Margaret H. Zeller, PhD

Fellowship Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

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, Ohio, 1984.

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

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

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

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

Modi, A.C., Zeller, M.H., Xanthakos, S.A. Jenkins, T.M., & Inge, T.H. Adherence to vitamin supplementation following adolescent bariatric surgery, Obesity. PMCID: NIHMSID # 407006. In Press.

Wu, Yelena, Reiter-Purtill, J. & Zeller, M.H. The role of social support for promoting quality of life among persistently obese adolescents: Importance of support in schools. Journal of School Health. In Press.

Cushing, C.C., Bishop-Gilyard, C.T., Boles, R.E., Reiter-Purtill, J. & Zeller, M.H. Caregiver concern in adolescents with persistent obesity: The importance of quality of life assessment. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. In Press.

Zeller, M.H. Adolescent bariatric surgery: “You may ask yourself: “How did I get here?”Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 38, 117-25. 2013.

Zeller, M.H., Reiter-Purtill, J., Jenkins, T.M. & Ratcliff, M.B. Adolescent suicidal behavior across the excess weight status spectrum. Obesity. In Press.

Ratcliff, M.B., Eshleman, K.G., Reiter-Purtill, J. & Zeller, M.H. Prospective changes in body image dissatisfaction among adolescent bariatric patients: The importance of body size estimation. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 8(4): 470-5. 2012. PMID:22154271.

Piazza-Waggoner, C., Modi, A.C., Ingerski, L.M., Wu, Y, & Zeller, M.H. Distress at the dinner table? Observed mealtime interactions among treatment-seeking families of obese children. Childhood Obesity, 7(5): 385-91. 2011.

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