Judy Scheel, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., is the Founder and Executive Director of Cedar Associates, www.cedarassociates.com She is the President of Cedar Associates Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the prevention, education and research of eating disorders. She also maintains a private practice in Manhattan.
Scheel has been treating eating disorders for more than 20 years and over this time has formulated and strengthened her beliefs that mutual respect, empathy and trust are second to none in the maintenance of healthy relationships and are the cornerstone to relational repair and recovery from an eating disorder.
Scheel has co-produced a nationally distributed educational video with teaching manual for students in grades 8-12 on eating disorders and prevention-Awarded Honorable Mention by Columbus International Film and Video Festival.
She has been a lecturer at Purchase College, SUNY and a frequent presenter at local, regional and national conferences. She is a member of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), and the Eating Disorders Coalition, Inc., a public policy organization in Washington, DC.
Scheel has a daughter and son and lives in NYC. She is an avid international traveler, loves to run in the rain and is a novice motorcycle rider.
Scheel's book, When Food Is Family: A loving approach to heal eating disorders, is published by Idyll Arbor.
She is currently working on a documentary, through Cedar Associates Foundation, Inc. (not-for-profit (501c3) with her partner and cinematgrapher, Ken Kelsch, ASC, on the causes of eating disorders. The documentary, Personas: Identities of an Eating Disorder, combines interviews with leading experts in the field, docudrama segments examining the impact the eating disorder has had on life and relationships, an international mix of "people on the street" segments and people who have recovered. Go to: www.PersonasDocumentary.com
WFF looks at how relationships play a role EDs. Known as Attachment Theory, emotional support, empathy and acceptance a child receives enables self-worth throughout life. Without healthy attachments, self-esteem is diminished; food is a replacement for relationships an individual craves. Causes of EDs are complex and are unique as is the individual who develops one. Understanding psychological & relational aspects is important in choosing treatment and in establishing an infrastructure for long-term recovery.