Project Description

Walden Center Changes Name to Foundation for Research and Education in Eating Disorders (FREED)

New Name Reflects Organization’s Key Initiatives

WALTHAM, MA, February XX, 2018 – Walden Center for Education and Research (WCER), a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization established in 2012 to provide education, awareness and support to those impacted by eating disorders, today announced that it has relaunched as the Foundation for Research and Education in Eating Disorders (FREED). The new name more accurately represents the organization’s mission, programs and goals.

“We are thrilled to introduce FREED to the eating disorder community,” said Kevin St. P. McNaught, Ph.D., executive director of FREED. “Through innovative research and discovery, our strategic focus is to help make eating disorders truly preventable, manageable and recoverable. With our new name, we feel better represented and more appropriately positioned to continue this important work.”

FREED’s mission is to help determine the causes and risks associated with the development of eating disorders, facilitate advancement in treatment and to promote the continuing education and prevention of these conditions. “Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness,” Priya Prabhakar, MD, MPH, MBA, associate director of FREED said. “It is critical that we accelerate advances that support the prevention of–and recovery from– these conditions.”

In the coming months and years ahead, FREED will continue to work with its collaborators and supporters to:

    • Develop and manage national research resources to help facilitate discovery in eating disorders;
    • Drive exploratory studies into novel and innovative concepts to open new avenues of research and treatment development;
    • Advance best care practices and professional training in eating disorders; and
    • Support the eating disorders community by providing authoritative information through education, support and advocacy.

The name change is effective immediately. For more information about FREED and how you can become involved, please visit


The Foundation for Research and Education in Eating Disorders (FREED), previously known as the Walden Center for Education and Research (WCER), was established in 2012 as a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) organization to help lead the fight against eating disorders. The mission of FREED is to help determine the causes and risks associated with developing eating disorders; facilitate the development of treatments; and promote education, prevention and recovery from these illnesses. The organization’s vision is a nation in which eating disorders are fully preventable, manageable and recoverable. As a charity serving the community of people impacted by eating disorders across the United States, FREED relies on the generosity of donors and supporters to fund its programs and activities to meet its mission. Additional information is available at