Margaret H. Zeller, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Director, Fellowship

Co-director, Center for Child Behavior and Nutrition Research and Training

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-2712

Fax 513-636-7756


Pediatric psychology; school-age children and adolescents; childhood obesity; barriers to weight management

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BA: Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, 1984.

PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1996.

Internship: Pediatric Psychology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 1995-1996.

Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1996-1999.

Certification: Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 1997.

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Modi AC, Zeller MH, Xanthakos SA, Jenkins TM, Inge TH. Adherence to vitamin supplementation following adolescent bariatric surgery. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Mar;21(3):E190-5.

Wu YP, Reiter-Purtill J, Zeller MH. The role of social support for promoting quality of life among persistently obese adolescents: Importance of support in schools. J Sch Health. 2014 Feb:84(2):99-105.

Cushing CC, Bishop-Gilyard CT, Boles RE, Reiter-Purtill J, Zeller MH. Caregiver concern in adolescents with persistent obesity: The importance of quality of life assessment. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2013 Jan;34(1):9-14.

Zeller MH. Adolescent bariatric surgery: “You may ask yourself: “How did I get here?”J Pediatr Psychol. 2013 Mar;38(2):117-25.

Zeller MH, Reiter-Purtill J, Jenkins TM, Ratcliff MB. Adolescent suicidal behavior across the excess weight status spectrum. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 May;21(5):1039-45.

Ratcliff MB, Eshleman KG, Reiter-Purtill J, Zeller MH. Prospective changes in body image dissatisfaction among adolescent bariatric patients: The importance of body size estimation. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2012 Jul-Aug;8(4):470-5.

Piazza-Waggoner C, Modi AC, Ingerski LM, Wu Y, Zeller, M.H. Distress at the dinner table? Observed mealtime interactions among treatment-seeking families of obese children. Child Obes, 2011 Oct 18;7(5):385-391.

Modi AC, Zeller MH. Establishing minimal clinically important difference scores and test-retest reliability. Int J Pediatr Obes. 2011 Jun;6(2-2):e94-6.

Zeller MH, Guilfoyle SM, Reiter-Purtill J, Ratcliff MB, Inge TH, Long JD. Adolescent bariatric surgery: caregiver and family functioning across the first postoperative year. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011 Mar-Apr;7(2):145-50.

Ratcliff MB, Reiter-Purtill J, Inge TH, Zeller MH. Changes in depressive symptoms among adolescent bariatric candidates from preoperative psychological evaluation to immediately before surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011 Jan-Feb;7(1):50-4.

Tracking Adolescents After Bariatric Surgery: Substance, HIV and Suicide Risks (teenVIEW3). Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. May 2012- April 2017. #R01DA033415