James Greenblatt, MD
Dr. James Greenblatt is a pioneer in the field of functional and integrative medicine, board-certified child and adult psychiatrist, and has treated patients since 1988. After receiving his medical degree and completing his psychiatry residency at George Washington University, Dr. Greenblatt completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Walden Behavioral Care in Dedham, MA.
Dr. Greenblatt has lectured internationally on the scientific evidence for nutritional interventions in psychiatry and mental illness and has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders and food addiction. Dr. Greenblatt is the founder of Psychiatry Redefined, an educational platform dedicated to the transformation of psychiatry, which offers online courses, webinars, and fellowships for professionals.
Vera Tarman, MD
Dr. Vera Tarman is the Medical Director of one of Canada’s largest treatment centers for substance abuse. She is a world renown food addiction expert who writes, speaks and treats people who suffer from food (sugar and flour) addiction. She is cohost of the successful Junkies Podcast, along wth Molly Painschab and Clarissa Kennedy. You can also find her at her free Facebook group “I’m Sweet Enough: Sugar-Free for Life”.
Dr. Tarman is a recovering food addict herself, and has lost and maintained a 100 pound weight loss for over twelve years. She has not had any sugar or flour or grains for over seven years.
Nicole Avena, PhD
Dr. Nicole Avena is a research psychologist and neuroscientist who is an expert in the fields of nutrition, diet and addiction. She received a PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience from Princeton University in 2006, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Rockefeller University. Dr. Avena presently holds a faculty position at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She has published over 70 scholarly journal articles on topics related to diet, nutrition and overeating. Her research achievements have been honored by awards from groups including the NY Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Dr. Avena’s book, What to Eat When You’re Pregnant, provides a comprehensive guide for women on what nutrients are key during pregnancy, and what foods you can eat to obtain them, to ensure healthy weight gain for you and healthy development for your baby. Dr. Avena’s other book, Why Diets Fail (2014, Ten Speed Press) reviews the research on food addiction and provides a way in which people can remove added sugars and carbohydrates from their diet.
Dr. Avena regularly makes public speaking appearances to discuss her research and discoveries throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. She is regularly asked to speak to special-interest groups, industry groups, and schools. She has appeared on several television news programs, as well as daytime TV shows including The Doctors and The Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Avena’s work has also been featured in many popular print forums, including Shape, Women’s Health, NY Times, Bloomberg Business Week, and Men’s Health. She lives in NJ and is also a mom to two girls, wife, and native of New Jersey. Dr. Avena has a blog on Psychology Today, and you can also follow her on Twitter or Facebook.