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Dr. Norman Kim

Norman completed his B.A. at Yale University where he studied music and psychology and was the recipient of a Mellon Fellowship for Research.  He completed his Ph.D. in Psychology at UCLA, where he was the recipient of an individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health to study the neurobiological underpinnings of emotion recognition and understanding in Autism. His research and clinical interests include the neurobiology and social development of people with autism and Asperger’s syndrome, the diagnosis and developmental course of childhood bipolar disorder, and the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders and anxiety disorders. In conjunction, Norman has developed an expertise in treating and teaching about psychiatrically complex populations, and his primary areas of focus are the application of a transdiagnostic framework for eating disorders, taking an evolutionary approach to shame and anxiety, and cultural competency and minority mental health. 


He is a regular national speaker, educator, and passionate advocate for eating disorder awareness and legislation with a particular focus on minority status and barriers to mental health care in marginalized communities. He has developed and conducted cultural competency trainings for clinicians and regularly speaks about the importance of improving inclusivity and diversity in mental health as an essential element in combating the stigma associated with mental health conditions in marginalized communities. 


He is on the Board of Directors of the Eating Disorders Coalition, the founding co-chair of the People of Color Subcommittee of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, on the inaugural Behavioral Health Taskforce for the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, the co-chair of the Transcultural SIG for the Academy of Eating Disorders, and on the Advisory Boards of Recovery Warriors, the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association, Spectrum CBT and Tikvah V’Chizuk. 


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