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C. Alix Timko, PhD
C. Alix Timko
Psychologist

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.

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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

Psychologist

Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry

Professional Memberships

Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, 1999-

American Psychological Association,2001-

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, 2006-

Association for Psychological Science, 2013-

Publication Highlights

Timko CA, DeFillip L, Dakanalis A. Sex Differences in Adolescent Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa: Beyond the Signs and Symptoms. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2019 Jan; 21(1):1. PMID: 30637488
Peebles R, Lesser A, Park C, Heckert K, Timko CA, Lantzouni E, Liebman R, Weaver L. Outcomes of an inpatient medical nutritional rehabilitation protocol in children and adolescents with eating disorders. J Eating Disord. 2017 Mar; 5:7. PMID: 28265411
Timko CA, Zucker NL, Herbert JD, Rodriguez D, Merwin RM. An open trial of Acceptance-based Separated Family Treatment (ASFT) for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Behav Res Ther. 2015 Jun; 69:63-74. PMID: 25898341

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