The iaedp™ African-American Eating Disorders Professionals (AAEDP) Committee was established in June 2016 by founding co-chairs Emeritus Charlynn Small PhD, CEDS-S and Mazella Fuller, PhD, MSW, LCSW, CEDS-S with the mission of identifying, attracting, and engaging African-American Eating Disorders Professionals.

AAEDP is committed to providing training and conducting research focused on the unique societal challenges impacting eating behavior and African-Americans, and the barriers to their professional advancement in the field.

Since African-Americans are representative in various groups, the AAEDP Committee proudly modeled inclusivity with the establishment of the Subcommittee Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). In so doing, we recognize the complex cumulative challenges of racism, sexism and classism and how they combine, overlap and/or intersect.

2022 welcomes incoming committee co-chairs. Charlece “Charlie” Bishop, MS, LMFT and Mia Harris, M.Ed. will lead AAEDP with Neeru Bakshi, MD, FAPA, CEDS and Ashley Acle, LMFT leading BIPOC. AAEDP-BIPOC leadership will strive to increase the awareness of our community and positively impact iaedp™ and the Eating Disorders field.

Take a look at our Committee Members Directory by visiting:

iaedp™ members can join our monthly Culturally Competent Conversations Peer Consultation every 3rd Tuesday on Zoom. Check below for monthly topics and sign-up by sending an email to

For more information about joining our Committees, collaborating or sharing resources, contact our staff liaison,