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Supporting the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young Dancers

Next steps in research and practice

Sasha Gorrell, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Her position is within the Eating Disorders Program where her clinical focus is in the treatment of adolescents with restrictive eating disorders, specifically in supporting their recovery in family-based treatment. She had an 18-year career as a professional dancer with Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, which informs her current efforts to support the wellbeing of young dancers, and prevent the development of eating disorders in this high-risk population. In addition, her current research that is funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health uses behavioral data and neuroimaging to investigate specific neurobiological risk and maintenance factors for problematic exercise behavior in the context of eating disorders. Her overall research interests include exploration of biobehavioral mechanisms that promote our understanding of motivated behavior. This work includes better characterizing maintenance mechanisms and shared features of anxiety and eating disorders, and using this knowledge to adapt and develop evidence-based treatments.

Lecture content will be recorded, but not Q&A and discussion time

Online | Wednesday, 2 August 12 Noon AEST

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ASPAH Member – $15.00
Non ASPAH Member – $25.00