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Divya Kakaiya Ph.D., CEDS

Asian Pacific Heritage Month: 2010 Honoree

Dr. Divya Kakaiya

One of San Diego County's first Indian psychologists Dr. Divya Kakaiya has been treating eating disorders since 1985, specializing in cultural issues within eating disorders. Founder of the Healthy Within Foundation, which trains volunteers to conduct eating disorder prevention outreach, Kakaiya gives more than 50 free presentations each year about preventing and eradicating eating disorders and obesity in girls. She also co-founded the South Asian Women's Initiative (SAWI), which has evolved into a vibrant organization called SDNari. Kakaiya serves on the boards of the Center for Creative Leadership's Young Women's Leadership Program and on the honorary editorial board for the Eating Disorder Journal of Treatment and Prevention.