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Dr. Jennifer Scarborough, PhD, MSW, RSW

Jennifer (Jen) Scarborough is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). She completed her Ph.D. in Social Work with a focus on parental well-being when a child is diagnosed with eating disorder. Jen has over 10 years of experience in direct clinical practice. She's worked in a variety of settings such as inpatient hospital settings, outpatient hospital settings, and community-based mental health settings. Jen is an adjunct professor at Wilfrid Laurier University's Social Work Program. 


Jen has received education and training in several therapeutic modalities. She has had formal training in family-based therapy for eating disorders, emotion-focused family therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy. She also has experience with narrative therapy and solution-focused therapy. Jen is committed to ongoing education and frequently attends workshops and updates her training in therapeutic modalities. 


Jen has worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health programs and various inpatient, outpatient, and community-based Eating Disorders Programs in Ontario. While most of Jen's career has been focused in the field of eating disorders, she has also had extensive experience with the various comorbidities that accompany eating disorders, such anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder, emotion processing and regulation, grief, identity, and family communication/dynamics.



Honours Bachelor of Arts -  Sociology & Psychology - Wilfrid Laurier University (2007)


Masters of Social Work - Individuals, Families, and Groups Focus - Wilfrid Laurier University (2009)


Doctor of Social Work - Wilfrid Laurier University (2021)



Ontario College Of Social Workers and Social Service Workers


Ontario Association of Social Workers


Institute for Emotion-Focused Family Therapy


Academy of Eating Disorders 


Eating Disorder Association of Canada 



Certified Family Based Treatment Therapist- Institute of Family Based Treatment (25 hr supervision)  (2023 - present)

DBT for Adolescent Eating Disorders - Dr. Anita Federici (2023)

Emotion-Focused Family Therapy - Advanced Clinician Training - Langley, B.C via Mental Health Foundations (2019)


Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans Course on Research Ethics (TCPS 2: CORE) - Certified at Wilfrid Laurier University (2016)


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Enhanced for Eating Disorders  - Certified by Dr. Christopher Fairburn (2014)


CPI Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training - Certified at Canadian Mental Health Association (2014)


Family Based Treatment of Eating Disorders in Adolescents: Level 1 - Certified by Dr. James Lock (2014)


Emotion-Focused Family Therapy for Eating Disorders (Clinical Training ) -  Certified by Dr. Joanne Dolhanty & Dr. Adele LaFrance (2013)


Practicum Instruction: Social Work Field Education Program - Certified at Wilfrid Laurier University (2012)                         

Family Based Treatment of Eating Disorders in Adolescents: Level 1 -  Certified at the University of Chicago by Dr. Daniel Le Grange (2011)


ASIST (Suicide Prevention) Training -  Certified at Trellis Mental Health & Developmental Services (2011)


CBT for Front Line Workers - Hincks-Dellcrest (2011)


Trauma Treatment: Where Do I Start? -  Hincks-Dellcrest (2011)

Motivational Interviewing - North York General Hospital with Faye Doell (2010)


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders - Eating Disorders Awareness Coalition with Debora Safer - Waterloo (2010)


Enhancing Readiness and Motivation to Change in Eating Disordered Clients        (2008)


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