Thomas, Jennifer, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Co-Director, Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital


Dr. Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is the Co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at MGH, where she has evaluated and treated individuals of all ages with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and other eating disorders, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  She completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Yale University, her pre-doctoral clinical internship at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital, and her post-doctoral research fellowship jointly at McLean Hospital and MGH. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Eating Disorders and the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. She has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Klarman Family Foundation, and the Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation. She is also a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders. Her scientific research focuses on the development of an eating disorder typology that better reflects clinical reality, which is also the topic of her book Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem?, which has been featured on Dr. Oz, and the Today Show, and in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, and Huffington Post.