Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychologist
Harold C. Schott Foundation Eating Disorders Program, Clinical Director of Eating Disorder Service
University of Cincinnati, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Consulting Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Dr. Lavanier serves as a staff psychologist for Lindner Center of HOPE, with her primary focus on the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and women’s health.

Within the Harold C. Schott Foundation Eating Disorders Program, Dr. Lavanier serves as the Clinical Director of Eating Disorder Services and is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS).  She functions as an outpatient therapist, oversees the eating disorders (EDO) clinical programming across the hospital, and is the lead supervisor for EDO psychology trainees.  She also serves as a consulting psychologist for eating disorder services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  She has been trained in CBT-E, Family-Based Therapy (FBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in the treatment of eating disorders.  In addition, Dr. Lavanier has led outpatient body image groups and has a strong passion for eating disorders prevention work.

Dr. Lavanier also serves as a clinician for multiple other areas in the hospital including the OCD and Anxiety Treatment Program and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT) Program.  She has completed advanced training and supervision in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) from the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute and has received specialized training in the treatment of PTSD through the International Association of Trauma Professionals.  She was instrumental in the start-up of the RO-DBT program at LCOH and currently leads an outpatient group.

A more recent passion includes a strong interest in women’s health, especially around the areas of fertility, pregnancy, and post-partum periods.  She functions as a therapist and member of the Women’s Health Program, has pursued multiple trainings in this area, and plans to offer group therapy support as this program continues to grow.

Before joining Lindner Center of HOPE in 2008, Dr. Lavanier’s training included experience in parent child interaction therapy (PCIT), treatment of trauma, school-based assessment and treatment, and university counseling and student advocacy.  She also spent over six years in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center working in the area of child and adolescent mood disorders.

Dr. Lavanier has more than 20 years of experience in clinical and research work and has co-authored more than 15 publications. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP).

Areas of Specialty and Interest:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Women’s health: Infertility, pregnancy, and the post-partum period