Margaret H. Zeller, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Director, Fellowship

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

Academic Affiliations

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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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, Michalsky 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.

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

Adolescent Bariatrics: Weight and Psychosocial Risk in Young Adulthood (VIEWpoint). Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. June 2014-May 2019. #2R01DK080020.