Dr. Irina Vanzhula

Ph.D. | Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Dr. Irina Vanzhula

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Irina Vanzhula, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist at Be Well Kentucky. Dr. Vanzhula graduated with her doctoral degree from the University of Louisville under the mentorship of the clinic founder Dr. Cheri Levinson. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Chicago School of Medicine, where she received specialty training in the treatment of eating disorders and gastrointestinal health psychology. Dr. Vanzhula completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Eating Disorders Program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where she provided outpatient care to individuals with eating disorders and received training on an eating disorder inpatient unit.

Dr. Vanzhula specializes in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, ARFID, emetophobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder in adults and adolescents and is trained in addressing co-occurring conditions such as anxiety, depression, panic, and post-traumatic stress disorders. She is uniquely qualified to treat co-occurring eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder using transdiagnostic approaches. Dr. Vanzhula is trained in a variety of empirically based interventions including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness. She believes in adapting treatment to individual’s unique needs using a combination of evidence-based techniques.

Dr. Vanzhula is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Louisville Eating Anxiety Laboratory led by Dr. Cheri Levinson. Dr. Vanzhula conducts research in improving treatments for eating disorders and has co-authored 38 scientific papers and presented at numerous national conferences. She is currently leading a clinical trial on personalizing eating disorder interventions.

Dr. Vanzhula has the authority to practice interjurisdictional telepsychology through PSYPACT (List of Participating States Here)

In her free time, Dr. Vanzhula likes to play tennis, salsa dancing, and spending time with her dog Ragnar. 


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