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. 


   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 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
 Medical Management Professionals


Traditional Certification Information:

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
Approved Supervisor’s Documentation Form
Applicant Log of Patient Care Hours
Approved Supervisor Press Release Template
Approved Supervisor Responsibilities
Search Here for Approved Supervisor

Equivalency Certification Information : CEDS, CEDRD, CEDCAT and CEDRN

International Certification Information:

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 certification@iaedp.com


Delia Aldridge, MD, CEDS-S

Kari Anderson, DBH, CEDS-S
Jessica Baker, PhD, CEDS-S
Leslie Carlos, BSN, RN, CEDRN
Beth Harrell, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD-S
Joel Jahraus, MD, CEDS-S 
Pam Kelle, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S

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

Jill Sechi, RD, CEDRD-S
Danielle Shelton, MM, MT-BC, CEDCAT-S
Lois Zsarnay, LMFT, BCPC, CEDS
Alli Spotts-De Lazzer, M.A., MFT, LPCC, CEDS-S

Meredith Riddick, LPC-S, CEDS-S
Anna P. Sweeney MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S

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.

Lifetime Achievement Award

2018 Honoree: Ovidio Bermudez,MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAESD, F.iaedp, CEDS

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

2014 Honoree: Emmett Bishop, Jr., MD, FAED, CEDS. F.iaedp


Honorary CEDS Award

2017 Honoree: - Claralicia Martinez, El Salvador, CEDS

2015 Honoree: Leah L. Graves RD, LD, FAED, CEDRD
2013 Honorees: Ron A. Thompson, PhD, FAED, CEDS and Roberta Trattner Sherman, PhD, FAED, CEDS
2012 Honoree: Timothy Brewerton, MD, DFAPA, FAED, DFAACAP, CEDS
2011 Honoree: Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS
2010 Honoree: Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CDN, CEDS 
2009 Honoree: Cynthia Bulik PhD, CEDS
2008 Honoree: Pauline Powers MD, CEDS
2007 Honoree: Leigh Cohn, MAT, CEDS Publisher, Gurze Books
2006 Honorees: Craig Johnson PhD, CEDS and Kathryn Zerbe MD, CEDS



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