Janet Treasure is is a psychiatrist who has specialised in the treatment of eating disorders for more than 25 years. She is currently director of the Eating Disorders Service, a leading centre in the clinical management of eating disorders and training.
In 2013 she was awarded Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Services to People with Eating Disorders.
Treasure began her medical and academic careers at the University of London in 1970, gaining her Bachelor of Science in Physiology (BSc; 1st Class) in 1973, her doctorate in Physiology (PhD) in 1975 and her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB, BS) in 1978. Janet then joined the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 1980, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) in 1984. In 1995 she was awarded a fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych), and in 1999 a fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP).
In 2007, Treasure received an Eating Disorders National Award from national eating disorder charity Beat.
During her career, she has edited seven academic texts on eating disorders and authored three self-help books, including, Getting better bite by bite on bulimia nervosa, Anorexia nervosa, a survival guide for families, friends and sufferers, a book for people with anorexia nervosa, parents and teachers, and Caring for a loved one with an eating disorder: a skillsbased manual of the new Maudsley method, for families and parents of people with an eating disorder.
She delivers information and training via DVD, face-to-face workshops and seminars, for professional and nonprofessional carers. She has also developed an e-learning module on motivational interviewing.
Treasure has been active in research and has over 150 peer reviewed papers.
In 1984, she was awarded the Gaskell medal from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In 2004, she was awarded the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) Leadership Award in Research. The award honours an individual who has, over substantial period of time, used research to develop new knowledge about eating disorders.
In addition to her work with eating disorders, she has been involved in treatment trials for people with type 1 diabetes through cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing. She is also developing an intervention for working with the carers of adolescents with type 1 diabetes.
Treasure has trained over 20 PhD students in research on eating disorders, including Nicholas Troop.
Credits to: South London and Maudsley NHS
Published: 03 November 2014
Last update: 28 February 2015