Academic Activities

This part of the site provides information about our academic activity and training events.


The academic programme at Ellern Mede is led by Dr Amy Harrison, the centre’s Clinical Psychologist. Amy trained under Professor Janet Treasure and Dr Kate Tchanturia at the Institute of Psychiatry/Maudsley Hospital and completed her PhD and DClinPsy theses on cognition, emotion and social functioning in people with eating disorders.

Ellern Mede have a strong emphasis on academic research and activities. We encourage all our staff to engage in further academic study to ensure their skills and knowledge are in line with the latest developments in the field. Induction training is provided to all new staff to teach them about the symptoms, potential causes and maintaining factors associated with eating disorders and evidence based treatments.

Ellern Mede have hosted several conferences and training sessions for external colleagues and internal team members including Ellern Mede School teachers such as Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT). Workshops such as Cognitive Remediation Therapy for anorexia nervosa and motivational interviewing skills for working with young people with eating disorders have been very well received. Cognitive Remediation Therapy professional development workshops run by Dr Harrison will continue to run in the next year please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to get more information.

Ellern Mede also puts very high importance on training and knowledge of carers and as such offers a carers workshop which focused on increasing understanding of the nature and potential causal and maintaining factors in eating disorders, as well as motivational interviewing skills to improve communication within the family. As part of the Centre’s links with the Eating Disorders Research Unit at King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry, carers can access a book and DVD to support their vital role in the recovery of their loved one.

In the coming year Ellern Mede will provide monthly academic sessions  where cases are presented and reviewed by different member of the team.

We are constantly reviewing and developing our academic activities so please keep updated on the website or contact us on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information.


The Ellern Mede Service for Eating Disorders

Holcombe Hill,
The Ridgeway,
Mill Hill,
London  NW7 4HX

T: 08444 725 111
F: 08444 725 202