Cris is a licensed psychologist, clinician, coach, and teacher. She worked in a New York State Office of Mental Health hospital setting with adolescents and their families for five years from 1979 to 1984. During that time she pioneered integration of local follow-up programs in Tompkins Co. for youth who had been previously hospitalized for psychiatric reasons. In 1983, Cris opened her current private practice in Ithaca, N. Y.
Over the years Cris has always treated many adolescents and adults with eating disorders. She was interviewed on a special cable television program about eating disorders and has trained mental health clinic staff in eating disorder treatment. Cris continues to present as a guest lecturer on the topic of eating disorders at Cornell University.
Cris received her training at Cornell University where she graduated with a Ph.D. in psychology in 1978. She completed her clinical psychology internship at the Benjamin Rush Center in Philadelphia in 1979. As part of her internship Cris did her family therapy training at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center.
Cris is founder of the Parent Partner Program, a community-based program for parents, family, and friends of those with eating disorders. Read more about this helpful program.
It is a six-hour program offering multidisciplinary support and education. It is followed by the possibility of joining a biweekly, peer-led parents and friends support group.
Cris taught courses as adjunct faculty at Cornell University and other colleges.
In 1980 Cris co-edited and contributed to a book, Women and Alcohol, Kendall Hunt Publishers, with John Ford, CSW, Ph.D. In 2004, she published a book for parents and family of those with eating disorders, A Stranger at the Table: Dealing with Your Child's Eating Disorder, Ronjon Publishing, available through this website and other sources.
Cris Haltom, PhD presents clinical training workshops at local, state and national workshops, conventions, and meetings in the field of eating disorder treatment. She has presented at the 2001, 2003, and 2008 Renfrew Center Foundation Conference for Professionals as well as 2005 IAEDP meeting. Click for more information about her presentations.
CRIS E. HALTOM, Ph.D.
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