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Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS

Counseling and Sport Psychologist, Director of the Victory Program

Riley Nickols, is a counseling and sport psychologist who specializes in treating athletes with eating disorders.  Dr. Nickols obtained an MS in Sport Psychology from Ithaca College and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University.  He regularly speaks to athletes, coaches, and sports medicine personnel about issues related to disordered eating and unbalanced exercise in sport.  Additionally, Dr. Nickols consults with eating disorder professionals on best practices for integrating exercise during treatment.  Dr. Nickols maintains a private practice in St. Louis, MO where he primarily works with athletes addressing both clinical and performance concerns.  He is sensitive to the unique demands of recovery in relation to training and competing in sport.  Dr. Nickols’ research has examined the relationship between self-confidence and anxiety among athletes before and after competition and has focused on the psychological experiences of athletes returning to competition after experiencing an injury.  In addition to competing in endurance sports for over 15 years, Dr. Nickols is a running coach and a USA Triathlon coach.

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