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
Anorexia nervosa genome-wide association study identifies eight loci and implicates metabo-psychiatric origins (in press). Watson HJ, Yilmaz Z, Thornton LM, Hübel C, Coleman JR, Gaspar HA, …Bulik, CM (2019). Nature Genetics.
Genome-wide association study reveals first locus for anorexia nervosa and metabolic correlations. Duncan, L.E., Yilmaz, Z., Gaspar, H., Walters, R., Goldstein, J., Antilla, V., Bulik-Sullivan, B., Ripke, S., Eating Disorders Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, Thornton, L.M., Hinney, A., Daly, M.J., Sullivan, P.F., Zeggini, E., Breen, G., Bulik, C.M (2017). American Journal of Psychiatry, (174), 850-858.
The incidence of eating disorders in a nationwide study: Associations with suicide risk and mortality. Zerwas S, Larsen JT, Petersen L, Thornton LM, Mortensen PB, Bulik CM (2015). Journal of Psychiatric Research, 65(1), 16-22.
The intestinal microbiota in acute anorexia nervosa and during renourishment: Relationship to depression, anxiety, and eating disorder psychopathology. Kleiman SC, Watson HJ, Bulik-Sullivan EC, Huh EY, Tarantino LM, Bulik CM, Carroll IM (2015). Psychosomatic Medicine, 77(9), 969-981.
Eating disorders, pregnancy, and the post-partum period: A review of findings from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). Watson HJ, Torgersen L, Zerwas S, Reichborn-Kjennerud T, Knopf C, Siega-Riz A, et al. (2014). Norsk Epidemiologi (The Norwegian Journal of Epidemiology), 24(1), 51-62.
A genome-wide association study of anorexia nervosa. Boraska V, Franklin CS, Floyd JAB, Thornton LM, Huckins LM, Southam L, et al. (2014). Molecular Psychiatry, 19(1), 1085-1094.
Suicide attempts in women with eating disorders. Pisetsky EM, Thornton LM, Lichtenstein P, Pedersen NL, Bulik CM (2013). Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122(1), 1042-1056.
Postdoc, Psychiatry Research, University of Pittsburgh, 1990
Postdoc, Psychiatry Research, University of Pittsburgh, 1989
PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of California, 1988
MA, Clinical Psychology, University of California, 1985
BA, Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 1982