Dr. Alison Infield Kaufman is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of eating disorders, disordered eating, body image distress, and those wanting to break free from diet culture. As a “weight management” defector, Dr. Kaufman exclusively practices from the Health at Every Size® lens, is anti-diet and fat positive, and has been passionate about supporting others in finding food freedom and body acceptance for the past eight years. Since having her own daughter, Dr. Kaufman is an avid proponent of the Ellyn Satter Institute’s approach to eating and feeding, helping parents and families raise children who are competent eaters, free from guilt and shame around food and eating. Dr. Kaufman also sub-specializes in gastroenterology psychology (mind-gut connection), helping people in a proactive approach to better manage their symptoms and navigate food intake without restriction.
Dr. Kaufman received her B.A. from Skidmore College, and her M.S. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Loyola University Maryland. She completed her APA-approved predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at Regional Mental Health Center in northwest Indiana, near Chicago. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Drexel University’s Department of Psychology. She also served at Drexel as an Adjunct Professor. She was a visiting fellow in the Division of Gastroenterology of the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Dr. Kaufman served as an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University in the Department of Education and Counseling, teaching graduate seminars on eating disorders. She served on the Medical Advisory Committee for the local chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, and speaks to medical providers and schools in the community about pediatric eating disorders.
Dr. Kaufman comes to Rachel Millner Therapy from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where she worked as a pediatric psychologist serving patients across the medical inpatient hospital, with primary responsibilities within the eating disorder and gastroenterology services, and more recently, exclusively within the hospital’s multidisciplinary eating disorders program. Dr. Kaufman specializes in family-based, cognitive-behavioral, and acceptance-based treatments for eating disorders. She is a nationally certified family-based treatment provider from The Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders.
Dr. Kaufman is available for therapy with children, adolescents, and adults, and for presentation and consultation services to medical and psychology programs and schools. In her free time, Dr. Kaufman enjoys spending time with her family, exploring nature, baking, and engaging in joyful movement. She is a big fan of what she calls “switcher-oo” movies (think “Seventeen Again” and “Freaky Friday”), Jennifer Weiner books, and listening to podcasts while doing chores.