Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Clinical Leadership Announcement: Brian Cook, PhD Joins Staff

Nicole Siegfried, PhD, CEDS, Chief Clinical Officer of Castlewood Treatment Centers, is pleased to announce a new addition to the clinical leadership team.

Joining Castlewood is Brian Cook, PhD. In his new role as National Director of Movement and Exercise, Dr. Cook will work closely with Dr. Siegfried and Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD, CSSD, LD, VP of Clinical Nutritional Services, in development and execution of an innovative approach that will look at changing the functional relationship of exercise from a compensatory behavior to one that functions equally with other components of complete health. Stated Dr. Cook, “This program will not focus on an exercise prescription, but rather use movement as one tool to impact and relate to all aspects of health and recovery in eating disorder treatment.”

Dr. Cook has developed and maintained an original line of research focused on examining the etiological role, management, and therapeutic potential of exercise in eating disorders. His education at the University of Rhode Island, University of Florida, and a National Institute of Mental Health funded post-doctoral fellowship at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, ND has allowed him to train under leading experts in the eating disorder field. Dr. Cook is a sought-after expert presenting research at international level conferences, chairing conference paper sessions focused on eating disorders and associated psychiatric illnesses at international level conferences, publishing in leading journals, and authoring several invited book chapters. These accomplishments provide strong evidence of Dr. Cook’s passion for improving the lives of individuals with eating disorders and his potential to continue to impact the fields of eating disorders research and treatment. Dr. Cook is also currently an assistant professor at California State at Monterey Bay.

Dr. Siegfried shared, “we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Cook to the team. As we enhance our clinical model and focus on adaptive treatment addressing the whole person, the addition of Dr. Cook provides a leading expert to guide the critical physical aspects of recovery from eating disorders.”