Diann M. Ackard, PhD, LP, FAED is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice who specializes in the treatment and research of mood and anxiety disturbances, the sequelae to traumatic experiences, eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating and compulsive overeating, and body image disturbances including body dysmorphic disorder. She practices in the Minneapolis, MN suburb of Golden Valley, conveniently located near highways 394, 100 and 55.
In addition to her private practice, Dr. Ackard conducts research and provides research consultation and expertise to hospitals and universities, and is active on community boards focused on preventing disturbances and helping youth grow up strong and successful. She has served as an adjunct faculty to the Division of Epidemiology and Community Heath in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Education and Training
She earned her MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio and completed her predoctoral and postdoctoral internships, respectively, at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut and the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is licensed to practice psychology in the state of Minnesota and is recognized by the National Register of Health Providers in Psychology.
Dr. Ackard has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored book chapters, and regularly presents at local, national, and international meetings and conferences. She has been a Principal Investigator on several research grants in the areas of eating disorders treatment and outcome.
Dr. Ackard previously served on the board and chaired the Fundraising/Development Committee of Break the Cycle, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth to end the cycle of domestic violence. Along with colleague and psychiatrist Tim Brewerton, MD, she co-founded the Trauma and Eating Disorders Special Interest Group of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and has served in numerous leadership positions within the AED. Previously, she sat on the Advisory Board to the Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education at the University of Minnesota, a center focused on providing education, advocacy, and counseling to individuals who have experienced sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking.
She is a member of the American Psychological Association, was inducted as a Fellow to the Academy for Eating Disorders, and is a former member of the Eating Disorders Research Society.