Sproch Laura

  Maine, USA

Professional Role(s) and qualifications:
Clinical Psychologist

Training in CBT-E:
CREDO online training
Multiple CBT-E workshops and continuing education trainings at AED conferences and other venues over the last 15 years.
Supervision in CBT-E from Kim Anderson, PhD (currently an Executive Director at Eating Recovery Center) over a 7 year timespan.
Current monthly peer CBT-E supervision organized by Suzanne Straebler, PhD, PMH-BC.

Clinical Practice and Supervision:
I have been working in the field of psychology for over 15 years. I have dedicated the majority of my career to the treatment and research of eating disorders, as a clinician, supervisor, researcher, educator, and administrator. I have worked at eating disorder specialized treatment facilities across the country. Most recently, I was the Program Director of the New England Eating Disorders (NEED) Program at Sweetser, a premier eating disorder treatment facility in the state of Maine, where I led a multidisciplinary team in applying evidence-based treatments at multiple levels of care for adults and children. While at NEED, I had the privilege of providing supervision to supervisors, clinicians, dietitians, and nurses and expanding the reach of the program. Such expansion included both opening up an outpatient practice dedicated to evidence-based care for eating disorders, and transforming the program into a telehealth treatment facility to reach more individuals across the state with specialty care. As an important part of my leadership role, I provided comprehensive eating disorder evaluations, individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy for patients at all levels of care.

Prior to my time in Maine, I was a therapist at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt (currently Eating Recovery Center- Baltimore), where I provided individual, group, and family therapy, as well as assessment, for patients at all levels of care, from inpatient hospitalization to outpatient therapy. I have also worked in the eating disorder inpatient program of Friends Hospital in Philadelphia (currently Brandywine Hospital’s eating disorder program) and ‘Ai Pono’s intensive outpatient program for eating disorders in Honolulu.

At the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt (currently Eating Recovery Center- Baltimore), I held the role of Research Coordinator, where I facilitated multiple research projects, including leading a randomized controlled clinical trial for anorexia nervosa.

Sproch, L. E., Anderson, K. P., Sherman, M. F., Crawford, S. F., & Brandt, H. A. (2019). A randomized controlled trial of group cognitive remediation therapy for anorexia nervosa: Effects on set‐shifting tasks for inpatient adults and adolescents. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 52, 1004-1014. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23143

Sproch, L. E., & Anderson, K. P. (2019). Clinician-Delivered Teletherapy for Eating Disorders. Psychiatric Clinics, 42, 243-252. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psc.2019.01.008

Sproch, L. E., & Anderson, K. P. (2018). A novel in-home relapse prevention treatment for anorexia nervosa. Clinical Case Studies, 17, 499-514. https://doi.org/10.1177/1534650118799198