Eating Disorders Program

Eating disorders are severe disturbances in attitudes and behaviors around eating, weight, shape, and body image. These disorders are often accompanied by emotional (e.g., depression, anxiety) and interpersonal difficulties, as well as medical complications, which can lead to hospitalization. Unfortunately, eating disorders can be life-threatening and often require professional treatment.

The UCSF Eating Disorders Program is a comprehensive, evidence-based program that provides outstanding clinical care for individuals with eating disorders (up to age 25) and their families. Our program is a collaboration between the Department of Psychiatry (Child and Adolescent Services) and the Department of Pediatrics (Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine). We are unique in our ability to provide both inpatient and outpatient services, depending on medical and/or psychiatric need. Our services include comprehensive medical/psychiatric evaluations, as well as ongoing medical management, evidence-based individual and family therapies, and medication management. The multidisciplinary treatment team meets weekly to discuss progress, treatment goals, and coordinate care for patients.

Leadership

Daniel Le Grange, PhD - Eating Disorders Director, Psychiatry

Dr. Daniel Le Grange is a Benioff UCSF Professor in Children’s Health in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at UCSF and Joint Director of the Eating Disorders Program in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Psychiatry) and Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine (Pediatrics). Dr. Le Grange is also Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Chicago, where he directed the Eating Disorders Program from 1998-2014. He received his doctoral education at the Institute of Psychiatry, the University of London and completed postdoctoral training at the University of London and at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Le Grange’s research interests focus primarily on treatment trials for adolescents with eating disorders. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 manuscripts, books, book chapters, and abstracts, as well as more than 190 presentations for national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Le Grange is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, a member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, Associate Editor for the Journal of Eating Disorders and BMC Psychiatry, serves on the editorial boards of the European Eating Disorders Review and the International Journal of Eating Disorders, and is an ad hoc scientific reviewer for more than 25 journals. He has lectured extensively across North America, Europe, Australia, South East Asia, and South Africa. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Le Grange’s research has been supported by the NIH, as well as the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. He is currently Principal Investigator on several NIMH-funded treatment studies in the United States and a Principal Investigator on a 6-year treatment study funded by the Baker Foundation in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Le Grange is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Presidential Chair Award at UCSF, and the 2014 recipient of the Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership in Research Award.

Sara M. Buckelew, MD, MPH - Eating Disorders Director, Adolescent Medicine

Dr. Sara Buckelew specializes in treating children, adolescents, and transitional age youth with eating disorders who started the Eating Disorders Program in 2007. Dr. Buckelew earned a medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in public health at UC Berkeley. She is a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine, American Teachers of Preventive Medicine and Society for Adolescent Medicine.

Justine Underhill, EdM, LCSW - Clinical Director

Justine Underhill is a skilled clinician, manager, and teacher who specializes in the psychological treatment of eating disorders. Prior to her current role as Clinical Director, she served as the Clinical Director of the Young Adult and Family Center (YAFC). Underhill earned a master's degree in education at Harvard University and a master's in social work at San Francisco State University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Association of Family Therapists of Northern California, the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, and the Academy of Eating Disorders.

Appointments

Please call our intake service at (415) 353-2002.

Additional information

For more information, please visit the UCSF Eating Disorders Program website.