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Leslie Heinberg, PhD, is Director of Behavioral Services for the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Cleveland Clinic. She is a Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and is a staff member of the Digestive Diseases Institute and the Neurological Institute. She is a nationally recognized expert in bariatric behavioral health and body image with substantial research and clinical experience in obesity and eating disorders among children, adolescents and adults.
Dr. Heinberg is a member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, an invited, limited membership society for the top researchers in the eating disorders field and chairs the body image special interest group for the International Academy of Eating Disorders. She has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on 3 NIH-funded projects addressing body image.
Further, Dr. Heinberg has served as a principal investigator, co-investigator or consultant on 4 NIH-funded projects focusing on lifestyle change for reducing or preventing obesity. Her clinical interests include obesity, bariatric surgery, eating disorders and disorders of body image.
body image, eating disorders, health psychology, Obesity, obesity
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