CYNTHIA M. BULIK, PH.D.,FAED
Dr. Bulik holds the first endowed professorship in eating disorders in the United States. She is Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is also Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and founding director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders.
Dr. Bulik is also professor in the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and director of the Centre for Eating Disorders Innovation at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She is passionate about translating science for the public.
ELISSA MYERS, CAE, IOM, MA
Elissa Myers is an innovative and creative association executive, specializing in developing great leadership and clear strategic and tactical direction for associations. She serves as Executive Director and ex-officio member of the Board of Directors, of the Academy for Eating Disorders, a global professional association committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment, and prevention. She is passionately committed to bringing to reality the AED Vision of global access to knowledge, research and best treatment practice for eating disorders for everyone, and to the fight to promote the use of empirical evidence in the treatment of eating disorders.
With 30-plus years’ experience as a professional association executive, serving as a key executive of the American Society of Association Executives and as President & CEO of the Electronic Retailing Association and the Partnership for Prevention she has specific experience in staff and volunteer development and leadership, strategic and tactical planning; membership development and retention; member benefits development and marketing; effective internal and external communications, advocacy and public and media relations.
She is frequently called upon as a speaker/lecturer on association management, and has spoken to literally hundreds of associations; is a faculty member of the Institutes for Organization Management; spoken on associations for the US State Department and the US Department of Commerce, and many more organizations.
STEVEN DUNN, J.D.
Steven Dunn lives in Dallas, Texas, became a licensed attorney in 1984 and has appeared as lead counsel in Texas state courts and federal courts throughout the United States.
In 2009, his daughter Morgan developed severe eating disorders which she bravely fought for 7 years. Finally, at 23 years old, it claimed her life on October 30, 2016. Morgan was known for the fight within her and how she inspired others. This is epitomized in one of the journals she left behind when she wrote, “I can help everyone else, I just can’t seem to save myself.”
With that, Morgan’s fighting spirit was cemented as part of Steven’s heart and soul. In the last 5 years, he has given 2 TEDx talks on eating disorders and the brain, has made presentations to among others, Apple, Raytheon, The Dallas Catholic Diocese, and before an international conference hosted by the worlds’ largest eating disorder organization. He has now been able to combine his legal experience and eating disorder advocacy and on a national basis, is pursuing treatment centers and others who fail to provide the necessary medical and mental health standard of care which is needed by so many.
Betty Bowman is a Congregational Care Minister, a graduate of SMU Perkins School of Theology Certification in Spiritual Direction, and a graduate of Georgia State University with a BBA in Management. She spent her professional career in the field of investment management and health care administrative services. Betty has volunteered working with children in many capacities her entire life.
Betty had a severe eating disorder at the age of 17 and is passionate about helping those struggling with eating disorders and other mental health issues and their families. She founded a support group for friends and family with loved ones struggling with an eating disorder at her church and has been mentoring children, women and families struggling with eating disorders before and after treatment for over 8 years, as well as being involved with The Elisa Project in Dallas. She has also worked with children and their families struggling with anxiety and depression and feels strongly about educating parents and children at a young age about mental health issues and eating disorders. In order to continue to her work with others and to bring awareness about eating disorders, she works with eating disorder specialists, mental health wellbeing experts and attends workshops and seminars, and is especially interested in the study of the brain and genetics as it relates to eating disorders. She enjoys speaking to groups, churches and schools about eating disorders and teaching Bible and book studies on healthy eating, anxiety, and women’s issues.
Betty founded an infertility support group through her church in 2016 and continues to facilitate the group and ministers to the women once pregnant and beyond. She ministers to families with babies in the NICU and those with critically ill children.
Betty lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and has three children, ages 22, 26 and 27.
Dr. Stephanie Setliff is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist living in Dallas, Texas. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders for over 20 years. After developing and directing the eating disorders program at Children’s Health, she joined Eating Recovery Center Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center in January 2014 to develop and open ERC and Pathlight's Dallas treatment center. She opened ERC Dallas in July 2014 with an intensive, eleven hour a day, seven days a week, Partial Hospitalization Program and a three hour a day, three days a week, Intensive Outpatient Program for the treatment of adults and adolescents, men and women, boys and girls who suffer from eating disorders. In a short time, it was expanded to be a fully vertically integrated treatment program, offering inpatient and residential care as well.
Dr. Setliff received her medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She completed her adult psychiatry residency in Dallas, Texas, and did advanced training in a child and adolescent fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She served as Chief Resident of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry while in her child fellowship. From 2000-November 2013, she was an Assistant Professor at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the Medical Director of the Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children’s Medical Center. She also was the medical director for inpatient pediatric psychiatry for a period of time from 2000 through November 2011. She was involved in collaborations with UT and Children’s to increase research on eating disorders at the University.
Dr. Setliff speaks frequently at various eating disorder education, prevention, and treatment programs in an effort to increase awareness about the growing epidemic of eating disorders. She has been interviewed on many local and national news and media outlets and has become a strong voice for eating disorder awareness to the North Texas community. Additionally, for 16 years, Dr. Setliff has served on the Board of Directors of The Elisa Project. She was their 2012 Star of Hope recipient, was the Board Chairman from 2015-2017 and is their current Vice President of Programming. She currently serves on the board of Dallas Child and Family Guidance and the Embody Love Movement Organization.