Pagano Nikki

  Charlotte, NC

Professional Role(s) and qualifications:
Nikki previously served as the Director of Adolescent Services at the Columbia Center for Eating Disorders at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (part of New York Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center). There, she developed and oversaw programming, coordinated research studies, and provided treatment at all levels of care (inpatient, day treatment, and outpatient). She continues to work as a consultant for ongoing research studies at Columbia, most recently helping on a relapse prevention study for anorexia nervosa.

Training in CBT-E:
Nikki has received training in CBT-E from clinician and research Deborah Glasofer, PhD. She has also completed the training on CBT-E’s website. She offers consultation to individuals interested in learning more about implementing CBT-E in the treatment of eating disorders.

Clinical Practice and Supervision:
Nikki is certified in Family-based Treatment (FBT or the Maudsley Method) and has extensive training in and experience providing CBT, ACT, Exposure and Response Prevention (EXRP or ERP), Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT-E), and Cognitive Behavior Therapy for ARFID (CBT-AR).

She is passionate about providing and disseminating evidence-based care, and frequently gives trainings for providers in the community, including pediatricians, medical students, and other therapists. She offers supervision and consultation for professionals interested in learning more about eating disorders and implementing FBT or CBT-E.

Nikki previously served as the clinical coordinated for an NIH funded longitudinal study for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Most recently, she has assisted with a focus group study as well as a treatment study for relapse prevention in anorexia nervosa. Together with her colleagues at Columbia University Medical Center, she developed an online eating disorder course for medical students which has been utilized at Columbia, Yale and Atrium’s medical programs.

Presentations + Publications

Perspectives on Relapse Prevention following Intensive Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa: A Focus Group Study. Co-authored with Deborah Glasofer, PhD, Evelyn Attia, MD, Julia Ruggiero, Kelechi Eziri, Carly Goldstein, PhD, and Joanna Steinglass, MD. Published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Eating Disorders: What Every Clinician Should Know. Invited lecturer, Gordon Conwell Masters in Counseling program.

Family-based Treatment: Empowering Parents and Caregivers to Fight Back Against an Eating Disorder. Continuing education presentation, BASE Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Eating Disorders: Evidenced-based Approaches for Children and Adolescents. Multiple presentations given to Novant and Atrium pediatricians and staff.

Assessing for an Eating Disorder: the Basics. Continuing education presentation, BASE Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Eating Disorders: the Basics. Invited lecturer, Atrium Residency Program.

preparED: Eating Disorders Education Training Series for Medical Students, co-authored with Deborah Glasofer, PhD, Simon Liebling, MD and Evelyn Attia, MD.

Social Media and Self-Compassion: A webinar for adolescents. Webinar, BASE Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Adolescents and Anorexia Nervosa. Invited co-lecturer for Children’s Day Unit staff and trainees, Columbia University Medical Center.

Goals and Targets and Ranges, Oh My!: Defining Weight Restoration in Eating Disorders across the Lifespan. Workshop presented at the Academy for Eating Disorders, New York, NY with Jennifer Northridge, MD, Katharine Loeb, PhD, and Jennifer Brown, RDN.

Eating Disorders: A Clinical Review. Invited speaker, Grand Rounds at Elmhurst Hospital.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders. Invited co-lecturer for Children’s staff and trainees, Columbia University Medical Center.

Body Image and Nutrition for Middle Schoolers. Invited co-lecturer for PTA meeting at Booker T. Washington Middle School.

Eating with Disorders: Maximizing the Therapeutic Benefit of Mealtimes and Meal Process Groups. Invited co-lecturer for Children’s Day Unite staff and trainees, Columbia University Medical Center.

Family Assessment. Social Work Intern Seminar, Columbia University Medical Center.

Longitudinal Assessment of Neural Circuits in Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa. Presentation to clinical programs for eating disorders throughout New York, including Monte Nido, Renfrew, Center for Discovery, Long Island Jewish Hospital, and the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.