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 the professional advancement of African-Americans in the field.

Since African-Americans are representative in various groups, the AAEDP Committee is proud to model 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.

As of July 2019, its new Co-Chairs are Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS-S and Paula Edwards-Gayfield, LCMHCS, LPC, CEDS-S, NCC while its BIPOC Subcommittee Co-Chairs are Marvice Marcus, PhD and Norman H. Kim, Ph.D.

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

VIEW OUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS DIRECTORY for more details about each professional and their expertise.

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