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Christina Tortolani

Adams Library (AL)
(401) 456-2879
ctortolani@ric.edu

Academic Background

B.A., 2001, Villanova University, Psychology
M.A., 2004, Boston College, Counseling Psychology
Ph.D., 2011, Northeastern University, Counseling Psychology
Internship, 2010-2011, Dartmouth Medical School (APA Accredited)
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2011-2012, Warren Alpert Brown Medical School (APA Accredited)

Courses Taught

CEP 531 Human Development Across Cultures
CEP 532 Theories and Methods of Counseling
CEP 534 Quantitative Measurement and Test Interpretation
CEP 539 Practicum II

Clinical Interests

Eating disorders and body image
Trauma recovery
Co-occurring disorders
Mindfulness

Research Interests

Pediatric eating disorders
Intersection of trauma and eating disorders/ body image disturbance
Utility of Dialectical Behavior Therapy in eating disorders
Relational aspects of psychological development of girls and women

Honors and Awards

Pre-doctoral T-32 Child Mental Health Training Fellowship 5 T32 MH19927-16
National Service Research Award (Kirschstein-NRSA), National Institute of Mental Health
Principal Investigator: Gregory Fritz, M.D.
Sponsor: Robyn Mehlenbeck, PhD
Warren Alpert Brown Medical School, Department of Child Psychiatry,
Training grant that targets two research projects and interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of pediatric eating disorders.

Early Career Investigator Travel Fellowship
Academy of Eating Disorders/National Institute of Mental Health
Travel grant to attend the 2009 International Conference on Eating
Disorders, Cancun, Mexico, including the Research Teaching Day offered by AED and the Eating Disorders Research Society (EDRS)

Selected Publications

Zimmerman, M., Francione-Witt, C., Chelminski, I., Young, D., & Tortolani, C. (2008). Problems applying the DSM-IV eating disorders diagnostic criteria in a general psychiatric outpatient practice. American Journal of Psychiatry, 69, 381-384.

Didie, E.R., Tortolani, C.C., Pope, C., Menard, W., Fay, C., & Phillips, K.A. Childhood abuse and neglect in body dysmorphic disorder. (2006). Childhood Abuse & Neglect, 30, 1105-1115.

Didie, E.R., Tortolani, C.C., Walters, M.M, Menard, W., Fay, C. & Phillips, K.A. (2006). Social functioning and psychiatric symptoms in body dysmorphic disorder. Psychology Quarterly, 77, 223-229.

Current Research Projects

Co-Investigator, Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Pilot and development of a 6 session Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) based intervention targeting adolescent girls with Anorexia Nervosa
Tortolani, C.C., Mehlenbeck, R., DerMarderosian, D., Nassau, J., & Houlihan, E. Eating attitudes and behaviors in a clinical sample of adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes versus eating disorders. (In preparation).

Tortolani, C.C., Hamblen, J., & Bernardy, N. Using Cognitive Processing Therapy to Treat Co-morbid Anorexia Nervosa and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Study (In preparation).

Tortolani, C.C., Mehlenbeck, R., DerMarderosian, D., Nassau, J., & Houlihan, E.
Measures of medical stability in a clinical sample of male and female adolescents with anorexia nervosa. (In preparation).

Selected Conference Presentations

Tortolani, C.C., Malatino, K., Gibbons Holtzman, E., Kene, P., & Brabeck, K. (2014, September). Integrating Mindfulness into Professional Counselor Identity Development. Presentation accepted at North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision in Providence, RI.

Tortolani, C.C., Mehlenbeck, R., DerMarderosian, D., Nassau, J., Costello, E. & Katz, E. (2012, May). Development and Pilot of A Brief Emotion- Focused Treatment for Inpatient Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa. Poster presented at Academy of Eating Disorders International Conference in Austin, TX.

Tortolani, C.C. & Amper, L. (2012, March). StrongLinks: An arts-based program exploring urban ethnic adolescent girls' experiences, coping and relationships. Poster presented at Society for Adolescent Medicine Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Sato, A. F., Tortolani, C., Jelalian, E., & Hart, C. (2010, October). Impact of Weight Control Intervention on Adolescents' Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior. Poster presented at The Obesity Society's 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Tortolani, C.C., Mehlenbeck, R., DerMarderosian, D., Nassau, J. & Houlihan, E. (2009, April). Eating attitudes and behaviors in a clinical sample of adolescents with Type 1 diabetes versus eating disorders. Poster presented at Society for Adolescent Medicine Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Tortolani, C.C., Mehlenbeck, R., DerMarderosian, D., Nassau, J. & Houlihan, E. (2009, October). Eating attitudes and behaviors in a clinical sample of adolescents with Type 1 diabetes versus eating disorders. Poster presented at Rhode Island Hospital's Research Celebration.

Tortolani, C.C., Mehlenbeck, R., DerMarderosian, D., Nassau, J. & Houlihan, E. (2009, May). Eating attitudes and behaviors in a clinical sample of adolescents with Type 1 diabetes versus eating disorders. Poster accepted at the Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference, Cancun, Mexico.

Tortolani, C.C., Franko, D.L., McCray, A., & Zoloth, E. (2008, August). Eating behaviors and nutrition knowledge in female college athletes. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Tortolani, C.C., Franko, D.L., Zoloth, E., & McCray, A. (2008, May). Eating behaviors and nutrition knowledge in female college athletes participating in non-lean sports. Poster presented at the Academy for Eating Disorders, International Conference, Seattle, WA.

Zimmerman, M., Francione-Witt, C., Chelminski, I., Young, D., & Tortolani, C. (2008). Problems applying the DSM-IV eating disorders diagnostic criteria in a general psychiatric outpatient practice. Poster presented at the Brown University 12th Annual Research Symposium on Mental Health Science, Providence, RI.

Tortolani, C.C., Allen, A., Amper, L., & Piana, M. (2008, March). The impact of media education on college students' perception of body image and risk. Poster presented at the Northeastern University Research Expo, Boston, MA.

Tortolani, C.C., McGlinchey, J.B., Didie, E.R., Zimmerman, M. (2006, April). Examining the DSM-IV's classification of eating disorders in psychiatric outpatients: The relevance of 'not otherwise specified.' Poster presented at the Brown University 10th Annual Research Symposium on Mental Health Science, Providence, RI.

Didie, E.R., Tortolani, C.C., Walters, M., Menard, W., & Phillips, K.A. (2005, November). Social functioning in body dysmorphic disorder. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, D.C.

Didie E.R., Phillips, K.A., Pope, C., Tortolani, C., Menard, W., & Fay, C. (2005, May). Childhood abuse and neglect in BDD. New Research Abstracts, American Psychiatric Association 2005 Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA.

Didie, E.R., Tortolani, C.C., Pope, C., Menard, W., Fay, C., & Phillips, K.A. (2005, March) Childhood abuse and neglect in body dysmorphic disorder. Poster presented at the 9th Annual Brown Research Symposium on Mental Health Sciences, Providence, RI.

Presentations

Invited Presentations, Trainings and Lectures


“Eating Disorders and Trauma: Clinical Implications and Integrated Treatment.” Invited presentation within conference, Eating Disorders, for Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, Scheduled December, 2014.

“The Application and Utility of Family-Based Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa Across Levels of Care.” Guest Lecturer, Hasbro Children’s Partial Hospital Program, Providence, RI, September, 2014.

“Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.” Guest Lecturer, Child Psychiatry Fellow Case Conference Series, Brown Medical School, June, 2014.

“Family- Based Integrated Care for Eating Disorders.” Intensive 8- hour training provided to Gateway Healthcare clinicians, Cranston, RI, May, 2014.

“Family-Based Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa in Adolescents.” Guest Lecturer, Pediatric Psychology Seminar, Brown Medical School, April, 2014.

“Eating Disorders: An Interdisciplinary Overview.” With: Abigail Donaldson, MD & Allison Hall, LICSW. Invited presentation to Bryant University College Counseling Center, Smithfield, RI, April, 2014.

“Applying DBT for Adolescent Eating Disorders.” Invited presentation within workshop, Multimodal Integrated Care for Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders: A Practical Guide for Therapists, for the Bradley Conference Series, East Providence, RI, April, 2014.

“Eating Disorders in the College Population: Knowing the Signs, Symptoms and How to Help.” Invited presentation at Rhode Island College’s Resident Assistant Event on Mental Health, Providence, RI, April 2014.

“Eating Disorders.” Guest Lecturer, Child Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Brown Medical School, February, 2014.

“PTSD: Assessment and Treatment.” Guest Lecturer, Childsafe Fellow Seminar, Brown Medical School, November, 2013.

“Cognitive Processing Therapy.” Guest Lectured for course, Trauma Interventions, Lesley College, Cambridge, MA, October, 2013.

Memberships in professional agencies

Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)- Member
Co-Chair, Trauma Special Interest Group, 03/14- present

Other

Licensed Psychologist in the State of Rhode Island

Staff Psychologist, Department of Child Psychiatry, Rhode Island Hospital

Adjunct Professor, Pre-College Program, Brown University

Ad hoc reviewer for:
Body Image
Eating Behaviors

Page last updated: March 16, 2010