Irina Vanzhula, M.S.

Doctoral Student Therapist


Irina Vanzhula, M.S.,  is a doctoral student therapist at the Louisville Center for Eating Disorders. She received her Master’s degree in clinical psychology at the University of Louisville, where she is currently pursuing her doctoral degree under the mentorship of Dr. Cheri Levinson.

Irina has experience treating individuals with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, borderline personality disorder, and bipolar disorder. She is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based therapies and is particularly interested in applying mindful eating strategies in the treatment of eating disorders. In her free time, Irina enjoys spending time outdoors and trying new restaurants.

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Professional Education

University of Louisville

Master of Science (M.S.), Clinical Psychology

University of Illinois at Springfield

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology

Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia

Bachelors (B.A.) and Masters of Art (M.A.), Journalism


Selection of Publications

Levinson, C.A., Brosof, L.C., Vanzhula, I.A., Bumberry, L., Zerwas, S., Bulik, C. M. (2017). Perfectionism Group Treatment for Eating Disorders in an Inpatient, Partial Hospitalization, and Outpatient Setting: Preliminary Support for Reducing High Standards but not Concern Over Mistakes. European Eating Disorder Review, 25 (6), 579-585.

Levinson, C. A., Brosof, L.C., Vanzhula, I.A., Christian, C., Jones, P., Rodebaugh, T.L., Langer, J.K., White, E.K., Warren, C., Weeks, J.W., Menatti, A., Lim, M.H., Fernandez, K.C. (2018, In Press). Social Anxiety and Eating Disorder Comorbidity and Underlying Vulnerabilities: Using Network Analysis to Conceptualize Comorbidity. International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Sala, M., Vanzhula, I.A., Juarascio, A., Vazzano, K., & Levinson, C.A (Apr 2018). Incorporating Mindfulness into Eating Disorder Research and Treatment. Workshop presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Chicago IL.

Vanzhula, I.A., Margaret, S., Levinson, C.A. (Apr 2018). Improving Acting with Awareness May be the Key to Successful Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Eating Disorders. Paper presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Chicago IL.

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