My life-long passion has been to help people through understanding their needs, validating their struggles and using her knowledge and expertise to help them navigate life stressors. I am a licensed clinical psychologist, Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University/Wexner Medical Center, and Founder of Eating and Behavioral Health Associates, where we are committed to providing evidence-based treatments for eating disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety and chronic health conditions in children, adolescents and adults. Additionally, I have been dedicated to the training and education of psychological conditions and their evidence-based treatments for providers, future mental health providers and the community.
Integration and Application. (April 2017). Invited panelist at Applying a New Understanding of Brain and Behavior into Ongoing Eating Disorder Treatment Hosted by The Center for Balanced Living, Worthington, OH.
Psychological Therapeutic Interventions for Clients with Eating Disorders. (August 2016). Invited speaker at Collaboration: A Multi-Disciplinary Eating Disorder Treatment Training. Hosted by The Ohio State University, Office of Student Life, Counseling and Consultation Service and Student Health Services.
The Risk and Development of Psychological Disorders Post-Bariatric Surgery. (August 2014). Invited speaker at The Care of the Bariatric Surgery Patient Conference. Hosted by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Altman, S. E., Campbell, M.L, Nelson, B.D., Faust, J.P, & Shankman, S.A. (2013). The Relation between Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Startle Investigation. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 1132-1141.
Segal, K.E., Altman, S.E., Weissman, J.A, Safer, D.L, & Chen, E.Y. (2013). Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Binge Eating. In D. LeGrange & A. Goldschmidt (Eds.), Binge Eating Disorder, A Guide for Clinicians. London: Routledge Publishing, Inc.
Altman, S.E., Shankman, S.A, & Spring, B. (2010). The effect of acute tryptophan depletion on emotions in individuals with a personal and family history of depression following a mood induction. Neuropsychobiology, 62:171-176.
Altman, S.E., & Shankman, S.A. (2009). What is the association between obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders? Clinical Psychology Review, 29, 638-646.
It is my privilege and passion to help individuals with eating and weight-related concerns move toward a more comfortable, reliable, and flexible relationship with food. I provide evidence-based care in a compassionate and supportive environment to help individuals work toward overall balance and wellness in their lives. I work with adults who struggle with binge eating, emotional eating, or other forms of loss- of-control eating, as well as depression or anxiety that occur in the context of coping with chronic health conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, Multiple Sclerosis, and POTS. In addition, I provide psychological evaluations and mental health services for individuals pursuing or who have undergone bariatric surgery.
My desire to help those with eating and weight-related concerns, in addition to my training, complement the mission of Eating and Behavioral Health Associates to provide excellent, evidence-based treatment to those struggling with eating and weight concerns. Originally an Ohio native, I lived in Chicago for several years where I obtained my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. During graduate school, I completed specialized training at The University of Chicago Medical Center’s Adult Eating Disorders Program in the use of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for bulimia and binge-eating disorder and contributed to research in this treatment area. I completed my APA-accredited doctoral internship at Illinois State University’s Student Counseling Services and post-doctoral training at Ohio Wesleyan University Student Counseling Services. Both of these experiences allowed me to continue to work with young adults who struggled with a variety of eating concerns, as well as other challenges typically seen in this population. In addition to my doctorate, I hold a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from The University of Cincinnati and completed my undergraduate training in psychology at The University of Dayton.
My passion is helping people of all shapes and sizes who are struggling with stressors by teaching them how to bring balance to their thinking, eating and behaviors, and by helping them to find compassion and ease in their lives. Over the last decade, I have been dedicated to providing mental health treatment to a variety of individuals. Most of these years, my focus has been on providing evidence-based treatment for all types of eating disorders, and I specialize in working with those who struggle with Binge Eating Disorder and body image concerns. At Eating and Behavioral Health Associates, I am excited to work with adults through individual, group or couples therapy.
I am fiercely passionate about providing high-quality, evidence-based treatment for my clients. My interest in treating children and adolescents with eating disorders was sparked because I wanted to find a treatment model that was proven to be effective. This led me to Family Based Treatment (FBT), also known as Maudsley Family Therapy, which is the first-line treatment recommendation for adolescents with eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and ARFID). I also work with children and adolescents who struggle with Binge Eating Disorder and other eating concerns, as well as other issues such as depression and anxiety, using a CBT approach.
Assisting those who struggle with body image and eating disorders has been a passion of mine since 1994 when I began volunteering as a support group leader for an online website, and subsequently became a public speaker on eating disorders and trauma, including presenting at The Renfrew Conference. I have had the pleasure in working with various eating disorder organizations and charities over the last 20 years. I received my Bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Phoenix, and have been working in the administrative field within mental health organizations since 2004. I am excited to be a part of the team at Eating and Behavioral Health Associates.