About Dr J Renae Norton & Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity

-Who We Are


Who We Are

Dr. J. Renae Norton became interested in the treatment of eating disorders while still in graduate school. Her primary areas of expertise during her doctoral training were family systems theory, and Neuro-psychology. She began her practice in 1985 after doing her residency in clinical psychology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Over the years her reputation as the go to therapist for the toughest eating disorder cases has spread to other states and professionals around the country. Presently, she offers the only alternative to inpatient treatment in cases where the individual is suffering from a severe case of Anorexia, Bulimia or a combination of the two (often referred to as Bulimarexia).

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-Professional Profile


Professional Profile

Clinical psychologist in private practice with a specialty in the treatment of eating disorders including Bulimia, Anorexia and Emotional Eating. Dr.Norton, a published author, is currently working on several new books. She has just completed the first two books of a series targeted to children ages 3 to 7 that address lifestyle issues using the antiques of two adorable pups, Maji and Mongo. The series covers being active, clean eating, Anorexia, green living and diversity. The first book "How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch" came out in the summer of 2012 and is available here. The second book Let's Eat! Maji Shows Mongo What It Means To Eat Clean will be out in February of 2013. She is also completing two books for practitioners and the lay public that look at eating disorders and obesity using a new model which she refers to as the Pollution/Addiction Model. The series, called Cycles of Shame is in two parts. Book One: Poison for Profit looks at the role that the U.S. culture plays in the epidemic of obesity and the proliferation of eating disorders today. Book Two: What Works looks at solutions that actually do work to ameliorate these problems.

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-Areas of Expertise


Areas of Expertise

Treatment of Eating Disorders and Other Family Related Issues

Dr. Norton has worked with hundreds of individuals struggling with eating disorders, body image and self esteem issues for the past thirty years using family systems theory as the primary mode of intervention. She has a special interest in high school and college students with mild, moderate and severe eating disorders. In addition to eating issues, her training as a family therapist has enabled her to treat the full range of family related disorders including Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, relationship issues, sexual concerns and elder-care issues.

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-Intellectual Property


Intellectual Property

Books & Other Publications

Maji and Mongo: How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch

Let's Eat! Maji Shows Mongo What It Means To Eat Clean
(to be released February 2013)

Cycles of Shame, Book 1: Poison for Profit
(to be released August 2013)

Cycles of Shame, Book 2: What Works
(to be released in 2013)

“The Change Equation: Capitalizing on Diversity for Effective Organizational Change.”
Co-author, 1997, Book

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-Activities, Education & Honors


Professional Activities, Education & Honors

Professional Activities

American Psychological Association- 1990-2006

  • Vice Chair for the APA Task Force on Families and Violence
  • Marketing Chair for four different APA divisions
  • Chair of two Presidential Opening Conventions
  • Chair of the Public Information Committee
  • Member Board of Directors 1990-1996
  • Member Task Force on Urban Initiatives

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-Breadth of Interest


Breadth of Interest

Wēijī & Other Thoughts with Buddhist Influence

Read below to see how I apply ancient methodology and thought processes to differentiate my treatment procedures:

The first time I heard the term Weiji was in a speech by John F. Kennedy. I was 11. He was the first politician to impact me and I was fascinated by the concept that something very bad could be a catalyst for something very positive. Some linguists argue that the meaning, as president Kennedy used it, i.e. Opportunity in Crisis, is more myth than not. I choose to disagree, partly because they don’t really make a very strong case, in my opinion, but also because I have found over the years that the concept resonates when people are in crisis. Read More ...