Dr. Cris Haltom has treated eating disorders in private practice in Ithaca, NY, for over thirty years. She was introduced to the treatment of adolescent eating disorders first as a clinical psychology intern and then as an Associate Psychologist working in a hospital setting for the New York State Office of Mental Health. She is part-time faculty at Ithaca College in the Dept. of Psychology and she presented eating disorder training workshops at international, national and local conferences including the American Psychological Association and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. Between 2004 and 2012 she developed, evaluated, and disseminated the Parent Partner Program ™. This was a six-hour support and education program for parents, siblings, family members, and friends of those with eating disorders. It was taught by a community-based, non-profit, multi-disciplinary team and was supported by Cornell University Cooperative Extension, the New York State Department of Health, and the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County, New York. It was manualized by Dr. Haltom and colleagues and then presented by professionals in multiple cities. Dr. Haltom is past Education and Prevention Liaison of the Western NY Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders and she authored A Stranger at the Table: Dealing with Your Child’s Eating Disorder (2004). Most recently she is the lead author of Understanding Teen Eating Disorders: Warning Signs, Treatment Options, and Stories of Courage (Routledge, 2018).
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS)
Certified Family Based Treatment (FBT-Cert; eating disorders)
Licensed clinical psychologist
Part-time faculty in the Dept. of Psychology, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
2012 Haltom, C. Ribiero, R. and Potter , N. "Collaborative Professional Education for Carers of Those with Eating Disorders", European Eating Disorders Review
Vol 20, Issue 4, 311-312.
Research director of undergraduate study of college life variables that impact disordered eating during college (2016)