Child and Youth Eating Disorders: Information for Primary Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has not been easy on children, youth and families. Many are reporting increased stress, anxiety and depression during this time. Learn more about strategies to support primary care providers in assessing, monitoring and supporting a young person with an eating disorder.

Registration is open for the three-part series.


Part 1: Understanding Eating Disorders and Assessment of Children and Youth with Eating Disorders | Tuesday, May 18, 2021 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST

Drs. Clare Roscoe, MD, FRCPC & Wendy Spettigue, MD, FRCPC

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • To gain a better understanding of eating disorders.
  • To examine how the COVID-19 pandemic may have affected young people with eating disorders.
  • To review the psychological effects of undernourishment and starvation in children and adolescents.
  • To review the interview questions and information required to establish the diagnosis (and severity) of an eating disorder when a young person presents to your office or clinic.

<strong>Dr. Clare Roscoe, MD, FRCPC</strong>

Dr. Clare Roscoe is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, who specializes in the treatment of Eating Disorders. She completed medical school at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and trained in General Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She went on to complete a fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children focusing on the treatment of Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. Dr. Roscoe has worked at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa since 2004 and was the Psychiatric Director of the Eating Disorder Program at CHEO from 2014-2016. Dr. Roscoe has a passion for education and knowledge translation and served as the Program Director for the University of Ottawa Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program from 2010 to 2015.

<strong>Dr. Wendy Spettigue, MD, FRCPC</strong>

Dr. Spettigue is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with severe eating disorders. She served as the Psychiatric Director of the Eating Disorder Program at CHEO from 2000-2013, and is currently the Division Chief for hospital-based psychiatry at CHEO. In addition to her clinical work, she has done extensive research into the epidemiology, risk factors and treatment of pediatric eating disorders, and has received over 2 million dollars in research funding. In 2009 she received the CHEO Research Institute’s Award of Excellence for Research in Psychiatry and in 2015 she received the Excellence in Education Award from the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Spettigue has trained and served as a consultant to other teams across Canada, and has advocated for resources for eating disorders at a national level. She has published numerous research papers, and has co-authored four book chapters on psychopharmacology for eating disorders. She has also lectured and taught extensively on the treatment of pediatric eating disorders, at provincial, national and international conferences.

Part 2: Understanding Medical Implications and Monitoring for Children
and Youth with Eating Disorders | Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST Eating Disorders

By the end of this session, participants will know how to:

  • Review medical monitoring of patients with Eating Disorders (EDs) – weight, vitals and labs and know how to manage findings.
  • Review medical management principles for primary care clinicians caring for children and youth with eating disorders.
  • Understand the role that primary care clinicians have in supporting patients and families in recovery efforts.

<strong>Dr. Mark Norris, MD, FRCPC</strong>


Part 3: Supporting a Young Person with an Eating Disorder in Primary Care – Tips and Tricks for the Primary Care Provider | Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST

By the end of this session, participants will know how to:

  • To understand the principles of outpatient eating disorders therapy.
  • To share strategies that can help parents/caregivers to successfully refeed their child at home.
  • To describe approaches to help navigate around common pitfalls and challenges in eating disorders care.
  • To review creative solutions to virtual care and monitoring of patients with eating disorders during the COVID pandemic.

<strong>Dr. Leanna Isserlin, MD, FRCPC</strong>

Dr. Leanna Isserlin is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with a strong passion for ensuring the highest quality of care for youth with eating disorders, as evidenced by her commitment to her clinical work and research in this area. She has worked with individuals with eating disorders in various settings over the past 10 years including London Health Sciences Centre, UNC Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders and now at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. When not at work Leanna loves being with her husband and three young children.

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