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Be a Part of the Future of Eating Disorders Treatment!

Dr. Walter KayeMentorCONNECT is proud to be part of an ongoing collaboration with Dr. Walter Kaye's research team at the University of California-San Diego's Eating Disorder Treatment & Research Program (UCSD-EDTRP).

An internationally-renowned leader in neurobiological research, Walter Kaye, MD, has published more than 250 papers and articles on the subject of eating disorders treatment and research. 

UCSD-EDTRP TeamCurrently, Dr. Kaye and his team are conducting a study to identify brain processes that contribute to the development of eating disorders.

When completed, the data from this gentle, non-invasive study in beautiful San Diego, CA, will be used to create more effective treatment for eating disorders.

Long-term, the research Dr. Kaye and his team collect from this study will join data from other studies in an effort to find a way to prevent eating disorders from occurring.

If you are one of the incredible members of our community who has recovered from your eating disorder, MentorCONNECT invites you to consider the significant contribution you could make to help others who are still struggling to recover by participating in this research study.

We invite you to review the information below, and then please contact USCD-EDTRP for more information about how to enroll in the study.

Contact Person Daria Orlowska

By Email: or

By Phone: 858-534-8031



UCSD is Seeking Women Recovered from Anorexia or Bulimia Nervosa!

UCSD Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program is conducting imaging research studies with women recovered from Anorexia and/or Bulimia Nervosa. This research will help us examine the neurobiology of eating disorders.


We are seeking women in recovery who are:

  • Between ages 18 & 45
  • Maintaining a normal height and weight
  • No serious medical problems
  • No current medications (birth control OK)


Compensation for Your Participation:

  • You may receive compensation up to $1250.00 for completion of the studies
  • Travel and all study-related expenses will be paid for by UCSD


Reasons to Consider Participating:

  • It feels great to help others!
  • A little extra cash never hurts
  • It is exciting to contribute to the future of eating disorders treatment
  • You will learn more about the very latest eating disorder research
  • Your participation helps to raise awareness about eating disorders
  • You get to see your own brain in action - and get a picture of your brain to take home!


What Past Participants Say About Their Experience at UCSD-EDTRP:

Initially, when I thought about participating in one of the studies at UCSD, I was worried about the amount of time and the amount of work it would end up being. Coming from out-of-state, I was concerned about the time away from my job and my life. I also wasn’t sure about sharing specific details about one of the hardest times of my life with people I did not know. I was relieved to find out that these concerns were completely unnecessary. Speaking with Lyndsey on the phone, I really felt comfortable talking about these difficult times. I knew that she understood what I had been through and instead of feeling uneasy and reluctant, I felt I was able to be open and honest.

When I arrived at UCSD, it was great to finally put faces to the names! Everyone was so nice and respectful and the experience ended up being completely unintimidat- ing and not too much work at all! Even the fMRI scans were not as intimidating as I had once thought. Emily, the scanner operator, was so nice that I was immediately at ease with that whole process. At the end of the study, I was happy to have met everyone from the research staff and truly felt that I contributed to the advancement of science and the eating disorder community. I would definitely come back again and hope that more women who are in recovery are motivated to participate in these studies as well!

Having the opportunity to participate in an eating disorder research study, as a result of a personal experience, was rewarding in many ways. The research staff were professional, organized & compassionate; I felt well-informed throughout the duration of the whole study. Not only did I get the opportunity to meet individuals who shared the same interest in learning more about such a life-threatening illness, I was also given great accommodation in San Diego and generous compensation. I look forward to participating in future opportunities! Thank you UCSD staff for a great experience!