Amelia Coffman, M.A., PhD. Candidate
Amelia is in her final year of school as a Ph.D. student in Social Psychology & Health at the University of Houston. After writing and speaking about eating disorder recovery to friends-of-friends who were struggling with an eating disorder (and the people who loved them), she began to realize the power of her story, and the hope and courage it helped bring to others. While writing her master’s thesis, she wrote the book Enoughness: A Journey of Hunger, Recovery, and Freedom about her journey through anorexia and bulimia, but as she completes her Ph.D., she has returned to the topic of her first two years of intensive research: resilience.
Amelia has spoken to groups—small and large—of students, community members, and mental health professionals, and is passionate about sharing how resilience is more than just “bouncing back” and why those closest to us are often least supportive of our growth. She also feels honored to share her story of recovery with others who have come to believe, as she once did, that recovery is out of reach, and has taken this message of hope to patients of all ages at residential and outpatient eating disorders programs, family and loved ones of those with eating disorders, as well as students, health professionals, and community members.