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Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): Psychological Interventions and Outcomes

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): Psychological Interventions and Outcomes

In this In Conversation podcast, we are joined by Dr. Emma Willmott and Dr. Tom Jewell, from the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and King’s College London, to discuss their recently published scoping review on psychological interventions for Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).

Discussion points include:

  • The main aims of the review into psychological interventions for ARFID.
  • How many studies were identified and the main findings.
  • Different intervention modalities for ARFID.
  • The lack of consistency when measuring change in patients with ARFID and how best to measure recovery for patients with ARFID.
  • Recommendations on next steps to advance knowledge of ARFID and effective treatments.
  • Advice and resources for non-specialist eating disorder clinicians.

This is the second episode of a two-part series on ARFID with Dr. Emma Willmott and Dr. Tom Jewell. Episode one can be found here: ‘Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): Prevalence and Implications’.

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Other resources

  • Podcast ‘Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): Prevalence and Implications’ with Dr. Emma Willmott and Dr. Tom Jewell. This is the first episode of a two-part series on ARFID with Dr. Emma Willmott and Dr. Tom Jewell.
  • Blog ‘An Overview of Psychological Interventions for Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)’ with Dr. Emma Willmott and Dr. Tom Jewell
  • Scoping Review ‘A scoping review of psychological interventions and outcomes for avoidant and restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID)’, International Journal of Eating Disorders, Vol. 57, Iss. 1 (2023), Emma Willmott DClinPsy, Rachel Dickinson BSc, Celine Hall MSc, Kevser Sadikovic BSc, Emily Wadhera, Nadia Micali MD, PhD, Nora Trompeter PhD, Tom Jewell PhD
Dr. Emma Willmott
Dr. Emma Willmott

Dr. Emma Willmott is a Senior Clinical Psychologist who works with young people experiencing ARFID and their families across community-based and national and specialist NHS CAMHS services. Emma has worked at the Feeding and Eating Disorder Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and currently works at the ARFID Service at Maudsley Centre for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders (MCCAED) at SLAM. Emma has recently published a scoping review exploring psychological interventions and outcomes for ARIFD and is interested in the links between neurodiversity and eating disorders.

Dr. Tom Jewell
Dr. Tom Jewell

Dr. Tom Jewell is a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at King’s College London, with a clinical and research interest in adolescent eating disorders. He is a mental health nurse and family therapist and works clinically at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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