Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Sonia Zimmerman


Eating Disorders -- therapy


Eating disorders are serious illnesses that can impact physical and mental health. Increasingly, occupational therapists encounter this population in general psychiatric hospitals and treatment facilities, as well as specialized eating disorders treatment facilities. Yet, questions concerning the role of occupational therapy in the treatment of eating disorders remain. The purpose of this project is to increase the awareness of the role of occupational therapy in the treatment of eating disorders by providing a guide for effective treatment of these illnesses. A literature review includes information regarding eating disorders, the demographics and diagnostic criteria of eating disorders, multidisciplinary treatment settings and strategies, and the role of occupational therapy in treatment. The occupational therapy treatment guide utilizes the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) to address volition, habitation, performance capacity, and the environment as influencing factors among individuals diagnosed with eating disorders. The guide provides useful information regarding initial intake evaluation, suggested assessments, treatment planning, sample activities, and outcome measures.