Eating Disorders and Adolescent Medicine - Patient Care and Treatment

Eating Disorders and Adolescent Medicine - Patient Care and Treatment

Penn State Eating Disorders and Adolescent Medicine provides outpatient and partial hospitalization care for eating disorders in children, teens and adults.

Learn more or make an appointment

By calling any of our telephone numbers below.

Eating disorder and specialty care for teens

Penn State Eating Disorders and Adolescent Medicine team provides care for many teen health issues including:

  • Anorexia Nervosa (very low weight, fear of gaining weight and/or starvation)
  • Bulimia Nervosa (binge eating followed by forced vomiting or extreme exercise)
  • Other eating disorders, including the new Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
  • Family planning services
  • Menstrual issues (problems with monthly periods)
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Sexually transmitted infections

How we evaluate

During a patient’s first visit, he or she will see the doctor or nurse practitioner. The care team will:

  • Ask for the patient’s full history
  • Perform a full exam
  • Order lab work or other tests as needed
  • Talk with the patient and family, if appropriate
  • Recommend a treatment plan

Levels of treatment for eating disorder recovery

We offer different levels of care for children, teens and adults with eating disorders. We suggest a level that’s right for each patient.

Eating Disorder Outpatient Clinic

Our Eating Disorder Outpatient Clinic serves children, teens and adults Mondays through Fridays.  

Services include:

  • Health evaluation
  • Health management
  • Nutritional management
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric evaluation and treatment

Request an evaluation at our Eating Disorders Outpatient Program for children, teens or adult by calling 717-531-2099.

Partial Hospitalization Program for children and adolescent patients (ages 8 to 17)

Our partial hospitalization program meets five days a week, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the school year and 7 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. during the summer. It includes a two-hour school component run by the Capital Area Intermediate Unit.

We involve the family in treating a child’s eating disorder. We believe children heal best when we work together with parents and caregivers, teaching them how to be directly involved in the child’s recovery and care.

Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is at the core of our young patient programs. This proven method of treating eating disorders encourages patients to face their fears. The aim is for patients to feel less anxiety over time through ongoing exposure. This is practiced in a safe, supportive environment, under the care of compassionate health professionals.

Families who live at least one hour away are eligible to stay at the Ronald McDonald House, a block from the clinic.

Learn more about our Partial Hospitalization Program for children ages 8 to 17 by calling 717-531-2099.

Intensive Outpatient Program and Partial Hospitalization Program for adults and teens 17 and older

We design unique treatment plans for adults age 17 and older. We offer both outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. We treat the person not just the eating disorder.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program offers group sessions for patients age 17 and older. Sessions are three days a week, for three hours each and include:

  • Psychoeducational groups
  • Psychodynamic-oriented group therapy
  • Meal-time group

We also provide nutritional counseling and regular psychiatric and medical evaluations to see that each patient is making progress.

Our Adult Partial Hospitalization Program meets five days a week for seven hours per day. This provides more a more intense group therapy than our Outpatient Program. It includes:

  • Psychoeducational groups
  • Psychodynamic-oriented group therapy
  • Music, art and pet therapy
  • Two meals a day and a snack

Learn more or make an appointment for our Intensive Outpatient Program or our Partial Hospitalization Program for adults and teens 17 and older by calling 717-531-2099.

Inpatient hospitalization

Penn State Children’s Hospital does not offer inpatient eating disorder treatment. If the patient needs that level of care, we’ll talk about it with you at the appointment and make the appropriate referrals.

Contact us

Adolescent Medicine:
Phone: 717-531-2099
Fax: 717-531-0067

Request an evaluation:
Eating Disorders Outpatient Program for children, teens or adults
Phone: 717-531-2099
Fax: 717-531-0067

Request an evaluation:
Eating Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program
Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Program for children, teens or adults
Phone: 717-531-2099
Fax: 717-531-0067