Professionals who demonstrate clinical expertise through education, experience and a rigorous examination are eligible for certification as a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) in mental health, Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD), or Certified Eating Disorders Registered Nurse (CEDRN).

It is iaedp’s™ mission to promote excellence in competency assessment for professionals in the eating disorders field through offering a rigorous set of criteria for the evaluation of education, training, knowledge and experience. iaedp’s™ goal is to provide professional certification that is obtainable and affordable without compromising the high level of standards necessary.


iaedp™ has designed its certification program requirements to insure its certified professionals are able to demonstrate expertise through a range of professional activities, achievements, supervised activities, and testing. Following is a step by step guide to simplify the certification process for the traditional route. If you have practiced as a licensed clinician for five or more years, the committee recommends you review the Equivalency option to see if you qualify for this route created for the experienced professional.  All equivalency applications are available at www.iaedp.com under Certification and Quick Links.

For more information about certification, email certification@dfwiaedp.com




Anyone can become a member of iaedp or the DFW iaedp Chapter: Professionals, Students, Families, Parents, Coaches, etc.

Chapter Membership $125 (must meet and maintain criteria for discount) Code: DallasFW

Individual Membership $195

Full time Student Member $75 (Must have official documentation of semester hours)

For more information about membership email: membership@dfwiaedp.com

about DFW iaedp Chapter


To provide professional affiliation with an international, highly regarded organization

To educate our members in the state of the art treatment, research and prevention developments in the eating disorder field


Enhance camaraderie and unity among our eating disorder treatment providers, researchers and students entering the field



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DFW iaedp Executive Board:


President: Kiersten Rapstine, LPC-S, CEDS-S

Secretary: Megan Rothchild, RDN, LD

Treasurer: Whitney Russell, LPC-S

Membership: Casey Bonano, RD, LD

Education: Erin Clarke Berkley

Marketing Co-Chair: Angela Lovell, MAPC, RDN, LD 

Marketing Co-Chair: Kelly Jameson, PhD, LPC-S

Certification: DeLisa Deutsch, MS, LPC-S, CEDS

​Student Liaison: Jenna Temkin, PsyD

Medical Co-Liaison: Urszula Kelly, MD

Medical Co-Liaison: Melissa Pennington, DO, ABPN, ABAM 

Hospitality Co-Chair: Grace Evans, MS

Hospitality Co-Chair: Jamie Schwartz, RD, LD

Immediate Past President: Hollie Higgins

about iaedp

the international association of eating disorder professionals:

Established in 1985, (iaedp) is today well-recognized for its excellence in providing first-quality education and high-level training standards to an international multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professionals, who treat the full spectrum of eating disorder problems.


Visit the national website at www.iaedp.com.