A photo of Margaret Zeller.

Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Director, Fellowship

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

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



My Biography & Research

Clinical Interests

Pediatric psychology; school-age children and adolescents; childhood obesity.

Research Interests

Barriers to weight management.

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Behavioral Medicine, Surgical Weight Loss, Clinical Psychology

My Locations

My Education

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.

My Publications

Halo or horn? A qualitative study of mothers’ experiences with feeding children during the first year following bariatric surgery. Zeller, MH; Robson, SM; Reiter-Purtill, J; Kidwell, KM; Kharofa, RY; McCullough, MB; Crosby, LE; Howarth, T; Comstock, SE; Ley, SL; et al. Appetite. 2019; 142:104366-104366.

Sexual behaviors, risks, and sexual health outcomes for adolescent females following bariatric surgery. Zeller, MH; Brown, JL; Reiter-Purtill, J; Sarwer, DB; Black, L; Jenkins, TM; McCracken, KA; Inge, TH; Noll, JG; Doland, F; et al. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2019; 15:969-978.

Predictors of Preoperative Program Non-Completion in Adolescents Referred for Bariatric Surgery. Brode, C; Ratcliff, M; Reiter-Purtill, J; Hunsaker, S; Helmrath, M; Zeller, M. Obesity Surgery. 2018; 28:2853-2859.

A Multisite 2-Year Follow Up of Psychopathology Prevalence, Predictors, and Correlates Among Adolescents Who Did or Did Not Undergo Weight Loss Surgery. Hunsaker, SL; Garland, BH; Rofey, D; Reiter-Purtill, J; Mitchell, J; Courcoulas, A; Jenkins, TM; Zeller, MH. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2018; 63:142-150.

ASMBS pediatric metabolic and bariatric surgery guidelines, 2018. Pratt, JS A; Browne, A; Browne, NT; Bruzoni, M; Cohen, M; Desai, A; Inge, T; Linden, BC; Mattar, SG; Michalsky, M; et al. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2018; 14:882-901.

Initial development and validation of a fecal incontinence-specific quality of life measure. Cushing, CC; Threlkeld, MR S; Martinez-Leo, B; Hall, J; Hossain, M; Dickie, BH; Rymeski, B; Helmrath, M; Zeller, MH; Frischer, JS. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2018; 53:1148-1153.

Adolescent Loss-of-Control Eating and Weight Loss Maintenance After Bariatric Surgery. Goldschmidt, AB; Jenkins, TM; Bond, DS; Thomas, JG; Utzinger, LM; Zeller, MH; Inge, TH; Mitchell, JE; Khoury, J. Pediatrics. 2018; 141:e20171659-e20171659.

Changes in Dietary Intake and Eating Behavior in Adolescents After Bariatric Surgery: an Ancillary Study to the Teen-LABS Consortium. Sarwer, DB; Dilks, RJ; Spitzer, JC; Berkowitz, RI; Wadden, TA; Moore, RH; Chittams, JL; Brandt, ML; Chen, MK; Courcoulas, AP; et al. Obesity Surgery. 2017; 27:3082-3091.

Romantic, sexual, and sexual risk behaviours of adolescent females with severe obesity. Becnel, JN; Zeller, MH; Noll, JG; Sarwer, DB; Reiter-Purtill, J; Michalsky, M; Peugh, J; Biro, FM; Te, TS G C. Pediatric Obesity. 2017; 12:388-397.

From adolescence to young adulthood: trajectories of psychosocial health following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Zeller, MH; Pendery, EC; Reiter-Purtill, J; Hunsaker, SL; Jenkins, TM; Helmrath, MA; Inge, TH. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2017; 13:1196-1203.