Sydney Brodeur McDonald

Senior Director, Clinical Services, Veritas Collaborative

Bio Dr. Sydney Brodeur McDonald’s passion is providing best-practice, research-informed and multiculturally competent treatment to patients and their families suffering with eating disorders.  She is committed to increasing access to effective treatment, training professionals to deliver gold-standard care, and empowering them to be the best providers and people they can be.

Dr. Brodeur McDonald received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2005 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a concentration in the interdisciplinary treatment of adolescents with eating disorders. She assisted with the opening of Carolina House, a residential eating disorder treatment facility in Durham, NC, and was the first Clinical Director there. From 2008 – 2019 Sydney served as the eating disorder specialist and Associate Director for Training at University Counseling Services at VCU. In that role, she maintained APA accreditation of the psychology internship program and was the administrator for the training program for students in psychology, social work, and counselor education.  She also served as a member of the center’s executive team.  In addition, Sydney maintains a private practice treating people struggling with disordered eating and body image concerns. She is a licensed psychologist in Colorado and Virginia.

Breakout Presentation Eating Disorders and College Campuses: Unique Opportunities, Challenges, and Responsibilities

About the Presentation College can be an exciting time marked by exponential personal growth, social and education knowledge acquisition, and entry into adulthood. However, it is also a vulnerable and stressful stage of life and can be a time when young people are at risk for an eating disorder developing or worsening. In this presentation, we will discuss the current prevention, identification and treatment approaches common in University settings. We will also discuss current college mental health trends and explore the opportunities and challenges these create for Universities in their efforts to effectively identify and treat college students with eating concerns.