Feeding and Eating Psychology Summit

Friday, August 30, 2024 • 9:00am to 12:15pm ET

Presented as a live virtual event, followed by on-demand viewing for 30 days

Feeding and Eating Psychology Summit: Unpacking a Complex Domain is a 3-hour workshop which dives into psychosocial/psychological management of children who struggle to eat. Experts from each diagnosis will present case studies to reveal an assessment and management pathway followed by a facilitated panel discussion to dive deeper into management of complex PFD and ARFID cases.

View event speakers, learning objectives, and speaker disclosures.

Event Background

Feeding Matters was founded to ensure that families and professionals work together to advance the field of pediatric feeding disorders. We have a long history of facilitating expert consensus and continuously assess the barriers affecting families and children with feeding and eating differences. Our efforts to create a shared identity for the broad spectrum of feeding challenges through the pediatric feeding disorder (PFD) diagnosis have been successful, yet there is still more to do to unite and advance the field.

The PFD diagnosis, alongside the DSM-V diagnosis of avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), has caused confusion among healthcare professionals and families alike. In response, Feeding Matters partnered with Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in 2023 to bring together experts in ARFID and PFD to clarify the diagnostic criteria.

These consensus actions established a collaborative effort to unite the eating disorder and feeding disorder fields, specifically supporting the PFD and ARFID communities. This collaboration highlighted the need for greater community support and educational advancements, particularly in the often misunderstood psychosocial domain.

To address this growing need, Feeding Matters is proud to announce the inaugural 2024 Feeding and Eating Psychology Summit, a 3-hour educational event open to the public. This interactive webinar will not only provide valuable knowledge but also serve as a foundation for our next consensus effort. Participants will also engage in active discussions that will shape future initiatives.

Following the Summit, the 2023 Consensus Committee, along with new experts, will reconvene to delve deeper into the overlapping needs of the ARFID and PFD communities, aiming to provide greater clarity and support for the field.

Join us for this pivotal event and be a part of the ongoing efforts to improve understanding and treatment of feeding and eating disorders. Your participation will help drive meaningful progress in the field.

Looking for more information on PFD and ARFID? Visit our PFD-ARFID landing page for information on diagnostic criteria, screening tools, infographics, and ways to participate in consensus actions.


Colleen Lukens, PhD
Dr. Lukens is a psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Co-Director of the Martha Escoll Lubeck Feeding and Swallowing Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.  Dr. Lukens completed her graduate work at The Ohio State University, where her research program focused on the assessment and treatment of feeding problems in children with autism.  She received further training in pediatric psychology as a resident and fellow at Nemours/A. I. duPont Hospital for Children, with specialty training to work with children with chronic GI conditions.  She has worked with children with pediatric feeding problems for over 20 years, with particular research and clinical interest in novel intervention modalities and the evaluation of treatment outcomes. She currently conducts research and clinical work with children with pediatric feeding disorders and their families.


Dr. Jessie Menzel, Ph.D
Jessie is the Vice President of Program Development at Equip. A clinical psychologist with over 15 years of specialized experience in eating disorders, Dr. Menzel earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida and is also the founder and former director of the Pediatric Program at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center. She has conducted national and international training on treating eating disorders and has supervised graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and psychiatry residents. Her research experience includes body image, child & adolescent eating disorders, and avoidant/restrictive eating disorder (ARFID).


William Sharp, PhD
William Sharp, PhD is a Director of Children’s Multidisciplinary Feeding Program (Atlanta, GA) and a Professor at Emory University School of Medicine. At Children’s, Dr. Sharp leads a multidisciplinary team of professionals whose mission is to enhance the overall quality of life for children and their families by providing evidenced-based, comprehensive care for children with pediatric feeding disorder and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). His current research focuses on developing and evaluating innovative, community-viable methods of treatment delivery-based on the need to expand the availability of effective interventions both locally and nationally. He has co-authored a treatment manual for parents on this topic and published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters related to multidisciplinary treatment for feeding disorders. In 2014 and 2020, he was a finalist for the Allied Healthcare Hero Award by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for his dedication to improving treatment and access to care for children with chronic and severe feeding concerns – winning the award in 2014.


Nancy Zucker, PhD
Dr. Nancy Zucker is an educator, clinician, and researcher who founded and directs the Duke Center for Eating Disorders and is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University. She develops and tests interventions, particularly for young children, that help individuals to be awed by and trusting of the wisdom and power of their bodies.