Bastyr Hosts National Eating Disorder Awareness Week Events

Hands raised in support for each other

Bastyr University Master of Science in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology (MSNCHP) students are teaming together for National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) Week, February 26 - March 4, 2018, to bring educational, enlightening and empowering messages to campus. This year’s theme, “Stories Untold and Unheard,” aims to focus on the intersection of eating disorders and their roots in systemic oppression of marginalized bodies and orientations.

MSNCHP student Ashlyn Skogsberg (‘19), shares her goals for this week, “We are a university preparing students to be practitioners in a system/society where the status quo is hierarchical – where certain groups get more attention than others. We know there are many students here who strive to work with these marginalized communities already, and we are hoping to inform them further.”

Bastyr students have organized a panel of clinical psychologists and health counselors with specializations in eating disorders treatment to help highlight and discuss how to make your practice inclusive, particularly on the topic of eating disorders. Read more about those participating in Bastyr’s panel:


NEDA Week Events at Bastyr’s Kenmore Campus


Monday, Feb. 26th, Noon | Rm 63

Untold Stories Student Panel

Tabling to Highlight: Marginalized Populations and Eating Disorders


Tuesday, Feb. 27th, Noon | Rm 63

Lunch and Learn with Dr. Michelle Kabuye: Working with Overlooked Populations in Eating Disorders

Tabling to Highlight: Combat Sports and Extreme Weight Cutting


Wednesday, Feb 28th, 6pm | Rm 146

Panel of Local Eating Disorder Professionals

Tabling to Highlight: How to Make your Practice Inclusive


Thursday, March 1st, 6pm | Auditorium

Film Screening: “Embrace”

Tabling to Highlight: Diversify your Body Positivity



Panelists and Speakers

Dr. John DeNinno is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Edmonds. During his 40 years in practice he has been working primarily with those suffering an eating disorder. Dr. DeNinno has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings and for 12 years taught the Treatment of Eating Disorders class at Bastyr University. In treatment, his approach is integrative with each individual following their own path.


Alysondra Duke, PhD, LMHC, LLC, has been in the field of eating disorders for over ten years. She has worked in various eating disorder treatment settings including residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient level of care. Dr. Duke specializes in LGBTQ-related concerns, and has provided multiple trainings for mental health professionals on eating disorders within the LGBTQ community. She is currently in private practice in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.


Dr. Michelle Owaka Kabuye, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who began her eating disorder work several years ago working as a therapist at the inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient levels of care doing group, couples, and individual work. She has worked both in treatment centers and university counseling centers helping people find increased peace with food and body image. She continues to work with those with disordered eating habits, as well as those with eating disorders. She has also studied acculturation and cultural adjustments in African immigrants. She maintains a private practice in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. And, she frequently works with people of color as they navigate microaggressions, macroaggressions and their own ethnic identity development. In her free time she enjoys dog-watching and trying to catch pockets of sun in the evergreen state.


Bernice Imei Hsu, RN, LMHC, is a Registered Nurse (active retired) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice at An Ironman finisher and ultrarunner, celiac athlete, and managing life with over 300 food allergies and intolerances, Imei enjoys geeking out with her husband and snuggling her adorable Applehead Siamese cat, traveling, and making food fun again for people with food allergies, autoimmune disease, and chronic illness at