Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp, is the Vice President of Program Development for The Renfrew Center Foundation. As a senior staff member at The Renfrew Center for over 23 years, she has designed and conducted training seminars for professionals throughout the country on eating disorders and body image disturbance, sexual abuse, depression, and women’s issues. Adrienne serves on the Board of iaedp and was the first individual to be awarded the status of iaedp Fellow. Adrienne received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, where she served on the faculty in the School of Education. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and has extensive training in gestalt therapy, transactional analysis and psychodrama, as well as the body-centered therapies of Bio-energetic Analysis and Alexander Technique. Adrienne has earned international recognition for her expertise on body-image disturbance in women and has had her work published in the International Journal of Fertility and Women’s Medicine, Social Work Today and Pulse, the official publication of the International Spa Association.
Author of the chapter “BodyMind Treatment” in Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders and co-author of “Holistic Methods for Healing the Shattered Self” in Bridging the Practice/Research Gap, her work has recently been included in the first Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance.
Adrienne has been a guest commentator on the Today Show. Good Morning America Sunday, and interviewed on National Public Radio. She provides private consultation to the spa and fitness industry. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.