Director of the Eating Disorders Center

DBT Center, Eating Disorders Center


Dr. Courtney Simpson specializes in providing evidence-based treatment to individuals with eating disorders. She has expertise working with eating disorders across the lifespan and all levels of care. Dr. Simpson is also skilled in working with the problems that often accompany eating disorders, including emotion dysregulation, substance use, self-injury and suicidal behaviors, body dissatisfaction, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She is passionate about helping individuals effectively manage emotions and engaging in activities that make life worth living.

Dr. Simpson received her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed both her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UC San Diego Health Eating Disorders Center. Her training included rotations in both the adult and adolescent partial hospitalization programs, gaining experience implementing Family-Based Treatment for eating disorders, DBT, and DBT-Prolonged Exposure. Dr. Simpson is proficient in providing individual, group, and family therapy, as well as meal support and coaching. Prior to joining EBTCS, she was an Adult Program Manager and Trauma Track Coordinator at the UCSD EDC. Dr. Simpson is a DBT- Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™.

In addition to her clinical expertise, Dr. Simpson held a leadership position in the Adult Program at the prestigious UC San Diego Health Eating Disorder Center for Treatment and Research, which included managing the interdisciplinary treatment team. She also has a background in training graduate students, post-masters clinicians, and postdoctoral fellows in treatments related to eating disorders.

Dr. Simpson is a licensed psychologist in the state of Washington.