Dr. Joann Hendelman, Clinical Director, The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness

What is your current position?
Clinical Director, The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness: Within my role, I supervise all of The Alliance’s free eating disorder support groups, as well as the licensed clinicians that facilitate the groups. I am also the Clinical Director of The Alliance’s Psychological Services program overseeing the outpatient care of individuals who are under/uninsured, supervising two Postdoctoral Fellows, and the program’s design and implementation. I also have a part-time private practice.

How did you get started in your career?
I began my interest in eating disorders in nursing school. Eating disorders brought together my interest in the interaction between mind and body. My interest exploded in my first psychiatric nursing job as a case manager and nurse in a Day Treatment Program. At the time, there was very little literature regarding eating disorders. Through graduate school I continued my focus on eating disorders often supervising my supervisors when it came to eating disorders. My first full time job was as the Clinical Director of an Eating Disorders Program in Peoria, Illinois. From there I was hired to develop an outpatient program in eating disorders and help train therapists on the inpatient program. I also ran a weekly support group for people with eating disorders sponsored by the Mental Health Association.

What advice would you give to someone new in the field?
If you are interested in working in eating disorders, get the training you need. If you are a graduate student or just beginning in the field, do a postdoctoral fellowship in eating disorders. Work in higher levels of care such as residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient to get experience. Do certification through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp).  If you are not new to the field, get supervision by an iaedp approved supervisor, get training through iaedp and do continuing education through The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness.

Credentials: BSN, RN, MA, PhD, FAED (Fellow in the Academy for Eating Disorders), CEDRN (Certified Eating Disorders Registered Nurse), CEDS-S (Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Supervisor)


Hendelman, Joann, “Eating Disorders:  A Maladaptive Coping Mechanism,” in Stress in the Modern World, ed. Wadwa, Serena, 2017.

Johnson, Craig et al., Bulimia Nervosa. 1987  Data collected and published by this author was cited by Dr. Johnson and used in his discussion of eating disordered individuals.

Hendelman, Joann V., Hamilton, Stephen, 4H Community Development.  Slide Set, Cooperative Extension, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1980.

Hendelman, Joann V., MSAS. “Bulimia and Adolescent Separation Anxiety,” 1984.

Hendelman, Joann V., MSAS.  “Inpatient Treatment of Eating Disorders,” 1985.

Rae, William A., Hendelman, Joann V., Journal of Clinical Child Psychology.  “Nursing Consultation Groups:  A Mental Health  Intervention in Pediatrics,” Volume VII, Number 1, Spring, 1978.