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Erin C. Accurso, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-476-5139
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-5521-6381 Additional info
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    Dartmouth CollegeB.A.2006Psychology
    San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program (JDP)Ph.D.2012Clinical Psychology
    University of ChicagoPostdoctoral T32 Fellow2015Eating Disorders Program
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2019Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

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    Dr. Erin Accurso is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF, where she also serves as Clinical Director of the UCSF Eating Disorders Program. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of youth and young adults with eating disorders. Her current research through an NIMH-funded K23 award focuses on implementation science and health disparities in the treatment of eating disorders, with the goal of improving access to evidence-based care for underserved diverse youth with eating disorders in the public sector. She is also interested in health care delivery and policies influencing the organization and delivery of publicly-funded mental health and medical services.

    Dr. Accurso obtained her B.A. from Dartmouth College and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the San Diego State University / University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago through the T32 Midwest Regional Postdoctoral Training Grant in Eating Disorders Research prior to joining UCSF.

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    Child-therapist and caregiver-therapist alliance in usual care psychotherapy
    NIH F31MH083399Apr 10, 2008 - Apr 9, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Researchers can login to make corrections and additions, or contact us for help.
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    1. Le Grange D, Gorrell S, Hughes EK, Accurso EC, Yeo M, Pradel M, Sawyer SM. Delivery of Family-Based Treatment for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa in a Public Health Care Setting: Research Versus Non-Research Specialty Care. Front Psychiatry. 2019; 10:1001. PMID: 32038332.
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    2. Accurso EC, Sim L, Muhlheim L, Lebow J. Parents know best: Caregiver perspectives on eating disorder recovery. Int J Eat Disord. 2019 Nov 19. PMID: 31743480.
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    3. Garber AK, Cheng J, Accurso EC, Adams SH, Buckelew SM, Kapphahn CJ, Kreiter A, Le Grange D, Machen VI, Moscicki AB, Saffran K, Sy AF, Wilson L, Golden NH. Weight Loss and Illness Severity in Adolescents With Atypical Anorexia Nervosa. Pediatrics. 2019 Dec; 144(6). PMID: 31694978.
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    4. Hughes EK, Sawyer SM, Accurso EC, Singh S, Le Grange D. Predictors of early response in conjoint and separated models of family-based treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa. Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2019 05; 27(3):283-294. PMID: 30761665.
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    5. Lebow J, Sim L, Crosby RD, Goldschmidt AB, Le Grange D, Accurso EC. Weight gain trajectories during outpatient family-based treatment for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord. 2018 Dec 22. PMID: 30578648.
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    6. Astrachan-Fletcher E, Accurso EC, Rossman S, McClanahan SF, Dimitropoulos G, Le Grange D. An exploratory study of challenges and successes in implementing adapted family-based treatment in a community setting. J Eat Disord. 2018; 6:44. PMID: 30603086.
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    7. Singh S, Accurso EC, Hail L, Goldschmidt AB, Le Grange D. Outcome parameters associated with perceived helpfulness of family-based treatment for adolescent eating disorders. Int J Eat Disord. 2018 06; 51(6):574-578. PMID: 29637574.
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    8. Riano NS, Linos E, Accurso EC, Sung D, Linos E, Simard JF, Mangurian C. Paid Family and Childbearing Leave Policies at Top US Medical Schools. JAMA. 2018 02 13; 319(6):611-614. PMID: 29450516.
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    9. Goldschmidt AB, Crosby RD, Cao L, Moessner M, Forbush KT, Accurso EC, Le Grange D. Network analysis of pediatric eating disorder symptoms in a treatment-seeking, transdiagnostic sample. J Abnorm Psychol. 2018 02; 127(2):251-264. PMID: 29528678.
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    10. Murray SB, Accurso EC, Griffiths S, Nagata JM. Boys, Biceps, and Bradycardia: The Hidden Dangers of Muscularity-Oriented Disordered Eating. J Adolesc Health. 2018 03; 62(3):352-355. PMID: 29241987.
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    11. Lebow J, Sim LA, Accurso EC. Is there clinical consensus in defining weight restoration for adolescents with anorexia nervosa? Eat Disord. 2018 May-Jun; 26(3):270-277. PMID: 29087249.
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    12. Darrow SM, Accurso EC, Nauman ER, Goldschmidt AB, Le Grange D. Exploring Types of Family Environments in Youth with Eating Disorders. Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2017 09; 25(5):389-396. PMID: 28675592.
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    13. Accurso EC, Astrachan-Fletcher E, O'Brien S, McClanahan SF, Le Grange D. Adaptation and implementation of family-based treatment enhanced with dialectical behavior therapy skills for anorexia nervosa in community-based specialist clinics. Eat Disord. 2018 Mar-Apr; 26(2):149-163. PMID: 28569604.
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    14. Boyd HK, Kass AE, Accurso EC, Goldschmidt AB, Wildes JE, Le Grange D. Relationship between desired weight and eating disorder pathology in youth. Int J Eat Disord. 2017 08; 50(8):963-969. PMID: 28429386.
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    15. Megen Vo, Daniel Le Grange, Erin Accurso, Andrea Goldschmidt. The Impact of DSM-5 on Eating Disorder Diagnoses. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2017 Feb 1; 60(2):s45.
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    16. Peterson CB, Berg KC, Crosby RD, Lavender JM, Accurso EC, Ciao AC, Smith TL, Klein M, Mitchell JE, Crow SJ, Wonderlich SA. The effects of psychotherapy treatment on outcome in bulimia nervosa: Examining indirect effects through emotion regulation, self-directed behavior, and self-discrepancy within the mediation model. Int J Eat Disord. 2017 06; 50(6):636-647. PMID: 28117906.
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    17. Erin C. Accurso, Alexandria M. Goodyear. Key Therapeutic Role of Nutrition Across Therapies and Settings. Encyclopedia of Feeding and Eating Disorders. 2017 Jan 1; 479-484.
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    18. Anderson K, Accurso EC, Kinasz KR, Le Grange D. Residents' and Fellows' Knowledge and Attitudes About Eating Disorders at an Academic Medical Center. Acad Psychiatry. 2017 Jun; 41(3):381-384. PMID: 27882518.
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    19. Vo M, Accurso EC, Goldschmidt AB, Le Grange D. The Impact of DSM-5 on Eating Disorder Diagnoses. Int J Eat Disord. 2017 05; 50(5):578-581. PMID: 27862127.
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    20. Goldschmidt AB, Accurso EC, Crosby RD, Cao L, Ellison J, Smith TL, Klein MH, Mitchell JE, Crow SJ, Wonderlich SA, Peterson CB. Association between objective and subjective binge eating and psychopathology during a psychological treatment trial for bulimic symptoms. Appetite. 2016 12 01; 107:471-477. PMID: 27554184.
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    21. Accurso EC, Lebow J, Murray SB, Kass AE, Le Grange D. The relation of weight suppression and BMIz to bulimic symptoms in youth with bulimia nervosa. J Eat Disord. 2016; 4:21. PMID: 27468352.
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    22. Mak GZ, Lucchetti AR, Drossos T, Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, Accurso EC, Stiles-Shields C, Newman EA, Skelly CL. Pediatric Chronic Abdominal Pain and Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome: A Review and Psychosocial Comparison. Pediatr Ann. 2016 Jul 01; 45(7):e257-64. PMID: 27403674.
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    23. Goldschmidt AB, Accurso EC, O'Brien S, Kara Fitzpatrick K, Lock JD, Le Grange D. The importance of loss of control while eating in adolescents with purging disorder. Int J Eat Disord. 2016 Aug; 49(8):801-4. PMID: 26969189.
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    24. Kinasz K, Accurso EC, Kass AE, Le Grange D. Does Sex Matter in the Clinical Presentation of Eating Disorders in Youth? J Adolesc Health. 2016 Apr; 58(4):410-416. PMID: 26830976.
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    25. Accurso EC, Wonderlich SA, Crosby RD, Smith TL, Klein MH, Mitchell JE, Crow SJ, Berg KC, Peterson CB. Predictors and moderators of treatment outcome in a randomized clinical trial for adults with symptoms of bulimia nervosa. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2016 Feb; 84(2):178-84. PMID: 26689304.
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    26. Byrne CE, Kass AE, Accurso EC, Fischer S, O'Brien S, Goodyear A, Lock J, Le Grange D. Overvaluation of shape and weight in adolescents with anorexia nervosa: does shape concern or weight concern matter more for treatment outcome? J Eat Disord. 2015; 3:49. PMID: 26677412.
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    27. Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, Ciao AC, Accurso EC. A naturalistic examination of social comparisons and disordered eating thoughts, urges, and behaviors in college women. Int J Eat Disord. 2016 Feb; 49(2):141-50. PMID: 26610301.
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    28. Accurso EC, Garland AF, Haine-Schlagel R, Brookman-Frazee L, Baker-Ericzén MJ. Factors contributing to reduced caregiver strain in a publicly-funded child mental health system. J Emot Behav Disord. 2015 Sep 01; 23(3):131-143. PMID: 26361434.
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    29. Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, Accurso EC, Ciao AC, Crosby RD, Cao L, Pisetsky EM, Le Grange D, Peterson CB, Crow SJ, Engel SG, Mitchell JE, Wonderlich SA. Restrictive eating in anorexia nervosa: Examining maintenance and consequences in the natural environment. Int J Eat Disord. 2015 Nov; 48(7):923-31. PMID: 26310991.
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    30. Kass AE, Accurso EC, Goldschmidt AB, Anam S, Byrne CE, Kinasz K, Goodyear A, O'Brien S, Le Grange D. Picking and nibbling in children and adolescents with eating disorders. Int J Eat Disord. 2015 Dec; 48(8):1102-5. PMID: 26282064.
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    31. Lock J, Le Grange D, Agras WS, Fitzpatrick KK, Jo B, Accurso E, Forsberg S, Anderson K, Arnow K, Stainer M. Can adaptive treatment improve outcomes in family-based therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa? Feasibility and treatment effects of a multi-site treatment study. Behav Res Ther. 2015 Oct; 73:90-5. PMID: 26276704.
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    32. Rienecke RD, Accurso EC, Lock J, Le Grange D. Expressed Emotion, Family Functioning, and Treatment Outcome for Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa. Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2016 Jan; 24(1):43-51. PMID: 26201083.
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    33. Accurso EC, Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, Ciao A, Cao L, Crosby RD, Smith TL, Klein MH, Mitchell JE, Crow SJ, Wonderlich SA, Peterson CB. Therapeutic alliance in a randomized clinical trial for bulimia nervosa. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2015 Jun; 83(3):637-42. PMID: 25894667.
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    34. Ciao AC, Accurso EC, Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, Le Grange D. Predictors and moderators of psychological changes during the treatment of adolescent bulimia nervosa. Behav Res Ther. 2015 Jun; 69:48-53. PMID: 25874955.
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    35. Byrne CE, Accurso EC, Arnow KD, Lock J, Le Grange D. An exploratory examination of patient and parental self-efficacy as predictors of weight gain in adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord. 2015 Nov; 48(7):883-8. PMID: 25808269.
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    36. Goldschmidt AB, Accurso EC, Schreiber-Gregory DN, Crosby RD, Cao L, Engel SG, Mitchell JE, Crow SJ, Peterson CB, Le Grange D, Wonderlich SA. Behavioral, emotional, and situational context of purging episodes in anorexia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord. 2015 Apr; 48(3):341-4. PMID: 25643935.
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    37. Erin C. Accurso, Alexandria M. Goodyear. Key Therapeutic Role of Nutrition Across Therapies and Settings. Encyclopedia of Feeding and Eating Disorders. 2015 Jan 1; 1-6.
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    38. Accurso EC, Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, Ciao AC, Le Grange D. From efficacy to effectiveness: comparing outcomes for youth with anorexia nervosa treated in research trials versus clinical care. Behav Res Ther. 2015 Feb; 65:36-41. PMID: 25557396.
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    39. Accurso EC, Garland AF. Child, caregiver, and therapist perspectives on therapeutic alliance in usual care child psychotherapy. Psychol Assess. 2015 Mar; 27(1):347-52. PMID: 25314097.
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    40. Accurso EC, Norman GJ, Crow SJ, Rock CL, Boutelle KN. The role of motivation in family-based guided self-help treatment for pediatric obesity. Child Obes. 2014 Oct; 10(5):392-9. PMID: 25181608.
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    41. Le Grange D, Lock J, Accurso EC, Agras WS, Darcy A, Forsberg S, Bryson SW. Relapse from remission at two- to four-year follow-up in two treatments for adolescent anorexia nervosa. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2014 Nov; 53(11):1162-7. PMID: 25440306.
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    42. Forsberg S, Fitzpatrick KK, Darcy A, Aspen V, Accurso EC, Bryson SW, Agras S, Arnow KD, Le Grange D, Lock J. Development and evaluation of a treatment fidelity instrument for family-based treatment of adolescent anorexia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord. 2015 Jan; 48(1):91-9. PMID: 25142619.
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    43. Ciao AC, Accurso EC, Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, Lock J, Le Grange D. Family functioning in two treatments for adolescent anorexia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord. 2015 Jan; 48(1):81-90. PMID: 24902822.
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    44. Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, Ciao AC, Accurso EC, Pisetsky EM, Peterson CB, Byrne CE, Le Grange D. Subjective and objective binge eating in relation to eating disorder symptomatology, depressive symptoms, and self-esteem among treatment-seeking adolescents with bulimia nervosa. Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2014 Jul; 22(4):230-6. PMID: 24852114.
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    45. Elran-Barak R, Accurso EC, Goldschmidt AB, Sztainer M, Byrne C, Le Grange D. Eating patterns in youth with restricting and binge eating/purging type anorexia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord. 2014 Dec; 47(8):878-83. PMID: 24777645.
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    46. Mann AP, Accurso EC, Stiles-Shields C, Capra L, Labuschagne Z, Karnik NS, Le Grange D. Factors associated with substance use in adolescents with eating disorders. J Adolesc Health. 2014 Aug; 55(2):182-7. PMID: 24656448.
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    47. Accurso EC, Ciao AC, Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, Lock JD, Le Grange D. Is weight gain really a catalyst for broader recovery?: The impact of weight gain on psychological symptoms in the treatment of adolescent anorexia nervosa. Behav Res Ther. 2014 May; 56:1-6. PMID: 24632109.
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    48. Garland AF, Accurso EC, Haine-Schlagel R, Brookman-Frazee L, Roesch S, Zhang JJ. Searching for elements of evidence-based practices in children's usual care and examining their impact. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2014; 43(2):201-15. PMID: 24555882.
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    49. Le Grange D, Accurso EC, Lock J, Agras S, Bryson SW. Early weight gain predicts outcome in two treatments for adolescent anorexia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord. 2014 Mar; 47(2):124-9. PMID: 24190844.
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    50. Accurso EC, Hawley KM, Garland AF. Psychometric properties of the Therapeutic Alliance Scale for Caregivers and Parents. Psychol Assess. 2013 Mar; 25(1):244-52. PMID: 23088205.
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    51. Garland AF, Haine-Schlagel R, Accurso EC, Baker-Ericzén MJ, Brookman-Frazee L. Exploring the effect of therapists' treatment practices on client attendance in community-based care for children. Psychol Serv. 2012 Feb; 9(1):74-88. PMID: 22449089.
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    52. Accurso EC, Taylor RM, Garland AF. Evidence-based Practices Addressed in Community-based Children's Mental Health Clinical Supervision. Train Educ Prof Psychol. 2011 May 01; 5(2):88-96. PMID: 24761163.
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    53. Garland AF, Brookman-Frazee L, Hurlburt MS, Accurso EC, Zoffness RJ, Haine-Schlagel R, Ganger W. Mental health care for children with disruptive behavior problems: a view inside therapists' offices. Psychiatr Serv. 2010 Aug; 61(8):788-95. PMID: 20675837.
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    54. Chavira DA, Accurso EC, Garland AF, Hough R. Suicidal Behaviour Among Youth in Five Public Sectors of Care. Child Adolesc Ment Health. 2010 Feb 01; 15(1):44-51. PMID: 20221303.
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    55. Garland AF, Hurlburt MS, Brookman-Frazee L, Taylor RM, Accurso EC. Methodological challenges of characterizing usual care psychotherapeutic practice. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2010 May; 37(3):208-20. PMID: 19757021.
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