Jennifer has been a Physician Assistant for more than 13 years and has been specializing the treatment of eating disorders for about 10 years. Her prior medical experience includes family practice, urgent care, and psychiatry. She discovered her passion for the field when she worked as a Physician Assistant providing medical care for the Residential and Partial Hospitalization Programs at an eating disorder treatment center in San Diego, CA. She found great benefit in working as part of a treatment team and encourages a collaborative approach with other professionals caring for eating disorder patients. In her free time, Jennifer loves spending time with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.
"Eating Disorders—Bridging the Research-Practice Gap" as well as a chapter for "Trauma-Informed Approaches to Eating Disorders" titled, What Doctors, Dietitians, and Nutritionists Need to Know. And as a member of the Medical Care Standards Task Force for the AED, he is a co-author of the AED's medical guide on eating disorders, Critical Points for Early Recognition and Medical Risk Management in the Care of Individuals with Eating Disorders, of which over 100,000 copies have been distributed worldwide and in several languages. This document was developed to distribute to hospitals, emergency rooms, health care organizations, physicians, other professionals, and even sufferers and their families around the world to encourage improved assessment and treatment of those with eating disorders.
Advocating for those with eating disorders has been a priority, and Dr. Tyson has worked to develop legislation in the state of Texas to mandate insurance coverage for eating disorders. Dr. Tyson also teaches residents, medical students, nurse practitioner students, as well as undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Texas about eating disorders.
In addition to being a member of eating disorder professional meetings, Dr. Tyson speaks frequently nationally and internationally on various topics about eating disorders. He wrote the chapter on medical assessment for the recent text,
Dr. Tyson is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), among other organizations. He was also on the Advisory Board for AED and the Board of the Austin Foundation for Eating Disorders.
Dr. Tyson has specialized in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders for over 30 years. After his Family Practice residency, he completed a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine, during which he had his first clinical training in eating disorders. Later, while Director of Clinics for the Adolescent Medicine Section, Department of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Oklahoma, he began to focus on eating disorders as a specialty. After moving back to Austin, he opened his private practice specializing in eating disorders.