About Me

Jennifer Scarborough, MSW, RSW, PhD Candidate

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). Jen has a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Sociology with a second major in Psychology and a Master of Social Work Degree with a focus on Individual, Family, and Group therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Social Work with a focus on parental well-being and children diagnosed with eating disorders. Jen has over 10 years of experience in direct clinical practice. She's worked in a variety of settings such as community-based support groups, inpatient hospital settings, outpatient hospital settings, and community-based mental health settings. Jen also teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Social Work. 


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 as anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder, emotion processing and regulation, grief, identity, and family communication/dynamics.


Jen works from a non-judgemental client-centered perspective and adopts a Health at Every Size (HAES) theoretical stance. Jennifer believes that individuals are the experts in their own lives and, thus, clients are collaborators in the therapeutic process. Jennifer’s practice is inclusive for all individuals. She practices from a social justice and social inclusion perspective.



Doctor of Social Work - Focus on Families and Parents - Wilfrid Laurier University (expected completion 2020)

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

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


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 



  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: The Essentials - The Beck Institute (2019)

  • Emotion Focused Therapy for Depression, Anxiety and Trauma: A Unified View - The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (2019)

  • 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 & Dr. Daniel Le Grange (2014 & 2011)

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

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

  • 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)


HIlary M Weston Social Work Excellence Scholarship (2018)

Academy of Eating Disorders Clinician Scholarship (2017)

Wilfrid Laurier Graduate Scholarship (2015)

Bereaved Families of Ontario Scholarship (2006)



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., (2020). Canadian Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders. Journal of Eating Disorders, 8(4). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40337-020-0277-8 [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). Presenting the challenges for the well-being of mothers who have a child diagnosed with an eating disorder. Submitted to the Journal of Family Studies. 

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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