At MCCAED, research is at the very core of our work. We’ve conducted groundbreaking studies in the field of child and adolescent eating disorders, which have in turn allowed us to advance highly innovative treatment models. Some of the pioneering therapies that were developed right here at the Maudsley Centre include Maudsley Family Therapy and Multi-Family Therapy. 

Almost every aspect of our clinical practice is informed by scientific evidence gathered through extensive research. Young people and families accessing our service are routinely given the opportunity to take part in audits of treatment outcomes. We tend to conduct our studies in clinical, educational and community settings; our findings allow us to identify areas of need and to continuously improve the efficacy of the treatments we offer our patients. This ensures that they have access to the very best care available.

Our research team collaborates closely with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.

Research, studies and collaboration

Selected publications

The publications below, authored by MCCAED practitioners, have been instrumental in the development of new therapies, and have been influential  within the global scientific community. The topics explored reflect our team’s expertise in treatment development, and the cognitive psychology and neurobiology of eating disorders.

A randomized controlled treatment trial of two forms of family therapy in adolescent anorexia nervosa: A five-year follow-up

Eisler, I., Simic, M., Russell, G. F. M., & Dare, C.  (2007). Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, 48 (6), 552–560.

DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2007.01726.x

Intensive treatment program (ITP): A case series service evaluation of the effectiveness of day patient treatment for adolescents with a restrictive eating disorder

Simic, M., Stewart, C. S., Eisler, I., Baudinet, J., Hunt, K., O’Brien, J., & McDermott, B. (2018). International Journal of Eating Disorders, 51(11), 1261-1269.

DOI: 10.1002/eat.22959

Multi-family therapy for Bulimia Nervosa in Adolescence.

Stewart, C.S., Voulgari, S., Eisler, I., Hunt, K. & Simic, M. (2015). Eating Disorders, 23(4), 345-355.

DOI: 10.1080/10640266.2015.1044348

A pragmatic randomised multi-centre trial of multifamily and single family therapy for adolescent anorexia nervosa.

Eisler, I., Simic, M., Hodsoll, J., Asen, E., Berelowitz, M., Connan, F., Ellis, G., Hugo, P., Schmidt, U., Treasure, J. & Yi, I. (2016). BMC Psychiatry, 16(1), 422.

DOI: 10.1186/s12888-016-1129-6


Resource library

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