Maria-Christina Stewart, Ph.D.

About Dr. Stewart

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Dr. Stewart has been committed to promoting mental health in children, adolescents, and adults since she herself was an adolescent. Her early passion inspired her to develop a program of training in the most cutting-edge, scientifically-based treatments to provide you and your family with the best care.

Dr. Stewart has specialized in child, adolescent, and adult psychology with an emphasis in eating, anxiety, and mood disorders. She received specialized training in treating children and adolescents with depression, eating disorders, and autism spectrum disorders through a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine. She also received specialized training in treating children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of mood, anxiety, eating, and behavioral difficulties through a pre-doctoral internship in clinical and community psychology at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Stewart completed her doctoral degree at the University of Hawaii, where she focused on clinical, cultural, and community psychology, and her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College.

Training

Stanford University School of Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Eating Disorders Program
Postdoctoral Fellowship

Stanford University School of Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Postdoctoral Fellowship

Yale University School of Medicine
Clinical & Community Psychology Doctoral Internship

Harvard University School of Medicine
Eating Disorders Fellowship

Boston University, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders – Eating Disorders Program
Clinical Training and Dissertation Studies

University of Hawaii
Doctoral Degree, Clinical Psychology

Wellesley College (Magna Cum Laude)
Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology Major and Women’s Studies Minor

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association (APA)

Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

California Board of Psychology

Specialty in Eating Disorder Treatment

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Dr. Stewart received specialized graduate and post-doctoral training in eating disorders at Stanford University School of Medicine, Harvard University School of Medicine, and Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Her commitment to providing the best care inspired her to complete an additional post-doctoral fellowship in eating disorders at Stanford University. Here she received specialized training in Family-Based Therapy (FBT) for eating disorders (also known as “Maudsley”). She also received specialized training in providing Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Eating Disorders (CBT-E) at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, one of the world’s premier centers for cognitive behavioral therapies. Dr. Stewart has served as a therapist on multiple randomized control trials (RCTs), where she provided both FBT to adolescents and CBT-E to adults. Currently, Dr. Stewart provides the following evidence-based eating disorder treatments: Family-Based Therapy (FBT) for anorexia and bulimia nervosa as well as other eating disorders, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E), Adolescent-Focused Psychotherapy (AFT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Dr. Stewart has additionally taught and conducted research on eating disorders at Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of Hawaii, and she has published peer-reviewed journal articles in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, European Eating Disorders Review, and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Relevant Publications

Stewart, M. (2011). Difficulty with uncertainty: How it presents in eating disorders and what we can do about it. Adolescent Psychiatry, 1(4), 296-306.

Stewart, M., Schiavo, R. S., Herzog, D. B., & Franko, D. L. (2008). Stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination of women with anorexia nervosa. European Eating Disorders Review, 16 (4), 311-318.

Stewart, M., Keel, P., & Schiavo, R. S. (2006). Stigmatization of anorexia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 39, 320-325.