Our Team In The News
Athletes desire to be driven, confident, and successful. Our team of psychologists and sports dietitians 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. Follow on Instagram.
Women’s Running Magazine: Harmful Messaging Around Food and Exercise in the Fitness Industry
Riley Nickols, PhD discusses some of the harmful messaging around food and exercise in the fitness industry with Women’s Running
Runners World: Athletic Programs Decreasing Emphasis on Body Composition Testing
According to Dr. Riley Nickols, many schools and programs are reviewing their policies surrounding body composition testing to protect athletes.
Fueling for Dance Performance and Finding Food Freedom with Kate Daley
Registered Dietitian Kate Daley joins the podcast Movement Toward Change to discuss fueling for dance performance and finding food freedom!
Winning Proof Unscripted – Interview with Dr. Natasha Trujillo
Dr. Natasha Trujillo is interviewed by Michelle Hill on her podcast Winning Proof: Unscripted regarding mental health trends in sport.
Athletes and Body Acceptance
An athlete’s heightened attunement to their body and associated body cues are both critical for sport performance, but the increased awareness to one’s body can also pose notable difficulties for athletes with an eating disorder.
Runners World: Male Athletes are Also Vulnerable to RED-S
Dr. Riley Nickols is interviewed by Runner’s World about the fueling and nutritional needs of male athletes and how the implications of RED-S can be far-reaching.
KMOV: College Athletes on Pressure to Perform and Mental Health
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.
SeasonED RD Podcast: Psychology of Sport and Metabolic Injury
Dr. Nickols joins Becca McConville on the SeasonED RD podcast to talk with RD Beth Harrell about the psychology of eating disorders, sport, and metabolic injuries.
Triathlete Magazine: The Race-Weight Trap
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.
Why Endurance Athletes Hate the Offseason w/ Riley Nickols
Dr. Riley Nickols is interviewed by Jill Colangelo about athlete identity and the obstacles athletes face taking time off from training.
Riley Nickols Appointed to EDCare’s Scientific Advisory Board
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.
Washington Post: Runners and Eating Disorders
Riley Nickols contributes to this article in the Washington Post exploring the connection between runners and eating disorders.
Eating Disorders and Men
Dr. Riley Nickols is interviewed by KCUR, the NPR affiliate in Kansas City, about the stigma and stereotypes around men and eating disorders which can hinder males seeking and receiving treatment.
Clinical Themes in the Treatment of 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.
UNIT3d Podcast: Perfectionism and Student Athletes
Dr. Riley Nickols joins the UNIT3d podcast hosted by Dr. Josie Nicholson of Ole Miss to discuss perfectionism among student athletes.
Therapy Rocks! Podcast: Cultivating Mental and Physical Health in 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 for Runners: Article in Runner’s World
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.
Women’s Running Magazine: What is Healthy Body Image?
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.
The New York Times: COVID Adds to Risks for Athletes With Eating Disorders
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.
Coaching Athletes Responsibly
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.
Running on Empty
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.
Interview with Strong Runner Chicks Podcast
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.
Athletic Identity – The Appetite Podcast with Kara Bazzi
Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS joins Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Co-Founder Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS to explore the athletic identity and performance.
Healthline.com: Eating Disorders and Athletes
People who struggle with eating disorders have a heightened attunement to their body, bodily sensations, and comparison to others.
The Lion’s Roar: Binge Eating Disorder and Athletes
Men have a 2 percent chance of suffering from binge-eating disorder, making it four times more common than bulimia nervosa.
The Washington Post: Male Athletes, Mental Health, and Suicide
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.
Bleacher Report: Penn State Kicker’s Openness About His Eating Disorder is “Groundbreaking”
Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS is one of the experts interviewed about binge eating among athletes in an article by Adam Kramer of Bleacher Report
Washington Post: Interview with Penn State’s Kicker Joe Julius
Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS speaks with the Washington Post about athletes and eating disorders.
Eating Disorder Hope: Coaches Influence on the Mental Health of Athletes
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.
St. Louis Magazine: Treatment for Athletes with Eating Disorders
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.