The Masters in Behavioral Health Course provides an overview of psychosocial, behavioral and biological aspects of metabolic and bariatric surgery, with a focus on novel research findings and relevant, timely clinical topics. The course is designed for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, licensed counselors, psychiatric nurses, and other mental and medical health professionals who work with patients who have metabolic and bariatric surgery.

This educational content is designed for an intermediate/advanced level.

Learning Objectives

  1. Consider the specialized role of the behavioral health professional in the assessment and treatment of patients considering and undergoing metabolic bariatric surgery.
  2. Explore psychosocial and biobehavioral issues commonly present in patients pursuing metabolic and bariatric surgery, changes that occur with surgery, and their association with outcomes.
  3. Describe ways to improve and expand treatment and assessment methods for patients pursuing bariatric surgery, with a focus on culturally competent care.
  4. Recognize ethical decision-making scenarios in the treatment of patients undergoing metabolic and bariatric surgery and a process for navigating these scenarios.

8:00am Welcome and Introduction
Janelle Coughlin, PhD
8:05am A274 Disordered Eating within the First Year Following Bariatric Surgery
Authors: Emily Fink, PsyD; Kristine Steffen, PhD PharmD; Ross Crosby, PhD; James E Mitchell, MD; Leslie Heinberg, PhD
Presenter: Emily Fink, PsyD
8:25am Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Treatments for Loss-of-Control Eating after Bariatric Surgery: 24-Month Follow-Up Findings from Randomized Controlled Trial
Valentina Ivezaj, PhD
8:45am The Treatment of Disordered Eating Before and After Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: An Update
Collen Schreyer, PhD
9:05am Q&A
9:10am A264 Patient Perceptions Regarding Alcohol Use after Bariatric Surgery
Authors: Lisa Miller-Matero, PhD; Leah M Hecht, PhD; Kellie M Martens, PhD; Aaron Hamann, PsyD; Arthur M Carlin, MD; Jordan M Braciszewski, PhD
Presenter: Lisa Miller-Matero, PhD
9:30am Break
10:00am Stump the Experts Panel
Sanjeev Sockalingam, MD MHPE; Jennifer Pells, PhD; Stephanie Sogg, PhD
10:30am Racial and transgender health disparities in metabolic and bariatric surgery
11:10am A267 Changes in physical function and physical activity in patients up to 5 years after bariatric surgery.
Authors: Marielle Collins, PhD; David Creel, PhD RD; Leslie Schuh, PhD; Christopher Crawford, MD; David Diaz, MD; Christopher M Evanson, MD ACS; Margaret M Inman, MD
Presenter: Marielle Collins, PhD
11:30am A268 More Profound Alteration in the Composition of the Gut Microbiota is Associated with Greater Weight Change following Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) and Sleeve Gastrectomy (SG)
Authors: Kristine Steffen, PhD PharmD; Anthony Fodor, PhD; Ian Carroll, PhD; Dale Bond, PhD; Alicia Sorgen, PhD; Leslie Heinberg, PhD
Presenter: Leslie Heinberg, PhD
11:50am Q & A