Virtual Conference
Food Science 2023

Eda Gorbis

The Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders, United States of America

Title: Medical Psychiatric Challenges in Treating OCD and Eating Disorders


The idea of a connection between a healthy mind and a healthy body has been proclaimed since as early as the 1st Century when Western medicine was founded. To think of these separately today would be a mistake. Eating disorders are known to have detrimental effect on the patient’s physical health, including but not limited to gastrointestinal problems, oral health problems, disturbed cardiological function, electrolyte deficiency and imbalance, disturbed kidney function, and sleep disorders. The advised treatment of eating disorders should simultaneously address the specific physical medical concerns through referral to and coordination with specialists at the same time as behavioral psychiatric treatment. 


Dr. Eda Gorbis, PhD, LMFT, is a world-renowned authority on the treatment and research of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD). From 1999 and until 2014 Dr. Gorbis held an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. In 2015, she began the position of Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Gorbis trained under Dr. Edna B. Foa, an internationally recognized authority who pioneered the protocols of Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy and Prolonged Exposure (PE) methods. Additionally, she worked with Dr. Jeffery Schwartz, who was responsible for creating the 4-Step Cognitive-Behavioral Self-Treatment plan. Dr. Gorbis is the Executive Director and Founder of the Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders, Inc., in Los Angeles, California established in 1996. Dr. Gorbis served as the Vice President of the OC Foundation of California, where she dutifully served the full term. She is a dedicated lecturer for the West Los Angeles VA PTSD clinic, and previously, served two terms on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National OC Foundation. She is an author and co-author of over 170 scientific articles and frequently presents at national and international conferences.