Important Eating Disorder Studies/Discussion Groups Requesting Your Participation.

Participate in a cutting edge CAMH brain imaging study for people who have, or have had, anorexia nervosa.

Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto are using a non-evasive technique known as positron emission tomography (PET) scanning to look for evidence of inflammation in the brains of people once, or currently diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. It is hoped that this neuroinflammation study will contribute to understanding of the condition may one day improve the lives of people living with anorexia nervosa.

For more information and eligibility:
View the Pamphlet


Call:  416-535-8501 ext. 33815


Participate in a study of virtual, parent-led, peer support groups for parents of children and adolescents with Eating Disorders.

Dr. Jennifer Couturier and her research team at McMaster University are now recruiting parents of children and adolescents (less than 18 years of age)
with an Eating Disorder to participate in virtual support groups with other parents of children with Eating Disorders. Groups will be led by parent peer support providers, who have experience in caring for a child with an Eating Disorder (who has recovered) and have completed our study’s parent peer support training.

Study participation includes attending bi-weekly (2 times/month) virtual support group evening sessions for 3 months (6 sessions in total) – with each session lasting 2 hrs. The virtual parent peer support groups have been started and running successfully in all three regions of Canada (i.e Central,
Western and Eastern) and parents are welcome to join these groups.

To apply, click here.

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Participate in a study to better understand how people with anorexia nervosa experience reward.

Researchers at CAMH are leading this study to better understand anorexia nervosa (AN) with the aim of informing novel treatments.

You may be eligible if you:
– Are a female, 12-22 years old
– Have never been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa

For more information:
Call/text: 416-209-5929
Or email:

View the flyer

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Participate in a Study Investigating How COVID Impacted Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Units.

Researchers at McGill University are recruiting:
– Youth (ages 14-21) that were hospitalized in an inpatient psychiatric unit between 2020-2022.
– Family members of the hospitalized youths mentioned above.

The research team is aiming to understand how hospital COVID regulations impacted patients’ and family members’ stays within psychiatric units.

Interested individuals will participate in a focus group discussion with about 5 other people. They will be asked to share their experiences with the COVID regulations during their/ their family members’ hospital stays, as well as any thoughts on how to improve inpatient care during public health emergencies. All participants would remain confidential throughout the discussion.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please email or scan the QR code in the relevant flyer below.

View the Patient flyer.

View the Family Member flyer.


Participate in a study to better understand how people with anorexia nervosa develop positive associations.

Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) are conducting a study to understand the neurobiology of reward in people with who have or have had anorexia nervosa.

You may be eligible if you:
– Are female aged 12 -22.
– Meet/met the criteria for anorexia nervosa

To participate in this study, or would like more information, please contact the team at, or call (416) 535-8501 x 32395.

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Participate in a study to help define criteria for terminal anorexia.

Researchers at the Centre for Psychology and Emotion Regulation and York University are conducting a study to better understand different views regarding the proposed criteria for terminal anorexia (Gaudiani et al., 2022).

Such criteria have substantial implications as they will be used to identify eligibility for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). Presently there is no consensus with respect to defining what constitutes palliative or terminal definitions of anorexia. Thus, this project seeks to explore how people view the proposed criteria for terminal anorexia.

Who is eligible?

  • Individuals with lived experience
  • Caregivers for those with Eating Disorders
  • Clinicians treating Eating Disorders

Our goal is to better understand different perspectives on this controversial topic to help inform future discussion, research projects, and theory when discussing MAiD for eating disorders.

If you could help us capture a wide range of responses by posting the attached study flyer on your social media sites and circulating it amongst your communities, we would really appreciate it!

The study link is:

View the flyer for more details about the study.

Please contact if you have any questions.

This study was approved by the Research Ethics Board at York University.

Participate in a study on Nature and Eating Disorder recovery.

This study aims to examine how time spent in nature can affect Eating Disorder recovery.
It is being conducted by Megan Buchkowski, a second-year Masters in Counselling student at the University of Victoria, working under the supervision of
Dr. Sarah Nutter (

We are seeking participants who identify as cisgender women, as well as those who identify as trans or genderfluid and were socialized female during childhood.

We will be asking questions related to your Eating Disorder, your relationship with your body, your relationship with being in nature during recovery and during the maintenance of recovery, and your experience of exercising in nature. Our hope with this research is to understand how nature can be turned to as an accessible resource for those dealing with, or in recovery from, Eating Disorders.

You are eligible to participate in this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are over the age of 18
  • You live in Canada or the U.S.A.
  • You have previously received formal diagnosis of an Eating Disorder, including AN, BN, BED, or ARFID
  • You have been in recovery from the diagnosed eating disorder for at least two years.
  • You identify as a cisgender woman or were socialized as female throughout infancy and childhood
  • You do not have a current active Eating Disorder or another mental health diagnosis that will impair your ability to participate in the current study.

If you are interested in participating in this study, or would like more information, please contact Megan Buchkowski at


Participate in a study to understand the impact of COVID-19 on youths with an Eating Disorder.

Dr. Jennifer Couturier and her research team at McMaster University are now recruiting youth under 18 years of age, parents of youth under 18, clinicians, and program managers to join a research study and share their experiences with Eating Disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participation would include a 1-hr video interview and you would be compensated with a gift card.
For information and to apply, please visit this link:

View the study flyer


Participate in an Investigation into the Daily Experiences of Women With and Without Eating Disorders.

The BEEP Lab at McGill University is looking for woman over the age of 18 years, who:

  • Currently have an Eating Disorder (i.e., anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, or other specified feeding and eating disorder)
  • Own a smart phone with a North American number and a data plan
  • Are able to communicate and read in either English or French
  • Are not experiencing active psychosis or mania

You may be eligible to participate in a VIRTUAL research study that investigates the daily experiences of women with and without Eating Disorders. The study involves a 2.5-hour session via video-call, the completion of an online set of questionnaires, and answering survey prompts on your smartphone for 14 days.

If eligible, you will receive up to $150.00 in compensation in return for your participation in all aspects of the study. To find out if you are likely to be eligible, please complete our brief online screening questionnaire using this link:

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