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Please join UCLA's Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for an Open Mind/#WOW program on Eating Disorders with Susan Burton, author of the new critically acclaimed memoir, Empty. Ms. Burton will be joined in conversation by Danielle Keenan-Miller, Ph.D., Director of the UCLA Psychology Clinic.

For almost thirty years, Susan Burton hid her obsession with food and the secret life of compulsive eating and starving that dominated her adolescence. Empty is the relentlessly honest, fiercely intelligent story of living with both anorexia and binge-eating disorder, moving past her shame, and learning to tell her secret. Binge eating is more prevalent than anorexia or bulimia, but there is less research and little storytelling to help us understand it. Empty is a profound look inside this experience. Bravely, sometimes brutally, Susan Burton makes the case that there is more power in telling a secret than in keeping it. The New York Times calls Empty "a book that wields a fearsome intimacy."

Susan Burton is an editor at This American Life. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Slate, The New Yorker, and others, and she is a former editor of Harper's. The film "Unaccompanied Minors" is based on one of her personal essays. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

Ms. Burton will be joined in conversation by Danielle Keenan-Miller, Ph.D. Dr. Keenan-Miller is a psychological scientist, teacher, therapist, and co-author of the upcoming book The Binge Eating Prevention Workbook. She is the director of the UCLA Psychology Clinic, and associate adjunct professor of psychology at UCLA, where she trains graduate students in evidence-based psychotherapy.

Thursday, August 20, 4PM - 5PM PT

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.


To watch videos of our past Open Mind programs, please visit www.friendsofnpi.org/open-mind-videos.

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