Lucy Aphramor, RD, PhD, is a dietitian who pioneered the use of a HAES approach in the UK National Health Service. She is now Director of the not-for-profit organization Well Founded Ltd working to encourage compassionate care and social justice through delivering HAES training, courses and services. Dr Aphramor has published widely in the field of critical weight science and is active in the new Critical Dietetics movement where her research spans issues of ethics, equity and embodied knowledge in the dietetics profession.
Linda Bacon, PhD, is a researcher on the inside track of weight regulation science – a scientist whose three graduate degrees, research, and clinical expertise uniquely prepare her to understand and translate the physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural underpinnings of weight control. An internationally recognized authority on weight and health, Dr. Bacon has published her work in top scientific journals as well as the highly acclaimed popular press book, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight.
Shelley Bond has been an active member of ASDAH for the past 5 years and currently serves as an “at large” member of the Board, as well as participating in the Membership and Internal Policy committees. She has also served on the planning committee for the 2011 and 2013 ASDAH Educational Conferences. Her personal business is BEADJOUX…slightly eccentric handmade jewelry. Shelley sells at many ASDAH and NAAFA functions, and features jewelry for women of size and substance.
Barbara Altman Bruno, Ph.D., LCSW, is a clinical social worker, size acceptance activist, and HAES pioneer. She has presented at clinical conferences, appeared in television, radio, magazines, newspapers, and demonstrations, and has written many articles, including well-being columns for larger people, guidelines for therapists who treat fat clients, a brief history of HAES, and a book, Worth Your Weight (what you CAN do about a weight problem). She is former co-chair of education for ASDAH and is on NAAFA’s Advisory Board.
Deb Burgard, PhD, a psychologist specializing in eating disorders and sexuality, is one of the founders of the Health at Every Size® (HAES®) approach. Deeply interested in both stigma and body image, and how people find ways to cherish the bodies they were taught to distrust, she uses these lessons in her clinical work with people suffering from various forms of body estrangement. She has written and done research on these topics and co-chairs the HAES® SIG for the Academy for Eating Disorders, serves on ASDAH’s Public Policy Committee, and on NAAFA’s Advisory Board.
Jenny Copeland, PsyD, is a provisional license psychologist and licensed professional counselor working in community mental health in Missouri. Dr. Copeland has conducted studies on weight stigma among healthcare providers, and developed programming rooted in the Health At Every Size® model to guide others towards positive lifestyle improvements. Her work has earned awards including the Research and Evaluation Fellowship at The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute and the inaugural NAAFA Health At Every Size Scholar Award. Dr. Copeland currently serves as the chair of ASDAH’s Education Committee and 2013 Conference Planning Committee
Jeanette DePatie (The Fat Chick), MA, ACE, is a certified aerobics instructor, personal trainer and veteran fitness professional with over 10 years experience training students of all sizes, shapes ages and abilities. Using techniques gleaned as a teacher, producer, marketing professional, wife, musician, marathoner and triathlete, DePatie specializes in creating fitness programs that allow students to feel successful the first time and every time they participate. Ms. DePatie has held fitness certifications from the YMCA, ACE and AFAA. She is author of the newly released book and DVD The Fat Chick Works Out! Previously the Vice President of ASDAH, Jeanette currently serves as an “at large” member of ASDAH’s Board.
Rev. Dr. E-K. Daufin is an educator, social activist performance, fine artist and writer who earns a living as a professor of communication at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. Her research and writing specialty is exploring weight stigma in the media and its effects. Dr. Daufin is a HAES® expert, Spoken Word poet, Reiki Master, belly dancer, EFT Practitioner and consultant. You can read more about her workshops on her webpage.
Fall Ferguson, JD, MA, is Assistant Professor of Health Education at John F. Kennedy University. She teaches courses on health care policy, community health, the “collective body,” and working with body image, among other subjects. Fall is on the Editorial Board of the Fat Studies Journal, and also has a private practice as a health educator and coach. Fall is currently the President of ASDAH, and serves on the public policy and blog committees and as co-chair of the website committee.
Amy Herskowitz, MSc, is a senior policy and programming consultant for the mental health and addictions sector in the Ontario provincial government who has almost 15 years experience working with the eating disorder support, treatment, research and advocacy communities in Toronto. Amy serves as ASDAH’s Vice President and chairs the blog committee, as well as serving on the internal policy and membership committees.
Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD, is a registered dietitian and co-owner and president of Green Mountain at Fox Run, a pioneering women’s health retreat in Vermont. Green Mountain was founded over 40 years ago to help women stop dieting and learn how to truly take care of themselves regardless of their body size. A voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from weight loss diets, Marsha speaks frequently and has written extensively for the public and professionals about the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. She serves on the boards of the Center for Mindful Eating and the Binge Eating Disorder Association. You can find Marsha on her website as well as on Twitter @MarshaHudnall and Green Mountain’s page on Facebook.
Joanne Ikeda, MA, RD is a HAES pioneer and also a nationally recognized expert on pediatric obesity and the dietary practices of ethnic and immigrant populations. She co-founded the UC Berkeley Center for Weight and Health, and though she retired from UC Berkeley in 2006 as a lecturer, Joanne remains very active in the field of nutrition education. Joanne is the current Vice President of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (having formerly chaired their Weight Realities Division) and also serves as a nutrition consultant to the Cartoon Network.
Dr Rick Kausman, MD is a medical doctor who is recognised as an Australian pioneer of the person-centred approach to wellbeing. Rick has written two books including the award-winning ‘If Not Dieting, Then What?’, and he is the creator of a number of other resources. Dr Rick is a Director of the Butterfly Foundation, and a Fellow of the Australian College of Psychological Medicine. More information about Dr Rick can be found at his web site, www.ifnotdieting.com
Laurie Klipfel, RN, MSN, BC_ANP, CDE has been a nurse and a Certified Diabetes Educator for more than 20 years. She has been a nurse practitioner specializing in metabolic syndrome (diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia) for 10 years. Laurie is an author and a featured speaker for PESI healthcare. She has been a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) for 20 years and is past president of the St. Louis Chapter of AADE. Laurie is a new member of ASDAH.
Michelle May, MD, is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the award-winning Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Workshops and Facilitator Training Program. She is the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle that guides readers to eat fearlessly and mindfully. Michelle has been featured on the Discovery Health Channel and Dr. Oz and quoted in Body+Soul, CNN Health, Self, TIME.com, US News & World Report, Vim & Vigor, Washington Post, WebMD, Woman’s Day, and others.
Lily O’Hara, BSc, Postgrad Dip Hlth Prom, MPH, PhD (c) is the Section Head for Health Promotion, Health Authority – Abu Dhabi. Lily is passionate about social justice and the need for health promotion to be truly health promoting. Lily has worked in health promotion positions with government, non-government, university, private and community organisations for over 25 years. Lily has been in her current role with the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi since January 2011. Prior to that she spent 13 years as an academic at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, where she established, taught in and led the health promotion and public health undergraduate and graduate programs. She and a colleague have developed and tested a new model of health promotion called the Red Lotus Health Promotion Model, which is the first health promotion model to explicitly incorporate a system of values and principles. Lily has held leadership roles in a number of scientific associations including the Australian Health Promotion Association (National President) and the Association for Size Diversity and Health (International Vice President). And a recipient of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance International Size Acceptance Trailblazer Award for diligent work in bringing the HAES® message to colleagues in the health education field.
Michelle Pitman, of Define Me Personal Training, is a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor and athlete who believes that EVERYONE should feel good from the inside-out. With over 15 years experience, Michelle has coached and inspired others in realizing their goals. She does so with a sense of dedication, presence and, above all, compassion. You can connect with Michelle via Facebook, Twitter or by visiting the Define Me webpage.
Jonathan Robison, PhD, MS, holds a doctorate in health education/exercise physiology and a master of science in human nutrition from Michigan State University where he is Adjunct Assistant Professor. Dr. Robison is also Adjunct Associate Professor at Western Michigan University where he teaches in the Holistic Health Care Program. He has authored numerous articles on a variety of health-related topics and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. He has served as co-editor of the journal -Health At Every Size – and has been helping people with weight and eating-related concerns for more than 20 years.
Dana Schuster, MS, is a Health & Fitness Instructor with a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. She co-taught the Kaiser Permanente Great Shape exercise class for thirteen years, co-founded Women of Substance Health Spa (open 1997-2001), and currently teaches exercise classes at Every Woman Health Club in Redwood City, California. Since 2005, Dana has been involved in School Wellness Policy development and implementation as an avid promoter of the Health At Every Size® model. She is the married mother of two adult (and fabulous) sons, has a terrific daughter-in-law, and prefers to describe herself as a “Free-lance Agitator & Advocate for Integrity.” She is currently the Vice President of ASDAH, chairing the Internal Policy Committee and serving on the membership and blog committees.
Deah Schwartz, Ed.D, CTRS, CCC, Educator, Activist, and Clinician with a private practice in Oakland CA, has more than 30 years of experience in using Expressive Arts Therapies to treat Eating Disorders and Body Image issues. Deah is the co-author of Leftovers, The Ups and Downs of a Compulsive Eater DVD/Workbook Set, a resource for Eating Disorders, and author of the Size Acceptance syndicated blog, Tasty Morsels. To find out more about Dr. Deah’s work visit her website at www.drdeah.com.