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Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D.
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Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in psychiatry) at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and clinical psychologist at the Columbia Center for Eating Disorders at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She has been involved in research on eating and weight disorders in adults and adolescents, and within Columbia's Department of Psychiatry, provides instruction and supervision in cognitive behavioral therapy for adults with anxiety, mood, and eating disorders. She has a private practice in Manhattan, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy. She blogs for The Feed , Psychology Today, and, and can be followed on Twitter at @drglasofer.

Entries by Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D.

How New York Can Move Fashion Forward: Regulation of Underweight Models

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2016 | 4:49 PM

We are in the midst of men's and women's fashion weeks here in NYC. As a longtime New Yorker who never quite habituated to the fashionistas filling the sidewalks, and a clinical psychologist who works with women and men with body image concerns and eating problems, I cannot...

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Yes, There Are Men With Anorexia Nervosa

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 9:25 AM

When I meet new people and tell them that I am a clinical psychologist, I usually hear one of two questions. Question one -- "Are you analyzing me?" -- can be answered rather succinctly ("I wasn't, until you just said that").

Question two -- "Do you have a specialty?"...

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3 Little Words: How Apology Can Enhance Romance -- A Valentine's Day Series, Part 3

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 11:19 AM

There are three little words that may be harder to say than "I love you" ...

Tomorrow's Valentine's Day -- and we hope that our apology series has got you thinking about how the superwords, "I am sorry," might rekindle romance in your relationship.

In part one...

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3 Little Words: How Apology Can Enhance Romance -- A Valentine's Day Series, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 12:03 PM

There are three little words that may be harder to say than "I love you"...


Valentine's Day is fast approaching. In part one of our apology series we talked about how love sometimes means saying: "I am sorry."

These superwords,...

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3 Little Words: How Apology Can Enhance Romance -- A Valentine's Day Series, Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 9:25 AM

There are three little words that may be harder to say than "I love you" ...


"Love means never having to say you're sorry," or so goes the catchphrase from the infamous 1970s novel Love Story. If only that were true.


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Recovering Truth, Confronting Trauma: A Book Review of Paper Love

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 4:01 PM

"You must let suffering speak, if you want to hear the truth."
-- Cornel West

Paper Love, the debut book of journalist Sarah Wildman, unearths the story of Valy Sheftel, the woman left behind by Wildman's grandfather Karl when he fled Nazi-occupied Vienna in 1938.

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Redefining Philanthropy: A Documentary Review of Art and Craft

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 1:09 PM


Mark Landis at home with recent works. Photo by Sam Cullman. Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.

What is the distinction between mischievous and dangerous? Where do we draw the line between justice-seeking and unhealthy obsession? What does it really mean to be a philanthropist?...

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Suicide Awareness: Not Just a Depression Problem

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 9:30 AM

Suicide is not only a problem for those who are depressed.

Suicide accounts for more than 800,000 annual deaths worldwide and, according to the CDC, there are more suicides in the U.S. each year than fatal car accidents. Commonly, information about suicide risk and suicide...

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Clothing Size: When the Numbers Don't Add Up

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Size matters, or so the expression goes. But when it comes to clothing size, does it have to matter so much?

J. Crew's recent expansion of clothing size offerings -- down to 000 or XXXS -- has reignited the discussion about the messages that women (and men)...

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Choosing Your Truth in Advertising

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 7:17 PM

Imagine that you're reading an article on aging gracefully, and as you approach the end of the piece, an ad "to look younger fast" catches your eye:


How would you feel: indifferent, insecure, angry or sad? What kinds of thoughts might...

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The 'Core' You: Getting Your Mind Summer-Ready

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 9:18 AM

"Your Spring Clean Eating Guide" -- Shape Magazine
"Better Body Plan 2014: Firm Up for Summer Routine" -- Fitness Magazine
"7 Ways to Get Your Body Swimsuit Ready, Starting Now" -- Women's Health
"Reveal Your Summer Six-Pack" -- Men's...

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Your Mind on Social Media

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 5:33 PM

"Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind." -- William James

Ever post a status update on Facebook and feel distraught when no one "likes" or comments on it? Does the prospect of being misunderstood on Twitter keep you from participating in the digital dialogue?...

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Knowing When to Say TTYL8R as We Navigate the World of Digital Communication

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 5:02 PM

Not quite...

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Reflections on What the Olympics Can Teach Us About Going for Gold

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 3:10 PM

The 2014 Winter Olympics were a source of warmth during an otherwise unrelenting winter. As I watched athletes compete and absorbed the media coverage, I found myself getting a refresher on childhood fundamentals. These lessons are worth remembering; they are just as important (and arguably more so) for adults as...

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Project Wellness: Making Your Eating Disorder Recovery Work

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 9:15 AM

"What does 'recovered' from an eating disorder look like?"

This is a question commonly asked by those struggling with eating disorders, trying to fashion their future. February is Eating Disorder Awareness month, and while often the focus is on increasing awareness of the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, it...

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Do Your Selfie a Favor: 5 Tips to Manage Body Image Concerns in the Age of Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 8:51 AM

You've had a great weekend. Maybe there was a special occasion -- a wedding, a reunion, a birthday celebration. Maybe the activities were not milestones so much as enjoyable ways to spend your time -- dinner with friends, holiday shopping, games with your kids. Whatever the events may have been,...

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