Seda Ebrahimi, PhD
Seda Ebrahimi, Ph.D. is the Founder and Director of the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center (CEDC). CEDC is a nationally renowned specialty center providing a full continuum of care to individuals who struggle with eating disorders. Dr. Ebrahimi has been in the field of eating disorders since 1986, beginning as a pre-doctoral intern at Brown University’s internship consortium. She continued with clinical and postdoctoral fellowships and an assistant clinical professor position at Brown University and was then named a Director of the Eating Disorders Research Program at Butler Hospital. Dr. Ebrahimi was the Director of the Eating Disorders Treatment Program at McLean Hospital from 1993-1998 and has been an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard University since 1993.
Dr. Ebrahimi received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of Academy for Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and American Psychological Association. She continues to lecture and provide presentations at conferences and academic institutions. Dr. Ebrahimi has also been involved in patient advocacy at the local and national level.
Scott Ewing, DO
Dr. Scott E. Ewing is the Medical Director of the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Ewing has been a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty for more than two decades. Before developing an interest in eating disorders, he served as Director of the Mood & Anxiety Disorders Outpatient Services at McLean Hospital. Dr. Ewing lectures widely and has made more than 40 television appearances as a psychiatric expert, including an appearance on NBC’s Dateline.
Ilana Licht, PhD
Dr. Ilana Licht is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Clinical Coordinator of the Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospital Program at CEDC. She received a BA in psychology from Wheaton College in Norton, MA, and a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. Ilana has trained in a variety of clinical and research settings such as the Walker Home and School, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, and River Valley Services/Connecticut Valley Hospital. Her clinical interests consist of eating disorders, anxiety/depression, substance abuse, relationship issues and trauma. Ilana has professional experience working with children and adults in individual, couples, group, and family psychotherapy.
Mark Shelford, LICSW
Mark Shelford, Intake Coordinator, has been in the behavioral health field for over 25 years, working in a variety of settings including residential, partial hospital, outpatient, inpatient and emergency services. At CEDC, Mark conducts clinical intakes for residential services as well as individual case management and group therapy. In addition, he helps CEDC with insurance contracting and relations, state licensure compliance, and national accreditation. Mark attended the University of New Mexico undergraduate with a major in Philosophy, studied Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and earned his MSW at Smith College. For 15 years he worked for a community hospital, eventually managing their emergency psychiatric services, addictions services and social work services as well as working with insurance contracting, licensing and accreditation agencies. Mark moved to CEDC three and a half years ago to pursue his interest in eating disorders and to look for ways to improve care where possible. Mark is part of the team at CEDC that works with insurance companies to ensure patients receive the appropriate and necessary care.
Georgina Garcia, MD is Director of Adolescent Services at CEDC. Dr. Garcia has a broad range of experience including the inpatient Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation Service at Boston Children's Hospital, outpatient service in the Primary Care Center at BCH and Martha Eliot Health Center, as well as private practice. Dr. Garcia is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Iowa College of Medicine. After receiveing her medical degree she complete her psychiatry training at Tufts New England Medical Center, and her child & adolescent psychiatry from Boston Children's Hospital.
Kellie Berry, MS, RD, LDN joined the CEDC staff in August of 2011. She serves as the centers Senior Clinical Dietitian and counsels adolescent and adult male and female patients at the residential, partial hospital and outpatient levels of care. Her responsibilities include leading three nutrition education groups per week, providing intitial nutrition assessments, and follow-up care with patients and their families. Prior to CEDC, Berry spent three years as the Nutrition Care Coordinator at the Klarman Eating Disorder Unit at McLean Hospital. She received her B.S. in Clinical Lab Sciences, Nutrition from UMass and went on to earn her M.S. in Food and Nutrition from Framingham State University's Coordinated Program in Dietetics.
The entire CEDC staff consists of highly qualified eating disorder specialists committed to patient recovery and advocacy. The center's multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, registered nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and registered dieticians work closely together to ensure the highest level of care for the individuals in the each program.