DURHAM, N.C. – (June 20, 2019) – Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, today announced Sydney Brodeur McDonald, Ph.D., LCP as its new senior director of center services.
Brodeur McDonald is a longtime advocate for the treatment of eating disorders and brings her center expertise as a psychologist to oversee Veritas Collaborative’s research-informed, gold-standard treatment philosophy and consistent implementation across all sites. As part of the leadership team, Brodeur McDonald is responsible for properly training, supervising, and supporting staff to effectively translate Veritas’ model of treatment into an ongoing practice. She will deliver appropriate center resources at each site while also managing onboarding and training needs, and overseeing efficiencies of processes and procedures.
“We are overjoyed to welcome Sydney to the Veritas Collaborative team, where we know she’ll lead with both passion and excellence,” said Stacie McEntyre, LCSW, CEDS, founder and CEO of Veritas. “Having worked with Sydney in the past, I know her to be an outstanding leader and clinician. She brings deep insights from her own experience as a clinician and academician, as well as a set of specialized skills that will support Veritas in our endeavor to create access to the right level of care at the right time, and ensure consistency in our treatment model across all sites.”
Brodeur McDonald’s 15-year career in eating disorder treatment began in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she developed a center specialization in the interdisciplinary treatment of eating disorders. Later, she served as a staff therapist and then the center director for Carolina House, working collaboratively to oversee center programming, planning, and visioning for the organization. Brodeur McDonald took a role as a center mental health eating disorder specialist with Virginia Commonwealth University and went on to hold positions of interim director and associate director of training for the university’s counseling center. Her work at the university provided administrative leadership, direction, and enhancement for the multidisciplinary training program and its cross-functional staff.
Changing the conversation on eating disorders is something Brodeur McDonald is passionate about. She knows that advocacy, education, and awareness support communities in identifying people struggling with eating disorders. Early identification and aggressive treatment lead to more successful treatment outcomes, and she is thrilled for the opportunity to play in a role in the eradication of eating disorders as part of the Veritas team.
“Eating disorders present in a variety of ways that can significantly impact family, social, medical, psychological, academic, and professional functioning,” shares Brodeur McDonald. “Veritas Collaborative recognizes the complexities inherent in treating these mental illnesses, and the organization is committed to standardizing best-practice care that ensures consistent delivery of care across all sites – and it’s now my mission to make that happen. I’m ready to dive in and do my part to decrease the suffering that eating disorders leave in their wake.”
Brodeur McDonald received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hood College in Maryland. She earned her Master’s degree and Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Brodeur McDonald is a member of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, the National Eating Disorders Association, and the American Psychological Association.
About Veritas Collaborative
Veritas Collaborative is a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders. Veritas provides a range of individualized, evidence-based services for patients 8 years of age and older, including inpatient, acute residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care in a gender-neutral and inclusive environment. Veritas envisions a world in which all persons with eating disorders and their families have access to best-practice care and hold hope for a cure. Our multidisciplinary teams of treatment professionals include physicians, psychiatrists, dietitians, therapists, nurses, teachers, culinary team members, and therapeutic assistants.