2023 Eating Disorders in Sport:
A Treatment Playbook for Providers

Managing Health Complexities for the Athlete with an Eating Disorder

Mind Body Endurance is proud to present the 2023 Eating Disorders in Sport: A Treatment Playbook for Providers. Hosted by Dr. Riley Nickols and Becca McConville will host this unique virtual workshop and will bring their collective experiences, knowledge, and passion treating athletes with eating disorders.

Eating Disorders in Sport: A Treatment Playbook for Providers

Managing Health Complexities for the Athlete with an Eating Disorder

Sports Psychologist Riley Nickols

Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS-S

Founder – Mind Body Endurance,
Counseling & Sport Psychologist


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About Riley

Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS-S is a counseling and sport psychologist who specializes in working with athletes to address mental health and performance concerns.

Dr. Nickols obtained an MS in Sport Psychology from Ithaca College in addition to an MS in Counseling Psychology and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. He regularly speaks to athletes, coaches, and sports medicine personnel about disordered eating and unbalanced exercise in sport. Additionally, Dr. Nickols consults with eating disorder professionals on best practices for integrating exercise during eating disorder treatment and is sensitive to the unique demands of eating disorder recovery in relation to training and competing in sport.

Currently, Dr. Nickols is on EDCare’s Scientific Advisory Board and is the Senior Program Advisor for Athlete EDGE at EDCare in Denver, CO where specialized intensive eating disorder treatment is provided for athletes. He was previously the Director of the Victory Program, the nation’s first residential eating disorder treatment facility for athletes, from 2013-2021 at McCallum Place in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Nickols is listed in the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee Mental Health Registry (2020-2022).  He is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) and Supervisor (CEDS-S) through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) and holds a certificate in the Integrated Treatment of Eating Disorders from the Contemporary Psychotherapy’s Center for the Study of Anorexia & Bulimia (CSAB) in New York, NY.  He currently serves on the Clinical Advisory Council for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).

Dr. Nickols is currently on the steering committee for the proposed Division of Eating Disorders and Body Image as part of the American Psychological Association (APA) and was on the steering committee for Safe Exercise at Every Stage’s (SEES) Athlete Guidelines.

Dr. Nickols is a member of the Big Sky Sport Psychology Group, Collegiate Clinical/Counseling Sport Psychology Association (CCSPA), American Psychological Association’s Division 47 (Exercise & Sport Psychology), Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and the AASP Eating Disorders Special Interest Group.

Dr. Nickols is a licensed psychologist in California, Indiana, Colorado, and Missouri. Additionally, he is an approved, participating PSYPACT psychologist and can provide telehealth in the participating PSYPACT states.

In addition to competing in endurance sports for over 20 years, Dr. Nickols is a running coach and a USA Triathlon coach.

His proudest accomplishment is being married to his best friend and raising three adorable kids.

Rebecca McConville

Rebecca “Becca” McConville,


Director of Performance Nutrition – Mind Body Endurance


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About Becca

Becca is the Director of Performance Nutrition at Mind Body Endurance. Over the past 10 years Becca has specialized in the intersection of sports and eating disorders, understanding how the path to driven sometimes can become destructive without the support of professionals that get it. 

Being a former collegiate athlete now youth coach and Mom to an active daughter, my career’s mission is to create a safer place in sport to see athletes thrive. This means aligning with like-minded , value-driven professionals. As the director of Performance Nutrition at MBE Becca creates a place to challenge the status quo and have ongoing peer consultation to stay evidence-informed & connected to the clients.

In addition to private practice, she has served as a consultant to the University of Missouri Kansas City Athletics, Kansas City Ballet, local colleges and previously worked with the Kansas City Chiefs. Becca and Riley have developed and presented over the US The Eating Disorder in Sport Workshop for athlete providers.

Becca is also the author of Finding your Sweet Spot- How to Avoid RED-S (Relative Energy Deficit in Sport) by Optimizing Your Energy Balance and RED-Solution mentorship program for clinicians.. She is a co-host of a podcast called PHIT for a Queen devoted to female athletes. Spring 2022 will release her workbook on transitioning out of sport at LAST with Dr. Mel Streno. 


July 21, 2023


CEs Offered 


Special Guest Presenters

Hear from leaders in the field of treating eating disorders in the context of sport.

Jennifer Gaudiani

Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, CEDS-S, FAED

Founder and Medical Director of
the Gaudiani Clinic


Mast Cell Activation Syndrome in Athletes: What is this, and why does it matter so much?


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About Dr. G.

Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS-S, FAED, is the Founder and Medical Director of the Gaudiani Clinic. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, she completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard, medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, and her internal medicine residency and chief residency at Yale.

Dr.Gaudiani served as the Medical Director at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders prior to founding the Gaudiani Clinic, which is a Denver-based outpatient medical clinic dedicated to people with eating disorders and disordered eating. The Gaudiani Clinic is a HAES (Health At Every Size)®-informed provider and embraces treating people of all shapes, sizes, ages, and genders. The Gaudiani Clinic is licensed to practice in 46 US states via telemedicine and offers international professional consultation and education.

Dr. Gaudiani has lectured nationally and internationally, is widely published in the scientific literature as well as on blogs, is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and is a recent former member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders and the Academy for Eating Disorders Medical Care Standards Committee. Dr. Gaudiani’s first book, Sick Enough: A Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders (Routledge, 2018) is available on


Nathan Carlson

Nathan Carlson, PT, DPT, USATF

Physical Therapist & Running Coach


Recovery from a Bone Stress Injury and Return to Sport



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About Nathan

Nathan Carlson, PT, DPT, USATF is a physical therapist, running coach, and owner of Runningmate PT and Performance Coaching. Nathan’s physical therapy practice focuses on the injury management and performance enhancement of endurance athletes. Nathan teaches nationally and internationally on bone stress injuries, youth running injuries and performance, and resistance training for endurance athletes.

Nathan is a sought-after consultant to collegiate programs and medical practices that manage runners with bone stress injuries. Nathan is a reviewer for The International Journal of Exercise Science. Nathan served as the team physical therapist for the University of Missouri at Kansas City for the 2018 and 2019 school years. Lastly, Nathan is a co-host of the Runners Zone podcast, a podcast that interviews world experts and discusses relevant topics around injuries and performance with endurance athletes.

Ashley Brauer

Ashley Brauer, PhD, DBSM

Licensed Clinical & Sport Psychologist


Around The Clock: Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Considerations for Athletes with Eating Disorders



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About Dr. Brauer

Ashley Brauer, PhD, is a clinical and sport psychologist who specializes in the treatment of mental health disorders and performance concerns among athletes. Additionally, Dr. Brauer has a specialized interest in working with athletes to facilitate health behavior change, such as improving rest, rehabilitation adherence, and optimizing sleep. Dr. Brauer is a Diplomate in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine

Dr. Brauer obtained her MS in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Lund University in Sweden and the University of Leipzig in Germany. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University with a focus in health and performance psychology. She completed her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the University of Missouri in the Health Psychology Track.

Dr. Brauer helps athletes navigate mental health and sport concerns at the outpatient level with Mind Body Endurance. She is committed to multidisciplinary care and collaborates frequently with healthcare professionals to improve quality of care. Dr. Brauer also holds a position with The Victory Program at McCallum Place, an eating disorder treatment program for athletes.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Brauer maintains an active role in publishing and presenting research with a focus on athlete health and performance. She was awarded the Sleep Research Society Mentor Mentee Award to further expand her clinical and research expertise in behavioral sleep medicine. Dr. Brauer is a member of the Big Sky Sport Psychology Group, American Psychological Association, and Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

In addition to her clinical work and research, Dr. Brauer has been involved in figure skating for over 20 years as both an athlete and coach.

Riley and Becca are excited to have a new format for 2023 where a trio of renowned experts, Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, CEDS-S, FAED, Nathan Carlson, PT, DPT, USATF, and Ashley Brauer, PhD, DBSM will also share valuable knowledge to enhance the treatment of athletes. This workshop will inform, empower, and equip sport personnel and eating disorder providers with evidence-based best practices that equip staff and organizations to treat athletes with confidence and effectiveness.

Participants will learn how to optimally support athletes navigating eating disorder treatment by using best practices while leveraging available resources, both in-house and external providers, while being sensitive to the complex and multifaceted nature of an eating disorder.

This training will provide education, training, and practical interventions specific to: medical and psychological concerns, inherent risks and dangers of mismanaging an eating disorder case, establishment of weight goals/policies, navigating crucial conversations with athlete and sport personnel, modifying and reintegrating training during treatment, and challenges in collaborative care within a multidisciplinary treatment team.

Case study demonstrations will include relevant assessment tools and return to sport guidelines. Recommendations will be provided for how athletic departments can provide sufficient training and supervision so that staff can be equipped to comprehensively assess and treat eating disorders. Suggestions will be given to providers in private practice in how to optimally leverage available trainings, supervision, and support when collaborating in the care of an athlete.

Attendees will also learn how to comprehensively evaluate existing eating disorder protocols/procedures within an athletic department or sport governing body while identifying qualified personnel to assess and treat athletes who exhibit disordered eating and eating disorder behaviors.

Learning objectives:

1. Describe common challenges that athletes with eating disorders often experience during treatment and how to respond to these challenges as a provider in an attuned, compassionate, and timely manner.

2. Anticipate and respond to specific challenges that both athletes and providers are likely to encounter across levels of care.

3. Recognize specific treatment targets and interventions to support and facilitate an athlete’s eating disorder treatment.

4. Identify medical, clinical, objective, and subjective factors that warrant modifications in an athlete’s training and return to play considerations during/after treatment.

5. Differentiate components of normal and abnormal sleep among athletes.

6. Describe the relationship between sleep and eating disorders along with recommendations for addressing the co-occurring concerns in treatment.

7. Identify basic principles of bone biology and physiology and differentiate the positive and negative role of loading on bony tissue.

8. Describe the role of plyometrics in improving bone mineral density and provide appropriate dosage and progressions.

9. Recognize symptoms that might suggest a mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) diagnosis.

10. Link MCAS with potential eating disorder/disordered eating behaviors in a way that opens a new door in recovery work.

11. Increase participants’ likelihood of identifying MCAS as a possible co-morbid diagnosis and helping individuals get the care they need,

Please email Riley (Riley.Nickols@mindbodyendurance.com) and Becca (Becca@mindbodyendurance.com) for questions about this event.


Continuing Education Details:

CEs will be available for psychologists, mental health providers, registered dietitians, and athletic trainers. A Certificate of Attendance for six (6) clock hours will be issued to all qualified participants who attend this virtual event. Full attendance is required to receive CE credits. No partial credit will be awarded. CE credit is NOT available for watching any recordings, full attendance of the virtual session must be attended LIVE to earn credit. Participants are responsible for contacting their respective state and discipline licensing boards to confirm acceptance of CE credits.

Mental Health Providers – EDCare has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.7113. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. EDCare is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

EDCare is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. EDCare maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Registered Dietitians – This virtual workshop has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for 6 CEUs.

Athletic Trainers – NATABOC Continuing Education Units: 6.0. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with NATABOC Approved Provider Program standards. NATABOC Approved Provider #P2647.

Sponsored by Athlete EDGE™ at EDCare:

Athlete EDGE™ at EDCare provides intensive, compassionate eating disorder treatment from professionals who understand the world of sport and the challenges athletes face. Dr. Riley Nickols is a member of EDCare’s Scientific Advisory Board and is the Program Advisor for Athlete EDGE™ at EDCare.


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July 21, 2023


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