by: Melissa Munn-Chernoff, PH.D.
August 1, 2019
Morgan Walker started her tenure at CEED in August 2012 as a Junior at UNC-Chapel Hill. She began as an undergraduate research trainee, and after 1 year, completed a senior honors thesis with Dr. Stephanie Zerwas. Her thesis examined associations between eating disorder symptomatology and Facebook use in college women, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health! (You can read about her paper here). This is quite the accomplishment!
You may remember Morgan Walker as one of the many faces of the Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI) team. Soon after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, Morgan became a research assistant for ANGI. Among other things, she was heavily involved in consenting participants, coordinating study materials, supervising students, and importantly, was one of two team members who collected blood samples on-site. Some individuals would shy away from doing phlebotomy, but Morgan was eager to learn and excelled at the task.
Although we were sad to see her leave, we knew Morgan was destined for great things. In August 2016, she left CEED to pursue graduate school at Boston University School of Medicine. In May 2018, Morgan graduated from Boston University with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine! As part of her internship, she worked at Walden Behavioral Care doing group, individual, and family counseling for adolescents and adults with eating disorders. She is continuing her work as a clinician at Cambridge Eating Disorder Center’s Residential Program in Cambridge, MA. We are so thrilled for you, Morgan, and wish you all the best as you continue in your career!