About Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D.
Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., CEDS is a culturally sensitive clinical psychologist who specializes in providing evidence-based cognitive behavioral psychotherapy for a variety of problems experienced by adults and adolescents, including depression, anxiety, stress, substance dependence, and eating disorders. During graduate school, Dr. Muhlheim trained in the Rutgers Eating Disorder Clinic under the mentorship of internationally renowned eating disorders expert, G. Terence Wilson, Ph.D. There she was trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for bulimia, and eating disorders have been a primary focus and interest of study ever since. More recently, Dr. Muhlheim obtained training in Family-based therapy for adolescent anorexia. She also has had specialized training in CBT for anxiety disorders and depression, run groups for clients with panic disorder, and has had training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. She is a certified eating disorder specialist (CEDS).
Dr. Muhlheim has worked in a variety of settings with diverse clients with many different issues including an Obesity Research Clinic, inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, group homes, and private practice. For nearly ten years she was a staff psychologist at Los Angeles County Jail, where she gained expertise in diagnostic assessment and crisis intervention. She resided for three years as an expatriate in the People’s Republic of China and worked there as a clinical psychologist treating expatriate foreigners in two different settings. One setting was a primary care clinic at Parkway Health, the largest international healthcare provider in Asia (www.parkwayhealth.cn). In her work in Shanghai, she gained experience working with clients of many different nationalities as well as cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. Dr. Muhlheim has experience supervising and training psychology interns and other mental health professionals.
Dr. Muhlheim has a B.A. from Princeton University and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Los Angeles Psychological Association, and Academy for Eating Disorders. She currently serves on the Membership and Retention Committee of the Academy for Eating Disorders.
Dr. Muhlheim spearheaded the establishment of the Shanghai International Mental Health Association (www.s-imha.org ) and served as its first president. In her work with this organization she gained valuable experience with working with a team of culturally diverse colleagues to achieve organizational goals and expand the group’s membership and community visibility.