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The South Florida Chapter:
A Brief History

From its beginning in 1985, iaedp's mission has been to offer education and certification to its members while promoting the highest ethical standards and levels of professionalism. Over the years, as the parent organization grew, iaedp began to establish regional chapters to bring together eating disorders treatment providers at the local level from all disciplines to enhance collaboration, support, resources and healthy patient care. At this time, iaedp has over thirty chapters across the United States; and our network now embraces members from around the globe with iaedp regional meetings and events in Mexico, Bulgaria, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Canada.

Iaedp’s mission is to promote a high level of professionalism among practitioners who treat those with eating disorders by promoting ethical and professional standards of care, offering education and training in the field, certifying those who have met prescribed requirements, promoting public and professional awareness of eating disorders and assisting in prevention efforts. In efforts to bring together the different eating disorder treatment providers, across all disciplines, to collaborate and inspire one another, iaedp created chapters to drive this mission at the local level - connecting members with local peer support, resources, networking and providing high quality continuing education in the field.


“Individuals with iaedp Certification designations (CEDS, CEDRD, CEDCAT, or CEDRN) are health care  professionals who have met rigorous educational and skill requirements, have  accumulated a minimum number of hours of qualifying work experience, have made a commitment to stay abreast of current developments in the field through continuing education, and have agreed to comply with the Association's ethical principles.”


Our South Florida chapter was formed 13 years ago by a local leadership team that was determined to support networking and advanced education in the tri-county area (Palm Beach, Broward and Miami). Naming all the positions of leadership, chairs, committees, and members that helped grow our local community of eating disorder clinicians would be important and a difficult task since a few generations of leadership and participation have passed. Nevertheless, we want to thank all of them for their countless efforts and commitment to iaedp’s mission. Their contributions were and remain essential to the chapter's growth.  We would also like to acknowledge all the members who attended and participated in our events along with the sponsors and educational speakers that have presented at our events. We also want to thank our past presidents and acknowledge their leadership as we invite more clinicians in our community to become members, become certified and volunteer as chairs. We need high standards of treatment and professionalism in our field in order to guarantee effective treatment, best practices and ethics when treating people with eating disorders.

Past Presidents:

  1. Laura Krieger, PsyD (2008-2010)

  2. Henah Gupta, PhD, CEDS (2010-2014)

  3. Nicolle Arbelaez, PsyD, CEDS (2014-2016)

  4. Patty Shutt, PsyD, CEDS (2016-2018)

  5. Cecile Krinski, PsyD, LMHC, CEDS, CAP, SAP, ICADC (2018-2020)

  6. Carolina Gaviria, LMHC, NCC, CEDS (2020 – 2022)

This history of IAEDP South Florida’s chapter was written by Carolina Gaviria, LMHC, NCC, CEDS and reviewed by Dr. Henah Gupta and Dr. Roy Erlichman.

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