FREED overcomes barriers to early treatment and recovery. Components include rapid screening and assessment protocols, evidence-based interventions that specifically attend to the needs of young people and their families (including options for online treatment), and an implementation toolkit. FREED is effective at reducing waiting times, improving treatment engagement, and promoting full recovery.
Karina is a clinical psychologist working in the Eating Disorders Service at the Maudsley Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. As part of her role, she serves as Project Manager for FREED, the novel First episode Rapid Early intervention service for Eating Disorders. Karina has 12 years of experience with research, clinical practice and health policy in eating disorders, in both Australia and the UK. As part of this, she has published 42 peer-reviewed journal articles in the field and received recognition for her work through awards from the Academy of Eating Disorders, Eating Disorder Research Society, Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Journal of Eating Disorders.