for females ages 14-17 (full criteria)
healthy people welcome
at San Diego, California
study started
estimated completion:
Christina Wierenga



This study of adolescent eating disorders (ED) will examine the association of temperament-based classifications, brain activation during incentive processing, and ED symptoms at time of scan and 1 year later to better understand the neurobiology and symptoms of ED. We will recruit 150 females currently ill with an ED and 50 controls ages 14-17 to investigate how temperaments reflecting greater inhibition, impulsivity, or effortful control correspond to 1) clinical symptoms and 2) the brain's response to anticipation and outcome of salient stimuli, and 3) by collecting follow-up clinical data one year later, identify how temperament-based subtypes predict ED symptom change (e.g., clinical prediction). Data collection will rely on a technology called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Official Title

Neurocircuitry of Temperament and Motivated Behavior in Adolescent Eating Disorders


Eating Disorder adolescents, healthy controls Disease Feeding and Eating Disorders


You can join if…

Open to females ages 14-17

  • Female
  • Meet DSM-V criteria for an Eating Disorder or Never met criteria for an Eating disorder
  • Medically stable
  • Post-Pubertal (must have started menses, but subsequent loss of menses secondary to ED is fine).

You CAN'T join if...

  • Psychotic illness/other mental illness requiring hospitalization
  • Current dependence on drugs or alcohol
  • Physical conditions known to influence eating or weight (e.g, diabetes mellitus,pregnancy).
  • On psychoactive medication
  • Organic brain syndromes, delirium, psychotic disorders, or intellectual disability
  • Neurological or medical disorders such as seizure disorder
  • Any contraindication to undergoing an MRI
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Left handed


  • University of California San Diego accepting new patients
    San Diego California 92121 United States


accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
University of California, San Diego
Lead Scientist
Christina Wierenga
Study Type
Last Updated
November 19, 2017