Certification Overview


“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word-excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”
Pearl S. Buck

Iaedp’s certification program supports our mission to promote a high level of professionalism among practitioners who treat those suffering from eating disorders by promoting ethical and professional standards.

The Certification Team works to support those pursuing this esteemed designation – The Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. The CEDS serves as the single designation for all providers of eating disorders care (medical, mental health, nutrition, and other allied health).


Certification applications, including new CEDS, CEDS-Medical, iaedp-Approved Supervisor and all renewals, are processed through iaedp’s Certification Application Platform.  We recommend you wait to start your application no more than 60 Days before submission.  Please be sure to choose the link that best fits you.

Click Here for new CEDS applicants

Click Here for new CEDS medical applicants

Click Here for new iaedp-Approved Supervisor applicants

Click Here for new Unique Pathways Medical Excellence applicants

Click Here for new Unique Pathways Excellence applicants

Click Here for first-time certification renewal applicants to the iaedp’s new Certification Application Platform

Click Here for video tutorial for iaedp’s Certification Application Platform (scroll down to view)

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Our certification processes generally involve professional education, supervised experience, and presentation of a case study. Highly experienced individuals may qualify through Unique Pathways.  The specific requirements are located in the checklists below.

CEDS Application Checklist
CEDS Medical Application Checklist


The educational component includes completion of our Core Course Curriculum and Certification Exam. You have 2 options for completing core courses: at our annual symposium (when in session) or year-round via our learning platform. If you have any questions or require testing accommodations, please contact us.

Professional education in the field is an ongoing process.  As such we require continuing education related to eating disorders at the time of certification and during each renewal cycle. You may come to symposium to obtain more CE credits required for certification or use a CE provider of your choice.

Core Course Registration
Certification Exam Registration

Supervised Experience

You will work with an iaedp-Approved supervisor for consultation. You may want to work with someone from your local chapter or search for a supervisor anywhere in the world who matches particular experiences or populations.  Current supervisors will verify hours directly in iaedp’s Certification Application Platform. Alternately, if you have lost contact with your supervisor and/or need to manually submit supervision documentation, please email the certification staff. Use the links below to assist you in the process.  Certification@iaedp.com

Supervisor Search Tool
Guidelines for Supervision
CEDS Supervisor Agreement
Supervisor Meeting Template
Time Log for Supervision

Case Study

You will prepare a case study that shows your competency in the care of eating disordered individuals. Generally, it is expected that you can address all aspects of diagnosis, case conceptualization, course of treatment and self-reflection. 

Case Study Guidelines

Other Requirements

You will request 3 letters of recommendation from providers who know your work. Please be aware that iaedp’s Certification Application Platform will assign recommenders a supervisor account.  However, unless otherwise notified, this does not indicate iaedp-approved Supervisor status.

Your membership must be current at the time of application. Sign into the member portal to renew.

The above list is an overview of requirements. Please review the checklists to ensure that you complete all your required steps.

Ethics Statement
Renew your Membership


Once you are a CEDS and have had some experience with consultation, you may want to apply to become a supervisor. You will want to review and complete the supervisor training program and test, Leading by Example, either in symposium or in self-study. Complete details to apply to become an iaedp-Approved supervisor can be found below. 

iaedp-Approved Supervisor Application Checklist
Register for the Supervisor Course: Leading by Example


Your credential signifies your preparation for eating disorders care. Feel free to use the marketing templates below. Someone from our Membership Team will be updating your membership page to verify that you are certified and/or a supervisor. Our membership directory is searchable by members and the public. Expect an email with badge information from iaedp’s Badge & Certificate Platform. You will be able to download both badge and certificate there. Finally, if you have not already done so, please join one of our chapters and help share what you know.

Marketing Template for new CEDS
Marketing Template for new Supervisors
iaedp’s Badge & Certificate Platform (for those who already have an account)
Chapter Directory (please scroll to bottom of page)


Recertification occurs every 2 years and can be done through iaedp’s Certification Application Platform. You will need to obtain 20 CEs related to eating disorders and participate in the iaedp symposium every other renewal cycle. Symposium can be attended virtually.

iaedp’s Certification Application Platform


You will continue to use our membership page to renew your membership, update your directory listing and pay for membership renewal, workshops and symposium.  You can download your CEDS certificate in iaedp’s Certification Application Platform. Employers and the public can verify your credential on the Platform.

iaedp’s Membership Portal
iaedp’s Certification Application Platform


We have a set of unique pathway applications to allow you to demonstrate your outstanding credentials and become certified. We have one for medical providers and one for other practitioners in the field. For guidance, see below.

Unique Pathways Medical Excellence Application Checklist
Unique Pathways Excellence Application Checklist

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS? MESSAGE US. Or, call us at 800-800-8126.
Email the staff at certification@iaedp.com. 


Certification Committee         

Curriculum   Subcommittee 

Jessica Baker PhD, CEDS-S

Michelle Gebhardt, PsyD, CEDS-S

Alli Spotts-De Lazzer, Chair, MA, MFT, LPCC, CEDS-S


Curriculum Subcommittee Advisors

Tammy Beasley MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, CSSD

Melody Simmons LPC, CEDS-S

Melanie Smith Ph.D., LMHC, CEDS-S



Supervision Subcommittee

Kari Anderson, Chair, DBH, CEDS-S 

Delia Aldridge, MD, CEDS-S   

Paula Edwards-Gayfield, LCMHCS, LPC, CEDS-S

Elizabeth Peterson, RD, CEDRD-S


Special Cases Subcommittee

Michelle Gebhardt, PsyD, CEDS-S

Elisabeth Peterson, RD, CEDRD-S

Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS-S

Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S


Medical Subcommittee

Delia Aldridge, Chair, MD, CEDS-S

Meredith D'Agostino, DNP, CEDS-S

Joel Jahraus, MD, CEDS-S

Molly (McShane) Perlman, MD, MPH, CEDS, FAPA


At Large

Alison Allen, MSW, LCAS, CCS, CEDS-S

Kim Berger, MS, RDN, LDN, CEDS-S

Jess Luzier, PhD, ABPP, CEDS-S

Rosanna Mauro de Maya, MS, RD, CEDRD-S

Haica Rosenfeld, PsyD, CEDS-S

Marlena Tanner, RDN, CEDRD-S


Certification Staff

Madeline Altabe, PhD CEDS - Director of Certification Services

Gabrielle Katz, LCSW, CEDS-S - Certification Coordinator 

Millie Plotkin, MLS - Curriculum Coordinator

Amy Deaver – Manager of Support Services

Kristin Van Matre – Support Services Coordinator

Pat Gabbard – Support Services Coordinator


Honorary Certifications and Lifetime Achievements are awarded by the iaedp™ Board of Directors and iaedp Certification Committee to individuals for their outstanding contribution to the field of eating disorders treatment. To nominate a colleague for an honor please email a statement to certification@iaedp.com.



Craig Johnson, PhD, FAED, CEDS

Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAESD, F.iaedp™, CEDS

Roy Erlichman, PhD, LMFT, CAP, CEDS, F.iaedp™

Emmett Bishop, Jr., MD, FAED, CEDS. F.iaedp™


Claralicia Martinez, El Salvador, CEDS

Leah L. Graves RD, LD, FAED, CEDRD

Ron A. Thompson, PhD, FAED, CEDS

Roberta Trattner Sherman, PhD, FAED, CEDS

Timothy Brewerton, MD, DFAPA, FAED, DFAACAP, CEDS

Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS

Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CDN, CEDS

Cynthia Bulik PhD, CEDS

Pauline Powers MD, CEDS

Leigh Cohn, MAT, CEDS Publisher, Gurze Books

Craig Johnson PhD, CEDS 

Kathryn Zerbe MD, CEDS