Magnolia Creek Treatment Center for Eating Disorders Begins Collaborative Research Study with International Suicide Expert Thomas E. Joiner, Jr., Ph.D.

Magnolia Creek Treatment Center for Eating Disorders is pleased to announce its partnership with Dr. Thomas Joiner Jr., renowned suicidologist and his research team at Florida State University ( to investigate the correlation between suicide and eating disorders.

Birmingham, AL, July 02, 2010 --( “We are very excited about this research endeavor on suicide and self-harm,” says Dr. Nicole Siegfried, Magnolia Creek Executive Director. She adds that, “consistent with the research, we have seen such an overlap between self-harm/suicidality and eating disorders. This study will allow us to meet the needs of our patients even better.”

“Most mental health practitioners across disciplines report high anxiety when working with clients who present as suicidal,” adds Dr. Mary Bartlett, suicidologist and Magnolia Creek Clinical Director, “we hope this work will contribute a larger body of literary knowledge to enhance the understanding and efforts of practitioners to best serve those recovering from eating disorders and their struggle with suicidal thinking.”

Magnolia Creek and Dr. Joiner’s research team at FSU are eager to begin what appears to be a long-standing partnership of ground-breaking research and subsequent improvements in patient care. Dr. Joiner’s accomplished and thorough research combined with Magnolia Creek’s high-quality and accredited level of care will enable a greater understanding of the relationship between eating disorders and suicide and thus result in more informed and quality treatment of those suffering.

About Magnolia Creek

Peacefully situated beside a private lake and nestled among more than thirty wooded acres just outside Birmingham, Alabama, Magnolia Creek Treatment Center for Eating Disorders (formerly known as Magnolia Creek Residential Treatment Center for Eating Disorders) provides residential and partial hospitalization treatment programs for women struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and eating disorders not otherwise specified.

Their comprehensive programs provide intensive and personalized treatment in a natural, home-like setting, addressing the medical, psychological, nutritional, spiritual, and relational needs of their clients. Magnolia Creek is licensed by the State of Alabama and is accredited by The Joint Commission.

To learn more about Magnolia Creek or to schedule an onsite visit, please contact Marisa Goodwin by phone at 404.630.2775 or by email at There is also more information available at:

Magnolia Creek Residential Treatment Center for Eating Disorders
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