Overview and Target Audience:

This course is focused on how understanding of behavioral and psychosocial aspects of bariatric surgery is evolving in response to recent and ongoing research that capitalizes on advances in learning, technology, and research design/methodology that allow these aspects to be studied in more sophisticated and targeted ways. In its first half, the course will highlight new technologies, methodologies, and designs currently being employed in obesity research and discuss how they can be applied in the context of bariatric surgery to develop and evaluate interventions targeting patient behaviors. In its second half, the course will highlight the latest research on behavioral and psychosocial aspects of bariatric surgery, with special emphasis on behavioral predictors of short- and long-term weight loss in the LABS study, underlying mechanisms of food intake and eating behavior, the role of physical activity and sedentary behavior in weight and metabolic outcomes, and psychopathology, disordered eating, and impulsivity as a predictor of weight loss outcomes. The overall theme and components of this course are intended to target the broad audience of scientists and practitioners with an interest and investment in behavioral and psychosocial health following bariatric surgery.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how new advances in technology can used to detect, monitor, and intervene on bariatric surgery patients’ eating behaviors.
  2. Discuss how new research designs and methodologies can be leveraged to better predict and optimize bariatric surgery outcomes.
  3. List patient behaviors shown to be related to weight loss and regain in the LABS study.
  4. Identify novel mechanisms of changes in food intake and eating behavior after bariatric surgery.
  5. Discuss relationships of psychopathology, disordered eating and impulsivity with weight loss after bariatric surgery.
  6. Explain the role of physical activity and sedentary behavior in weight loss maintenance and sustained remission of metabolic comorbidities after bariatric surgery.

Speakers Coming Soon!!


8:00am Welcome
Dale S Bond, PhD; J. Graham Thomas, PhD
State-of-the-Art Technology to Measure and Intervene on Bariatric Patients' Eating Behaviors
8:05am Sensor technology to measure and intervene on eating behavior
Edward Sazonov, PhD
8:30am Machine learning to build predictive models of response to bariatric surgery
Diana M Thomas, PhD FTOS
8:55am Just-in-Time Adaptive Intervention to Modify Problematic Eating Behaviors
Stephanie P Goldstein, PhD
9:20am Question & Answer
9:35am Break
Behavioral and Psychosocial Predictors of Outcomes of Bariatric Surgery
10:05am Innovative research methods to optimize behavioral bariatric research and treatment
Hallie Espel-Huynh, PhD
10:30am Patient behaviors related to weight loss and weight regain
James E Mitchell, MD
10:55am Acceptance-Based Behavioral Intervention for Prevention of Postoperative Weight Regain
Lauren Bradley, PhD
11:20am Evaluation of temporal patterns, context and affect experiences related to physical activity and sedentary behavior in bariatric surgery patients
Leah Schumacher, MS
11:45am Question & Answer
12:00pm Adjourn