The Masters in Behavioral Health Course provides an overview of psychosocial and biobehavioral 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 behavioral and medical health professionals who work with patients who have metabolic and bariatric surgery. This educational content is designed for an intermediate/advanced level.

The Masters in Behavioral Health Sessions (I, II and III) include a blend of abstract presentations and discussions with panelists.

Learning Objectives

  1. Elucidate the specialized role of behavioral health professionals in the assessment and treatment of individuals considering and undergoing metabolic bariatric surgery.
  2. Summarize psychosocial and behavioral issues commonly present in individuals pursuing metabolic and bariatric surgery, changes that occur with surgery, and their association with outcomes.
  3. Consider ways to improve and expand behavioral health assessment and treatment methods, including current guidelines and group-based intervention, for patients pursuing and undergoing bariatric surgery.
  4. Explore diverse clinical issues (including body image, optimizing gender affirming care, post-operative challenges, and the recommendation to delay surgery) in the treatment of patients prior to and following metabolic bariatric surgery and a process for navigating these scenarios.

8:05am A155 Associations Between Six-Year Postoperative Weight Recurrence and Postoperative Psychopathology, Eating Behaviors, Adherence, Alcohol Misuse, and Quality of Life
Authors: Ryan J Marek, Ph.D.; Yossef S Ben-Porath, Ph.D. ABPP; Leslie J Heinbeg, Ph.D.
Presenter: Ryan J Marek, Ph.D.
8:20am A277 Telephone-based cognitive behavioral therapy for post-operative bariatric surgery patients: Long-term psychosocial outcomes from a multi-site randomized controlled trial
Authors: Sanjeev Sockalingam, MD FRCPC MHPE; Samantha E Leung, MSc; Katey Park, PhD; Clement Ma, PhD; Raed Hawa, MD; Susan Wnuk, PhD; Satya Dash, MD PhD; Stephanie E Cassin, PhD
Presenter: Sanjeev Sockalingam, MD FRCPC MHPE
8:35am Optimizing Gender-Affirming Care in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Programs
Afton Koball, PhD; Becky Deloria, PsyD
10:00am A424 Differential Associations Between Sleep Disturbances and Weight Loss Following Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Authors: Colleen Schreyer, Ph.D.; Jessica K Salwen-Deremer, PhD; Janelle W Coughlin, PhD
Presenter: Colleen Schreyer, Ph.D.
10:15am A269 The Relationship Between Mood and Weight Change Following Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Authors: Scott G Engel, PhD; Stephen Wonderlich, PhD; Gail Kerver, PhD; Debra Safer, MD; Leslie Laam, PhD; Leslie Heinberg, Ph.D.; Kristine Steffen, PhD PharmD
Presenter: Scott G Engel, PhD
10:30am Group Education and Treatment for Optimizing Success
Ninoska Peterson, PhD; Melissa Santos, PhD; Emily Fink, PsyD; Kasey Goodpaster, PhD; Lora Grabow, LMSW
12:00pm Adjourn