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Ryan Marek

Ryan Marek, Ph.D.

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

Contact number: 281-283-3409
Email: Marek@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2233.05

Biography

In addition to being an assistant professor of clinical psychology, Ryan J. Marek, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist (License# 38086) in the state of Texas. He 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).

Broadly speaking, Dr. Marek's research and clinical interests revolve around understanding psychopathology in medical settings. Specifically, he focuses on how personality and psychopathology can inform the need for pre-surgical intervention and post-surgical follow-up care across a variety of populations, including bariatric surgery, spine surgery, and solid organ transplant populations. With regards to non-surgical populations, Dr. Marek also has clinical and research interests in eating disorders and obesity.

Dr. Marek also has substantial experience progressing evidenced based psychological assessment (with emphasis on the MMPI) in medical settings. He is actively involved in research and applied clinical work related to the MMPI, one of the most widely used tests in psychology.

Curriculum Vitae


Areas of Expertise

  • Personality
  • MMPI
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Health psychology
  • Obesity
  • Eating disorders


Publications

  • Marek, R.J., Martin-Fernandez, K., Ben-Porath, Y.S., Heinberg, L.J. (in press). Psychosocial Functioning of Bariatric Surgery Patients 6-Years Postoperative. Obesity Surgery.
  • Marek, R.J., Anderson, J.A., Tarescavage, A.T., Haugh, S., Martin-Fernandez, K., Heinberg, L.J., Block, A.R., Jimenez, X., & Ben-Porath, Y.S. (2020). Elucidating Somatization in a Dimensional Model of Psychopathology Across Medical Settings. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 129(2), 162-176. doi: 10.1037/abn0000475
  • Nghiem, D.M., Gomez, J., Gloston, G.F., Torres, D.S., & Marek, R.J. (2020). Psychological Assessment Instruments for Use in Liver and Kidney Transplant Evaluations: Scarcity of Evidence and Call for Further Research. Journal of Personality Assessment, 102,(2), 183-195. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2019.1694527
  • Marek, R.J., Ben-Porath, Y.S., Epker, J.T., Kreymer, J.K., & Block, A.R. (2020). Reliability and Validity of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory – 2 – Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) in Spine Surgery and Spinal Cord Stimulator Samples. Journal of Personality Assessment, 102(1), 22-35. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2018.1488719
  • Block, A.R., & Marek, R.J. (2020). Presurgical Psychological Evaluation: Risk Factor Identification and Mitigation. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 27, 396-405. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10880-019-09660-0
  • Block, A.R., Marek, R.J., & Ben-Porath, Y.S., (2019). Patient Activation Mediates the Association between Psychosocial Risk Factors and Spine Surgery Results. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 26 (2), 123-130. doi: 10.1007/s10880-018-9571-x.
  • Marek, R.J., Block, A.R., Ben-Porath, Y.S. (2019). Validation of a Psychological Screening Algorithm for Spine Surgery Outcomes. Assessment,26 (5), 915-928. doi: 10.1177/1073191117719512.
  • Marek, R.J., Steffen, K., Wolf, B., Flum, D.R., Rubin, P.J., Pories, W.J., Pomp, A., & Mitchell, JE. (2018). Psychosocial Functioning and Quality of Life in Patients with Loose Redundant Skin 4-5 Years After Bariatric Surgery. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2018.07.025.
  • Marek, R.J., Couhlon, S.M., Brown, J.D., Lydecker, J., Marek, S., Malcolm, R., & O’Neil, P.M. (2017). Characteristics of Weight Loss Trajectories in a Comprehensive Lifestyle Intervention. Obesity, 25(12), 2062-2067.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Courses (Current Academic Year)

  • PSYC 6033/7033, Personality Assessment
  • PSYC 6038, Clinical Practicum
  • PSYC 6130, Psychological Measurement
  • PSYC 6531/7531, Psychopathology
  • PSYC 7131, Quantitative Analysis I
  • PSYC 7131, Quantitative Analysis II
  • PSYC 7136, Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Health Psychology
  • PSYC 7334, Adult Behavioral Medicine

 


Awards and Accomplishments

Research Grants:

Source: University of Minnesota Press
Title: Validation of Psychosocial Risk Factor Dimensions Assessed By The MMPI-2-RF Spine Surgery Candidate Interpretive Report (Spine-CIR) and Spinal Cord Stimulator Candidate Interpretive Report (Stim-CIR), and Development of MMPI-3 Versions of These Reports
Role: Co-Investigator
Award Amount: $14,000
Date Submitted: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Source: University of Minnesota Press
Title: Expanding Research on the MMPI-2-RF in Bariatric Surgery Candidates
Role: Co-Investigator
Award Amount: $6,000
Date: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Source: University of Minnesota Press
Title: Using Presurgical Psychological Assessments to Predict Psychopathology and Weight Loss Outcomes Five Years after Bariatric Surgery
Role: Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $32,000
Date: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020

Source: University of Minnesota Press
Title: Validation of Psychosocial Risk Factor Dimensions Assessed by the MMPI-2-RF Spine Surgery Candidate Interpretive Report (Spine- CIR) and Spinal Cord Stimulator Candidate Interpretive Report (Stim- CIR)
Role: Co-Investigator
Award Amount: $37,000
Date: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020

Awards:

  • Center for Faculty Development’s New Faculty Research Award (2020).
  • Exner Award (2020).
  • APA Early Career Achievement Award (2019).
  • Samuel J. and Anne G. Beck Award (2019).

Consulting Editor:

  • Obesity Surgery
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Journal of Personality Assessment
  • Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings