Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center


Family Based Treatment Study for Anorexia Nervosa

Research study examining the efficacy of home-based treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa

Study Type
In-home Family Based Treatment (FBT)
Study Purpose
This study is designed to determine if FBT can successfully be delivered in a home-based setting, rather than an outpatient setting. FBT is considered the “gold standard” in treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa, but no studies have tested it within the home.
Study Design
Therapists from Gateway Healthcare have been trained in FBT and will deliver treatment in the participant’s home. Participants will be screened and consented by a research team member and asked to complete questionnaires. Families will then receive approximately 10 weeks of FBT, with in-home sessions occurring several times each week (1-2 hours each) before titrating to once a week by the final session. In-home sessions will be filmed/recorded for training purposes and to ensure the highest quality of care. Participants will be asked to complete an end-of-treatment assessment and 1-year follow-up.
Study Requirements
Participants must meet criteria for anorexia nervosa (AN) or atypical AN according to the DSM-5, must currently live at home, and must be medically stable for outpatient treatment. Participants will be excluded if they have a physical, psychotic, or mental illness that requires hospitalization, if they have conditions known to influence eating or weight (e.g., diabetes mellitus, pregnancy), or if they are concurrently involved in other psychological treatment for an eating disorder.
Study Duration
1 year total from first assessment, with approximately 10 weeks of treatment occurring.
Study Benefits
Participants will receive compensation for each of the three assessments (initial, post-treatment, and follow-up), in addition to treatment by therapists trained in FBT (as determined by the participant’s insurance coverage).
Study Contact

Call Erin Jackson at 401-793-8962 or email ejackson1@lifespan.org for more information and to find out if you are eligible!





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