Session Title: “What if my patient gets fat?” Confronting Weight Bias and Treating Eating Disorders in Higher Weight Patients
Erin Harrop received her B.S. and MSW from the University of Washington. She is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in social welfare at the same institution. Her focus on health risk behaviors has led her to collaborate with several research groups, including the Addictive Behaviors Research Center, the Center for Sexual Health and Risky Behaviors, Forefront Innovations, Children’s Hospital, and the Social Development Research Group. Her research interests concern eating disorders, substance abuse, and weight-stigma. She sees weight-based discrimination as a critical, and often ignored, social justice issue, and her research agenda seeks to address this limitation by focusing on the systemic factors of weight-stigma which impact the illness journeys of eating disorder patients. She employs an interpretive, critical feminist theory and anti-oppression lens to her work, as well as an explicit Health at Every Size® approach to the promotion of health behaviors. Her research is informed by her clinical experience as medical social worker at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she has worked for the past five years. Erin recently was funded for two NIH TL1 Translational Research Training grants for her dissertation research with women who have atypical anorexia. Erin is also active in the student group, SWAG (Sizeism, Weightism Advocacy Group), which she co-founded in 2012.