Cynthia Bulik, PhD, FAED
Dr. Bulik, a clinical psychologist, is Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry, professor of nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and founding director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders.
She is also professor of medical epidemiology and biostatistics at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, where she spends half of her time.
Her research includes treatment, laboratory, epidemiological, twin and molecular genetic studies of eating disorders and weight regulation. She has written more than 590 scientific papers and chapters on eating disorders and is the author of Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop, The Woman in the Mirror, Midlife Eating Disorders: Your Journey to Recovery, and Binge Control: A Compact Recovery Guide.
She is a recipient of the Eating Disorders Coalition Research Award, the Academy for Eating Disorders' Leadership Award for Research, the Price Family National Eating Disorders Association Research Award and the Women’s Leadership Council Faculty-to-Faculty Mentorship Award.
Dr. Bulik is past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders, past vice-president of the Eating Disorders Coalition and past Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders. She holds the first endowed professorship in eating disorders in the United States.
Her academic life is balanced by being happily married with three children and performing as an ice dancer and ballroom dancer.
Honors and AwardsThe David Packard Lectureship
2017, Uniformed Services University of the Health SciencesErskine Fellowship
2016, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New ZealandDon and Melissa Nielsen Lifetime Achievement Award
2016, National Eating Disorders AssociationHilde Bruch Award
2015Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership in Research Award
2006, Academy for Eating DisordersCarolina Women's Advocacy Award
2006, Carolina Women's Advocacy AwardHulka Innovators Award
2005, HulkaEating Disorders Coalition Research Award
2004, Eating Disorders CoalitionSpecial Recognition for Support, Prevention and Work with Eating Disorders in Latin America, Hispano Latino American SIG
2004, Hispano Latino American SIGRichmond Top Doctors for Women (Eating Disorders)
2001, Richmond Top Doctors for WomenFellow North American Association for the Study of Obesity
2000, North American Association for the Study of ObesityNew Investigator Travel Award: North American Association for the Study of Obesity
1997, North American Association for the Study of ObesityFounding Fellow Academy for Eating Disorders
1996, Academy for Eating DisordersYoung Investigator Travel Award: Committee on Problems of Drug Dependence
1989, Committee on Problems of Drug Dependence1st Place, Pennsylvania Psychological Assoc. Graduate Student Achievement Award
1987, Pennsylvania Psychological AssociationPhi Beta Kappa Dissertation Award
1987, Phi Beta KappaUC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award
1987, UC BerkeleyFounder Region Soroptomists' Fellowship
1986, SoroptomistsUniversity of California Regents' Fellowships
1986, University of CaliforniaDistinctive Achievement in Psychology Award
1982, Distinctive Achievement in Psychology AwardPhi Beta Kappa
1982, Phi Beta KappaSumma Cum Laude
1982, University of Notre Dame