Cynthia M. Bulik

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Cynthia Marie Bulik
Born February 13, 1960
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Education BA, University of Notre Dame; MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Spouse Patrick F. Sullivan, MD, FRANZCP

Dr. Cynthia M. Bulik [1][2] is the Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Founding Director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. Dr. Bulik is also professor in the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden and holds an adjunct appointment at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. She is ranked #2 in the Expertscape list of world experts in eating disorders.[3]


Dr. Bulik has been involved in research and treatment of individuals with eating disorders since 1982. She received her BA from the University of Notre Dame and her MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed internships and post-doctoral fellowships at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA.

Throughout her career, Dr. Bulik has developed outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient services for eating disorders both in New Zealand and in the United States. This research includes treatment, laboratory, animal, epidemiological, twin and molecular genetic studies of eating disorders and body weight regulation. She applies information technology to the treatment of eating disorders and obesity to broaden the reach and increase the success of newly developed interventions.

Dr. Bulik founded the 18-country Genetic Consortium for Anorexia Nervosa and leads the Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative. She is also the Director of the first NIMH-sponsored Post-Doctoral Training Program in Eating Disorders. She has had continuous federal, international, and foundation funding since 1985. Dr. Bulik has written over 480 scientific papers and chapters on eating disorders and is author of the books Eating Disorders: Detection and Treatment (Dunmore), Runaway Eating: The 8 Point Plan to Conquer Adult Food and Weight Obsessions (Rodale), Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How To Stop (Walker),[4] Abnormal Psychology (Beidel, Bulik, Stanley; Prentice Hall),[5] The Woman in the Mirror (Walker),[6] and Midlife Eating Disorders (2013, Walker).[7]

Awards, Recognition, and Leadership[edit]

Dr. Bulik is a recipient of the Eating Disorders Coalition Award, the Hulka Innovators Award, the Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership Award for Research, the Price Family National Eating Disorders Association Research Award,[8] the Carolina Women’s Center Women’s Advocacy Award, the Women’s Leadership Council Faculty-to-Faculty Mentorship Award, IAEDP Honorary Certified Eating Disorders Specialist Award, the František Faltus Award from the Czech Psychiatric Society, and the AED Meehan/Hartley Award for Advocacy.[9]

She is a past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders, past Vice-President of the Eating Disorders Coalition, and past Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders. She was the Founding Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Global Foundation for Eating Disorders. She is passionate about translating science for the public. Her appearances include the Today [10] show, Good Morning America, CNN Morning, Katie,[11] Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil [12] and Rachael Ray. She has been featured in many publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, and the US News and World Report. Dr. Bulik holds the first endowed professorship in eating disorders in the United States.

Personal life[edit]

Dr. Bulik’s career is balanced by being happily married and the mother of three. She is a gold medalist in ice dancing [13] and with partner David Tsai captured a bronze medal the United States Adult Figure Skating Championships in 2012. She is also an avid ballroom dancer.


  1. ^ "Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D. | Resources On Eating Disorders, Body Image, Women’s Health, Self Help, Self Improvement, and Psychology". Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  2. ^ "Cynthia Bulik". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  3. ^ "Expertscape: Leaders in Eating Disorders, October 2013". October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  4. ^ Bulik, Cynthia. "Renowned expert on binge eating shares proven technique for conquering food cravings". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Beidel, D.C.,Bulik, C.M.,Stanley, M.(2009)Abnormal Psychology. Prentice Hall. Retrieved from:
  6. ^ Bulik, Cynthia. "A renowned psychologist helps women escape the body-image trap". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Bulik, Cynthia. Midlife Eating Disorders. retrieved from website:
  8. ^ NEDA-National Eating Research into eating disorders, focusing on causes, prevention and cures. (2011). Retrieved from:
  9. ^ "Bulik received the Meehan-Hartley Advocacy Award". UNC Healthcare System. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Unhealthy Food Obsession. Today. MSNBC. (2012) Retrieved from:
  11. ^ Bulik, Cynthia. Beating your eating disorders at any age. Katie Couric. Retrieved from:
  12. ^ Bulik, Cynthia. Save My Daughter. Dr. Phil. 13 May. 2009 Retrieved from:
  13. ^ Real Doctors, Real People. UNC Healthcare System. (2011) Retrieved from: