UCAN is a research program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and is part of
the UNC Eating Disorders Program. UCAN aims to help couples work together in the treatment of
anorexia nervosa. Couples participate in UCAN over a period of six months and return for
follow-up treatment three months after the end of the original six-month period. Patients
receive weekly individual therapy, monthly psychiatry consultations, monthly dietary
consultations in addition to being randomized to one of two types of weekly couples therapy.
Participation in UCAN can help participants gain new confidence in facing anorexia as a team
and can help us understand how best to involve partners in the treatment of eating disorders.