“We created Insight as a place where people can get exceptional care in the heart of Chicago.” - Susan McClanahan
Dr. Susan F. McClanahan is a leading expert in the field and has specializing in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating for over 20 years. Additionally, she frequently works with clients struggling with depressive and anxiety disorders and has expertise in the psychological aspects of pregnancy and infertility.
Dr. McClanahan is the president and co-founder of Insight Behavioral Health Centers, a large multi-disciplinary treatment center recently partnered with Eating Recovery Center. Dr. McClanahan has dedicated the last ten years to establishing Insight as an accredited clinical center with a commitment to leadership, teaching, training, research, and advocacy.
In regards to leadership, Dr. McClanahan is active on the boards of several professional organizations, including iaedp, where she is the past-Secretary for the Heartland Alliance Chapter. She is a Board Member on the Residential Eating Disorders Consortium and is a founding member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board for the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Dr. McClanahan also recently joined the executive board of Eating Recovery Center where she helps to drive decisions about growth and expansion of clinical services. Specific to her leadership contribution to iaedp, Dr. McClanahan supervises two of her top clinical staff who also hold leadership positions within iaedp; Michelle Gebhardt as President of the Heartland Chapter, and Anne Kubal as coordinator of training.
In regards to teaching and training, Dr. McClanahan holds an assistant professor position at both Rush Medical Center and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She coordinates and supervises the training of medical and psychiatry residents and post-doctoral fellows and interns. Under her direction, Insight has developed a large and well-regarded training program and last year became a clinical training site for Northwestern University Interns. Dr. McClanahan’s expertise is sought out for local and national presentations. Recently, she was invited to speak on panels at the annual ICED conference and at the Eating Recovery Center conference. This past fall she was asked to join an elite group of female business women to participate in the Women’s Business Symposia in Chicago.
In the research arena, Dr. McClanahan has designed and implemented a study at Insight’s residential treatment center to elucidate factors that predict positive responses to treatment, including therapeutic alliance, motivation, DBT skills acquisition, and ERP engagement to outcomes. The results of this study have important implications for the design and implementation of residential treatment services at IBHC and elsewhere. Additionally, Dr. McClanahan recently spearheaded a research collaboration with Dr. Daniel le Grange examining the inclusion of DBT in certain cases of FBT in order to improve treatment outcomes.
Dr. McClanahan has also proven herself as an advocate for mental health treatment and eating disorder treatment in particular. In 2010 she raised local awareness of discrepancies in an insurance company’s interpretation of parity laws and was instrumental in making changes on a state level to ensure proper care for Illinois residents.