Kohl’s Grant for Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment

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Learn More about the Kohl's Grant

The Kohl’s grant will allow group-based and outpatient services to be offered for adolescents with eating disorders through Fall 2019.

For information about group-based treatment email Fran Pingitore, PhD, at FPingitore@Lifespan.org.

To learn more about the outpatient service please email Erin Jackson at ejackson1@lifespan.org

While up to five percent of adolescents in the community suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, many are receiving little to no treatment for their condition. Kohl’s recently provided Hasbro Children’s Hospital with a $110,000, two-year grant to help increase the scope of services available to adolescents with eating disorders in Rhode Island.

Group-Based Treatment Options for Eating Disorders

Funding from the Kohl’s grant goes towards offering group-based treatment options to adolescents across multiple levels of care at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Currently, we offer group treatment for patients between the ages of 14 and 18 who wish to receive additional support. We have previously offered group treatments focused on siblings and parents of patients. Our groups are open to any families of an adolescent receiving treatment for an eating disorder at Hasbro Children’s including inpatient, partial hospitalization, or outpatient levels.

For more information about group-based treatment options, please contact Fran Pingitore, MD, at FPingitore@Lifespan.org

Outpatient Family-Based Treatment for Teens with Eating Disorders

The Kohl’s grant also goes towards funding outpatient family-based treatment of adolescents with restricting-type eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, in a home setting. This treatment is provided through Gateway Healthcare and is led by Andrea Goldschmidt, PhD, and Christina Tortolani, PhD.

Participation in this treatment is open to adolescents ages 12 to 18 with restricting-type eating disorders who qualify for Gateway home-based services. Patients and their families will receive six to ten weeks of family-based treatment in the comfort of their own homes.

Families will also have the opportunity to volunteer for a research study which would last up to a year and would include having their treatment sessions recorded, and providing data on perceptions of treatment and eating disorder symptoms. Families do not need to enroll in the research study to receive home-based treatment.

For more information about outpatient services, please contact Erin Jackson at ejackson1@lifespan.org.

Learn more about the Eating Disorder Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital