Erin Accurso, PhD


Erin Accurso is a psychologist in the UCSF Eating Disorders Program, providing individual and family therapy for children, adolescents and young adults. She specializes in assessing and treating young people with eating disorders and has expertise in family-based treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.

Accurso's research focuses primarily on psychotherapy processes and outcomes for youths with eating disorders, including the effectiveness of treatment. She also studies mental health service delivery, with the ultimate goal of improving dissemination and implementation of research-based practices in community settings.

Accurso earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at Dartmouth College and a doctorate in clinical psychology through a joint program of San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. She then completed an eating disorders research fellowship at the University of Chicago through a postdoctoral training program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Accurso is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and Society for Implementation Research Collaboration.


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 476-7500
Fax: (415) 502-6361

Eating Disorders Program
2330 Post St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-2002
Fax: (415) 353-2466

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San Diego State University and UC San Diego, PhD, Clinical Psychology 2012


University of Chicago, 2012


University of Chicago, Eating Disorders Research 2015

Selected Research and Publications

  1. 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 Apr 10.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Feb; 127(2):251-264.
  4. Murray SB, Accurso EC, Griffiths S, Nagata JM. Boys, Biceps, and Bradycardia: The Hidden Dangers of Muscularity-Oriented Disordered Eating. J Adolesc Health. 2018 Mar; 62(3):352-355.
  5. Lebow J, Sim LA, Accurso EC. Is there clinical consensus in defining weight restoration for adolescents with anorexia nervosa? Eat Disord. 2017 Oct 31; 1-8.
  6. 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 Sep; 25(5):389-396.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 08; 49(8):801-4.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.

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