Professional Role(s) and qualifications:
This is an outpatient treatment center comprised of licensed psychologists, licensed master level clinicians, doctoral trainees, and masters level clinicians currently under supervision seeking licensure. Providers have obtained eating disorder CBT-e training via CREDO and FBT via the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders; providers are also trained in Exposure and Response Prevention and Prolonged Exposure via the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania. The two cofounders (Jenna DiLossi and Melissa Harrison) are also Diplomate CBT-Certified Therapists through the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies.
Training in CBT-E:
Jenna DiLossi, Psy.D. & Melissa Harrison, M.A., LPC:
2019- Advanced Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy-Enhanced for Eating Disorders training certification; Rebecca Murphy (at Oxford)
2015- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy-Enhanced for Eating Disorders training certification; Christopher Fairburn (web-based)
2019-present- Ongoing monthly CBT-e group consultation led by Suzanne Straebler Amanda Turco, Erica Riccardi, Paulina Syracuse, and Lindsey Salerno: 2021- Web-based training in CBT-e
Clinical Practice and Supervision:
The Center for Hope & Health, LLC. is an outpatient treatment center that specializes in cognitive-behavioral treatment models for eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, phobias, and other anxiety-related concerns in adults and adolescents. We have developed a particular niche for treating individuals with comorbid eating disorders and OCD with exposure-based CBT. Additional clinical interests include body dissatisfaction, perfectionism, self-compassion, female empowerment, and Family-Based Treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa. The two cofounders of the practice (Jenna DiLossi and Melissa Harrison) each serve as adjunct professors in the department of psychology at two separate Philadelphia universities, serve as clinical facilitators for a non-profit that disseminates stigma-reducing mental health education, have led continuing education and professional conference workshops, and provide clinical supervision in CBT-E, Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD, and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD.
Jenna DiLossi and Melissa Harrison have spoken to Zafra Cooper and Suzanne Straebler about plans to publish a case series to demonstrate the efficacy of CBT-e in a real-world clinical setting. They also have a long-term interest/goal in partnering with a university health system to empirically study a treatment sequence wherein a modified version of CBT-e serves as a follow-up treatment for adolescents who had underwent Family-Based Treatment with partial improvement. They are also currently in the process of co-authoring a clinical text, “Comorbid Eating Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Clinician’s Guide to Challenges in Treatment,” scheduled to be published in 2022 via Cambridge University Press.