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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) and a certified Family Based Treatment therapist. 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 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. Currently, Jen is the clinical lead and program developer for Grand River Hospital's outpatient eating disorder program. She also supervises students and organizations who treat eating disorders. 


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. 


 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

Academy of Eating Disorders 


Eating Disorder Association of Canada 



Certified Family Based Treatment Therapist- Institute of Family Based Treatment (25 hr supervision provided by Dr. Blake Woodside)  (2023-2024)

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)


Cait, C., Gokani, R., Ewan, A.R, Moasun, F., Razbani-Tehrani, A., Scarborough, J., Smith, S., & Woodstock, J. (2021) Epistemology and arts-based pedagogy: Pictures from a doctoral classroom. The Journal of Teaching in Social Work, DOI: 10.1080/08841233.2021.1887051


Couturier, J., Isserlin, L.,  Norris, M., Spettigue, M., Brouwers, M., Kimber, M., McVey, G., Webb, C.,  Findlay, S., Bhatnagar, N., Snelgrove, N., Ritsma, A.,  Preskow, W., Miller, C., Coelho, J.,  Boachie, A., Steinegger, C., Loewen, R.,  Loewen, T., Waite, E.,  Ford, C., Bourret, K., Gusella, J.,  Geller, J.,  LaFrance, A., LeClerc, A.,  Scarborough, J., Grewal, S., Jericho, M.,  Dimitropoulos, G.,  Pilon, D., (2019). Canadian Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders.  Journal of Eating Disorders. 8(4).  [Open Access]


Scarborough, J., (2019). Mothers and fathers in family based therapy for pediatric eating disorders: Understanding gendered realities. Clinical Social Work Journal, DOI: 10.1007/s10615-00706-2


Scarborough, J., (2018). Family based therapy for pediatric anorexia nervosa: Highlighting the implementation challenges. The Family Journal. 26(1), 90-98.


Strahan, E.J., Stillar, A., Files, N., Nash, P., Scarborough, J., Connors, L., Gusella, J.L., Henderson, Mayman, S., Marchand P., Orr, E.S., Dolhanty, J., & Lafrance Robinson, A. (2017). Increasing parental self-efficacy with emotion focused family therapy for eating disorders: a process model. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies. DOI: 10.1080/14779757.2017.1330703


Files, N., Gusella, J., Connors, L., Nash, P., Marchand, P., Orr, E., Stillar, A., Scarborough, J., Thurston, R., Henderson, K., Mayman, S., Dolhanty, J. & Lafrance Robinson, A., (2016). “For the first time in a long time I feel hopeful”: Facilitator experiences and participant outcomes following a 2-day EFFT workshop for caregivers. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. [Accepted for Publication].


Stillar, A., Strahan, E., Nash, P., Files, N., Scarborough, J., Mayman, S., Henderson, K., Gusella, J., Connors, L., Orr, E.S., Marchand, P., Dolhanty, J., & Lafrance Robinson, A. (2016). The influence of carer fear and self-blame when supporting a loved one with an eating disorder, Eating Disorders, DOI: 10.1080/10640266.2015.1133210


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