Seda Ebrahimi, Ph.D.
Founder and Director of the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center (CEDC)
Seda Ebrahimi, Ph.D. has been working in the field of eating disorders since 1986. She began her career as a pre-doctoral intern at Brown University’s internship consortium and continued on to become an assistant clinical professor after a year of postdoctoral fellowship in the field of eating disorders. Subsequently, she worked as the Director of the Eating Disorders Research Program at Butler Hospital, the Director of the Eating Disorders Treatment Program at McLean Hospital, and has been an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard University since 1993. She continues to provide clinical education to professionals at conferences and trainings locally and nationally.
Dr. Ebrahimi is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and American Psychological Association. She is also involved in patient advocacy on a local and national level.
Dr. Irina Angel, M.D.
Medical Director of the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center
A diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc., a member of the Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, Dr. Angel is Board Certified in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, practicing in Boston since 2001. Dr. Angel joins the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center, aiming to optimize support and care delivery for people affected by eating disorders.
Dr. Angel has held administrative, clinical, educational, and leadership roles at various psychiatric facilities in Greater Boston. She served as Medical Director of the Cambridge Youth Guidance Center; Attending Psychiatrist of the Eating Disorders Partial Hospitalization Program at the Boston Center; Psychiatric Emergency Service staff psychiatrist at Cambridge Hospital; staff psychiatrist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates among others.
Dr. Angel received her Medical Degree in Pediatrics through a 6-year accelerated bio-medical program at the Russian National Research Medical University. She completed her residency at the University of Pennsylvania and fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Angel has received distinguished honors. She has had 6 publications following the results of research studies. Her current interests include translational research and developmental epigenomics. She understands the broader needs of people affected by eating disorders, the central role of including the patient’s perspectives and experiences in their recovery and rehabilitation. Dr. Angel has a steadfast commitment to work towards making positive changes in the healthcare system through education, interdisciplinary collaborative work and advocacy.
LICSW, Admissions Coordinator
Mark Shelford has been in the behavioral health field for over 35 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. He also assists with insurance contracts and patient level of care issues, state licensure compliance, and national accreditation.
Mark attended the University of New Mexico undergraduate program 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. Subsequently, Mark joined CEDC in 2008 to pursue his interest in eating disorders and to look for ways to improve care where possible.
MS, RD, LDN, Senior Clinical Dietitian
Julie Jacobsen joined the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center (CEDC) staff in June of 2014. She counsels adolescent and adult male and female patients in the residential, partial hospital and outpatient levels of care. Her responsibilities include conducting initial nutrition assessments and weekly one-on-one sessions with patients to provide customized medical nutrition therapies and psychoeducation, leading nutrition education groups in both the Residential Program and Partial Hospitalization Program, and coordinating follow-up care with patients and their families. Julie completed her clinical training at the Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, MA, a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate. She received her B.A at the University of Minnesota in Spanish, and went on to earn her Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion and a Certificate in Sports Nutrition at Simmons College in Boston, MA.
LICSW, Program Director, CEDC of NH
Ruth Elliot, MSW, Director of CEDC NH, has worked in the field of eating disorders for the past 13 years. She has extensive experience treating all forms of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and trauma using a variety of modalities and believes in blending conventional and alternative modalities in order to help patients achieve sustained recovery. Ruth has been trained in EMDR and the Eat, Breathe, Thrive yoga program. Using her training as a 200 hr yoga teacher and her passion for drama therapy, she is able to help individuals connect with their bodies and emotions.
Ruth has worked in several therapeutic settings including outpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs. She believes that each person is capable of full recovery, regardless of how long they have struggled.
PsyD, PHP/IOP Program Coordinator
Lucienne “Lucie” Cohen received her Doctorate of Psychology from William James College in 2016. She completed her Internship Training at Walden Behavioral Care, Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Programs and Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, where she found her passion for incorporating psychodynamic and DBT components in the understanding and treatment of eating disorders. Lucie joined Cambridge Eating Disorder Center (CEDC) as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Acute Residential Treatment Program and became the Program Coordinator of the Partial Hospital and Intensive Outpatient Programs in 2017. Lucie approaches each therapeutic relationship with the belief that full recovery is possible. Utilizing her strengths of humor, empathy, and authenticity, Lucie strives to create a calm, open, and non-judgmental space where patients feel empowered to be stronger and louder than their eating disorder.
As CEDC’s PHP/IOP Program Coordinator, Lucie provides clinical oversight and is responsible for the facilitation of all program elements at the Cambridge location. Additionally, she sees patients at the partial hospital, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care.
Cambridge Eating Disorder Center
Move from surviving to thriving.
The Cambridge Eating Disorder Center provides individuals suffering with eating disorders a comprehensive continuum of support services focused on their recovery. Our treatment programs focus on reducing the eating disorder symptoms while promoting the development of a healthy self that encompasses both emotional and physical well-being.
3 Bow Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
105 Loudon Rd., Building #2, Concord, NH 03301