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Meg H. Zeller, PhD, is a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is a licensed pediatric psychologist as well as a clinical researcher in the area of pediatric obesity. Dr. Zeller was the 2012 recipient of the Logan Wright Distinguished Research Award “for excellence in contributing to the scientific base of pediatric psychology” by The Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54) of the American Psychological Association, as well as achieved designation as a fellow of The Obesity Society in 2013.
Dr. Zeller has a solid track record of both internal Cincinnati Children’s awards and continuous NIH funding since 2001 (K23, R03, R01, U01-UM1). She has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in the area of pediatric obesity and has emerged as a key academic leader in the area of adolescent bariatric surgery. She has also made significant contributions to the growth in the pediatric obesity HRQOL literature, including the development of three psychometrically sound condition-specific instruments: Impact of Weight of Quality of Life: Kids (IWQOL-Kids), Sizing Me Up, and Sizing Them Up (parent-proxy), all of which are actively being used by clinical programs and within NIH and industry-sponsored outcome studies.
Zeller MH, Reiter-Purtill J, Peugh J, Wu Y, Becnel J. Youth whose weight exceeds healthy guidelines are high-risk targets for tobacco prevention messaging and close monitoring of cigarette use. Child Obes. 2015;11(4):406-414.
Xanthakos SA, Jenkins TM, Kleiner DE, Boyce TW, Mourya R, Karns R, Brandt ML, Harmon CM, Helmrath MA, Mihcalsky MP, Courcoulas AP, Zeller MH, Inge TH, for the Teen-LABS Consortium. High prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery. Gastroenterology. 2015 May 28. [Epub ahead of print]
Bout-Tabaku S, Michalsky MP, Jenkins TM, Baughcum A, Zeller MH, Brandt ML, Courcoulas A, Buncher R, Helmrath M, Harmon CM, Chen MK, Inge TH. Musculoskeletal pain, self-reported physical function, and quality of life in the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) Cohort. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Jun;169(6):552-9.
Zeller MH, Noll JG, Sarwer D, Rofey D, Baughcum A, Reiter-Purtill J, Peugh J, et al., for the TeenView Writing Group and the Teen-LABS Consortium. Child Maltreatment and the Adolescent Patient With Severe Obesity: Implications for Clinical Care. J Pediatr Psychol. 2015 Aug;40(7):640-8..
Rofey DL, Zeller MH, Brode C, Reiter-Purtill J, Mikhail C, Washington G, Baughcum AE, Peugh J, Austin H, Jenkins T, Courcoulas AP, for the TeenView Writing Group and in cooperation with the Teen-LABS Consortium. A multisite view of psychosocial risks in patients presenting for bariatric surgery. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Jun;23(6):1218-25.
Zeller MH, Inge TH, Modi AC, Jenkins TM, Michalsky MP, Helmrath M, Courcoulas A, Harmon CM, Rofey D, Baughcum A, Austin H, Price K, Xanthakos SA, Brandt ML, Horlick M, Buncher R, on behalf of the Teen-LABS Consortium. Severe obesity and comorbid condition impact on the weight-related quality of life of the adolescent patient. J Pediatr. 2015 Mar;166(3):651-9.e4.
Towner EK, Reiter-Purtill J, Boles RE, Zeller MH. Predictors of caregiver feeding practices differentiating persistently obese from persistently non-overweight adolescents. Appetite. 2015 Jan;84:120-7.
Cushing CC, Peugh JL, Brode CS, Inge TH, Benoit SC, Zeller MH. Longitudinal trends in food cravings following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in an adolescent sample. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2015 Jan-Feb;11(1):14-8.
Inge TH, Boyce TW, Lee M, Kollar L, Jenkins TM, Helmrath M, Xanthakos SA, Zeller MH, Harmon CM, Courouclas A, Michalsky MP. Access to care for adolescents seeking weight loss surgery. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014 Dec;22(12):2593-7.
Ratcliff MB, Zeller MH, Inge TH, Hrovat KB, Modi AC. Feasibility of ecological momentary assessment to characterize adolescent postoperative diet and activity patterns after weight loss surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2014 Jul-Aug;10(4):705-10.
Michalsky MP, Inge TH, Telch S, Eneli I, Miller R, Brandt ML, Helmrath M, Harmon CM, Zeller MH, et al., and the Teen-LABS Consortium. Adolescent bariatric surgery program characteristics: The Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) study experience. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2014 Feb;23(1):5-10.
Inge TH, Zeller MH, Jenkins T, Helmrath M, Brandt ML, et al and the Teen-LABS Consortium. Perioperative outcomes of adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery: the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) study. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Jan;168(1):47-53.
Cushing CC, Benoit SC, Peugh JL, Reiter-Purtill J, Inge TH, Zeller MH. Longitudinal trends in hedonic hunger after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in adolescents. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2014 Jan-Feb;10(1):125-30.
Wu Y, 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.
Inge TH, King WC, Jenkins TM, Courcoulas AP, Mitsnefes M, Flum DR, Wolfe BM, Pomp A, Dakin GF, Khandelwal S, Zeller MH, Horlick M, Pender JR, Chen JY, Daniels SR. The effect of obesity in adolescence on adult health status. Pediatrics. 2013 Dec;132(6):1098-104.
Sawhney P, Modi A, Jenkins TM, Zeller MH, Kollar LM, Inge TH, Xanthakos SA. Predictors and outcomes of adolescent support group attendance. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2013 Sep-Oct;9(5):773-9.
Chuang J, Zeller MH, Inge TH, Crimmins N. Bariatric surgery for severe obesity in two adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Pediatrics. 2013 Oct;132(4):e1031-4.
Boles RE, Reiter-Purtill H, Zeller MH. Persistently obese youth: Interactions between parenting style and feeding practices with child temperament. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2013 Dec;52(12):1098-106.
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.
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.
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.
Piazza-Waggoner C, Modi AC, Ingerski LM, Wu Y, Zeller MH. Distress at the Dinner Table? Observed Mealtime Interactions among Treatment-Seeking Families of Obese Children. Child Obes. 2011 Oct 18;7(5):385-391.
Zeller MH, Reiter-Purtill J, Ratcliff M, Inge TH, Noll J. Two-year trends in psychosocial functioning after adolescent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011 Nov-Dec;7(6):727-32.
Ratcliff MB, Jenkins TM, Reiter-Purtill J, Noll JG, Zeller MH. Risk-taking behaviors of adolescents with extreme obesity: normative or not? Pediatrics. 2011 May;127(5):827-34.
Jenkins TM, Xanthakos SA, Zeller MH, Barnett SJ, Inge TH. Distance to clinic and follow-up visit compliance in adolescent gastric bypass cohort. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011 Sep-Oct;7(5):611-5.
Herzer M, Zeller MH, Rausch JR, Modi AC. Perceived social support and its association with obesity-specific health-related quality of life. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2011 Apr;32(3):188-95.
Zeller MH, Guilfoyle SM, Reiter-Purtill J, Ratcliff MB, Inge TH, Long JL. 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.
Modi AC, Zeller MH. The IWQOL-Kids(©): establishing minimal clinically important difference scores and test-retest reliability. Int J Pediatr Obes. 2011 Jun;6(2-2):e94-6.
Ratcliff MB, Reiter-Purtill J, Bishop-Gilyard C, Zeller MH. Racial differences in obese youth's perception of health care and weight loss. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2011 Jan;50(1):14-6.
Zeller MH, Ingerski LM, Wilson L, Modi AC. Factors contributing to weight misperception in obese children presenting for intervention. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2010 Apr;49(4):330-6.
Reiter-Purtill J, Ridel S, Jordan R, Zeller MH. The benefits of reciprocated friendships for treatment-seeking obese youth. J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Sep;35(8):905-14.
Herzer M, Godiwala N, Hommel KA, Driscoll K, Mitchell M, Crosby L, Piazza-Waggoner C, Zeller MH, Modi AC. Family functioning in the context of pediatric chronic conditions. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2010 Jan;31(1):26-34.
Guilfoyle SM, Zeller MH, Modi AC. Parenting stress impacts obesity-specific health-related quality of life in a pediatric obesity treatment-seeking sample. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2010 Jan;31(1):17-25.
Ingerski LM, Modi AC, Hood KK, Pai AL, Zeller MH, Piazza-Waggoner C, Driscoll KA, Rothenberg ME, Franciosi J, Hommel K. Health-related quality of life across pediatric chronic conditions. J Pediatr. 2010 Apr;156(4):639-44.
Inge TH, Jenkins T, Zeller MH, Dolan L, Daniels SR, Garcia VF, Brandt ML, Bean J, Gamm K, Xanthoskos SA. Baseline BMI is a strong predictor of nadir BMI after adolescent gastric bypass. J Pediatr. 2010 Jan;156(1):103-108.e1.
Zeller MH, Modi AC. Development and initial validation of an obesity-specific quality-of-life measure for children: sizing me up. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 Jun;17(6):1171-7.
Zeller MH, Modi AC, Noll JG, Long JD, Inge TH. Psychosocial functioning improves following adolescent bariatric surgery. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 May;17(5):985-90.
Woo JG, Zeller MH, Wilson MS, Inge TH. Obesity identified by discharge ICD-9 codes underestimates the true prevalence of obesity in hospitalized children. J Pediatr. 2009 Mar;154(3):327-31.
Vannatta K, Gartstein MA, Zeller MH, Noll RB. Peer acceptance and social behavior during childhood and adolescence: How important are appearance, athleticism, and academic competence? International Journal of Behavioral Development. 2009;33: 303-311.
Modi AC, Guilfoyle SM, Zeller MH. Impaired health-related quality of life in caregivers of youth seeking obesity treatment. J Pediatr Psychol. 2009 Mar;34(2):147-55.
Modi AC, Zeller MH. Validation of a parent-proxy, obesity-specific quality-of-life measure: sizing them up. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Dec;16(12):2624-33.
Zeller MH, Boles RE, Reiter-Purtill J. The additive and interactive effects of parenting style and temperament in obese youth seeking treatment.Int J Obes (Lond). 2008 Oct;32(10):1474-80.
Modi AC, Loux T, Bell S, Harmon CM, Inge TH, Zeller MH. Weight-specific health-related quality of life in adolescents with extreme obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Oct;16(10):2266-71.
Zeller MH, Reiter-Purtill J, Ramey C. Negative peer perceptions of obese children in the classroom environment. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Apr;16(4):755-62.
Inge TH, Zeller MH, Harmon C, Helmrath M, Bean J, Modi AC, Horlick M, Kalra M, Xanthakos S, Miller R, Akers R, Courcoulas A. Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery: methodological features of the first prospective multicenter study of adolescent bariatric surgery. J Pediatr Surg. 2007 Nov;42(11):1969-71.
Roehrig HR, Xanthakos SA, Sweeney J, Zeller MH, Inge TH. Pregnancy after gastric bypass surgery in adolescents. Obes Surg. 2007 Jul;17(7):873-7.
Inge TH, Pfluger P, Zeller MH, Rose SL, Burget L, Sundararajan S, Daniels SR, Tschöp MH. Gastric bypass surgery for treatment of hypothalamic obesity after craniopharyngioma therapy. Nat Clin Pract Endocrinol Metab. 2007 Aug;3(8):606-9.
Noll JG, Zeller MH, Trickett PK, Putnam FW. Obesity risk for female victims of childhood sexual abuse: a prospective study. Pediatrics. 2007 Jul;120(1):e61-7.
Zeller MH, Reiter-Purtill J, Modi AC, Gutzwiller J, Vannatta K, Davies WH. Controlled study of critical parent and family factors in the obesigenic environment. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007 Jan;15(1):126-36.
Beebe DW, Lewin D, Zeller MH, McCabe M, MacLeod K, Daniels SR, Amin R. Sleep in overweight adolescents: shorter sleep, poorer sleep quality, sleepiness, and sleep-disordered breathing. J Pediatr Psychol. 2007 Jan-Feb;32(1):69-79.
Kolotkin RL, Zeller MH, Modi AC, Samsa GP, Quinlan NP, Yanovski JA, Bell SK, Maahs DM, de Serna DG, Roehrig HR. Assessing weight-related quality of life in adolescents. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2006 Mar;14(3):448-57.
Zeller MH, Roehrig HR, Modi AC, Daniels SR, Inge TH. Health-related quality of life and depressive symptoms in adolescents with extreme obesity presenting for bariatric surgery. Pediatrics. 2006 Apr;117(4):1155-61.
Zeller MH, Modi AC. Predictors of health-related quality of life in obese youth. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2006 Jan;14(1):122-30.
Kahn JA, Degen SJF, Mansour ME, Goodman E, Zeller MH, Laor T, Lanphear NE, Boat TF. Pediatric faculty members' attitudes about part-time faculty positions and policies to support part-time faculty: a study at one medical center. Acad Med. 2005 Oct;80(10):931-9.
Inge TH, Zeller MH, Lawson ML, Daniels S. A critical appraisal of evidence supporting a bariatric surgical approach to weight management for adolescents. J Pediatr. 2005 Jul;147(1):10-9.
Kirk S, Zeller MH, Claytor R, Santangelo M, Khoury P, Daniels S. The relationship of health outcomes to improvement in BMI in children and adolescents. Obes Res. 2005 May;13(5):876-82.
Zeller MH, Saelens B, Roehrig H, Kirk S, Daniels S. Psychological adjustment of obese youth presenting for weight management treatment. Obes Res. 2004 Oct;12(10):1576-86.
Inge TH, Zeller MH, Garcia V, Daniels S. Surgical approach to adolescent obesity. Adolesc Med Clin. 2004 Oct;15(3):429-53.
Zeller MH, Kirk S, Claytor R, Khoury P, Grieme J, Santangelo M, Daniels S. Predictors of attrition from a pediatric weight management program. J Pediatr. 2004 Apr;144(4):466-70.
Inge TH, Garcia V, Daniels S, Langford L, Kirk S, Roehrig H, Amin R, Zeller MH, Higa K. A multidisciplinary approach to the adolescent bariatric surgical patient. J Pediatr Surg. 2004 Mar;39(3):442-7; discussion 446-7.
Cote MP, Byczkowski T, Kotagal U, Kirk S, Zeller MH, Daniels S. Service quality and attrition: an examination of a pediatric obesity program. Int J Qual Health Care. 2004 Apr;16(2):165-73.
Powers S, Byars K, Mitchell M, Patton S, Schindler T, Zeller MH. A randomized pilot study of behavioral treatment to increase calorie intake in toddlers with cystic fibrosis. Children’s Health Care. 2003;32, 297-311.
Zeller MH, Vannatta K, Schafer J, Noll RB. Behavioral reputation: a cross-age perspective. Dev Psychol. 2003 Jan;39(1):129-39.
Gerhardt CA, Vannatta K, McKellop JM, Zeller MH, Taylor J, Passo M, Noll RB. Comparing parental distress, family functioning, and the role of social support for caregivers with and without a child with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. J Pediatr Psychol. 2003 Jan-Feb;28(1):5-15.
Gerhardt CA, Vannatta K, McKellop JM, Taylor J, Passo M, Reiter-Purtill J, Zeller MH, Noll RB. Brief report: child-rearing practices of caregivers with and without a child with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: perspectives of caregivers and professionals. J Pediatr Psychol. 2003 Jun;28(4):275-9.
Vannatta K, Zeller MH, Noll RB, Koontz K. Social functioning of children surviving bone marrow transplantation. J Pediatr Psychol. 1998 Jun;23(3):169-78.
Noll RB, Zeller MH, Vannatta K, Bukowski W, Davies H. Potential bias in classroom research: comparison of children with permission and those who do not receive permission to participate. J Clin Child Psychol. 1997 Mar;26(1):36-42.
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