Mary E. Carter DNP, PMHNP-BC & Chelsea Woodard, LPC-MHSP
“Eating Disorders and College Students: What Medical Providers Need to Know”
This presentation is designed to enhance providers’ knowledge of specific challenges inherent in working with and treating college students with eating disorders. Through reviewing the complexity of what it means to be a college student, coupled with examining what various eating disorder presentations may look like in college students, this presentation is geared towards preparing and equipping medical, mental health, and nutrition providers with helpful knowledge to work effectively and efficiently with their patients in the college-age eating disorder population. Additionally, this presentation will cover criteria indicative of the need for a higher level of care to assist providers in knowing when and how to refer patients to various levels of eating disorder treatment.
- Attendees will be able to discuss the complexity of eating disorders in college-aged students.
- Attendees will be able to discuss how eating disorders present and what related medical complications can occur.
- Attendees will be able to discuss the process for referring clients to higher levels of care and how to navigate barriers.
Mary Carter, DNP, PMHNP-BC, completed her Master of Science in Nursing at Vanderbilt University in 2008 and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chatham University in 2018. She is a practicing board-certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She supervises nursing students and lectures as an adjunct faculty member at Vanderbilt University Nursing School. Mary also spoke on the podcast Contributing Factors by Health Further regarding the impact of and treatment for depression in the U.S. Mary specializes in the treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Eating Disorders, and substance use disorders.
Chelsea Woodard, LPC-MHSP, joined Renfrew in 2016 as an Intern and later held the positions of Primary Therapist and Clinical Program Manager. Ms. Woodard received her Bachelor’s degree from Belmont University and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Lipscomb University. Her clinical areas of expertise include working with the LGBTQ+ community, issues of faith and spirituality, and trauma. A frequent speaker on these topics, Ms. Woodard is an avid promoter of the body acceptance movement and enjoys helping individuals of all ages heal their relationship with their bodies. She is an active supporter of the American Counseling Association, the National Eating Disorder Association and Renewed.