Philip Werdell, M.A.
Director, ACORN Food Addiction Institute
Director, ACORN Food Addiction Professional Training Program
Throughout his career, Phil has worked professionally with over 4000 middle and late-stage food addicts. He is a graduate of Yale University with postgraduate work in food addiction. He comes from a 25-year career building innovative liberal arts and graduate programs.
As a food addict professional, Phil was lead counselor for the residential food addiction treatment program at Glenbeigh Psychiatric Hospital of Tampa and the outpatient program of Rader Institute of Washington. He is cofounder of ACORN Food Dependency Recovery Services and the Food Addiction Institute, an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to support the healing of all food addicts.
Phil is the author of dozens of articles and books including, Food Addiction: Beyond Ordinary Eating Disorders; Physical Craving and Food Addiction: A Review of the Science; Food Addiction Recovery: A New Model of Professional Support; Bariatric Surgery and Food Addiction: Preoperative Considerations; and, “From the Front Lines: Food Addiction Treatment” for the new medical textbook, Food and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook, Brownell and Gold (2012).
Mary Foushi, B.S. Addiction Studies
Cofounder and Executive Director, ACORN Food Dependency Recovery Services
Mary holds a degree in Human Services with a specialty in Addiction Studies. She is a food addict with over 23 years of stable recovery and is maintaining a 200-pound weight loss for over 22 years.
Her strong commitment to recovery and her ability to honestly relate her personal struggles and successes with food addiction offer an invaluable source of information and hope for those seeking to learn about food dependency and freedom from a life addicted to food.
Mary is a CENAPS Trained Relapse Prevention Specialist, a certified food addiction professional, and facilitates groups, workshops, and Primary Intensives throughout the United States. Mary is coauthor of Food Addiction Recovery: A New Model of Professional Support – The ACORN Primary Intensive.