Course Overview:

The Masters in Behavioral Health Course provides an overview of the psychological, social, behavioral and neurobiological 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. Explain current issues related to the psychosocial evaluation of bariatric surgery patients and the role of the behavioral health professional.
  2. Identify psychological, behavioral, social and neurological issues commonly present in bariatric surgery patients, changes that occur with surgery, and their associations with outcomes.
  3. Explore the issue of disordered eating and weight regain following bariatric surgery, including clinical and research considerations.
  4. Describe ways to expand traditional treatment methods in the treatment of bariatric surgery patients, with an emphasis on empirically supported interventions and assessment tools.
  5. Explain issues related to professional and ethical decision making and conduct in the treatment of bariatric surgery patients, particularly as it pertains to weight bias/stigma, multicultural competence, and understudied populations.

1:30pm Welcome
1:35pm An Update on Behavioral Health and Integrated Health in ASMBS
Lisa West-Smith, PhD LISW-S
1:55pm A275 Weight Loss Surgery Post-Op Day 1: Inpatient Behavioral Health Assessment & Intervention
Authors: Alyssa M Vela, PhD; Nicole J Franklin, PsyD
Discussants: Alyssa M Vela, PhD; Nicole J Franklin, PsyD
2:15pm A273 Internalized Weight Bias And Experienced Weight Stigma In A Medical Weight Loss Patient Sample
Authors: Allison Verhaak, PhD; Devika Umashanker, MD; Jennifer Ferrand, PsyD ABPP; Rebecca Puhl, PhD; Darren S Tishler, MD; Pavlos Papasavas, MD
Presenter: Allison Verhaak, PhD
2:35pm A263 Language Matters: Patients’ Preferred Terms For Discussing Obesity And Binge Eating With Health Care Providers After Bariatric Surgery
Authors: Valentina Ivezaj, PhD; Janet Lydecker, PhD; Carlos M Grilo, PhD FTOS
Presenter: Valentina Ivezaj, PhD
2:55pm A269 Interpersonal Contact And Weight Bias Throughout Medical Training: Testing A Hypothesized Model From The Cognitive Habits And Growth Evaluation Study (Changes)
Authors: Afton M Koball, PhD ABPP; Andrew J. Borgert, PhD; Kara J. Kallies, MS; Sean M Phelan, PhD MPH; Michelle Van Ryn, PhD MPH
Presenter: Afton M Koball, PhD ABPP
3:15pm Break
3:45pm Welcome
3:50pm A272 Beyond A Single Identity: Using An Intersectional Approach To Improve Equity In Access And Outcomes In Bariatric Surgery
Authors: Allyson Diggins, PhD; Allison Holgerson, PhD; Karen Stewart, PhD; Ninoska Peterson, PhD
Discussants: Allyson Diggins, PhD; Karen Stewart, PhD; Ninoska Peterson, PhD
4:50pm Closing (Q&A)
5:00pm Adjourn