Ryan Marek

Ryan Marek

Assistant Professor in Health Services Psychology,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3409
Email: Marek@uhcl.edu
Office: Arbor 1309.06

Biography

Ryan J. Marek, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Health Service Psychology in the Psy.D. program at the University of Houston - Clear Lake.  Dr. Marek received his doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University and completed his APA-accredited internship at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).  

Dr. Marek's research and clinical interests include the intersection of psychological assessment and behavioral medicine.  Specifically, he has focused on how objective psychological/personality assessments (with emphasis on the MMPI) can inform the need for pre-surgical intervention and post-surgical follow-up care in bariatric and spine surgery settings.  Dr. Marek also has clinical and research interests in eating disorders and obesity.

Dr. Marek is accepting students for his lab for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Curriculum vitae


Areas of Expertise

  • Personality
  • MMPI
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
  • SCS
  • Obesity
  • Eating Disorders


Publications

Marek, R.J., Couhlon, S.M., Brown, J.D., Lydecker, J., Marek, S., Malcolm, R., & O’Neil, P.M. (in press). Characteristics of Weight Loss Trajectories in a Comprehensive Lifestyle Intervention. Obesity.

Marek, R.J., Block, A.R., Ben-Porath, Y.S. (in press). Validation of a Psychological Screening Algorithm for Spine Surgery Outcomes. Assessment.

Pona, A.A. Marek, R.J., Heinberg, L.J., Lavery, M., Ashton, K., Rish, J.M. (in press). Psychological Correlates of Body Image Dissatisfaction Before and After Bariatric Surgery. Bariatric Surgical Practice and Patient Care.

Ata, R., Heinberg, L.J., Boepple, L., Marek, R.J., & Thompson, K. (in press). Obesity as a Disease: Effects on Weight-Biased Attitudes and Beliefs. Stigma and Health.

Heinberg, L.J., Marek, R.J., Bucak, E., Haskins, I., Nor-Hanipah, Z., & Brethauer, S. (in press). 30 Day Readmission Following Weight Loss Surgery: Can Psychological Factors Predict Non- Specific Indications for Readmission? Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2017.04.004

Marek, R.J. & Ben-Porath, Y.S., Heinberg, L.J. (2016). Understanding the Role of Psychopathology in Bariatric Surgery Outcomes. Obesity Reviews, 17(2), 126-141. doi: 10.1111/obr.12356

Marek, R.J., Ben-Porath, Y.S., Dulmen, M.H.M. Ashton, K., & Heinberg, L.J. (2017). Using the Pre- Surgical Psychological Evaluation to Predict 5-Year Weight Loss Outcomes in Bariatric Surgery Patients. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 13(3), 514-521. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2016.11.008.

Marek, R.J., Tarescavage, A.M., Ben-Porath, Y.S., Ashton, K., Heinberg, L.J., Rish, J.M. (2017). Associations between Psychological Test Results and Failure to Proceed with Bariatric Surgery. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 13(3), 507-513. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2016.09.007.

Marek, R. J., Heinberg, L. J., Lavery, M., Merrell Rish, J., & Ashton, K. (2016). A review of psychological assessment instruments for use in bariatric surgery evaluations. Psychological Assessment, 28(9), 1142-1157. doi:10.1037/pas0000286

Marek, R.J., Tarescavage, A.T., Ben-Porath, Y.S., Rish, J.M., Ashton, K, & Heinberg, L.J. (2015). Using presurgical psychological testing to predict 1-year appointment adherence and weight loss in bariatric surgery patients: predictive validity and methodological considerations. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 11(5), 1171-1181.doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2015.03.020.


Courses (Current Academic Year)

PSYC 5734, Professional Practice, Law and Ethics
PSYC 7334, Adult Behavioral Medicine


Research Projects

My research interests focus on the role of psychological assessment (with emphasis on the MMPI) in behavioral medicine settings. My career goals include advancing longitudinal research on how constructs identified in the hierarchical taxonomy of psychopathology can contribute to the prediction of how psychosocial factors impact surgical outcomes.


Awards and Accomplishments

Research Grants:

Co-Investigator, The Spine Surgery Candidate Interpretive Report (Spine-CIR) and Spinal Cord Stimulator Candidate Interpretive Report (Stim-CIR): Replication and Validation with the MMPI-3. University of Minnesota Press. 07/17 – 06/18. $20,000 (direct).

Principal Investigator, Psychopathology and Five-Year Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Outcomes. Applied Psychology Center Fall Research Grant.  08/15 – 12/15. $1,000 (direct).

Principal Investigator, Psychopathology and Five-Year Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Outcomes. Division 12, Section XI Research Fellowship.  09/15 – 08/16. $500 (direct).

Principal Investigator, Psychopathology and Five-Year Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Outcomes. Judie Fall Lasser Graduate Psychology Research Award Fall 2015.  10/15 – 06/16. $750 (direct).

Principal Investigator, Psychopathology and Five-Year Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Outcomes. Society for Personality Assessment Dissertation Award.  02/16 – 08/16. $750 (direct).

Principal Investigator, Psychopathology and Five-Year Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Outcomes. Judie Fall Lasser Graduate Psychology Research Award Spring 2016.  02/16 – 08/16. $750 (direct).

Awards:

Featured Article – Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (2015)

The following paper was featured in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases for the Continuing Medical Education Program:

Marek, R.J., Tarescavage, A.T., Ben-Porath, Y.S., Rish, J.M., Ashton, K, & Heinberg, L.J. (2015). Using presurgical psychological testing to predict 1-year appointment adherence and weight loss in bariatric surgery patients: predictive validity and methodological considerations. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 11(5), 1171-1181.doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2015.03.020.

Recipient of the Mary S. Cerney Award at the Society for Personality Assessment (2015).  Monetary Award and Travel Stipend -- Awarded for the best first author manuscript in personality assessment.