Board of Advisors
At MEEDA, we believe in team effort and always seek to involve qualified specialists from different medical, psychological and nutritional backgrounds to assist, support and participate in accomplishing our goals.
Hiba Safieddine – Ex-Vice-President
A registered dietician, Hiba is a Founding member and Vice President of the Middle East Eating Disorder Association (MEEDA) and a member of the Lebanese Dietetic Association.
After completing her BSc in Nutrition at Kings College London, where she focused on eating disorders, Hiba returned to Beirut in 2006 to set up her clinic aimed at helping people with weight issues and eating disorders.
In addition to her dietary work, Hiba is a certified personal trainer and is the Co-Founder of Trainstation, a boutique fitness studio in Beirut.
Based on her professional experience, Hiba is a strong believer in a holistic approach to a person’s well being which combines fitness and dietary treatments.
Dr. Carole Chidiac
Dr Carole Wehbe Chidiac is a Family Medicine Specialist and an Eating Disorder Practitioner with more than 10 years experience in the treatment of eating disorders and obesity.
As an active member of MEEDA board of advisors since 2013, Dr Chidiac has been a consultant and a lecturer for health care professionals, schools, companies and the general public.
As a member of the international academy of eating disorders AED since June 2017, Dr Chidiac is part of two of its special interest groups, educating health care professionals, and increasing awareness via the distribution of its purple book.
Dr. Carole participated as well in the training of the American Centre of Psychiatry and Neurology staff in November 2016 before starting the first intensive outpatient unit for Eating Disorders and Obesity in the Middle East at ACPN in December 2016. She is still an active member of the unit, undergoing supervision for CBT-E treatment by professor Ricardo de Graves. She did a similar training for doctors and nutritionists at GMCCLINICS Dubai in November 2017.
Dr. Chidiac will be completing a training in hospital refeeding for anorexics at Boston Children Hospital, Adolescent Medicine Department , Harvard Medical School in April 2018.
Deanne is a psychologist and leading expert in eating and weight problems. She has a passionate commitment to help people to recover and has taught a generation of counsellors how to treat eating disorders such as compulsive eating, bulimia, anorexia and obesity.
She is Founder & Principal of the National Center For Eating Disorders in the U.K.
She belongs to professional organisations such as: The British Psychological Society, The European Health Psychology Society, the National Obesity Forum, The Royal Society of Medicine and an All-Party Parliamentary Group for Obesity. She assisted the development of treatment guidelines for eating disorders and obesity by The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Dr. Aimee Karam
Dr Aimee Karam received her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2001 from St. Joseph University Beirut – Lebanon. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies, leading to an Award of the University of Oxford and has completed her specialty in CBT at the Beck Institute for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy in Pennsylvania, US. She is a Diplomat of the Academy for Cognitive Therapy (ACT).
Dr Aimee Karam is working as a Clinical Psychologist at the Medical Institute for Neuropsychological Disorders (MIND) in the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology at St George Hospital University Medical Center / Faculty of Medicine, Balamand University, Beirut, Lebanon.
Dr Aimee Karam is also a founding member of IDRAAC (Institute for Development Research, Advocacy and Applied Care) an NGO dedicated to research and training in Mental Health. She has authored several research articles and book chapters.
For more info, visit: www.idraac.org .
Dr Michel Nawfal MD MA
Dr. Michel Nawfal is a Mental Health Professional. He’s a Medical Doctor and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Lebanese Ministry of Health License number 2018/3/46610) with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He received his undergraduate education in premedical studies (BS: Bachelors of Science) at the American University of Beirut in 1998 after which he earned his medical degree (MD degree) in 2003 from St. George’s University School of Medicine with clinical rotations at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York, a Cornell University affiliate.
Dr. Nawfal had an interest in psychological disorders and their complexity. Deciding to practice in the Psychological and Behavioral Sciences, he has pursued graduate education again at the American university of Beirut to earn a master degree in psychology with an internship in psychotherapy from the American University of Beirut Medical Center in 2009. Dr. Nawfal was trained and supervised in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the Beck Institute through the extra-mural program. With a post-graduate course in psychopharmacotherapy from Harvard Medical School and being a medical doctor registered at the Lebanese Order of Physicians (LOP registration number N/507).
Dr. Nawfal is currently a Professional Colleague and Fellow Member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT). Since 2005, Dr. Nawfal has been a full member of the American Psychological Association (APA). He served on the board of the Lebanese Psychological Association (LPA) for 2 consecutive mandates from 2011 to 2014 and then from 2014 to 2017. Dr. Nawfal was a Board Member of the Middle East Eating Disorders Association (MEEDA) from 2017 till 2019 as its Social Affairs Director and is currently on its board of advisers. He is also a board member of the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health (LebMASH) since September 2107. Dr. Nawfal is also the vice president of the Middle East Psychological Association (MEPA) since September 2017.
Caroll Mounzer Najem is a Licensed Dietitian who received her bachelor degree from Universite Saint Joseph. Her post grad MS diploma was focused on eating disorders.
She has had a private practice for 8 years displaying a vast diversity of clientele seeking her expertise in ED, sports nutrition and therapeutic cases.
She continues her education at various conferences and seminars throughout the country.She focuses mainly on wellness, gastrointestinal distress, food allergies and ED.
Caroll has several years of personal and professional experience. She is the owner of “ON DIET nutrition clinic” which is a clinic that handles all nutrition therapeutic cases and has a focus on ED and nutrition for professional athletes; in addition Caroll is the Head of the Nutrition Department at HOPITAL LIBANAIS-GEITAWI.
Caroll is an instructor in her field in different local universities: USJ- NDU- LIU- BALAMAND.
Dr. Nadine Zeeni is a full-time assistant professor at the Lebanese American University (LAU) since 2009. She was the first Faculty member in Nutrition at LAU and is now coordinator of the Nutrition Program. She studied Nutrition and Dietetics in Lebanon, before getting her Masters from McGill in Canada and her PhD from AgroParisTech in France. She was part of the NuSISCO (Nutrient Sensing in Satiety control and Obesity) project funded by the European Union that aimed at better understanding the growing obesity problem in Europe. As part of her research, Nadine discovered that long-term exposure to a high-fat diet reduces feelings of fullness. Her research currently focuses on the areas of hunger regulation as well as the etiology of obesity and eating disorders in the Arab region.