Janet Treasure

Janet TreasureJanet 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.

She is also acts as the trustee of Student Minds and Diabetics with Eating Disorders.

Credits to: South London and Maudsley NHS

Published: 03 November 2014

Last update: 28 February 2015


Victoria Dunckley

Victoria DunckleyVictoria Dunckley is an integrative child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with twelve years’ clinical experience in both the public and private sectors.  An active blogger for Psychology Today and speaker to both parents’ groups and clinicians, she emphasises the impact of lifestyle factors on mental health, particularly the effects of overstimulating electronic screen media on mood, cognition, and behaviour.  Dunckley has been interviewed on various television and radio programmes regarding her integrative approach, and has contributed as a mental health expert for the Today Show and NBC News.  In 2011, Dr Dunckley was named one of America’s Top Psychiatrists by the Consumer Research Council and won several patient care awards, including Vitals.com’s Patient’s Choice and Compassionate Doctor awards.

Boarded by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, she consults frequently with schools, interdisciplinary treatment teams, and the courts, and specialises in working with children and families who have failed previous treatments.  By working closely over extended time periods with difficult cases, she uncovers issues that have previously been missed, and uses an approach that integrates traditional psychopharmacology with complementary strategies.

A California native, Dr Dunckley graduated cum laude with a biology degree at the University of California San Diego, then migrated to the east coast to receive her Medical Doctorate at Albany Medical College.  She returned to southern California in 1996, where she completed her adult psychiatry residency followed by her child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UC Irvine Medical Centre.   A member of the American Holistic Medical Association, her practice became more holistic over time, addressing nutrition, utilising natural supplements and herbs, and assisting patients with weight management.

Her areas of specialisation include tics/Tourette Syndrome, reactive attachment disorder, weight issues related to medication, ADHD, sensory integration issues, trauma/abuse, and mood disorders including bipolar disorder.  Her practice is split 50-50 between children/adolescents and adults.

In the public sector, she’s consulted with numerous community mental health organisations, working with the severely emotionally disturbed (SED) population in group homes, foster/adoptive placements, and residential treatment settings.  Currently she contracts with Westside Regional Centre in Los Angeles, treating developmentally disabled (including autistic spectrum disordered) adults and children.

Dunckley has a forthcoming book exploring the effects of interactive screen-time on mental health, and advocates use of an ‘electronic fast’ to improve mood, raise grades, and boost social skills regardless of diagnosis.  You can read her blog on Psychology Today or you can visit her website at drdunckley.com

Published: 08 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015