Welcome to the Eating Disorders Task Force of Indiana

The Eating Disorders Task Force of Indiana, founded in 1988, is a nonprofit organization of multidisciplinary treatment professionals in the area of eating disorders. We believe that eating disorders are complex, multidimensional disorders that involve social-cultural, psychological, medical and nutritional factors. They also reflect developmental and family issues. We believe that treatment should be provided by professionals trained and experienced in the area of eating disorders and should address contributory factors in as many dimensions as possible.

We promote a healthy balance of body, mind and spirit and the ability to question societal values as crucial to counter our culture's excessive focus on appearance and weight. We see this as necessary both in treatment and in prevention activities directed at residents of Indiana who may be vulnerable.


Thus, our function as a group is predicated on:

  • Exchanging treatment information, identifying referral sources, discussing current issues relevant to the field, and promoting multidisciplinary expertise among task force members.
  • Disseminating education information to the public in forms such as brochures, videos, workshops, and media information.
  • Providing informational and treatment resources in forms such as conferences, workshops, consultations, and use of print, computer, telecommunications, and other mediums.
  • Developing and providing primary and secondary prevention resources within the state of Indiana.
  • Promoting ethical standards of practice.
  • Advocating for patients and for treatment providers.

Cari Pearson Carter, PhD, HSPP

Cari Pearson Carter, PhD, HSPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist for her own private practice, Carter Psychology, which is located on the northside of Indianapolis. She specializes in using evidence-based interventions for treating eating and anxiety disorders. Dr. Carter received her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. She has trained at some of the top academic medical centers for the research and treatment of eating disorders, including the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Minnesota. She has also been the recipient of grant funding for eating disorders research from the National Institute of Mental Health and other local grant sources. Dr. Carter has published over 25 peer-reviewed scientific articles (under her maiden name, Pearson) on eating disorders risk, maintenance, and intervention and she continues to collaborate with colleagues across the country to further our understanding of eating disorders. Dr. Carter is involved in the Academy for Eating Disorders and has over 12 years of experience as a therapist. She is especially passionate about using science-based interventions to help individuals recover and live a fuller, more free life.

Kayla Stanton, MS, RDN, CEDS

Kayla is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist from Evansville, Indiana. She is the founder of Stanton Nutrition Counseling, a group practice that offers weight-inclusive care for people experiencing eating disorders as well as other conditions negatively impacting quality of life. She received her master's degree in nutrition and dietetics from Ball State University, and after working in both the clinical and community settings, she discovered a passion for helping people walk through and recover from eating disorders of all types. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and actively involved with The National Alliance for Eating Disorders, both in advocacy and as a virtual support groups leader. When not working with clients, she is passionate about educating other clinicians on how to provide evidence-based and compassionate care to those experiencing eating disorders.

Shelby Duncan, RD, LD

Shelby Duncan received her undergraduate degree in food and nutrition from Bluffton University. She completed her post-graduate dietetic internship at the University of Connecticut and has been working in the field of eating disorders for over 5 years. Shelby has experience working with individuals at an inpatient, residential, and partial hospitalization level of care. Shelby is currently working with individuals on an outpatient basis through Ascension St. Vincent Fishers and Carmel. Shelby is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a member of Behavioral Health Nutrition, and a member of Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition. Additionally, she is a contributing author to the 2020 Indiana Diet Manual on the Nutrition Care Process for the treatment of eating disorders.

Click here to view a list of all current EDTFI members

Meeting Info

Quarterly meetings are held virtually from 10am to 12noon on the first Fridays of March, June, and December. The September monthly meeting is an annual all-day, in-person member conference (date/time TBD) held at the InTech Business Park in Indianapolis.


Contact Details

Mailing Address

6640 Intech Blvd. Suite 195
Indianapolis, IN 46278

Email: edtfimembers@gmail.com