Course Overview and Target Audience:

The Masters in Behavioral Health Course provides an overview of the psychological, social, and behavioral issues of bariatric surgery patients both before and after surgery. The course is designed for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed counselors and other mental and medical health professionals who work with bariatric surgery patients. This educational content is designed for an intermediate/advanced level.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify psychological, behavioral and social issues commonly present in bariatric surgery patients and their associations with outcomes.
  2. Summarize psychosocial and behavioral changes that occur with bariatric surgery and their associations with outcomes.
  3. Identify the relationships between biology and behavior as it relates to changes that follow bariatric surgery.
  4. Explain current issues related to the psychosocial evaluation of bariatric surgery patients and the role of the behavioral health professional.
  5. Describe emerging obesity treatments and the role of behavioral health in these newer treatments.
  6. Describe ways to expand traditional treatment methods in the treatment of bariatric surgery patients.
  7. Explain issues related to professional and ethical decision making in the treatment of the bariatric surgery patient, particularly as it pertains to understudied populations (e.g., adolescents/pediatrics, individuals with disabilities, etc.).

1:30pm Welcome
Janelle W Coughlin, PhD
1:32pm A252 The relationship between psychopathology, disordered eating, and impulsivity in patients seeking bariatric surgery
Authors: Jacqueline C Spitzer, MSEd; David Sarwer, PhD; Kelly C Allison, PhD; Rebecca L Ashare, PhD; Thomas A Wadden, PhD; Courtney McCuen-Wurst, PsyD; Caitlin LaGrotte, PsyD MEd; Alberly Perez, BA; Colleen Tewksbury, MPH RD LDN; Noel N Williams, MD FASMBS; Michael A Edwards, MD FACS FASMBS; Jingwei Wu, PhD
Presenter: Jacqueline C Spitzer, MSEd
Beyond Diagnosis: The Meaning and Function of Post WLS Eating Disturbance Panel
Panelists: Vanessa Snowdon-Carr, D.Clin.Psy. BSc(Hons); Stephanie Sogg, PhD; Jacqueline Doyle, ClinPsyD; Allison E Grupski, PhD
1:50pm A253 Beyond diagnosis: The meaning and function of post WLS eating disturbance
Authors: Vanessa Snowdon-Carr, D.Clin.Psy. BSc(Hons); Stephanie Sogg, PhD; Jacqueline Doyle, ClinPsyD; Allison E Grupski, PhD
Presenter: Vanessa Snowdon-Carr, D.Clin.Psy. BSc(Hons)
Discussants: Stephanie Sogg, PhD; Jacqueline Doyle, ClinPsyD; Allison E Grupski, PhD
2:50pm Closing
Janelle W Coughlin, PhD
2:52pm Break
3:25pm Welcome
Kristine Steffen, PharmD PhD
3:27pm A254 Food insecurity is associated with lower rates of bariatric surgery and longer timeframe to completing surgery
Authors: Lisa M Nackers, PhD MPH; Yiwei Xu, MHS; Luke M Funk, MD MPH; Sally Jolles, MA; Jacob A Greenberg, MD EdM; Anne Lidor, MD MPH
Presenter: Lisa M Nackers, PhD MPH
Ethical Decision Making for Challenging Pediatric Bariatric Surgery Populations Panel
Panelist: Jackie Glover, PhD MPH; Wendy Ward; Mary L Brandt, MD; Jaime M Moore, MD
3:45pm Ethical Decision Making for Challenging Pediatric Bariatric Surgery Populations Panel
Jackie Glover, PhD MPH; Wendy Ward; Mary L Brandt, MD; Jaime M Moore, MD
4:45pm Closing Question and Answer
Kristine Steffen, PharmD PhD
5:00pm Adjourn