Dr. Sherry Van Blyderveen is a clinical psychologist working with the Pediatric Eating Disorders Program at McMaster Children's Hospital and an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster University, holding a joint appointment with the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Simon Fraser University and is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Her previous clinical experiences include a variety of hospital, community mental health, private practice and correctional settings.
Through her work with the McMaster Children's Hospital's Pediatric Eating Disorders Program, Dr. Van Blyderveen has worked clinically with children and adolescents struggling with eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-Eating Disorder, and more serious forms of selective eating). Her clinical duties primarily include conducting psychological assessments and providing both family and individual therapy. Dr. Van Blyderveen is also responsible for the ongoing program evaluation research associated with the Pediatric Eating Disorders Program. As a result of program evaluation work, Dr. Van Blyderveen has been able to generate a description of the patients seen by the Pediatric Eating Disorders Program, and has also considered a number of treatment outcome variables, including indicators of physical health, psychological symptoms related to eating disorders, and the presence of common comorbid mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression. Dr. Van Blyderveen is presently expanding on this program evaluation work through a project considering prognosis for youth treated by the Pediatric Eating Disorders Program. She has been examining whether indicators of physical and/or mental health predict recovery, treatment dropout, and hospitalizations, among youth struggling with an eating disorder.
Dr. Van Blyderveen is also involved in collaborative projects pertaining to knowledge translation in the treatment of eating disorders, screening for eating disorders in community settings, and the physical and psychosocial functioning of youth seen in a diabetes transition clinic. Dr. Van Blyderveen has been the recipient of grants as both a principle investigator and co-investigator. The majority of funding for her research work has been provided through grants from The Centre for Excellence in Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO.
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