Certification Overview

IMPORTANT: In January of every year, the iaedp Certification Committee introduces updates or revisions to the certification process to maintain the integrity and high standards upon which iaedp Certification stands. These revised forms are mandatory for the Certification Committee review process. Please make sure you are using the most up-to-date forms prior to submitting your application(s).
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The iaedp Certification Process:
iaedp established the certification process to promote standards of excellence within the field of eating disorders. Professionals who demonstrate clinical expertise through education, experience and a rigorous examination are eligible for the Traditional Certification as a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) for therapists and physicians, Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) for registered dietitians, Certified Eating Disorders Creative Arts Therapist (CEDCAT) for art, music, recreation and dance/movement therapists, or Certified Eating Disorders Registered Nurse (CEDRN) for registered nurses. If you have practiced as a licensed or registered clinician for five or more years in the field of eating disorders, the committee recommends you review the Equivalency Certification Checklist to see if you qualify.

Individuals with iaedp Certification designations (CEDS, CEDRD, CEDCAT, or CEDRN) are health care professionals who have met rigorous educational and skill requirements, have accumulated a minimum number of hours of qualifying work experience, have made a commitment to stay abreast of current developments in the field through continuing education, and have agreed to comply with the Association's ethical principles. 

The following information includes checklists, applications and supporting documents for both the Traditional and Equivalency Certifications. (All articles in PDF format and applications are editable for your convenience.)
iaedp Certification: Everything You Need to Know by Beth Harrell, RDN, CEDRD, iaedp Certification Director.


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certification (traditional or equivalency) you should use.


General Certification Information:

Top 5 Questions About Certification 
The Benefits of iaedp Certification
Certification Renewal Application
Comparison Chart for Traditional vs Equivalency CEDRD 
The CEDRD in Eating Disorder Care
Eating Disorder Nutrition Data Reporting
Communication with Individuals with Eating Disorders: Guidelines for Healthcare Providers
Language of EDs: Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Compulsive Overeating (CO) and People of Size
White Paper: The Language of Eating Disorders: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know


Traditional Certification Information:

Traditional Certification Simplified
Traditional CEDS Checklist
Traditional CEDRD Checklist
Traditional CEDRN Checklist
Traditional CEDCAT Checklist
Traditional International Checklist
Traditional Certification Application
Traditional Certification Case Study Guidelines
Traditional Certification Core Course Guidelines
Traditional Core Course Required Reading List
Certification Press Release Template
Certification Final Exam Study Guide


Supervision for Traditional Certification:

Guidelines for Supervision
Approved Supervisor Application
Search HERE for Approved Supervisors
Approved Supervisor’s Documentation Form
Applicant Log of Patient Care Hours
Approved Supervisor Press Release Template
Approved Supervisor Responsibilities


Equivalency Certification Information: (CEDS, CEDRD, andCEDRN)

Equivalency CEDRD Certification Application
Equivalency CEDRD Certification Checklist
Equivalency CEDS, CEDRN, CEDCAT Certification Application
Equivalency CEDS, CEDRN, CEDCAT Checklist
Equivalency International Checklist


Marketing Templates:

Certification Press Release Template
Approved Supervisor Press Release Template



Certification Committee

Certification Director
Beth Harrell, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD
Question?  Email info@iaedp.com


Delia Aldridge, MD, CEDS

Kari Anderson, DBH, CEDS
Marci Anderson, MS, RD, cPT, CEDRD
Jessica Baker, PhD, CEDS
Beth Harrell, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD
Joel Jahraus, MD, CEDS 
Pam Kelle, RD, LDN, CEDRD

Lesli Maul, LCSW, CDWF, CEDS
Amanda Mellowspring, MS, RD, CEDRD 
Elisabeth Peterson, RD, CEDRD
James D. “Buck” Runyan, MS, LMFT, CEDS

Jill Sechi, RD, CEDRD
Danielle Shelton, MM, MT-BC, CEDCAT

Lois Zsarnay, LMFT, BCPC, CEDS


Membership and Certification Coordinator
Pat Gabbard
Contact Pat at pat@iaedp.com

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.

2017 Honoree: - Claralicia Martinez

2016 Lifetime Achievement: Roy Erlichman, PhD, LMFT, CAP, CEDS, F.iaedp

2015 Honoree: Leah L. Graves RD, LD, FAED
2014 Lifetime Achievement: Emmett Bishop, Jr., MD, FAED, CEDS. F.iaedp

2013 Honorees: Ron A. Thompson, PhD, FAED and Roberta Trattner Sherman, PhD, FAED 
2012 Honoree: Timothy Brewerton, MD, DFAPA, FAED, DFAACAP, CEDS
2011 Honoree: Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS
2010 Honoree: Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CDN 
2009 Honoree: Cynthia Bulik PhD
2008 Honoree: Pauline Powers MD

2007 Honoree: Leigh Cohn, Publisher, Gurze Books
2006 Honorees: Craig Johnson PhD and Kathryn Zerbe MD



“iaedp Foundation has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5912. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. iaedp Foundation is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.”