To identify and treat males, it takes a complete re-think of what you assume eating disorders look like and how best to assist. Andrew Walen, LCSW-C, LICSW, CEDS-S, provides key guidance.


Andrew Walen, LCSW, LICSW, CEDS-S, is the founder of DUDE Mental Health, psychotherapist, and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor with a specific focus on males with eating disorders.  He was the founder of The Body Image Therapy Center and Vice President of Eating Disorders Treatment for Refresh Mental Health.  Andrew has appeared on The Today Show, was featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Men's Health, and many other national and local media outlets as an expert in the field of eating disorders and body image.  In addition, he has authored numerous articles and presented workshops at national and international eating disorder conferences.  He authored Man Up to Eating Disorders, which is a memoir and self-help book directed at males with eating disorders.  Andrew is the immediate past-President of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders (NAMED), which merged with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) in November 2019. He currently serves as NEDA's Senior Advisor on Males with Eating Disorders and as the Certification Chair for the Baltimore chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp).  He is also a past founding board member of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Andrew Walen is the founder of D.U.D.E Mental Health and receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Andrew Walen serves as Baltimore chapter certification chair for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and as senior advisor for the National Eating Disorders Association.