Eating for Life Alliance – About Us

The mission of the Eating for Life Alliance is to ensure colleges have access to educational resources for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders.



    Dawn Hynes, MSW

Dawn Hynes, MSW, is co-creator of the Eating for Life Alliance website. She is a graduate of Washington University of St. Louis, where she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work. For the past decade, Dawn has been active in the field of eating disorder recovery work as an advocate, clinician, and volunteer. She has trained staff, developed clinical manuals, and worked with groups and individuals at Boston Children’s Hospital and Laurel Hill Inn’s Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Program. Dawn also worked for seven years with a team of clinicians helping celebrities from NY and LA connect to treatment. And in addition, she is currently a Junior Board Member of the EDC, the federal advocacy organization for eating disorders. Dawn is also the founder of Hynes Recovery Services (, which specializes in transitioning college students either from home to campus or from a treatment setting back to one’s home environment, in addition to providing intervention support when requested.

    Whitney Post, MA

Whitney Ladd Post, MA, is co-creator of the Eating for Life Alliance website. She is a graduate from Brown University and holds a masters degree in counseling psychology from Leslie University. As a clinician, she has designed or implemented eating disorder treatment at area programs. As a consultant, she has provided wellness trainings, workshops, and individual coaching to National team athletes, as well as to area colleges, including Harvard, Williams, and Boston University. She served for four years as the Director of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s GoGirlGo! Boston, an organization focused on improving the physical and emotional health of girls through physical activity and sports, which helped over 8,000 girls become physically active. As an athlete Whitney was a World Champion and alternate for the Sydney Olympics, and counts her own recovery from an eating disorder as one of her most important victories. She is the founder of Life Alive Coaching (, where she specializes in supporting athletes recover fully from disordered eating and eating disorders.



We are grateful to all the practitioners in the field of eating disorders who generously contributed their time and expertise to the contents of this website.