Brad MacNeil, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Glendale, AZ

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Dr. MacNeil is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who completed his PhD at the University of New Brunswick. Prior to joining Midwestern University, he was the Provincial Lead for the Provincial Center for Training, Education, and Learning (PCTEL) for the Mental Health and Addictions Program at Nova Scotia Health. His doctoral residency was at McMaster Children’s Hospital and he is certified in CBT through the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies. Dr. MacNeil operates a telepsychology practice where he provides evidence-based assessment, treatment, training, and clinical consultation. He has held prior academic appointments and adjunct faculty positions at university and health sciences centers in the US and Canada (e.g., McMaster Children’s Hospital, McMaster University Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders at UNC at Chapel Hill, Dalhousie University Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, Kingston Health Sciences Center, Queen’s University Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, and George Mason University CAPS). Areas of clinical and research interest include eating disorders, program development and competency-based therapy (C.B.T.) training, and the interrelationship between general medical conditions and mental health. He has presented his research and provided training and clinical consultation nationally and internationally to mental health and addictions professionals.

Title
Assistant Professor

Campus
Glendale, AZ

College
College of Health Sciences - IL

Department
Behavioral Sciences

Program
Clinical Psychology

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bmacne@midwestern.edu

Education

University of New Brunswick | 2010 | Ph.D.
Saint Francis Xavier University | 2003 | B.Sc.
Saint Francis Xavier University | 2002 | B.Sc.

Courses Taught

Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches to Psychotherapy

Advanced Elective Practicum Seminar I

Personality Assessment I (objective personality)

Psychopathology: Child & Adolescent

Advanced Assessment

Research

Eating disorders are serious biological based illnesses. Meaningfully engaging patients in evidence-based care represents a challenge across the field. Another challenge is access to evidence-based interventions for patients and families, as well as competency-based therapy (C.B.T.) training and clinical consultation for professionals working in the field. The current monetization of psychotherapy training and certifications, rather than a focus on dissemination of what we know works well may represent a potential barrier to more professionals entering the field, being trained in the delivery of transdiagnostic competencies, as well as access to treatment for patients in need of care. My research is also focused on examining variables that comprise the cognitive interpersonal model of eating disorders (Schmidt, Treasure, & Wade, 2014) to understand how to better engage and treat patients struggling with this illness. I am particularly interested in the reported strong compulsion to continue engagement eating disorder behavior despite recognizing these habit formed or compulsive behaviors can be harmful and may pose serious medical risk. Further, a better understanding of the links between eating disorders and other conditions (e.g., substance use disorders, OCD, and general medical conditions) may have important implications for improving our understanding of the mechanisms involved and for better engaging patients in care. My program of research is divided into four domains: (1) Program development and evaluation of patient experience with novel treatments for eating disorders; (2) individual and group therapy process and outcomes; (3) overlap between eating disorders and other conditions; and (4) accessible competency-based therapy training of mental health and addictions professionals.

Publications

MacNeil, B. A., Forchuk, C., & Rudnick, A. (2021). Ethics and boundaries in therapeutic relationships. In C. Forchuk (Ed.), From therapeutic relationships to transitional care: A theoretical and practical roadmap (pp. 73-76). Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

MacNeil B. A., Hudson C. C., Nadkarni P., Dempsey K. A. (2020). A case report of a male patient receiving treatment for anorexia nervosa and comorbid obsessive-compulsive disorder who was later diagnosed with nontuberculosis Mycobacterium. Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity. doi: 10.1007/s40519-020-00967-8

Bahji, A., Mazhar, N., Hawken, E., Hudson, C. C., Nadkarni, P., & Mac Neil, B. A.(2019). Prevalence and patterns of substance abuse in eating disorders: A systematic review. Psychiatry Research, 273, 58-66. doi: org/10.1016/j.psychres.2019.01.007

MacNeil, B. A., Hudson, C. C., & Leung, P. (2018). It’s raining men, engaging males in specialized outpatient assessment and treatment of an eating disorder: The male assessment and treatment track MATT). Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, 23(6), 817-824. doi: 10.1007/s40519-018-0586-y

Hudson, C. C., & Mac Neil, B. A. (2018). Ready or not: Self-reported readiness for behavior change at intake assessment for adults with an eating disorder. Behavior Modification. E-Pub ahead of print. doi: org/10.1177/0145445518807129

MacNeil, B. A., & Hudson, C. C. (2018). Providing acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as a complementary open group treatment for adult eating disorders: Preliminary patient engagement and satisfaction. Journal of Patient Experience, 5(3), 189-194. doi: 10.1177/2374373517748640

MacNeil, B. A., Leung, P., & Montemarano, V. (2018). Exposure with response prevention (ERP) for body dissatisfaction in a group therapy format: An exploratory study. Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, 23(2), 225-232. doi: 10.1007/s40519-016-0340-2

MacNeil, B. A., Hudson, C. C., Dempsey, C., & Nadkarni, P. (2017).  Risk for symptom relapse post placement of intrauterine device (IUD) in a patient with bulimia nervosa: Coincidence or consequence. Eating and Weight Disorders – Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, 22(2), 369-372. doi: 10.1007/s40519-017-0391-z

MacNeil, B. A., Prost, E., Leung, P., & Gates, J. (2017). A case report of the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder in a patient with Cystic Fibrosis: Potential protective role of contamination fears. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 12, 9-14. doi: org/10.1016/j.jocrd.2016.11.002

MacNeil, B. A., Leduc, S., Nadkarni, P., & Leung, P. (2016). Hurry up and “weight”: Innovative inter-professional outpatient care for a service user with severe anorexia nervosa awaiting admission to (specialized elective) inpatient care in Canada. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 35(3), 113-117. doi:10.7870/cjcmh-2016-040

MacNeil, B. A., Leung, P., Nadkarni, P., Stubbs, L., & Singh, M. (2016). A pilot evaluation of group-based programming offered at a Canadian outpatient adult eating disorders clinic. Evaluation and Program Planning, 58, 35-41. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2016.05.003

MacNeil, B. A., Nadkarni, P., Leung, P., Stubbs, L., O’Brien, C., Singh, M., & Leduc, S. (2016). Cognitive remediation therapy, eh! An exploratory study at a Canadian adult eating disorders clinic. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 50(2), 180-191. ISSN 0826-3893 

MacNeil, B. A. (2016). New treatment track for males: Reaching men in our region struggling with eating disorders. Queen’s University Department of Psychiatry Journal of Synergy, 22(10), 13-17.

Organizations

American Psychological Association (APA)

Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

Canadian Association of Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies (CACBT)

Canadian College of Healthcare Leaders

National Register of Health Services Psychologists (NRHSP)

Grants

2021-New Faculty Research Start-Up Funds. Lead: Brad MacNeil, PhD, Assistant Professor (tenure track). Purpose: Faculty research                               start-up funds, Midwestern University. Location: Midwestern University Glendale AZ USA  Amount: $21,000.00

2021-COVID-19 restart funds training and education in CBT. Lead: Dr. Brad MacNeil, R. Psych. Co-leads: Dr. J. Whitney, R. Psych, Dr. J.                           MacDonald, R. Psych., Dr. J. Bailey R. Psych. Purpose: Implementation of innovative approaches to training and dissemination of CBT                     across MHA (e.g., Virtual training and online CBT module development). Location: Nova Scotia Health, Mental Health & Addictions, Halifax               Nova Scotia Canada. Amount: $200,000.00

2021-Registered nurse (RN) professional development for inpatient MHA . Lead: Dr. Brad MacNeil, R. Psych. Purpose: Implementation of virtual                training in CBT, ACT, and MI through Behavior Tech. for inpatient RNs. Location: Nova Scotia Health, Mental Health & Addictions, Halifax                  Nova Scotia Canada. Amount: $25,000.00

2019-Expanding capacity and access for evidence-based mental health and addictions services for children and youth across Nova Scotia  Senior             Sponsor: Samantha Hoddor, RN, MPA, CHE, Senior Director, MHA. Project Sponsors: Dr. Brad MacNeil, R. Psych., Ruth Harding, Director               Policy & Planning, Dana Pulsifer, Director WZ MHA. Purpose: Develop, implement, and evaluate a collaborative model of MHA education and           care for tier 2 and 3 health care providers in child and adolescent MHA. Location: Nova Scotia Health, Mental Health & Addictions, Halifax                 Nova Scotia Canada  Amount: $1,000,000.00 

2016-Bank of Montreal Award for Health Care Excellence - Grant. Sponsor: Kingston University Hospitals Foundation. Lead: Dr. Brad MacNeil, R.             Psych. Project: Pilot evaluation of a group-based approach for body dissatisfaction: Patient areas of self-evaluation, preliminary outcomes,               and overall satisfaction. Location: Kingston Health Sciences Center, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Amount: $2000.00

2015-Scotia Bank Grant. Sponsor: Kingston University Hospitals Foundation. Lead: Sandra Leduc, Registered Dietitian. Co-Leads: Cathy O’Brien,             MSW, Kerry Oulton, OT, Karen Lollar-Baird, NP, Dr. Pallavi Nadkarni, Dr. Brad MacNeil, R. Psych. Project: Program development and                       renovation of kitchen for providing a new therapeutic meal support for the adult outpatient program. Location: Adult Eating Disorders                         Program, KHSC, Kingston, ON, Canada. Amount: $15,000

2012-UCAN2: Uniting Couples in the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa. 09/12-10/2013; NIH/NIMH (NCT01740752; 1R01MH093615-01A1)PI’s: Dr.               Cynthia Bulik & Dr. Donald Baucom. Role: Couples Therapist (formal training under Drs. Donald Baucom & Jennifer Kirby). Location: Center             of Excellence for Eating Disorders UNC at Chapel Hill. Supervisors: Drs. Cynthia Bulik, Don Baucom, & Jen Kirby. Location: Center of                       Excellence for Eating Disorders UNC at Chapel Hill, NC, USA. Amount: $711,292.00

2012-Optimizing Technology in the Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa. 11/12-07/13; NIH/NIMH (NCT00877786; R01MH080065-01A1). PI’s: Dr. Cynthia           Bulik & Dr. Marsha Marcus. Role: Group Therapist, Wave 12 Chat & Face-to-Face (F2F); Group Therapist, Wave 13, Chat Supervisor, Wave             13 F2F. Location: Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders UNC at Chapel Hill, NC, USA. Supervisors: Drs. Cynthia Bulik &Stephanie                     Zerwas, R. Psych. Location: Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders UNC at Chapel Hill, NC, USA. Amount: $668, 522.00

2012-Hamilton Health Sciences Centre Research Travel Grant. Project: A group treatment program for adolescents in phase 3 of FBT for an eating           disorder: Addressing body image concerns. Location: International Conference on Eating Disorders, Austin, TX, USA. Amount: $3500.00

Awards

2018-Poster presentation award Bahji, A., Nadkarni, P, MacNeil, B.A., Mazhar, N., Hudson, C. C. at the Annual American Psychiatric                                  Association (APA) Conference, New York, NY.

2015-Clinical Supervisor of the Year (Dr. Kevin Parker Award), Department of Psychology, Graduate Clinical Psychology Program, Queen’s                       University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

2011-Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Travel Award

2007-Presentation Award, Nova Scotia Health Authority District Health Research Symposium        

2007-Snodgrass Graduate Student Travel Award, University of New Brunswick      

2007-Magee Fellowship in the Social Sciences & Humanities. Project: Adolescents’ experiences of psychologically aggressive behaviors in their               dating relationships and negative emotional and behavioral adjustment. Supervisor: Dr. Heather Sears, R. Psych. Amount: $11,000.00

2006-Snodgrass Graduate Student Service Award, University of New Brunswick      

2006-Snodgrass Graduate Research Presentation Award, University of New Brunswick      

2004/07-Arts Faculty PhD Assistantship, University of New Brunswick.Amount: $45,000.00

2003/04-Arts Faculty MA Assistantship, University of New Brunswick Amount: $12,000.00

2003-Student Conference Travel Grant, Stfx, Department of Psychology

2003-Atlantic Provinces Council of the Sciences Communication Award

2003-History of Psychology Award, Saint Francis Xavier University

2003-First Class Honors, Saint Francis Xavier University