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The following is a list of some of our authors along with brief biographies.  Detailed current CVs of any of our authors are available by request from the program administrator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 


andrews110imageGaye Andrews, Ph.D., MFT

Gaye Andrews is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.  She is affiliated with surgical weight-loss programs in the capacity of performing psychosocial consultations of surgery candidates and has facilitated numerous post-surgical lifestyle adjustment groups.  Dr. Andrews has chaired a panel to develop a psychosocial evaluation and education protocol for the weight-loss surgery candidate.  She is the author of Living a Lighter Lifestyle, a Guide to Successful Weight Loss and Maintenance Following Weight Loss Surgery, co-author and co-editor of Caring for the Surgical Weight Loss Patient, and co-author of Eating Normally, a cognitive-behavioral program used in several Southern California weight-loss surgery programs.  She has been a presenter at the Allied Health Sciences Committee sessions of the ASMBS and several of her presentations have been published in Obesity Journal, an international surgical journal for research and treatment of massive obesity.  She is a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and an associate member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).  Dr. Andrews has frequently lectured on obesity and weight management to health care professionals and the general public.


deardorffj 110Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D.

Julianna Deardorff is an Assistant Professor in the Maternal and Child Health program in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches Adolescent Health to graduate students. Dr. Deardorff obtained her doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Arizona State University and completed her clinical internship at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. She was a postdoctoral scholar in health psychology and medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Dr. Deardorff was Assistant Professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF and an NIH BIRCWH K12 faculty scholar. Dr. Deardorff’s research focuses on risk factors for girls’ early pubertal timing and subsequent poor outcomes, both in terms of short-term consequences in adolescence and long-term consequences in adulthood, including emotional and behavioral problems, sexual health and breast cancer. Dr. Deardorff is particularly interested in the contribution of family contextual factors and cultural context to girls’ timing of puberty and related sequelae. In addition to her research and teaching, she continues to provide clinical psychology services at New Generation Health Center, an adolescent reproductive health clinic in the Mission. Information about Dr. Deardorff can be found on the Berkeley faculty web site.


wdeardorff110imageWilliam W. Deardorff, Ph.D., ABPP 

William W. Deardorff is board certified in clinical health psychology and specializes in pain and spinal disorders. He is the founding president of the American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in two divisions: Health and Independent Practice.  He is an examiner for the American Board of Professional Psychology and, as an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, he is active in research and teaching.  Dr. Deardorff has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters in the area of clinical health psychology, mostly in pain evaluation and treatment. He has lectured extensively in clinical health psychology with a special emphasis in pain management, preparing for surgery, and pre-surgical psychological screening.  Dr. Deardorff is co-author of eight books including three textbooks on the practice of clinical health psychology in medical settings. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


eimer picture 110Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D., ABPP

Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D., ABPP., is a licensed clinical psychologist in Philadelphia who has been in practice for over 20 years.  He is the Director and CEO of The Behavior Center.  Dr. Eimer holds the following certifications: Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology, Fellow and Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Fellow with the American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, Fellow and Board Certified Diplomate with the American Academy of Pain Management, Fellow and Board Certified Diplomate with the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists.  He is a member of the Society for Psychological Hypnosis of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He in an Advisory Editor for the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis and Contemporary Psychology.  He has published numerous books and articles


farrell 110Patricia A. Farrell, Ph.D. 

Dr. Patricia A. Farrell is a licensed psychologist, former medical consultant for Social Security disability determinations, author, consultant to corporations and an educator.  She was the Mt. Sinai MC National Clinical Monitor for the clinical trials for Cognex for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, is the WebMD Moderator for the Anxiety Exchange, and has taught at the doctoral level as well as being a UMDNJ psychiatry preceptor. Dr. Farrell has also served in large psychiatric hospitals and mental health centers over the past 25 years, and has been the Health & Science Editor for Time/Warner Cable.   She is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World, has published in professional journals, USMLE prep series and books.  Her latest book is It’s Not All in Your Head:  Anxiety, Depression, Mood Swings and Multiple Sclerosis (2011, Demos Health).  She authored another book, How to be Your Own Therapist, in 2004.



feuersteinMichael Feuerstein, Ph.D., MPH, ABPP

Michael Feuerstein is Professor of Medical and Clinical Psychology and Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland.  In 1994 he developed the first military clinical psychology PhD program in the nation at the request of the US Congress and has served as its director for the past 16 years.  The program has trained many of the military’s leaders in clinical psychology.  He is board certified in clinical health psychology.  His research, clinical and consulting work is best described as the application of bio-psychosocial model to complex health problems.  Dr. Feuerstein is the author of 115 scientific publications, 27 book chapters and seven books.  His efforts over the past 30 years have been focused on the development of novel approaches to improving function secondary to limitations due to chronic illness.   Recently, he has focused his expertise in the area of cancer survivorship.  He launched the journal Cancer Survivorship.  He has also published two textbooks in this area, Work and Cancer Survivors (2009) and Handbook of Cancer Survivorship (2006).  Along with Dr. Findley, he published a book for the lay person, The Cancer Survivor’s Guide (2006).     Dr. Feuerstein is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice.


pfindleyPatricia Findley, Dr.PH, MSW, LCSW

Patricia Findley holds a master’s degree in social work and a doctorate in public health.  Dr. Findley is an assistant research professor at Rutgers University School of Social Work and formerly served as the President of the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois.  She is a fellow in the Institute on Health, Health Care, Aging, and Policy Studies.  She surveys hospitals for both the Accreditation Commission for Rehabilitation and the Joint Commission on Health Care Organizations.  She is a health services researcher specializing in the field of rehabilitation and chronic illness. Dr. Findley has expertise in working with persons with disabilities, specifically those with brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke and orthopedic disorders.  She also has both clinical and research expertise with the veteran population, including current returning soldiers as well as those from earlier eras.  She has worked in the War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center at the Veterans Administration Hospital in East Orange, New Jersey.  Dr. Findley is co-author of the book, The Cancer Survivor’s Guide with Dr. Feuerstein.


gatchelRobert J. Gatchel, Ph.D., ABPP

Robert Gatchel is current a Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, College of Science, at The University of Texas at Arlington.  He is also the Director of Clinical Research at the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Management, at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.  Dr. Gatchel received the Volvo Award on low back pain research in 1986 and was the first psychologist to be awarded the North American Spine Society’s Henry Farfan award for outstanding contribution to the field of spine care.  He was award the Wilbert Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award from the American Pain Society in 2007 for his career achievements in clinical research on pain and he holds a senior scientist award from NIH.  He is board certified in clinical health psychology.  Dr. Gatchel has conducted extensive research, much of it continuously funded for the past 25 years by NIH grants.  He is the author of over 240 journal articles, 83 book chapters and authored, co-authors, or edited 23 books. 


theodoregoldstein110imageTheodore B. Goldstein, M.D., FACS

Theodore Goldstein earned his medical degree with honors from the University of Illinois College Of Medicine.  He completed his internship at Cook County Hospital and orthopaedic residencies at Rush-Presbyterian, St. Luke’s, and University of Illinois hospitals in Chicago.  Dr. Goldstein is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with over thirty-five years of orthopedic experience, the last eighteen of which have been exclusively devoted to the care and treatment of spinal disorders.  He has served as the Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is currently an assistant clinical professor of surgery at UCLA.  Dr. Goldstein is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the North American Spine Society.  He lectures extensively and his articles have appeared in numerous academic journals.  With Dr. Deardorff, he is co-author of the book, Win the Battle Against Back Pain.


pamharmellPamela Harmell, Ph.D.

Dr. Pamela Harmell is a nationally recognized lecturer specializing in legal and ethical issues in clinical practice.  She is a full-time Professor at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology and has written extensively in professional publications on ethical practice.  Dr. Harmell is a past Chair of the California Psychological Association Ethics Committee, is Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) Ethics Committee, and is Past-President of LACPA. Dr. Harmell received a Gubernatorial appointment to the California Board of Psychology where she served her final year as President.  Dr. Harmell was the recipient of the Distinguished Service to LACPA Award at the 2005 convention.  Additionally, she has completed one year of law school and maintains a private practice in West Los Angeles where she sees couples and individual adult clients.


lemont110imageDiane LeMont, Ph.D.

Diane LeMont is a licensed clinical psychologist and specializes in obesity, weight-management and surgical weight-loss. She has been affiliated with several surgical weight-loss programs in the capacity of performing psychosocial evaluations of surgery candidates and facilitating support groups for patients, both before and after surgery.  Dr. LeMont is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS) and the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP). She co-authored, “Suggestions for the Pre-Surgical Psychological Assessment of Bariatric Surgery Candidates” for ASMBS. She co-edited and co-authored Caring for the Surgical Weight Loss Patient and has co-authored several articles to Beyond Change: Information Regarding Obesity and Obesity Surgery. She is also a co-author of Eating Normally, a cognitive-behavioral program used in several Southern California weight-loss surgery programs.  Dr. LeMont has frequently lectured on obesity and weight management both to health care professionals and to the general public.


livneh1 110imageHanoch Livneh, Ph.D., CRC

Hanoch Livneh is a Full Professor and the Coordinator of Rehabilitation Counseling, Portland State University, Portland, OR. He has published over 125 refereed publications and book chapters and co-authored 2 books in the areas of adaptation to and coping with chronic illnesses and disabilities, as well as a book on attitudes toward people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. He teaches rehabilitation counseling courses, in addition to other courses, such as research methods and measurement techniques. Dr. Livneh is also a vocational consultant for the Social Security Administration. He has been awarded multiple research awards, including the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association’s James F. Garrett Award for a Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Research, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Rehabilitation Psychology Division).


martz 110imageErin Martz, Ph.D., CRC

Errin Martz runs a vocational rehabilitation business, is a vocational expert for the Social Security Administration, and conducts research related to psycho-social aspects of chronic health conditions and disabilites. She has taught rehabilitation counseling courses at several universities. She has published numerous  peer-reviewed research articles and three edited books, one of which was with Dr. Livneh on coping. Her 2017 book on self-management of chronic health conditions is available through Oxford University Press.   



reamer 110imageFrederic G. Reamer, Ph.D.

Frederic G. Reamer is Professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983.  Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1978.  He taught at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration (1978-1981) and the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Social Work (1981-1983).  Dr. Reamer has served as Director of the National Juvenile Justice Assessment Center of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (1979-1981) and as Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of Rhode Island (1987-1990). Since 1992 Dr. Reamer has served on the State of Rhode Island Parole Board.  He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Work Education (1990-1994). Since 2007 Dr. Reamer has served as host and producer of the National Public Radio series, “This I Believe—Rhode Island”.  He is featured as a commentator in the 10-part video documentary, “America’s Serial Killers: Portraits in Evil” and is a featured expert on the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) series, “This Emotional Life.”  Dr. Reamer has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on the subjects of professional ethics and professional malpractice and liability.  He chaired the national task force that wrote the current Code of Ethics adopted by the National Association of Social Workers. Dr. Reamer received many awards for his professional work and has conducted extensive research on professional ethics.  He has been involved in several national research projects sponsored by The Hastings Center, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Haas Foundation.  He is the author of many books, book chapters, and articles.


nancy alt rgb110imageNancy Breen Ruddy, Ph.D.

Nancy Breen Ruddy obtained her Ph.D. in child clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University in 1991.  She served on the faculty of the Family Medicine and Psychiatry Departments at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry from 1992 - 2000.  She then served on the faculty of the Hunterdon Family Medicine Residency in Flemington, New Jersey from 2001 – 2008, and currently serves on the faculty of the Mountainside Family Practice Residency in Verona, New Jersey.  In addition, she maintains a private practice in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.  Her interest in collaboration between mental health and medical professionals stems from her experience that both patients and professionals benefit when physical and mental health care are provided in a coordinated effort.  To help mental health professionals build the skills they need to collaborate more effectively. She worked with Dorothy Borresen and William Gunn to author The Collaborative Psychotherapist:  Creating Reciprocal Relationships with Medical Professionals, published by APA Books in 2008.  She has presented extensively on the topic of collaborative and integrative care. 


davidsarwer 110David B. Sarwer, Ph.D.

David B. Sarwer, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as well as Director of Clinical Services at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders. He received his B.A. in 1990 from Tulane University, his M.A. in 1992 from Loyola University Chicago and his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1995 from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Sarwer's research interests focus on the assessment and treatment of obesity. He is Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on three NIH funded grants investigating the psychological aspects of bariatric surgery. He is also involved in two studies investigating the treatment of obesity in primary care settings. Dr. Sarwer is also a consultant to the Edwin Fannie Gray Hall Center for Human Appearance at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center where he conducts research on the psychological aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He has numerous publications in both areas of research.



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