Charlynn Small

Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Staff Psychologist, University of Richmond

Dr. Small began working at CAPS in 2004 as a post-doctoral intern. She serves as Chair of the University’s Eating and Body Image Concerns (EBIC) team. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, advocating for the awareness of eating disorders affecting persons of color and other underrepresented groups. Dr. Small is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (iaedpTM) and is a Certified Member and Approved Supervisor (CEDS-S) of iaedpTM. She co-founded the Foundation’s African-American Eating Disorders Professionals (AAEDP) committee and currently serves on the Board of the Richmond Chapter of iaedpTM.

Presentation It Takes the Whole to Make Us Whole: Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders

Black women with eating disorders present very unique concerns and challenges to treatment. Successful treatment and recovery require cultural sensitivity, a secure therapeutic alliance, and a willingness and fearless commitment to learning about our lived experiences. The presenter will discuss essential components of the comprehensive approach necessary for effective assessment and treatment of eating disorders in this underrepresented group.