Joanna E. Steinglass, MD

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Dr. Joanna Steinglass is a Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and the Director of Research of the Eating Disorders Research Clinic at NYSPI/CUIMC. Dr. Steinglass graduated from Amherst College, and received her M.D. from Harvard Medical School. She completed her psychiatry training at NYSPI/Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr.Steinglass’ research aims to advance health of patients with Anorexia Nervosa through investigation of the neural mechanisms of illness and the development of mechanism-based treatments. The current focus of her work is to relate neural circuits with the maladaptive behaviors central to Anorexia Nervosa, namely maladaptive restrictive eating. Her group has demonstrated abnormalities in neural systems involved in decision-making, and have identified links between neural findings and maladaptive behavior. Dr. Steinglass has developed and tested novel behavioral and medication treatment approaches to the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa.


Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Eating Disorders
  • General Psychiatry

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Female

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Internship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: New York State Psychiatric Institute

Board Certifications

  • Psychiatry


Dr. Steinglass currently conducts clinical research in anorexia nervosa. Her research aims to elucidate the neural mechanisms of anorexia nervosa, and to develop treatments to better prevent relapse. She is investigating the cognitive neuroscience of anorexia nervosa. Her work focuses on the link between neural mechanisms and salient behavioral disturbances for individuals with anorexia nervosa.

Clinical Trials

Exposure therapy and cognitive remediation therapy for anorexia nervosa. Learn more.

Selected Publications

  • Steinglass JE, Sysko R, Schebendach J, Broft A, Strober M, Walsh BT,: The application of exposure therapy and D-cycloserine to the treatment of anorexia nervosa: a preliminary trial . Journal of Psychiatric Practice 2007;13(4): 238-245
  • Steinglass JE, Walsh BT: Habit Learning and Anorexia Nervosa: A Cognitive Neuroscience Hypothesis. International Journal of Eating Disorders 2006;39(4): 267-75
  • Steinglass JE, Walsh BT, Stern Y: Set shifting deficit in anorexia nervosa. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 2006;12(3): 431-435
  • Steinglass JE, Eisen JL, Attia E, Mayer L, Walsh BT,: Is Anorexia Nervosa a delusional disorder? An assessment of eating beliefs in anorexia nervosa. Journal of Psychiatric Practice 2007;13(2): 65-71