Our research allows us to better understand our clients and meet their needs

We have been evaluating the benefits of our treatment for decades and have previously published the only peer-reviewed decade-long post-graduate outcome study on residential eating disorder clients. Our current research is an extension of our twenty-seven year commitment to providing research-backed care.

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Clients Currently Enrolled in the Study
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High Response Rate*
at Admission
at Discharge
Based on consent rates
High response rate indicates data truly reflects our client population
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Weight Restored by Discharge from Residential
of Adolescents
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Among clients diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa

Our clients maintain treatment gains 6-months post-discharge

They get well and stay well

We are the first treatment provider to show lasting improvement

significantly improved
Reduced ED Symptoms
significantly improved
Reduced Depression Symptoms
significantly improved
Reduced Anxiety Symptoms

of adults admitted to residential eating disorder treatment meet criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

In response to high rates of trauma, we developed an integrated trauma treatment program. We are the first to provide evidence-based trauma treatment (CPT) concurrently with eating disorder treatment in higher levels of care

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Monte Nido 

Our comprehensive research study assess treatment outcomes in our residential, partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) levels of care. Results indicate that clients experienced clinically and statistically significant reductions in eating disorder symptoms over the course of treatment in the levels of care on nearly all scales. Additionally, results show clinically and statistically significant depression and anxiety symptoms reduction.

2018-2021 Outcomes Report


Our comprehensive research study shows that on average, Clementine clients experienced clinically and statistically significant reductions in eating disorder symptoms from admission to discharge. Eating disorder symptoms are measured using the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire. Clients improve on other measures as well, including depression and anxiety.

2018-2021 Outcomes Report
LGBTQIA Inclusion

Affirming & inclusive care means better outcomes for LGBTQIA+ clients

Our current data indicates that 35% of our clients identify as LGBTQIA+ and that eating disorders affect this community at higher rates. Our study shows that our trauma-informed treatment approach, which addresses the specific needs of LGBTQIA+ individuals, supports recovery.

2020 Study on Sexual and Gender Minority Individuals

Monte Nido Research Leaders

Our leaders uphold thorough and rigorous research practices ensuring our outcomes are backed by integrity and data.

Molly Perlman
Molly Perlman, MD, MPH, CEDS

Molly M. Perlman, MD, MPH, CEDS, FAPA is Chief Medical Officer of Monte Nido & Affiliates, overseeing psychiatric and medical care at over 50 facilities across the nation. She is double board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, graduated from Duke University and the University of Miami, and has trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. During residency in psychiatry, Dr. Perlman served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Laughlin Fellowship, which is bestowed annually on 12 elite residents for outstanding leadership and significant achievements in psychiatry. Dr. Perlman is on the Board of Directors of the Eating Disorders Coalition, served as Vice President of the Board from 2018 through 2022, and advocates on Capitol Hill regularly for increasing eating disorder education and access to treatment. Additionally, she oversees Monte Nido & Affiliates IRB-approved research study on clinical outcomes as Co-Principal Investigator and has co-authored several papers in peer-reviewed research journals on PTSD and eating disorders.

Giulia Suro
Giulia Suro, Ph.D., CEDS

Giulia Suro, Ph.D., CEDS is the Director of Research and Clinical Outcomes for Monte Nido & Affiliates directing the day-to-day operations of a nationwide, IRB-approved research program in capturing the treatment outcomes of individuals diagnosed with a range of eating disorder diagnoses across all levels of care. As a member of the broader research program, she helps translate this data to meaningful findings that may inform treatment and improve the field of eating disorders. Prior to this position, she served as a Postdoctoral Resident, Primary Therapist and Clinical Director at the Oliver-Pyatt Centers. She is also a passionate student and practitioner of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In 2019, she published an ACT workbook titled “Learning to Thrive,” which was the first ACT text of its kind written for a general audience.

Ismael Gavidia
Ismael Gavidia, MSc

Ismael Gavidia, MSc is the Clinical Outcomes & Research Manager for Monte Nido & Affiliates responsible for the data collection of the IRB-approved research program for the treatment outcomes of individuals across all levels of care and eating disorders diagnoses nationwide. Ismael conducts statistical analysis to interpret the data into findings that provide feedback to clinical treatment, which are contributing to the advancement of the eating disorders field. He has worked as a biostatistician for more than 20 years in the psychological, medical, and social work fields, and holds degrees from Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela.

Rebecka Peebles
Rebecka Peebles, MD, FAAP

 Dr. Rebecka Peebles is the Vice President of Adolescent Medicine at Monte Nido. She joined after 13 years at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania, where she was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, specializing in adolescent and young adult medicine. Dr. Peebles is board-certified in pediatrics and further specialty certified in adolescent and young adult medicine, and served as the Director of Medical Research and Quality Innovations in the Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program at CHOP, which she co-founded in 2011. Her research has been funded by the NIH and the American Heart Association and has focused on medical evaluation, bone health, and biobehavioral links in youth with eating disorders. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with her MD in 1996, completed her pediatrics residency at the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital in Ohio in 1999, and her adolescent medicine fellowship at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford in 2003.

Tim Brewerton
Timothy D. Brewerton, MD, DLFAPA, FAED, DFAACAP, CEDS-S

Timothy D. Brewerton, MD, DLFAPA, FAED, DFAACAP, CEDS-S is Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, and Senior Research Advisor for Monte Nido & Affiliates. He is Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Founding Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders and former president of the Eating Disorders Research Society. He has authored over 180 articles and book chapters, has edited two books, and has presented over 250 scientific presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Brewerton is also Executive Producer of a documentary about child maltreatment, eating disorders, and dissociative identity disorders. Dr. Brewerton has been instrumental in exploring the overlaps between trauma, PTSD and eating disorders, and promoting integrated treatment approaches for eating and related comorbid disorders. His research profile can be viewed here, where any of his publications can be downloaded or requested.

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