Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is a relatively new feeding disorder diagnosis that was added to the newest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. This condition can look a lot like picky eating, but has some very important differentiating characteristics. Amanda Smith, LICSW, Assistant Program Director for Walden Behavioral Care’s Peabody clinic highlights some things that you might not know about this condition.


Amanda Smith, LICSW, is the Assistant Program Director at Walden Behavioral Care’s Peabody clinic. In this role she oversees the day-to-day care of adolescents in the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. She works closely with staff, providers, families and clients to help foster a recovery-focused environment. Her career at Walden began in 2010 when she served as a clinical case manager on the inpatient unit for eating disorders. Prior to her current role, she spent time as a clinical case manager in residential and the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs in Waltham. She received her masters of social science administration from Case Western Reserve University.