Eating Disorder Expert Ralph Carson Joins Eating Recovery Center Clinical Leadership Team
DENVER (APRIL 12, 2016) Eating Recovery Center (ERC), the only national, vertically integrated healthcare system dedicated to the treatment of serious eating and related disorders, announced today that Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD, has joined its clinical leadership team. A nationally recognized thought leader, Dr. Carson is a clinical nutritionist and exercise physiologist with nearly 40 years of experience in the treatment of addictions, obesity and eating disorders.
“Dr. Carson brings a unique understanding of health, wellness, exercise, nutrition and brain health to his role as Vice President of Science and Innovation, CORE Program,” explained Ken Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS, Founding Partner and CEO of ERC. “His venerable neuropsychobiological approach recognizes the intersection of mental health and weight management in the treatment of overeating, high weight and related conditions. Patients and families seeking treatment in the CORE program will benefit greatly from the evidence-based interventions that Dr. Carson has helped to pioneer.”
ERC’s CORE program treats adults and adolescents struggling with bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder who also have comorbid conditions related to obesity or are seeking weight management treatment in an effort to prepare for gastric bypass or other medical procedures. CORE targets behaviors that interfere with weight management, including binge eating, night eating and emotional/"stress" eating; utilizes comprehensive medical support to stabilize Body Mass Index (BMI); and provides tools and strategies to foster lifestyle change and improve quality of life issues. The CORE program is offered at ERC treatment centers in Chicago, Cincinnati and San Antonio, and will be expanding to Denver and Sacramento in April 2016.
“I am thrilled to be working alongside the field’s foremost experts in a program that aptly recognizes improvements in mental health as necessary to addressing and preventing excessive weight,” adds Dr. Carson.
Prior to joining ERC, Dr. Carson was the Executive Director of FitRx in Brentwood, Tennessee, an outpatient program for people of size struggling with both medical and psychological complications of binge eating. He was also a clinical consultant to PineGrove Behavioral Health and Addiction Treatment Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as well as other eating disorder treatment centers across the country. In addition to his successful clinical practice, Dr. Carson is committed to community education and teaching the next generation of healthcare professionals specializing in exercise therapy, sports nutrition, eating disorders and obesity. He has been a faculty member of the University of Alabama at Huntsville for over 20 years, is a nutritional advisor to numerous university athletic departments, including the University of Tennessee National Basketball Champion Lady Volunteers, and speaks regularly to professional and lay audiences alike. Dr. Carson is the author of Harnessing the Healing Power of Fruit and The Brain Fix: What’s the Matter with Your Gray Matter, and has published more than 20 articles.
Additionally, Dr. Carson is an active board member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). He has earned multiple degrees, including a Bachelor of Science from Duke University; Bachelor of Health Science from Duke University Medical School; Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Oakwood College; and a Ph.D. in Nutrition from Auburn University.