Research-Practice Guidelines

Research-Practice Guidelines


Access the AED Guidelines for Research-Practice Integration, created by the AED Research-Practice Committee in an effort to advance research and practice partnership in the field of eating disorders. Accompanying the general guidelines is the AED Action Plan which outlines a strategic plan for research-practice integration within the AED.

Research Practice Guidelines in English
AED Action Plan
Research Practice Guidelines in French
Research Practice Guidelines in German
Research Practice Guidelines in Italian
Research Practice Guidelines in Spanish

New Research-Practice Initiatives - AED Data Network / Clinical Measures Toolkit
The AED Research-Practice Committee (RPC) is pleased to announce the launch of two exciting initiatives developed to promote research-practice integration within the AED and the field of eating disorders: 1) the AED Research-Practice Data Network, and 2) the Clinical Measures Toolkit for Clinicians. Read more...

History of the AED Research-Practice Initiative

The AED Research-Practice Initiative took form in 2007 following an informal survey1 that posed two questions of 32 AED members:

  1. There appears to be a researcher-clinician gap in our field. What do you think is the main cause of this gap?
  2. What is one step we can take to close the gap?

The responses to this survey were uniformly thoughtful and united in their concern about the importance of finding effective ways to encourage research-practice integration. The responses also suggested that the impediments to research-practice integration were multi-layered and complex in nature.

The AED Research-Practice Committee (RPC) was then created and charged with the task of further exploring factors that block research-practice integration and developing a strategic plan for promoting partnership between researchers and practitioners.

The RPC developed the following mission and goals statement:

Mission:  To improve the quality of research, clinical practice, and prevention in the field of eating disorders by facilitating an ongoing transfer of knowledge from research into practice and from practice into research, while working to eliminate the factors that result in polarization of these two critical aspects of our field.

Goals: The RPC aims to promote the development of an integrated research-practice culture within the AED by facilitating:

  • the development of effective evidence-based practices, while ensuring that research remains focused upon, and relevant to, practice concerns;
  • the development and sharing of innovative clinical practices and observations to guide the nature and direction of research; and
  • the promotion of a culture of mutual respect across disciplines.

RPC Activities

Since 2007, the RPC has implemented changes in AED activities, in particular conference activities, that promote interactive learning, researcher-practitioner dialogue, and a balanced research-practice perspective. See the Committees & Task Forces.

Past activities have included:

  • Global and Regional Think Tank Sessions
    Since 2008, the RPC has hosted interactive solution-oriented discussion sessions at the annual AED international conferences and at regional conferences including the London International Eating Disorders Conference, the Eating Disorders Research Society Meeting, and at the 2010 meeting of the European Council on Eating Disorders.   The 2011 Global Think Tank, "Adventures in Knowledge Transfer"  was held at the AED 2011 Miami ICED and addressed real-world models for integrating research and practice for eating disorders professionals. 
  • Research-Practice Listserv
    All AED members are invited to participate in a listserv formed by the RPC in 2008 to promote on-going discussion about research-practice issues, projects, and new directions. Over 150 AED members have joined the listserv since it was formed.  To join, contact Dasha Nicholls (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Howard Steiger (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). 
  • AED Forum Columns
    The RPC now hosts two regular columns in the AED Forum:

    -New Hypotheses—an informal venue for AED members to share their new ideas about research, education, treatment and prevention.  Entries for this column are not intended to be academic pieces, but rather informal, plain language essays describing thoughts, theories and perspectives that members would like to present to the AED community. Please e-mail your submissions or questions and/or ideas about submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    -Models or Research-Practice Integration – a venue to provide examples of methods and processes used by  AED members to integrate research and practice. For further information about how to contribute to this column, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


We are enthusiastic and optimistic about these efforts to advance the science and practice in the field of eating disorders. Our AED members are an essential resource in promoting this collaboration, and we welcome ideas that will enhance our understanding of, and advance opportunities for, research practice partnerships.



Banker, J., & Klump, K. (2007). Toward a Common Ground:  Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice in the Field of Eating Disorders.The AED Forum, January.

Banker,J.D., & Klump, K.L.(2009). Research and  Clinical Practice: A Dynamic Tension in the Field of Eating Disorders, In I.F Dancyger & V.M. Fornari (Eds.), Evidence Based Treatments for Eating Disorders, pp. 71-86. Nova Science Publishers, New York.

Kazdin, A.E. (2008). Evidence-Based Treatment and Practice: New Opportunities to Bridge Clinical Research and Practice, Enhance the Knowledge Base, and Improve Patient Care, American Psychologist, 63(3), 146-159.

Levant, R. F. (2006). APA Presidential Task Force Report on Evidence-Based Practice, Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology, American Psychologist, 61(4), 271-285.

1The survey and responses are more fully described in: Banker, J., & Klump, K. (2007).  Toward a Common Ground:  Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice in the Field of Eating Disorders.  The AED Forum, January.