Susan F. McClanahan, PhD, CEDS
Chairman of the ERC/Insight Advisory Board and the Founder of Insight Behavioral Health Centers
Susan McClanahan, Ph.D., CEDS is the current Chairman of the ERC/Insight Advisory Board and the Founder of Insight Behavioral Health Centers. Dr. McClanahan is a licensed clinical psychologist committed to leadership, teaching, training, research and advocacy in the field of eating disorders and general mental health. Having specialized in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder for the past 25 years, Dr. McClanahan is a leading expert in the field. Dr. McClanahan’s expertise is sought after at many major national conferences and events. Additionally, she frequently works with clients struggling with depressive and anxiety disorders and has expertise in the psychological aspects of pregnancy and infertility.
Having specialized in the treatment for anorexia and bulimia, as well as treatment for binge eating disorder for over 20 years, Dr. McClanahan is a leading expert in the field. 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 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 related to growth and expansion of clinical services. Specific to her leadership contribution to iaedp, Dr. McClanahan is an Approved Supervisor, providing ongoing mentorship and supervision to two of her top clinical staff who also hold leadership positions within iaedp: Michelle Gebhardt, President of the Heartland Chapter, and Anne Kubal, Insight’s Director of Clinical 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. Additionally, Dr. McClanahan’s expertise is sought out for local and national presentations. Recently, she was invited to speak on panels at the annual Academy for Eating Disorders’ ICED conference and at the Eating Recovery Center Foundation Eating Disorders conference. In 2014, she was invited to join an elite group of female businesswomen to participate in the Women’s Business Symposia in Chicago.
Dr. McClanahan has designed and implemented a study at Insight’s residential treatment centers in Illinois 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 Insight and elsewhere in the field. 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 to be an advocate for mental health treatment and Chicago 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.
Linda Lewaniak, LCSW, CAADC
Regional Managing Director, Clinical
Nationally recognized addiction treatment expert Linda Lewaniak, LCSW, CAADC joined ERC/Insight in March 2016. A widely respected therapist and administrator, Lewaniak brings over 30 years of experience in the treatment of substance abuse and comorbid mental illness. Leveraging her extensive clinical and operational background, she oversees the eating disorder, mood and anxiety, and binge eating treatment and recovery programs which treat both adults and adolescents. Lewaniak was able to integrate substance use services through all of Eating Recovery Center’s lines of service and also collaborates closely with Eating Recovery Center’s senior clinical leadership across all 25 facilities nationwide to ensure holistic integration of addiction treatment. In addition, she provides substance abuse education, training and development for mental health professionals, educators and community resources.
Vesna Pirec, MD, PhD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Pirec has extensive experience with behavioral health issues specific to reproductive cycles in women, including Perinatal Mental Health,and Postpartum Depression, Anxiety and Psychosis. Vesna received her medical degree at the University of Belgrade and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Illinois in Chicago, Department of Pharmacology.
She is the author of several textbook chapters and articles, and is a member of NASPOG (North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology) -Elected Board Member en Large, the Marce Sociéty for Perinatal Mental Health, Fellow Member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and the Illinois Psychiatric Society. She speaks several languages, including Spanish. Prior to joining the staff at Insight, Dr. Pirec was the Program Director of Women’s Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Andi Stone, PsyD
Senior Clinical Director, Mood, Anxiety, and Traumatic Stress Treatment and Recovery Program
Dr. Andrea Stone is a licensed clinical psychologist. She specializes in the treatment of severe mood and anxiety disorders, trauma and personality disorders. She currently serves as the Senior Program Director of the Mood and Anxiety Program (MAP) and Transitional Living at Insight Behavioral Health Centers in Chicago. Dr. Stone overseas all clinical operations, staff activities, and curriculum/program development within their Partial-Hospitalization, Intensive- Outpatient, and Transitional Living Programs. Dr. Stone has been with Insight since 2009. She enjoys professional supervision, coordination of care for the complex patient, and training and working with a multi-disciplinary staff. Dr. Stone has formal training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and commitment Therapy (ACT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Dr. Stone received her BA in clinical psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and her PsyD from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).
Eden Newmark, LCSW, RYT
Clinical Director, Mood, Anxiety, and Traumatic Stress Disorders Treatment and Recovery Program Residential Facility
Eden Newmark, LCSW, RYT is the Clinical Director of the Mood and Anxiety Program at the Residential level of care at ERC Insight. Eden has been working in the MAP and ED programs at ERC Insight since 2014, practicing therapy with a focus on DBT, ACT, mindfulness, and yoga. Eden earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration in June of 2013. Eden trained in DBT and ACT under Dr. Paul Holmes and continued her training in these fields in her professional career. As a certified yoga instructor through the Chicago Yoga Center, she has always had an interest in integrating mind-body connection into her therapeutic work. After studying with Bessel Van Der Kolk and his team at the Trauma Center to become certified in Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy at the Kripalu Institute and completing her certification in Yoga Informed Psychotherapy through Live Oaks in Chicago in 2014, Eden now leads trauma sensitive yoga therapy groups within MAP. With this background, Eden’s goal is to offer a holistic approach towards emotional and behavioral development.
Anne Kubal, PhD
Director, Clinical Training
Dr. Anne Kubal is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Clinical Training at Insight.
She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Northwestern University and received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. Her clinical and research interests include eating disorders, non-suicidal self-injury, perfectionism, relational issues and supervision and training.
Dr. Kubal is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) and serves as the Student Liaison Chairperson for the Heartland iaedp chapter. She has presented at national and international conferences, and teaches a graduate course on the treatment of eating disorders in the Certificate of Graduate Study in Eating Disorders and Obesity program at Northern Illinois University. She is a Health System Clinician at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, and serves on the Intern Training Committee at Northwestern University.
Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, PhD, FAED, CEDS-S
Reginal Managing Clinical Director, Illinois
Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, PhD, FAED, CEDS-S, has a wealth and breadth of experience treating adults and adolescents with mood, anxiety and eating disorders. She is Lecturer at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
She has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience in the field of eating disorders and women’s mental health issues and has taught and supervised Psychiatry residents and fellows as well as Clinical Psychology interns and externs for over two decades. She was named Teacher of the Year by the Clinical Psychology Internship and Fellowship Program at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2013.
Dr. Astrachan-Fletcher is a senior RO DBT clinician, training directly under Tom Lynch and she is a nationally recognized expert in the field of DBT, FBT (Family-Based Treatment), and is a frequent presenter at national eating disorders conferences. Dr. Astrachan-Fletcher has been instrumental in research collaborations with Daniel Le Grange, Tom Lynch and others. She has helped to make empirically based and innovative treatments translatable for the private sector. She co-authored The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia: Using DBT to Break the Cycle and Regain Control of Your Life (2009), which is used at eating disorders treatment facilities throughout the country.
“Our focus is on helping create change from the inside out – and not simply from the outside in.”
– Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, PhD, CEDS
Cindy Brom, MBA
Regional Managing Director of Operations CO/WA/CA
Cindy came to the Eating Recovery Center family through our Chicago partner program, Insight Behavioral Health Centers, which she joined in 2008. At Insight she served in various roles involving operations, compliance, consulting, human resources, business development and financial management. Cindy has been involved with operations management of Eating Recovery Center Washington since January of 2017 as well as serves in a national food management role for all ERC sites.
Cindy earned her MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and BSB from the University of Minnesota. Her experience also includes business development management for an acute care residential and inpatient substance abuse facility in Chicago, practice management for primary care and psychiatric group practices affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and strategic consulting for growing businesses.
Elizabeth Curran, LCPC
Clinical Director of Child & Adolescent Services
Elizabeth Curran is the Clinical Director of Child & Adolescent Eating Disorder and Mood and Anxiety Residential and Partial Hospitalization Programs at Eating Recovery Center and Insight Behavioral Health Centers in Illinois. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, non-suicidal self-injury, and school refusal.
Her clinical focus is utilizing components of Family Based Therapy (FBT) with Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) to support and empower families. Her training in utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Radically Open-Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RODBT) allows her to provide coping strategies to support both the over controlled and under controlled client. In addition, she is focused on utilizing hierarchy-based exposures to decrease avoidance by utilizing the Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) model.