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Dr. Timko is a psychologist and researcher focused on understanding the development and maintenance of eating disorders in adolescents. Currently, her interest is in the neurobiology of anorexia, the role of neurocognition in eating disorder maintenance, sex differences in eating disorders, and the development of new treatments for youth with eating disorders.
Dr. Timko’s research has focused on eating disorders for more than 15 years. Broadly speaking, she seeks to understand the development or maintenance of anorexia nervosa in order to identify risk factors for a longer course of illness. The end goal is to use this information to develop or refine treatments for adolescents in order to improve outcomes and reduce relapse.
Additionally, Dr. Tinko is examining sex differences in social reward in adolescents with anorexia nervosa as well as the role of sex hormones in the development and/or maintenance of anorexia. Her work includes examining how malnutrition during this sensitive period impacts brain development.
Clinically, Dr. Timko has expertise in acceptance and commitment therapy, family-based treatment for adolescents with anorexia, and the use of cognitive remediation therapy as an augmentation to current treatments for eating disorders.
Among her notable career achievement, Dr. Tinko:
· Serves as Specialty Chief Editor, Frontiers in Eating Behaviors
· Was named the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Scholar, 2017-2020
Education and Training
BS, St. Lawrence University (Psychology/German), 1996
MA, MCP Hahnemann University (Clinical Psychology), 2000
PhD, Drexel University (Clinical Psychology), 2003
Titles and Academic Titles
Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, 1999-
American Psychological Association,2001-
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, 2006-
Association for Psychological Science, 2013-