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., 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

"Developing a Healthy Body Image." With: Elizabeth Didie, PhD. Invited presentation at Miriam Hospital's Women's Wellness Workshop at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, RI, September 8, 2012.

"Utility of DBT Strategies for Eating Disorders." Presented within symposium titled, "A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Caring for Adolescents with Eating Disorders" for RI Psychological Association at Rhode Island Hospital, May 18, 2012.

"Taking Time to Recharge: Prioritizing Self-Care." With: Wendy Plante, PhD. Facilitate workshop sponsored by the Women in Psychology Committee, Brown Medical School, May 22, 2012.

"Treating Eating Disorders in Adolescents and Young Adults." Invited speaker at Coastal Medical Associates' Health and Medicine for Women CME at Providence Marriot, May 1, 2012.

"Dialectic Behavioral Therapy: Adapting for a Pediatric Population." With: Margaret Mannix, PhD. Presented to clinical staff at Hasbro Children's Partial Hospital Program, December, 2011.

"Borderline Personality Disorder and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy." Guest lectured for course, Personality Psychology, Pre-College Program, Brown University, July 2011.

"Treating Eating Disorders in Community Mental Health." Presented to clinical staff at West Central Behavioral Health, Claremont, NH, April, 2011.

"Dialectic Behavioral Therapy: Adapting for an Eating Disorder Population." Presented to Child Psychiatry fellows, Brown Medical School, Rhode Island Hospital, January & April 2010.

"Ethical and legal Issues in Counseling with Children and Adolescents." Guest lectured for course, Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, February 2010.

"Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies." Invited speaker to 450 elementary and middle school students at Our Lady of Mercy Middle School, East Greenwich, RI, June 2009.

"Understanding Eating Disorders Today: Knowing the Signs, Symptoms and How to Help." Invited speaker to high school assembly at Burrillville High School, Burrillville, RI, June 2008.

"Eating Disorders Among the College Population and Application of a Behavioral Approach: Dialectic Behavioral Therapy." Guest lectured to undergraduates in Mental Health & Counseling course, Northeastern University, October, 2007.

"Exploring the Connection between Media, Body Image and Eating Disorders." Guest lecture for undergraduate Counseling Theories course, Northeastern University, October, 2007.

"Relational Health, Adolescent Girls' Friendships and Women's Ways of Being." Guest lecture to graduate students in Counseling Theory & Process course, Northeastern University's Counseling Psychology Master's Program, November, 2007.

"Assessing Demographic and Psychological Discontinuities among Latina Adolescents." Guest lecture to graduate students, Infant, Child and Adolescent Development course, Northeastern University's Counseling Psychology Master's Program, November, 2006.

"Behavioral and Therapeutic Processes and Interventions of Group Counseling with Children." Guest lecture to graduate students in Group Counseling course, Boston College Counseling Psychology Program, October, 2004 and November, 2005.

"Applying Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Eating Disorder Treatment in Adolescents." Invited presentation at Pediatric Psychology Seminar, Department of Child Psychiatry, at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI, January 14, 2013.

Memberships in professional agencies

Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
The Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine (SAHM)
Rhode Island Psychological Association (RIPA)
American Psychological Association (APA) APA Division 35, Psychology of Women

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: Mar. 16, 2010