The AED awards Fellow status to recognize distinguished contributions made by AED members to the field of eating disorders. The list of AED Fellows reflects a diversity of distinguished contributions to the field and the interdisciplinary and international composition of the AED's membership.
The status of Fellow in the Academy for Eating Disorders (FAED) presupposes that the qualifications of the person have elevated them to national and/or international recognition as a distinguished contributor to the field of eating disorders. In virtually all instances "distinguished" refers to a combination of the achievement of excellence and significant contributions deserving of recognition as EXTRAORDINARY. The contributions of the person nominated have to be DEMONSTRABLY UNUSUAL, INNOVATIVE, AND/OR OF A PIONEERING NATURE.
Fellowship status is not conferred simply on the basis of seniority or competence. Although seniority in the field is NOT a criteria, it is generally expected that in order to have attained distinguished and sustained excellence in research, applicants will be mid-career and beyond (i.e., normally 10 years).
During the application and review process, the Fellowship Committee is, thus, looking to recognize candidates who have maintained AED membership in good standing continuously for at least the past five years, distinguished and sustained contributions to the leadership and activities of the AED, and who clearly have made ONE OR MORE of the following contributions to the field:
- Distinguished, sustained research-based scholarship that has contributed significantly to the professional literature;
- Distinguished and sustained contributions to literature designed for lay audiences (e.g., people with eating disorders; families; advocates and activists);
- Distinguished, sustained, nationally- and/or internationally-recognized contributions to clinical services and/or prevention;
- Distinguished and sustained contributions to advocacy in the context of government or other major organizations.