Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Jennifer Wildes is a clinical psychologist whose research aims to reduce the burden of disease associated with eating-related psychopathology, through studies designed to elucidate mechanisms underlying heterogeneity in phenotypic presentation, identify behavioral and neurobiological predictors of illness course and outcome, and develop novel interventions that target mechanisms implicated in the maintenance of aberrant eating. Wildes is also the co-developer of emotion acceptance behavior therapy for anorexia nervosa and directs the eating disorders clinical program at the University of Chicago Medicine.
Her research has been published extensively in scholarly journals, including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and International Journal of Eating Disorders. One of her papers on dimensional approaches to the classification of eating disorders received the Outstanding Scientific Contribution award from the Academy for Eating Disorders and Wiley publishing.
Wildes received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Virginia and her PhD from the University of Oregon. She completed her clinical psychology internship at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, she held faculty appointments at the University of Pittsburgh and was director of eating disorders research at WPIC.