Katie Heimer, MA is the Community and Education Coordinator at MEDA (Multi-service Eating Disorders Association). She first became involved in eating disorder outreach during her time as an undergraduate at Vassar College, where she was active in the campus' Eating Disorders Reachout Service. She went on to work with, research and write about eating disorders, body image and feminism, particularly in relation to the media, as a communications intern at the National Organization for Women and as part of her Master's of Media Studies at The New School in New York City.
In her role as Community and Education Coordinator, Katie gives educational presentations at schools, community organizations, and events for the general public across Massachusetts and beyond. These presentations include "Inside Eating Disorders: A Personal Perspective," a presentation that uses Katie's personal experiences with, and recovery from, an eating disorder to highlight information intended not only to educate but to aid audience members in prevention and early detection of eating disorders and to heighten awareness of factors that can contribute to negative body image. Katie also speaks on media and body image, eating disorders in athletes, body image and the college environment, and promoting positive body image in younger children, among other topics. In addition, Katie writes on issues of media and body image for MEDA's e-newsletter, which is sent to thousands of subscribers monthly.
Katie's work experience prior to MEDA included an internship at the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center as well as internships in the editorial department of Paste Magazine, a music and culture publication, and in the communications department of the National Organization for Women. She also worked at the Lincoln Center Institute, the education arm of the Lincoln Center in New York City. While an undergraduate at Vassar College, Katie worked as a research assistant to English professor H. Daniel Peck.
In addition to her monthly articles which are featured in MEDA's e-newsletter, Katie's written work has been featured in Paste Magazine's print edition and on the magazine's website. A piece that she wrote while at NOW, entitled "Hillary Clinton and the Media: From Intelligent and Fair to Appallingly Sexist and Pointless," was picked up by several other outlets online, as well as being published in an anthology entitled "Is The US Ready For a Minority President?" published by Greenhaven Press in December 2007. She wrote her Master's of Media Studies thesis at The New School on portrayals of female politicians in popular culture.
In her free time, Katie enjoys playing and listening to music, reading, taking art classes, and spending time with friends and family. An avid traveler, she loves to explore new places, whether around the corner or around the world. Recent destinations include Portland, OR, Portland, ME, Prince Edward Island, China, Turkey, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.
Please feel free to contact her with any questions or for further information.