Certification Overview


Thank you for 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, supervisor applications and renewals, are processed through our Certemy platform.

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As a proud member of ICE, iaedp™ stays informed on best practices in developing and administering quality certification programs so we may better serve you. The following information includes checklists, applications and supporting documents for Certifications.




There are specific application requirements for certification. An overview of the process and a checklist can be downloaded (Click Here). We welcome our international applicants.  A cost worksheet is also available to plan your certification process ( Click Here ). 

You have 2 options for completing core courses: at our annual symposium  or via our Online Institute.  

You may come to symposium to obtain more CE credits required for certification or use a CE provider of your choice. You will obtain additional CE credits related to eating disorders from an education provider of your choice.   

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 (Click Here ).Current supervisors will verify hours directly in our Certemy  portal. Alternately, if you have lost contact with your supervisor and/or need to manually submit supervision documentation, please email certification@iaedp.com. There are Guidelines for Supervision and a sample log available to assist you in this process.

You will prepare and take your Certification Exam . If you require testing accommodations, please contact the certification staff and provide documentation to   certification@iaedp.com.

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

You will prepare a case study that shows your competency in the care of eating disordered individuals. Guidelines for the case study are available  here

Your membership must be current at the time of application. Sign in to the  Member Portal  to renew.

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

More Information about Becoming an iaedp Approved  Supervisor

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 in this checklist.  The application for supervisor is found on our Certemy  application page. More information about iaedp-Approved supervisor responsibilities can be located (Click Hhere).  

What to do with your new credential

Your credential lets others know the work you have done to become highly trained in eating disorders care. Feel free to use these marketing templates: Certified Member or iaedp-Approved Supervisors . 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 Credly’s Acclaim. You will be able to download a certification there as well. Finally, if you have not already done so, please join one of our chapters and help share what you know.

What to do when its time to renew certification

Recertification occurs every 2 years and can be done through our Certemy app . 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.

How do I manage my certification INFORMATION?

You will continue to use our membership page to renew your membership, update your directory listing and pay for membership renewal, workshops and symposium (Click Here).  You can download your CEDS certificate in Certemy. In addition, you can upload your CE certificates at any time for storage for the next renewal cycle. Employers can verify your credential on Certemy.


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 which can be accessed (Click Here ). For guidance on what is required for Medical Excellence, please review this Checklist


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Certification Committee

          Curriculum   Subcommittee

         Marlena Tanner, RDN, CEDRD-S, 
         Eileen Myers MPH, RDN, LDN, CEDRD, FADA, FAND
         Michelle Gebhardt, PsyD, CEDS-S 

          Curriculum Subcommittee Advisors

         Tammy Beasley MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, CSSD
         Jessica Baker PhD, CEDS-S

          Forms/Applications Subcommittee    

         Alli Spotts-De Lazzer, Chair, MA, MFT, LPCC, CEDS-S 
         Eileen Myers, MPH, RDN, LDN, CEDRD, FADA, FAND 

           Supervision Subcommittee                                                    

Kari Anderson, Chair, DBH, CEDS-S 
Amanda Mellowspring, MS, RD, CEDRD-S 
Delia Aldridge, MD, CEDS-S   
Paula Edwards-Gayfield, LCMHCS, LPC, CEDS-S  

Special Cases Subcommittee 

Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S 
Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS-S 
Elisabeth Peterson, RD, CEDRD-S 
Michelle Gebhardt, PsyD, CEDS-S 

Medical Subcommittee 

Delia Aldridge, Chair, MD, CEDS-S 
Molly (McShane) Perlman, MD, MPH, CEDS, FAPA
Joel Jahraus, MD, CEDS-S 

At Large 

Marlena Tanner, RDN, CEDRD-S 
Meredith D'Agostino, DNP, CEDS-S 
Rosanna Mauro de Maya, MS, RD, 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 - Executive Assistant 
Kristin Van Matre – Administrative Assistant
Pat Gabbard – Coordinator of Database Services 

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.

Lifetime Achievement Award

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™

Honorary CEDS Award

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