Meet Our Resident Avoidant/ Restrictive Food Intake Expert: Michelle Jones, Ph.D, Clinical Manager
Tell us about your background and what you specialize in at Eating Recovery Center.
I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University, where I conducted research on disordered eating and body image and participated in specialty practicums in eating disorder treatment. As part of my doctoral program I completed a year-long predoctoral internship at the University of California San Diego which included rotations in the Adult and Adolescent clinics at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center.
At ERC, you work with many patients who are diagnosed with ARFID. How did you get started with this specialty?
After completing my internship, I accepted a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the pediatric clinic at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center where I developed an interest in working with younger children and patients diagnosed with ARFID.
My fellowship included specialized training in treating ARFID along with intensive training in DBT and FBT approaches and allowed for opportunities to implement these treatments in a higher level of care setting. Since joining ERC in 2018, I have enjoyed applying the skills I gained in my training years to our patient population, particularly our ARFID patients and our child and adolescent population.
In your opinion, what makes our treatment an approach to ARFID unique?
At ERC we strive to provide individualized care to each of our patients and this is especially true for our ARFID patients. Because ARFID is such a heterogeneous diagnosis we look for ways to accommodate individual needs within the larger structure of our program and tailor each patient’s exposure protocol to their specific symptoms and goals.
We also provide regular training opportunities for staff to ensure that our providers have sufficient knowledge in ARFID symptoms and treatment interventions to allow our patients to have a positive and successful treatment experience.
What is one interesting fact you can share about yourself?
Outside of work I enjoy baking, reading and spending time with my husband, four young children and two dogs. I’m also an avid sports fan and enjoy watching football, especially the Dallas Cowboys and Baylor Bears!