Professor Janet Treasure

PhD, FRCP, FRCPsych

Director of the Eating Disorder Unit | Professor of Psychiatry

Professor Janet Treasure is a psychiatrist who has specialised in the treatment of eating disorders for more than 25 years.

She is currently director of the Eating Disorders Service, a leading centre in the clinical management of eating disorders and training.

Other roles

Professor Treasure holds, or has held, the following posts:

  • Chief medical advisor for Beat, the UK’s primary eating disorder charity
  • Patron of the Sheffield Eating Disorders Association
  • Fellow of Academy of Eating Disorders
  • Former Chair for the physical treatment section of the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guideline Committee

Background

In 2007, Professor Treasure received an Eating Disorders National Award from national eating disorder charity Beat.

During her career, she has edited seven academic texts on eating disorders and authored three self-help books, including, Getting better bite by bite on bulimia nervosa, Anorexia nervosa, a survival guide for families, friends and sufferers, a book for people with anorexia nervosa, parents and teachers, and Caring for a loved one with an eating disorder: a skillsbased manual of the new Maudsley method, for families and parents of people with an eating disorder.

She delivers information and training via DVD, face-toface workshops and seminars, for professional and nonprofessional carers. She has also developed an e-learning module on motivational interviewing.

Research

Professor Treasure has been active in research and has over 150 peer reviewed papers.

In 1984, she was awarded the Gaskell medal from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In 2004, she was awarded the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) Leadership Award in Research. The award honours an individual who has, over substantial period of time, used research to develop new knowledge about eating disorders.

In addition to her work with eating disorders, she has been involved in treatment trials for people with type 1 diabetes through cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing. She is also developing an intervention for working with the carers of adolescents with type 1 diabetes.

Professor Janet Treasure has trained over 20 PhD students in research on eating disorders.

Published

Bacanu SA, Bulik CM, Klump KL, Fichter MM, Halmi KA, Keel P et al. Linkage analysis of anorexia and bulimia nervosa cohorts using selected behavioral phenotypes as quantitative traits or covariates. Am.J Med.Genet.B Neuropsychiatr.Genet. 2005

Bergen AW, Yeager M, Welch RA, Haque K, Ganjei JK, van den Bree MB et al. Association of Multiple DRD2 Polymorphisms with Anorexia Nervosa. Neuropsychopharmacology 2005

Bulik CM, Bacanu SA, Klump KL, Fichter MM, Halmi KA, Keel P et al. Selection of eating-disorder phenotypes for linkage analysis. Am.J Med.Genet.B Neuropsychiatr.Genet. 2005

Currin L, Schmidt U, Treasure J, Jick H. Time trends in eating disorder incidence. Br.J Psychiatry 2005; 186:132-5

Friedrich HC, Kumari V, Uher R, Riga M, Schmidt U, Campbell I et al. Motivational responses to food, body image and emotional cues in eating disorders – a startle reflex paradigm. Submitted 2005

Holliday J, Tcanturia K, Landau S, Collier D, Treasure J. Is Impaired Set-Shifting An Endophenotype Of Anorexia Nervosa? American j Psychiatry 2005

Holliday J, Wall E, Treasure J, Weinman J. Perceptions of illness in individuals with anorexia nervosa: A comparison with lay men and women. Int.J Eat.Disord. 2005; 37:50-6

Meyer C, Serpell L, Waller G, Murphy F, Treasure J, Leung N. Cognitive avoidance in the strategic processing of ego threats among eating-disordered patients. Int.J Eat Disord. 2005; 38:30-6

Meyer C, Serpell L, Waller G, Murphy F, Treasure J, Leung N. Cognitive avoidance in the strategic processing of ego threats among eating-disordered patients. Int.J Eat Disord. 2005; 38:30-6

Ribases M, Gratacos M, Fernandez-Aranda F, Bellodi L, Boni C, Anderluh M et al. Association of BDNF with restricting anorexia nervosa and minimum body mass index: a family-based association study of eight European populations. Eur J Hum.Genet. 2005;13:428-34

Schmidt U,.Treasure J. Anorexia Nervosa: Valued and Visible. A Cognitive-Interpersonal Maintenance Model and its Implications for Research and Practice. Br.J.Clin.Psychol. 2005

Southgate L, Tchanturia K, Treasure J. Building a model of the aetiology of eating disorders by translating experimental neuroscience into clinical practice. J Mental Health 2005; in press

Tchanturia K, Campbell IC, Morris R, Treasure J. Neuropsychological studies in anorexia nervosa. Int.J Eat Disord. 2005; 37:S72-S76

Treasure J,.Schmidt U. Anorexia nervosa. Clin.Evid. 2005; 1148-57

Treasure J, Whitaker W, Whitney J, Schmidt U. Working with families of adults with anorexia nervosa. Journal of Family Therapy 2005; 27:158-70

Treasure J, Whitaker W, Whitney J, Schmidt U. Working with families of adults with anorexia nervosa. Journal of Family Therapy 2005; 27:158-70

Treasure J, Tchanturia K, Schmidt U. Developing a model of the treatment for eating disorder: using neuroscience research to examine the how rather than the what of change. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research 2005

Uher R, Murphy T, Friederich HC, Dalgleish T, Brammer MJ, Giampietro V et al. Functional Neuroanatomy of Body Shape Perception in Healthy and Eating-Disordered Women. Biol.Psychiatry 2005

Uher R, Yoganathan D, Mogg A, Eranti SV, Treasure J, Campbell IC et al. Effect of Left Prefrontal Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on Food Craving. Biol.Psychiatry 2005

Uher R,.Treasure J. Brain lesions and eating disorders. J Neurol Neurosurg.Psychiatry 2005; 76:852-7

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