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Transdiagnostic Approach of Eating Disorders


Admission requirements

Master’s students in Psychology


This course is about eating disorders (EDs) such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders. In the course the following topics and questions are important: What are the main characteristics of EDs? Is a transdiagnostic approach of EDs useful? Is there any overlap between EDs, depression, anxiety disorders, or alexithimia? What are the consequences of ED? Why are eating disorder patients mostly women? What are the most important risk factors for eating disorders and is prevention possible? What are the main results of prevention activities? How can eating disorders be diagnosed and treated? Which treatments are the most successful? How many patients do recover and what are the main criteria for recovery of an eating disorder? What do we know about co-morbidity?

Course objectives

Students will become informed about the main characteristics, risk factors, explanations, treatments and prevention programs for eating disorders, such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders. They will be able to use a transdiagnostic approach for the diagnosis and treatment of EDs.


Transdiagnostic Approach of Eating Disorders (2012-2013):

Mode of instruction

Weekly lectures, videos and discussion.

Assessment method

The assessment is based on weekly assignments and a scientific paper concerning recent research publications.

From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the information concerning fraud .


Course information will be made available on

Reading list

Grilo, C. (2006). Eating and weight disorders. Psychology Press. ISBN 9781841695488

Students who purchased “Eating Disorders” (Keel, 2005) must contact the professor because of the takehome exam.


Course enrolment

Students need to enrol for the course via uSis on the master’s introduction and course enrolment day that takes place at the start of each semester. Please, consult the master’s agenda Psychology.

Contact information

Dr. Greta Noordenbos