Philosophy of Care

As I continued to work in the field of eating disorders, I realized the importance and urgency of treating patients who are newly diagnosed.  As a result, I have shifted the focus of my work to the treatment of younger patients using Family Based Treatment.  It is my belief that early intervention is key in the fight against eating disorders.  We can help and empower families to attain the skills necessary to help their child fully recover.  Through behavioral therapy, we can help patients and families see that full recovery is possible.   


Dr. Freizinger has a 20-year background in clinical psychology with special expertise the treatment of eating disorders. She is currently the Associate Director of the Eating Disorder Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she provides consultation, evaluation, and/or behavioral therapy to children, adolescents and young adults. She specializes in Family Based Treatment and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Freizinger has also been involved in program development at three Boston-based eating-disorder treatment centers. She is a nationally known speaker and trainer in the areas of eating disorders, family-based treatment, and dialectical behavioral therapy approaches to individuals with eating disorders.

Her interest in eating disorders developed while working as a researcher and group clinician with women experiencing infertility at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. It became evident to her that in order to work with women, she needed to understand eating disorders both clinically and emotionally from the patient’s experience. She began working at an eating disorder inpatient unit. Her work with women experiencing infertility and my interest in eating disorders resulted in my dissertation research, “The Prevalence of Eating Disorders in Infertile Women." Dr. Freizinger's work was published and has contributed to the knowledge in both the reproductive endocrinology and eating disorder fields.


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  1. COVID-19 and eating disorder and mental health concerns in patients with eating disorders. J Eat Disord. 2021 Jul 02; 9(1):80. View abstract
  2. Access to care and worsening eating disorder symptomatology in youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Eat Disord. 2021 Jun 10; 9(1):69. View abstract
  3. Integrating Family-Based Treatment Principles in the Acute Inpatient Treatment of Adolescents with Restrictive Eating Disorders. Psychol Res Behav Manag. 2021; 14:449-454. View abstract
  4. Pediatric Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: A Call to Action for Inpatient Staff Training. J Psychiatr Pract. 2019 Sep; 25(5):395-401. View abstract
  5. Medical Education: Guidelines for Effective Teaching of Managing Challenging Patient Encounters. Med Sci Educ. 2019 Sep; 29(3):855-861. View abstract
  6. Medically Hospitalized Patients With Eating Disorders and Somatoform Disorders in Pediatrics: What Are Their Similarities and Differences and How Can We Improve Their Care? Hosp Pediatr. 2016 12; 6(12):730-737. View abstract
  7. Binge-eating disorder: emerging treatments for a new diagnosis. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2016 08; 28(4):415-20. View abstract
  8. Self-report of eating disorder symptoms among women with and without infertility. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2015 May-Jun; 44(3):380-8. View abstract
  9. The prevalence of eating disorders in infertile women. Fertil Steril. 2010 Jan; 93(1):72-8. View abstract
  10. The impact of group psychological interventions on distress in infertile women. Health Psychol. 2000 Nov; 19(6):568-75. View abstract
  11. Impact of group psychological interventions on pregnancy rates in infertile women. Fertil Steril. 2000 Apr; 73(4):805-11. View abstract