Author Timeline

  • February 13, 1960. Cynthia Marie Bulik (Cindy) is born in Pittsburgh, PA. Deciding she was too impatient to wait, she shows up over a month early—in a blizzard.
  • 1970. Cindy enrolls in Winchester Thurston School (for girls!) where she spends the next 7 years developing a love of science, languages, and writing. Thanks to teachers Yost (Staley), Hein, Seif, Spencer, Sheppard, Walters, and Acklin each of whom in her own way modeled what it meant to be a strong woman.
  • 1971. Cindy decides to get serious about figure skating and starts what ends up being a lifelong dedication to the sport. Maybe those 5am patch sessions helped developed discipline!
  • 1975. Cindy interviews Pierre Larouche of the Pittsburgh Penguins for school newspaper and decides she wants to be a sports journalist. After a life changing summer at Concordia College Language Villages. Cindy thinks she could turn this love of languages into a career as a diplomat—thereby abandoning sports journalism.
  • 1975, 76, 79, 80. Pittsburgh Steelers win the Superbowl.
  • 1977. In another display of impatience, Cindy graduates from high school after 11th grade and goes to study at the Interpreters’ Institute in Munich, Germany and then the University of Salzburg Austria.
  • 1978. Sight unseen, Cindy heads to Notre Dame. She is placed in an Introduction to Psychology class and actually pleads with the Dean of the Freshman Year of Studies to get her out of that pseudoscience. He suggests that psychology might be a good class for a future diplomat to have. She grudgingly goes to class, is won over by the enthusiasm of her teacher (Dr. John Cacioppo), starts doing research, declares a major, and a career is born. She studies German, French, and Spanish. Dean Sniegowski helps her realize the world is her oyster.
  • 1980. Awarded Mellon Summer Research Fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh and gets to attend daily rounds on the eating disorders unit. The fascination with eating disorders begins.
  • 1982. The impatience theme kicks in again; she graduates early taking highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa, and a distinctive achievement in psychology award with her and back to Pittsburgh to conduct sleep and depression research with Dr. David Kupfer.
  • 1983. California here she comes, off to Berkeley where she completes her Master’s (1985) and PhD (1988) in Clinical Psychology, enjoys plenty of Cheese Board pizzas, hikes with Pat all over California, takes up the study of Czech, and travels whenever she gets the chance.
  • 1986. Wedding bells ring
  • 1988. Back to the ‘burgh for internships and post-doctoral fellowships.
  • 1989. Baby #1 is born. Cindy and Pat understand why their friends with kids say they are often still in their pajamas at dinnertime.
  • 1991. Cindy applies for a position in New Zealand on a lark (after having fallen in love with the country while traveling there with her grandfather in 1985). She gets it! Off to Christchurch and the University of Canterbury. Conducts several eating disorders treatment studies, rejuvenates the Princess Margaret Hospital Eating Disorders Program with Professor Peter Joyce, and makes life long friends.
  • 1994, 1995. Cindy and Pat make two Kiwis. Kiwi #1 and Cindy’s first book (Eating Disorders: Detection and Treatment) are due on the same day!
  • 1996. Back to the United States to the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. Six years in Richmond, Cindy develops skills in genetic epidemiology and runs an outpatient eating disorders program.
  • 2000. Having put her competitive skating career on ice (ha!) after breaking her back in 1978, Cindy decides to return to training to get her gold medal in ice dancing. In March, she actually gets to skate with Christopher Dean. Talk about inspiration!
  • 2002. After a snowstorm cancels a test session in Richmond, Cindy flies to Philadelphia, and on two hours of sleep, passes her Argentine Tango to achieve her dream of being a gold medalist in ice dancing. Thank you Gary Shortland.
  • 2003. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill lures Cindy away from Richmond to become the first endowed professor in eating disorders in the United States. Cindy builds and grows the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders.
  • 2003. Cindy serves as president of the Academy for Eating Disorders.
  • 2004. With Nadine Taylor, Cindy writes Runaway Eating: The Six Point Plan to Conquer Food and Weight Obsessions.
  • 2009. Increasingly aware of the extent to which binge eating disorder is a public health problem, and to the dire lack of treatment resources, Cindy writes Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop.
  • 2010. Cindy speaks at a Congressional Briefing with the Eating Disorders Coalition.
  • 2011. Overhearing locker room conversations among a group of 6 year old girls and later among women in a retirement village prompts Cindy to write The Woman in the Mirror: How to Stop Confusing What You Look Like With Who You Are. Negative self-talk and body bashing plague women across the lifespan, and Cindy paints a roadmap to escape the body trap.
  • 2011. Skating training continues with Nathan Truesdell.
  • 2012. With partner David Tsai, Cindy takes home the Bronze Medal at the United States Adult Figure Skating Championships.
  • 2012. Cindy takes up ballroom dancing and performs to Astor Piazzolla’s Contraataque with coach Yuri Simikov.
  • 2013. In an attempt to erase stereotypes and give hope to adults with eating disorders, Cindy writes: Midlife Eating Disorders: Your Journey to Recovery.
  • 2013. Cindy performs a Viennese Waltz/Cha Cha to Big Brovaz’ Favourite Things.

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  • 2014. Cindy is recruited to the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden to accelerate the science of eating disorders. She will spend 50% of her time there and 50% at UNC. 2014-06-26 Cynthia Bulik, Professor, gästprofessor KI
  • 2014. Delivers the 4th Annual Birgit Olsson lecture in Göteburg, Sweden. Videos and interview can be found here.
  • 2014. With coach Dima Stepanenko, dances Quickstep showcase to Michael Bublé’s Peroxide Swing.Quicksteps 3