Education and Achievements

Dr. Lisa Berzins received her B.A, from Brandeis University in 1977 and her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1982. Her professional positions have included being Director of Psychological Services at Charter Ridge Hospital (Lexington, KY), Director of the Eating Disorders Program at the Institute of Living (Hartford, CT), Director of Women’s Behavioral Medicine, Eastern Connecticut Health Network (Manchester, CT) and Addictions Psychologist at Blue Hills Hospital (Hartford, CT) and Connecticut Valley Hospital (Middletown, CT).  She has lectured and written widely in the areas of eating disorders, addictions, self-compassion, mindfulness and dementia. Her innovative use of a “fat suit”  to explore prejudices based on appearance has been featured in the Hartford Courant, the New Yorker, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Dr. Berzins has appeared on local and national radio and television shows and presented at two congressional briefings involving the role of federal policies and eating disorders. Together with then Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (now United States senator), she initiated two truth-in-dieting laws to protect consumers, making Connecticut the first state to enact such legislation.  Dr. Berzins maintains a private practice in West Hartford, CT.


  • B.A., magna cum laude, with high honors in Psychology, Brandeis University (1977).
    Phi Beta Kappa (1977).
  • Academic Year Fellowship, The Graduate School, University of Kentucky (1979-1980).
  • National Institutes of Mental Health Fellowships, University of Kentucky (1977-1978 and 1980-1981).
  • Award for Community Activism, National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance , May 1995.
  • Residential Life Appreciation Award, Trinity College, August, 1996.
  • Award for Distinguished Psychological Contribution in the Public Interest. Connecticut Psychological Association, October 1996.
  • Distinguished Activism Award, Rump Parliament Magazine, January 1997.
  • Honorable Mention in “Impact and Achievements of the University of Kentucky Graduate Program
  • Alumni,” Odyssey Magazine, University of Kentucky, Spring/Winter 1997.
  • Marcus Brown Memorial Award for Exceptional Contribution to Integrative Medicine, Connecticut Valley Hospital (2016).