Catherine A. Steiner-Adair, Ed.D.
Research Associate in Psychology
Department of Psychology
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Eating Disorders Education and Prevention at the Klarman Eating Disorders Center at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. She was the recipient of generous funding from the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Foundation to research and develop an eating disorders primary prevention program for girls ages 8-13. Emphasizing girls personal power and overall mental and physical wellness, it addresses critical issues of body preoccupation and reduces risk for disordered eating in girls (grades 3-8). This is the first primary prevention program of its kind to show sustained positive changes in girls body image, body satisfaction and body esteem.
A founding member of the International Academy of Eating Disorders, Dr. Steiner-Adair lectures internationally on eating disorders. In 2001, Dr. Steiner-Adair was invited to write a new forward to the 20th edition of the Golden Cage, the classic text on eating disorders by Hilde Bruch. She was awarded the Lori Irving Prevention Award by the National Eating Disorders Association in September 2005.
Her current research in eating disorders prevention focuses more specifically on ethnicity and cultural sensitivity. With funding from the Hadassah Foundation, she is the co-author of Bishvili, For Me: a Jewish Guide to Full of Ourselves, for Jewish day schools and camps.
Dr. Steiner-Adair consults widely in the American Jewish community with Rabbis, day school and youth educators, health practitioners, parents, camps and non-profit organizations. She has spoken at events for several Jewish Women’s Fund chapters (Chicago, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Palm Beach) and Jewish non-profit organizations (The Hadassah Foundation, Jewish Camping Foundation, The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, Facing History and Ourselves).
Catherine has worked extensively in Israel, speaking publicly and providing professional development at leading hospitals, academic institutions, and the Knesset. In 2006 she was recognized as one of Jewish Women International’s "10 Women to Watch" for the depth of her work on raising healthy confident girls and preventing eating disorders.