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Eating Disorders Peer Advisors

Eating Disorder Peer Advisors serve as a campus resource to those students with concerns about themselves or friends regarding eating disorders, disordered eating/exercise, or nutrition. EDPA’s have been trained to provide advice, information, referrals and support to their fellow students with eating disorders or disordered eating. EDPA is a peer advising group sponsored by Dartmouth College's Student Health Promotion & Wellness Department located on the 3rd floor in Robinson Hall (Robo).

Philosophy

The philosophy of the EDPA program is based upon the following Shared Beliefs and Values:

  1. Talking to someone about their eating disorder can make a difference in their life
  2. An Eating Disorder can happen to anyone
  3. There is not one universal cause of an Eating Disorder
  4. Eating Disorders are not about food
  5. Self-care is not an Eating Disorder
  6. No food is “good” or “bad”
  7. Dieting does not work
  8. A person’s size does not determine their health
  9. Limited representation of different body types in the media impacts the body image of many individuals, which in turn may impact eating behaviors
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Training

EDPA training consists of students participating in a comprehensive training covering varied topics ranging from the physical and psychological impacts to the roles media and socialization play regarding eating disorders. Emphasis is placed on listening and advising skills so that students will be adequately prepared to serve as a resource and referral point for their peers.

If you are interested in applying for EDPA training please blitz “EDPA” and we will place your name on an interest list.

All interactions with EDPAs are considered private and are intended to help students help themselves. EDPA's are required to report contacts with students who seek their guidance using the EDPA Contact Report form (MS Word document, 44 KB). The form should be filled out completely and sent to the EDPA email account. For more information, contact EDPA@dartmouth.edu.

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Resources—Dartmouth and Beyond

There are many resources online for those who may be struggling with eating or exercise issues, or trying to support a loved one who is struggling. We've selected a few that we feel are useful and hope you agree!

Additionally, we've created a few resources for the questions that students most frequently ask us. Check them out!

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Programming

EDPAs are involved in planning a number of programming events to raise awareness on campus about eating disorders or disordered eating/exercising.

We also plan events to promote healthy eating, exercise, and body image acceptance. A few examples of programs that EDPAs are involved with are: Love Your Body Day, Eating Disorders Screening Day, National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Difficult Discussions: How to Approach a Friend with Eating/Exercise Concerns and No Diet Day.

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Contact Us

Please feel free to contact whichever EDPA you feel most comfortable speaking with or Blitz EDPA with any inquiry. We are happy to talk with you!

Olivia Holmes

Joy Piotrowski
Hi! I'm Joy Piotrowski and I'm a '13 from Aiea, Hawaii (the only city in the US that doesn't have any consonants in it! woooohoo). I'm an English major and biology minor (I'm pre-med) and recently just came back from a glorious term in Glasgow, Scotland on the English FSP. I'm a jumper on the track team and a rather tone-deaf member of the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir. I'm also a sister at AZD and involved in various community service projects around campus. I also work at the Library info desk and love to read books, eat mint chocolate chip ice cream, work on my tan, hiking, baking, snuggling up for movie nights and so much more! If you have any questions of would just like to chat please feel free to contact me!

Kathleen Dobell
Hey guys! My name is Kathleen, and I'm a '14 from Steamboat Springs, CO. I'm a government major and education minor, and I do a lot of work with kids both on and off campus. I've been an EDPA for two years, and I'm also involved in FYSEP, DCGH, and KD. Please feel free to contact me.

Jenn O'Donnell
Hi! My name is Jenn O'Donnell, and I am a '13 EDPA. I am from Old Bridge, New Jersey. Here at Dartmouth I am involved with Alpha Phi sorority, Dartmouth Women's Club Soccer team, and Relay for Life. I am a double major in Italian and Physics modified with Biology, and will be pursuing medical school after college. Feel free to blitz me about anything, anytime!

Ashley Wong
Hi! My name is Ashley Wong and I am a '14 from Orange, CT. I have been an EDPA since my sophomore year. I am currently pursuing an Economics major with a Mathematics minor. On campus, I am also involved with Aegis and Rotaract. I would love to chat so feel free to contact me any time!

Emily Cambern
Hey! My name is Emily Cambern, and I'm a '15 from Charlotte, NC. I was trained my freshman year, and I have been an active EDPA since. I am involved in DDD, Mediation @ Dartmouth and Growing Change, and I am a research assistant for the Kellerton Lab. If you want to get in touch with me, just blitz me.

Harriett Gabbidon
Hi! My name is Harriett Gabbidon and I am a '14 from Malden, MA. I am a psychology major and a Human Development&Education minor. I am also on the Pre-health track. I did my EDPA training in the winter of 2012. On campus, I am a member of the For Your Glory Praise Dance Team. My schedule is pretty flexible so feel free to reach out to me for anything!

Amanda Geduld
Hi! My name is Amanda Geduld, and I'm a '15 from New York City. I've been an EDPA since my freshman year and I'm also involved in Prison Project and CAPS (Dartmouth Cancer and Patient Services). I'm and English major modified with Women and Gender Studies and in my free time I love doing photography. Feel free to contact me.

Rachel Hein
Hi! My name is Rachel Hein, and I'm a '15 from Olathe, KS. I am an active EDPA, and have been an EDPA since freshman year. I am part of the softball team here on campus. I am also involved in KKG, Big Green Readers, and Women in Business. I enjoy hiking, swimming, and spending time on the beach. Feel free to contact me.

Anna Franklin

Kate Shelton

Bridget Lynn
Hi! My name is Bridget Lynn. I'm a '15 from Middletown, New Jersey. I'm a Psych major and a Spanish minor. On campus I am actively involved in EDPA (I completed training during my freshman winter and am one of the interns for 13S), as well as Women's Forum, MAV, and BRIDGE Girls Mentoring. I also work part-time in the Student Accessibility Services office and am involved in my sorority on campus as well. In my free time I love to run, read, take Zumba classes, enjoy long meals and talks with friends, and, when I'm home, go to the beach (and play with my dog!). I love to meet new people and am always available to talk so please feel free to contact me!

Alex Leach
Hi! My name is Alex Leach, and I'm a '14 from Dallas, TX. I am one of the EDPA interns for the term, and have been an EDPA since my freshman year. I am also a UGA on campus as well as a Sexpert, and also am involved in Active Minds, EKT, and Panhell. I enjoy doing crafts and baking. Feel free to contact me!

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Last Updated: 2/26/14