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Transdiagnostic Approach of Eating Disorders


Entry requirements

Only open for Master’s students 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

Upon completion of this course, students:

  • will have been 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; and

  • will be able to use a transdiagnostic approach for the diagnosis and treatment of EDs.


For the timetables of your lectures, work groups and exams, please select your study programme in:
Psychology timetables

Semester 1:

Semester 2:



Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions.
Master’s course registration

Exchange/Study abroad

For admission requirements contact your exchange coordinator

Mode of instruction

This course consists of 7 2-hour work group meetings with videos and discussion. Students have to make 7 weekly assgnments about 7 different topics.

Assessment method

Students have to make 7 weekly assignments concerning recent research publications.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud

Reading list

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

Contact information

Dr. Greta Noordenbos