Who is Dr Christina Wierenga
Dr. Wierenga is an Associate Professor and Clinical Neuropsychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). She is an expert in the neurobiology of eating disorders, in particular related to the neural circuitry supporting cognition and behavior. She Co-Directs the Research Program at the UCSD Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program, where she conducts neuroimaging and neuropsychological research examining the brain basis of disordered eating, with an emphasis on key constructs that contribute to altered motivation to eat, including cognitive control, reward processing, learning, and interoception. She has published over 70 peer-reviewed research manuscripts. She is also heavily involved in treatment development efforts for eating disorders guided by a neurobiological understanding of temperament-based behavior, as well as treatment outcome studies. Through close collaboration with Drs. Knatz Peck and Hill, she has developed and continues to test a Temperament-Based Treatment with Supports (TBT-S) approach for adolescents and adults with eating disorders, which is frequently delivered in an intensive 5-day multi-family format.
Dr. Wierenga is a CA licensed Clinical Psychologist and supervises clinical trainees in the Adolescent Eating Disorders Program and conducts neuropsychological assessments in both the Adolescent and Adult Programs. She serves as faculty in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and the UCSD Clinical Psychology APA approved Internship and is actively involved in training graduate students, pre-doctoral clinical interns, and post-doctoral fellows. She has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIMH, NIDDK), National Eating Disorders Association, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Alzheimer’s Association