About Dr Shapiro

Dr Jennifer ShapiroJennifer Shapiro, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist in California. She is one of the few clinicians that have expertise in the treatment of Eating Disorders AND Obesity. She treats patients with: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified, Body Image Concerns, Weight Management/Obesity, and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Shapiro provides individual and group therapy for adolescents and adults. She works well with various ethnicities. Prior to moving to San Diego, Dr. Shapiro was an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Psychiatry, Eating Disorders Program, where she held a caseload of patients, who struggled with various disordered eating issues, across all levels of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization (day patient), and outpatient programs. She has developed scientifically based group programs for Weight Management, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder and has trained graduate students and medical residents in the treatment of eating disorders and Obesity.

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Prior to staring her practice, Dr. Shapiro was the Scientific Director at Santech, Inc in San Diego, CA, where she directed research studies on the use of mobile and wireless technologies (e.g., text messaging, building Internet treatments) to enhance treatment for health related conditions, mainly weight management. Dr. Shapiro is also Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University.

Dr. Shapiro has published numerous scientific papers on disordered eating and annually presents at international conferences including the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), Eating Disorders Research Society (EDRS), Society for Behavioral Medicine (SBM), and The Obesity Society. Dr. Shapiro serves as an expert reviewer for several scientific and medical journals.

Professional Memberships and Board of Directors Positions:
Dr. Shapiro was the co-founder and co-chair of the Information Technology for the Treatment of Eating Disorders Special Interest Group of AED.

Dr. Shapiro is on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professional Foundation (IAEDP). IAEDP also recognizes Dr. Shapiro as a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, a recognized award.

Dr. Shapiro is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (IAEDP)
  • International Eating Disorders Referral Organization (EDREFERRAL)
  • National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
  • The Obesity Society (TOS)
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • CA Board of Psychology
  • San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA)


“As evidenced by my various roles, the use of science in my practice is very important. I only practice evidence-based treatment and use techniques and theories that have been well researched and shown to improve conditions of disordered eating.”