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Research interests

Dr. Jamal Essayli's primary research interests include:

  • Improving the implementation and effectiveness of evidence-based psychosocial treatments for eating disorders, particularly cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), in real-world clinical settings
  • Investigating fear and anxiety as psychological mechanisms that contribute to the development, maintenance and treatment of eating disorders
  • Understanding body image experiences among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals

Teaching and educational interests

Dr. Jamal Essayli provides training and supervision in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for eating disorders to students and mental health providers at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He also supervises undergraduate research assistants on a number of studies.

Clinical interests

Dr. Jamal Essayli is a licensed clinical psychologist who treats children, adolescents and young adults (ages 10 to 30) with eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. He also serves as the program director for the adult partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program for eating disorders at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where he oversees the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative and empirically informed psychosocial interventions for eating disorders.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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