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When Medicine Interacts with Psychology: A Closer Look at Bariatric Psychology

Presented by Maryam Hafezi, MA, MS, PsyD

Presenter Bio

Dr. Maryam Hafezi is an experienced clinician in health and assessment psychology. Dr. Hafezi started her work in integrative medicine in the field of behavioral neuroscience on rodent models at University of California, San Diego. She went on to earn her first Master’s degree in research psychology continuing her work in human models of neuro-endocrinology and impact of stress on the brain. Dr. Hafezi then completed her clinical Master’s degree and PSYD degree focusing in on integrative medicine with an emphasis on health psychology. She completed her residency at Kaiser Permanente in Martinez California. Dr. Hafezi has held several positions at Kaiser Permanente including adult team general psychologist and embedded assessment psychologist in bariatrics. Currently Dr. Hafezi works in Connect to Care (ADAPT) and collaborates with bariatrics surgery and regional supervision.

A history of Obesity, food insecurity and body mass index. Definitions and history of body mass index and bariatrics surgery. Psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery, and the stability needed for a patient to succeed bariatric surgery. The neuro-endocrinology and Bio psycho social model of obesity will be explored. The impact of leptin, ghrelin and cortisol hormones impact on hunger and inflammatory responses. Physical, psychological and emotional hunger will be dissected as it relates to a patients day to day behaviors. Post-operative risk factors and the role of malnutrition, malabsorption as it relates to neurological and psychological deficiencies. Will discuss the anatomy of sleep, circadian clock, and impact of alcohol pre and post surgery. The impact of behavioral activation in bariatric patients as it relates to key core beliefs.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe an overview of obesity and bariatric surgery in the USA
  2. Explain the interplay of psychology and medical disease as it relates to Obesity
  3. Describe the roles of the Bariatric psychologist pre and post-surgery

Instructional Level


Licensed mental health professionals employed through Kaiser Permanente and psychological assistants performing under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

This CE program is free to Kaiser Permanente employees.

Instructional Methodology

  • Lecture
  • Audio/Visual
  • On-line Presentation

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Refund and Attendance Policy

All programs offered on KP Learn for CE credit through the KP Northern California Mental Health Training website are free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Staff and trainees. Once a course is selected in the KP NCAL MH Training Website, the registration process begins, and it will appear in the individuals KP Learn profile for completion within 90 days.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire program. An attestation of attendance will be given once the individual has completed viewing the program, which will then initiate the final steps of completing the evaluation forms to receive a certificate of completion.

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