Served January 2019 – January 2021
Caryl James-Bateman, B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc, PhD
Dr. Caryl James-Bateman is a Clinical Psychologist and Eating Disorder Specialist in Jamaica. She holds the position of iaedp International Chapter Chair of Jamaica and is a member of the People of Color Subcommittee of the African-American Eating Disorders Professionals (AAEDP) Committee. She is also a Senior Lecturer and the Psychology Unit Coordinator at the University of the West Indies, Mona. She has a passion for helping people, particularly people of the Caribbean. Through her research and her work with her patients, she has recognized that culture plays a significant role in the way in which individuals seek and receive treatment.
Within the Caribbean context she has done research in areas such as eating disorders, body image, sleep, the lived experiences of psychiatric patients, traditional medicine, sexuality, depression and trauma. She is an advocate for raising eating disorder awareness in the Caribbean and as such pioneered the first international conference in the Caribbean: Dying to be Beautiful: Body Image, Eating Behaviours and Health in the Caribbean. She works diligently with eating disorder sufferers and family members. In the international community Caryl actively informs about the Caribbean culture and its impact on the presentation and treatment of eating disorders.