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Melissa Freizinger, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Eating Disorder Program, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Boston Children's Hospital

Melissa Freizinger, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Eating Disorder Program in the Division of Adolescent Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Freizinger received her  doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Northeastern University, and was the 2006 Murphy Fellow at the Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Mental Health Center DBT program.  Dr. Freizinger has been a clinician, researcher, and consultant in Boston for over twenty years, and has worked with patients with eating disorders, addictions, personality disorders, and anxiety disorders.  She has been involved in program development and ran several local eating disorder treatment programs.  Dr. Freizinger treats patients and families in the adolescent medicine clinic using Family Based Treatment, DBT, and behavioral approaches.

Dr. Freizinger has presented national and local workshops and lectures on the topic of eating disorders, eating disorders and college students, and borderline personality disorder and eating disorders.  She is published in the areas of eating disorders and infertility, binge eating disorder, and depression in infertile women.  Her clinical interests include the application of DBT to eating disorders, eating disorders and suicidality, and Family Based Treatment.