Our Team In The News
Athletes desire to be driven, confident, and successful. Our team of psychologists are experts in their field of practice and are regularly interviewed by media outlets for their input on relevant mental health topics for athletes such as eating disorders, anxiety, and performance improvement.
Dr. Riley Nickols is interviewed by KMOV on the pressure athletes feel to perform and succeed and the negative impact on mental health. “A lot of athletes I work with, are high functioning, driven, committed individuals and perfectionism is usually off the charts.
Specific mental health challenges can also accompany this disposition,” Nickols said.
EDCare is pleased to announce the appointment of Riley Nickols, Ph.D., CEDS, to its Scientific Advisory Board. A highly experienced counseling and sports psychologist, Dr. Nickols provides specialized expertise in treating high-performance athletes with eating disorders.
Riley Nickols presents the webinar & discussion Competing Against Eating Disorders: Clinical Themes in the Treatment of Athletes hosted by BALANCE eating disorder treatment center™ Founder & CEO Melainie Rogers, MS, RDN, CDN, CEDRD-S.
Dr. Riley Nickols joins the UNIT3d podcast hosted by Dr. Josie Nicholson of Ole Miss to discuss perfectionism among student athletes.
Riley Nickols joins Signe Darpinian, LMFT on her podcast Therapy Rocks to discuss cultivating mental and physical health in athletes, body image in sport culture, “the need to be perfect” in athletes, and how to navigate that in a more balanced way.
RED-S (Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport) is a serious condition for athletes, especially runners, and often accompanies eating disorder behaviors and has long-term risks—osteoporosis, heart disease, muscle loss, reduced immunity, and depression.
Body image is often framed as a black-and-white issue: Either you feel good about your body, or you don’t. The reality, however, looks more like a spectrum, eating disorders specialist Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS says. Learn more in this article for Women’s Running Magazine.
Triathletes who place too much emphasis on body weight and weight loss can be at a greater risk for adverse sport performance and health implications. It’s an issue that is perhaps more widespread than triathletes realize.
Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS is one of the experts interviewed about binge eating among athletes in an article by Adam Kramer of Bleacher Report
The Coronavirus has disrupted eating and training routines compounding the stress of those, including athletes, who have eating disorders. Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS is interviewed for this article in the New York Times.
Riley Nickols contributes to this article in the Washington Post exploring the connection between runners and eating disorders.
Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS joins Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Co-Founder Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS to explore the athletic identity and performance.
Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS is interviewed by Roman Stubbs from the Washington Post exploring the issues of mental health, suicide, and eating disorders among male athletes.
The panelists provide practical recommendations for sport psychology practitioners providing care for athletes with eating disorders.
Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS speaks with the Washington Post about athletes and eating disorders.
Strong Runner Chicks is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting female competitive runners in developing strong and healthy nutrition, mindset, body image, and self-care practices that allow them to both improve performance and enjoy healthy relationships, mental health and the joy of running.
Dr. Riley Nickols speaks with Strong Runner Chicks in this episode of their podcast about eating disorders and mental health topics.
Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS is the Director of The Victory Program at McCallum Place, the nation’s premiere treatment center for athlete’s with eating disorders, featured in this article in St. Louis Magazine.
Coaches, you play a vital role in the life of your athletes. Your words and actions have lasting meaning. While in this position of authority and influence, it is your responsibility to create a safe and supportive training environment, when developing your athletes.
People who struggle with eating disorders have a heightened attunement to their body, bodily sensations, and comparison to others.
Unfortunately, many coaches, administrators, and training systems are the product of misinformed, outdated, and dangerous training practices. As a member of AASP’s Eating Disorder Special Interest Group, Riley Nickols, and other esteemed eating disorder in sport experts, contributed to this commentary concerning how coaches treat athletes in the pursuit of peak performance.
Similar to other athletes, runners often underestimate the negative implications that losing weight can have on one’s health and sport performance. In this article, sport psychologist Riley Nickols addresses these concerns.
Men have a 2 percent chance of suffering from binge-eating disorder, making it four times more common than bulimia nervosa.