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Julie Rish, PhD


Julie Rish, Ph.D.

Appointed: 2010

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Julie Rish, PhD
Department: Center for Behavioral Health
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code P29
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Julie Rish, PhD
Department: Patient Experience
Director of Service Excellence
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code P29
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Julie Merrell, PhD is a clinical psychologist for the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. She graduated from Loma Linda University and completed her training at Henry Ford Health Sciences Center and the Cleveland Clinic.  Presently, she is working in pre-surgical evaluation, pre- and post-surgical treatment, and clinical research in bariatric surgery. Her research interests include treatment outcomes, health behavior change, and women’s health. Currently, she is conducting collaborative research on pelvic floor disorders, binge eating intervention outcomes, the impact of past suicide attempts on bariatric outcome, and treatment outcomes in a bariatric population.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Health Psychology
Cleveland, OH USA
Doctorate - Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Loma Linda, CA USA
Internship - Henry Ford Hospital
Detroit, MI USA
Undergraduate - Pacific Union College
Angwin, CA USA

Specialty Interests

Health psychology

Treatment & Services

  • Cognitive-behavioral Treatment
  • Presurgical Behavior Health Evaluations
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Psychological Treatment
  • Psychotherapy
  • Screening and Testing

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 10/3/2016, Dr. Rish has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Languages Spoken

  • English