Responsive Feeding Therapy Conference Speakers

Responsive Feeding Therapy Conference: A Therapy Model Across the Lifespan

Date & Time: Thursday, November 12th – Friday, November 13th

Location: Virtual Meeting | Links and instructions will be sent to attendees

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Speakers – Conference Day 1

Thursday, November 12, 2020

John Baker, MD. Dr. Baker attended Texas Tech University for medical school as well as his pediatric residency. From there, he went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Since 1983, he has been in private practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Areas in which Dr. Baker has a special interest include functional bowel disorders (irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea and vomiting, and chronic abdominal pain), inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease), cyclic vomiting/abdominal migraine, eosinophilic esophagitis, and feeding issues.


Financial: Sees patients at private medical practice.

Non-financial: None

Jo Cormack, MA, MBACP. Jo Cormack is a registered counselor specializing in food anxiety and the feeding relationship. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK. Her doctoral research is about parental feeding practices.

Jo is interested in how educational settings (especially in a UK Early Years context) support children’s eating, including in relation to ASD. She is interested in public health policy, specifically how feeding problems are identified and how healthcare professionals can best support families. Jo does not work with nutrition or diet, but focuses on the emotional and behavioral aspects of feeding and eating.

Jo works with families and professionals to support a positive psychological relationship with food. She is the author of Helping Children Develop a Positive Relationship With Food: A Guide for Early Years Professionals (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).


Financial: Jo’s research is part of a fully funded PhD which will be awarded by the University of Leicester, UK. The studentship is funded by Bishop Grosseteste University, UK. Jo also provides private consulting with parents and receives royalties from her book

Non-financial: none

Heidi Moreland, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC. Heidi is a speech-language pathologist and clinical coordinator for the Tube Weaning and Feeding Program at Thrive with Spectrum Pediatrics.  She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology, is a Certified Lactation Counselor and a Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing and related disorders.  She has worked in pre-school early intervention as a teacher and parent coordinator, and as a therapist in in-and out-patient hospital settings for 16 years.  She has taught in the University setting and presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the National Pediatric Cardiology-Quality Improvement Collaborative regarding Responsive Feeding and outcomes for medically fragile  infants and children.   

Heidi believes that treatment must be based on the child’s strengths to build a strong foundation.  By working in the context of responsive feeding, the therapeutic process can heal and strengthen the whole family.   Heidi’s work takes her all over the country, but she lives with her husband and 2 dogs in Nashville, TN.  She is a runner and a reader, and loves to eat!


Financial: Heidi is an employee of Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics, and will be discussing outcomes and practices utilized in evaluation and treatment at Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics. She is an invited speaker who received an honorarium for her presentation and presence at this course.

Non-financial: none

Katja Rowell, MD. Dr. Katja Rowell is a family doctor turned relational feeding specialist. Described as “academic, but warm and down to earth,” she is a popular speaker and writer.

Katja has developed an expertise in “extreme” picky eating, food preoccupation, and supporting foster and adopted children with feeding, nutrition and growth challenges. Dr. Rowell provides training for eating disorder professionals on early feeding development and challenges. Katja is on the SPOON medical advisory board as well as an adviser to the Minnesota Trauma Project.

Her books include Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating , Conquer Picky Eating for Teens and Adults. and Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parents’ Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More.


Financial: receives royalties from books, client consulting and speaking honoraria including this conference, receives compensation for clinical supervision of dietitians

Non-financial: medical advisory board member of the SPOON Foundation in Portland, OR

Skye Van Zetten. Skye is the mother of teenaged twins and founder of Mealtime Hostage. What started as a blog to capture the isolating experience that is feeding a child diagnosed with specific food phobia has become a source of support and hope for thousands of parents worldwide. 

Skye tirelessly advocates for children’s rights to be free of food politics in the classroom, despite the perceived vitamin load of a celery stick. She continues to study society’s relationship with food through the critical lens of Communication Arts. 


Financial: employed full time by YMCA as early childhood educator.

Non-financial: founder and administrator of Mealtime Hostage support group on Facebook without financial compensation. 

Speakers – Conference Day 2

Friday, November 13, 2020

Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L, MEd, FAOTA. Marsha is a pediatric occupational therapist who has spent a career specializing in supporting families whose children have feeding and eating challenges. She received her occupational therapy degree from Boson University and her Masters of education Special Education from the University of Arizona. She has co-authored PreFeeding Skills, First and Second Editions, Mealtime Participation Guide, and Homemade Blended Formula Handbook with Suzanne Evans Morris and Feeding and Nutrition for the Child with Special Needs. She recently published Anxious Eaters, Anxious Mealtimes: Practical and Compassionate Strategies for Mealtime Peace.  She enjoys presenting locally, nationally and internationally on the Get Permission Approach tp Pediatric Feeding Challenges.


Financial:  paid presenter, receives royalties from Pro Ed, Amazon and Archway Publishing

Nonfinancial disclosure: consultant Real Food Blends

Jenny McGlothlin, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC . Jenny is a speech-language pathologist and Certified Lactation Counselor specializing in feeding for newborns through adolescents. She works with caregivers to give them the confidence and competence to be their child’s best feeding partner.  Jenny developed the STEPS feeding program at the UT Dallas Callier Center in 2005 to support and promote feeding development in children, and provides training for graduate students, therapists, teachers, and parents. She was recently elected as the VP of Social and Governmental Policy for the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Her books include Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating and Conquer Picky Eating for Teens and Adults. 

McGlothlin lives in Dallas with her husband and their three young children, and enjoys reading, organizing, spending time with friends, and cheering on her kids at games.


Financial: salaried provider at The University of Texas at Dallas, receives royalties for books Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating and Conquer Picky Eating for Teens and Adults, receives honoraria for continuing education seminars

Non-financial: none

Suzanne Evans Morris, PhD. Dr. Suzanne Evans Morris is a speech-language pathologist with New Visions near Charlottesville, Virginia. With more than 50 years of clinical experience, she is nationally and internationally known for her work in identifying and treating young children with pre-speech and feeding disorders.

Dr. Morris received her B.A. in Logopedics and Education from the University of Wichita in 1960 and her M.A. (1962) and Ph.D. (1970) in Communication Disorders from Northwestern University. She has studied Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) approaches. She is an active member of the Professional Division of The Monroe Institute and has explored the use of the binaural beat auditory guidance system, Hemi-Sync, for the past 35 years.

Dr. Morris has published dozens of articles in major journals, and is the author of the Pre-Speech Assessment Scale, a rating scale for the measurement of pre-speech behaviors in children from birth through two years, and co-author of Pre-Feeding Skills: A Comprehensive Resource for Mealtime Development, 2nd edition, the Mealtime Participation Guide, and the Homemade Blended Formula Handbook


Financial: clinical fees and workshop honoraria received for providing feeding evaluations and therapy. Honoraria for continuing education workshops (miscellaneous providers). Book royalties from Pro-Ed, Mealtime Notions, and Future Horizons. Nestle (Gerber) Feeding Advisory Panel: Consultation fees for special projects on infant feeding development

Non-financial: the Monroe Institute Board of Advisors Methodology

Erin VandenLangenberg, PhD, MPH. Dr. Erin VandenLangeberg is a pediatric psychologist, eating disorder and anxiety treatment specialist at Catalpa Health, a pediatric mental health clinic.  She completed a B.A. in Psychology, Master’s in Public Health and a doctorate in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She completed her post-doctoral studies at The Emily Program, an eating disorder treatment center, where she specialized in treating anorexia and bulimia using a DBT framework with adolescents.  Dr. VandenLangenberg’s research interests have included vagal control of satiety in bulimia nervosa and early predictors of eating disorder development.

Through her clinical work and research, she began examining psychological treatment options for ARFID patients, finding that client-centered approaches that are responsive to the child and empowering to families has been most effective. She is passionate about working with children and families to build on their strengths and help them meet their feeding and eating goals from a

Responsive feeding lens.


Financial: employed as pediatric psychologist at Catalpa Health in Appleton, WI

Non-financial: none

This workshop is sponsored by the David Bruton, Jr. Endowed Lecture Series on Communication Disorders at the Callier Center.