, Foundation Coordinator, at

This year, The Renfrew Center Foundation is celebrating its 30th annual Conference. Since 1991, the Conference has been dedicated to providing eating disorders education and training for professionals and creating a stimulating environment in which to discover, debate and share the best of what we bring to our profession.

To commemorate three decades of growth, outstanding scholarship and interpersonal connection, Conference 2020 has invited experts in the field of eating disorders and women’s mental health to create an exceptional program. Through thoughtful reflection, research and clinical practice, we will explore treatment, cultural influences, trauma, genetics, and trends in neuroscience. In keeping with our Feminist-Relational roots, numerous events are planned to foster rejuvenation as well as networking with professionals from around the globe.

Lori Gottlieb started her career as a film and TV executive, crafting stories for cult favorite productions like Friends and ER, followed by a period as a nationally recognized journalist telling the stories of her subjects.

Today, she’s a psychotherapist who helps her patients unravel and change the stories that no longer serve them. But what happens when a therapist experiences her own personal crisis? In her brilliant book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Lori speaks candidly about her experience on both sides of the therapist’s couch, and in the process, guides a much broader conversation on mental health, vulnerability, fulfillment, and human relationships. The memoir spent ten months on The New York Times bestseller list and was also named Best Nonfiction Book of the year by O, The Oprah Magazine, an Amazon Best Book of 2019, and one of the 100 Must-Read Books of the year by TIME magazine.

In addition to her clinical practice, Lori is the idiosyncratic voice behind The Atlantic’s weekly Dear Therapist advice column and a regular contributor to The New York Times. She is also a TED Speaker, a member of The Advisory Council to Bringing Change to Mind and advisor to the Aspen Institute.

Conference registration to open Spring 2020.

For more information about The 2020 Renfrew Center Foundation Conference,
please contact Kelly Krausz at

 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, CEDS-S, 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, PhD, LMHC, CEDS-S, 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 Chief Medical Officer of The Emily Program, and Faculty at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. A two-time recipient of NAMI’s Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, a winner of the Woodruff Award, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Warren presents nationally and internationally. He is a member of The Renfrew Center Foundation’s Conference Committee.