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20th Annual Columbia River Eating Disorder Network Conference Presenters

2017 CREDN Speakers


Thomas R. Lynch, PhD is Professor of Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychology at University of Southampton, located in Southampton, England.

He was the Director of the Duke Cognitive Behavioural Research and Treatment Program at Duke University (USA) from 1998-2007. He is currently the Director of the Emotion and Personality Bio-behavioral Laboratory at the University of Southampton.

Professor Lynch is the treatment developer of Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT)—a new transdiagnostic treatment approach informed by 19 years of clinical research—with strong roots in standard Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

He has been the recipient of multiple large research grants from a range of sources, including the National Institutes of Health, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, the Hartford Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the National Institute for Health Research. He is currently the Chief Investigator of a multi-center randomized controlled trial examining the efficacy and mechanisms of RO-DBT funded by the National Institute for Health Research- Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation program (

He is a recipient of the John M. Rhoades Psychotherapy Research Endowment and a Beck Institute Scholar. He is recognized internationally as a world-leading expert in difficult-to-treat disorders; such as, personality disorders, chronic depression, and anorexia nervosa and is in frequent demand as a speaker internationally—e.g., Europe, USA, and Canada. He is the author of the RO-DBT treatment manual entitled Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Disorders of Overcontrol (In press-Guilford Press, New York).

Valerie Edwards, MS, RD, LD is an outpatient dietitian at Providence Portland Medical Center who has worked in the eating disorders field for the past 20 years. She tries to meet clients where they are in terms of motivation and help them move forward towards a fuller life that isn’t consumed by food and weight preoccupation. She appreciates being able to get to know her clients over a period of time, and tries to include humor in the journey of recovery. She received her Bachelor of Science in nutrition from Texas A&M University, and has a master’s in clinical nutrition from the University of Minnesota.


Charlotte Thomas, LCSW is the Program Manager for the Pathways to Mindful Eating program at Portland DBT Institute, and provides direct service to clients, supervision to staff, and serves on the management board for the clinic helping to inform general clinic policy. She received her master’s degree in Social Science Administration (MSSA) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and trained with Lucene Wisniewski PhD, FAED and Mark Warren MD, FAED for the following 4 years in the evidence based treatment of eating disorders. She is now a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Oregon. Charlotte’s professional interest is in treating eating disorders and associated needs including borderline personality disorder, depression and anxiety. She has experience in private practice mental health settings, providing individual, family, and group services for teens and adults.