Client and Professional Testimonials

I truly enjoy waking up and going to work every morning. My passion is meeting with my patients and helping them feel better. Below is a sample of feedback that I have received from some of my patients and from top experts in the field of eating disorders and obesity. Names and identifying information are never revealed. Recent patient feedback is never included on the website, unless the patient volunteers or agrees to be featured online.

Thank you all for your valued feedback.

Dr. Shapiro represents a perfect balance of evidence-based techniques and enthusiasm. She inspires her patients to achieve their treatment goals and gives her all to help them get there. She has rich training and experience with both eating disorders and weight management. She is not a one-approach-fits-all therapist. She will work with each patient to tailor a plan that addresses her or his specific needs. Above all, she is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of her clients

Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., FAED
William and Jeanne Jordan Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders, Dept of Psychiatry
Professor of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Heath
Director, UNC Eating Disorders Program
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Past President of the Academy for Eating Disorders
Past Vice-President of the Eating Disorders Coalition.
Author of: Eating Disorders Detection and Treatment, Runaway Eating, Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop, and The Woman In The Mirror.
Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Dr. Jennifer Shapiro is a knowledgeable, skilled, and caring clinician who incorporates best practices in evidence-based health interventions with the individual needs, backgrounds, and life experiences of her clients. She is a rare gem of a therapist whose background and experience treating eating and weight disorders sets her apart from many therapists in this field. Her patients undoubtedly benefit from her passion for improving the lives of so many who suffer from eating and weight disorders.

Jennifer Lundgren, PhD, Associate Professor
Department of Psychology, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Editor of the book: Night Eating Syndrome: Definition, Assessment, and Treatment

Dr. Shapiro is a highly-skilled, experienced, and accomplished professional with expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of weight and eating-related disorders. Her work at Structure House, a residentially-based behavioral weight management center in North Carolina, was outstanding and helped her develop expertise in treating obesity, often with individuals who’ve struggled with weight their entire lives. We are fortunate to continue to have her as a colleague and contributor to Structure House-based programs by providing online and phone therapy in our SHOW program. Dr. Shapiro is one of our top referral sources for our San Diego patients when they leave Structure House and return to home.

Jennifer Pells, PhD, Psychologist & Program Facilitator
Structure House LLC
I have known Dr. Shapiro for almost 10 years. She is nationally recognized in the eating disorders and obesity field and she is my top referral choice for a bariatric psychologist in San Diego. Dr. Shapiro excels in her work with individuals both pre and post bariatric surgery. Pre-operatively, she works with patients to help prepare them for the behavioral and emotional changes that are associated with surgery. Post-operatively, she assists patients in making the lifestyle changes necessary for long-term success. Dr. Shapiro cares about all of her patients and wants to help make them feel better. She is compassionate and sensitive regarding the emotional issues and struggles of obese individuals but never compromises her honesty, humor, and trust. Patients truly seem to enjoy working with Dr. Shapiro and feel at ease when talking to her about the physical and psychological changes after bariatric

Kelli Friedman, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery, Duke Health System.

As a busy clinician who treats patients with obesity, with both surgical and non-surgical therapies, I have great confidence that Dr. Shapiro will provide my patients with the psychological support they need. Not only is she caring and compassionate, but I know they are in the hands of a professional with vast expertise and experience in this field, not to mention her national recognition. I have no hesitations referring my patients to Dr. Shapiro.

Eduardo L. Grunvald, MD, Medical Director
UCSD Bariatric and Metabolic Institute’s Weight Management Program.

As a full-time bariatric surgeon and Medical Director of an ASMBS Accredited Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, I require my patients to undergo a psychological evaluation to ensure their preparedness for surgery, and evaluate each patient’s individual stressors. Dr. Shapiro is on the top of my list of bariatric psychologists. I encourage every patient to see her, if possible. As a committed Bariatric Psychologist, she has expertise in the psychological, behavioral, and emotional aspects of obesity. Her evaluations are far more useful for me and my patients than those of her peers. She conducts a comprehensive evaluation and offers recommendations unique to each individual patient. My patients consistently report that they feel that they left the evaluation having learned a great deal about themselves, their lifestyle, their family and work stressors and the impact that these things have on their health. They feel that she offers the tools that they need to overcome obstacles that stand between them and successfully gaining control of their weight and their lives. I heard such glowing reviews from my patients who had pre-operative evaluations with her that I asked her to take over my post-operative support groups! Many patients in attendance have found her to be so helpful, that they signed on as her private patients, meeting on a one-to-one basis in her office. Dr. Shapiro’s warmth, trust, empathy, and ability to guide a group has enhanced my practice and my patient’s success immeasurably. Thank you, Dr. Shapiro!

Julie Ellner, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Surgical Weight Loss
Dr. Shapiro is my go-to person for consultations about clients who are struggling with obesity or problematic eating behavior.

Evan Waldheter, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist,
MIT Mental Health and Counseling Service
My daughter has been doing pretty well. She does not seem to have any issues related to her eating disorder. I can not thank you enough for all your time and effort with her. Somehow you helped us get through to her during an extremely difficult time, and I will always be grateful for that.
– Parent of adolescent with an eating disorder
Thanks for all that you do. I feel that I really benefitted from the group and am considering re-enrolling. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who has struggled as much as I have.
– Patient in weight management group
It is impossible to sum up my gratitude toward you in writing. You may never know how much I’ve appreciated having you as a friend and roll model for the past 2 years. All of your help will always be remembered and it is my promise to you and myself that I will overcome my battles and come out on top.
Thanks for everything!!!
– Adolescent with an eating disorder
I haven’t seen you in some time and wanted to thank you again for everything you’ve done for and taught me. I just finished my second ½ marathon. I was pleased that I shaved 19 minutes off my last marathon time. I wish I could say it’s easy to keep this weight off but it’s not. I will always have to work at it but I’m used to the work now and will never forget where I started. Thanks again, Jennifer! Be proud of the work you do and the help you’re providing.
– Adult therapy patient
You have made these 20 weeks fun, rewarding, and truly a great learning experience. Your support and encouragement were most appreciated. Your personality was delightful. Your leadership excelled.
– Patient in weight management group
Thanks so much for all of your help, guidance, support, and generosity. You have made such a difference in my life and in so many others’ lives as well.
– College student
Thank you for all that you have done for me. You truly are good at what you do, Jennifer. You are one of the few people who I’ve ever trusted because I never felt like you judged me and for that I am grateful.
– Adult therapy patient
I have accomplished a great deal this past year with your guidance, and I am very thankful for what you have helped me learn.
– Patient in weight management group
I have to say what a loss it is for the University and the people that have attended your program – me being one of them. I really owe you many thanks for your help in my weight loss efforts. I have never been able to keep this much weight off, for this much time in the past. I owe it to you and your program there. I appreciate all of your advice and guidance. I hope that you realize that you have made a difference in this persons life! Thank you!
– Patient in weight management group