Frances Weiss, CSW
- ASSOCIATE CLINICAL PROFESSOR | Environmental Medicine & Public Health
- LECTURER | Psychiatry
Fran Weiss maintains a private psychotherapy practice on the Upper West Side, NYC, for over three decades. She treats college aged young adults and adults in individual and group psychotherapy. Her clinical specialty includes eating disorders, dysregulated eating, weight regulation, body image issues, and emotional stress of diabetes. Central to her work is the psychological sequelae of early attachment and relational trauma. Other clinical focuses are women's health issues, life transitions, and balancing executive stress with family life.
Known for her pioneering work in the psychodynamic causes of dysregulated overeating and body image issues, she has been the Senior Psychotherapy Consultant to the clinical arm and NIH studies of the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in affiliation with Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College working in collaboration with Xavier Pi-Sunyer, MD, Director since 1979. This is inclusive of the Joslin Clinic; United Weight Control Corp.; Theodore Van Itallie Center for Weight Management; The Weight Control Unit. The NIH studies, LIFT: Lifestyles Intervention for Two; Diabetes Prevention Program; Look Ahead Study. She is a resource specialist for the Center for Sleep Medicine at New York - Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
She trains, teaches and runs workshops for professionals nationally on the etiology and treatment of eating dysregulation, attachment trauma, and body image issues.
Fran Weiss is on the Editorial Board of both the American Journal of Psychotherapy, and Group: Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society. She is also on the Board of Directors of the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), and Chairs its Standards Committee.
Fran Weiss is trained in traditional psychodynamic and psychoanalytic talk therapy, informed by classical and modern attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology. She is a Certified Group Psychotherapist through the American Group Psychotherapy Association and certified in CBT for eating disorders. She is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in trauma and the developmental affects of attachment trauma (Pat Ogden, PhD); Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (US Navy); and Contemplative Mindfulness Practice skills (Daniel Siegel, MD) and the Relaxation Response (Herbert Benson, MD); and Heart Math for anxiety disorders and social anxiety.
BS, Kent State University
MSW, Hunter College School of Social Work
The psychodynamics of body image and self perception. Weight regulation, obesity, compulsive overeating, and binge eating disorder. Bulimia and anorexia nervosa.
Weiss F. Body-Image Disturbances among Obese Adults: Evaluation and Treatment. American Journal of Psychotherapy 1986 Oct; 40(4): 521-522.
Weiss F. Private Social Work Practice for Obese Adult Clients. Journal of Independent Social Work 1989; 4(1).
Weiss F. Group Psychotherapy with Obese Disordered-Eating Adults with Body Image Disturbances: An Integrated Model. American Journal of Psychotherapy 2004; 58(3): 281-303.
Weiss F. Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy for the Obese Disordered-Eating Adult: A Contemporary View Special Edition in Eating Disorders. Group 2006 Dec.
Weiss F. Group psychotherapy with obese disordered-eating adults with body-image disturbances: an integrated model. American journal of psychotherapy 2004; 58(3).
Weiss F. Private social work practice for obese adult clients. Journal of Independent Social Work 1989; 4(1): 83-97.
Weiss F. Body-image disturbances among obese adults: evaluation and treatment. American Journal of Psychotherapy 1986; 40(4): 521-542.