Rachel Goldman, Ph.D., FTOS is a licensed psychologist specializing in health and wellness, including health behavior change, obesity, bariatric surgery (pre-op and post-op), weight management, eating behaviors, and stress reduction. She is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and is Behavioral Director of Weight Management Solutions, a division of New York Bariatrics and Laparoscopy. Dr. Goldman also sees individual clients in her private practice in NYC where she helps individuals achieve their health and wellness goals by utilizing cognitive behavioral techniques. She is also available for pre-surgical psychosocial bariatric evaluations, pre- and post-operative therapy, and consulting services.
Prior to starting her private practice and doing consulting work, Dr. Goldman served as Senior Bariatric Psychologist at Bellevue Center for Obesity & Weight Management at Bellevue Hospital. She has conducted over 4,000 pre-surgical evaluations and has provided follow-up care for patients ranging from days to 8+ years after surgery. She has facilitated bariatric surgery related treatment groups focused on emotional eating, general behavior change, relationship changes, and psychological adjustment, as well as bariatric support groups.
She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in NJ. She completed her Pre-Doctoral Clinical Internship with a specialization in Behavioral Medicine and her Post-Doctoral Fellowship with a specialization in Obesity and Bariatric Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Goldman has been quoted in many health-related articles, continues to be an expert guest on Sirius XM Doctor Radio discussing disordered eating behaviors, diets, and weight management, and her work as bariatric psychologist was highlighted in the June 2016 APA Monitor on Psychology . Dr. Goldman serves on many professional committees. She was the Chair of The Obesity Society Early-Career Member Committee for three years and is on the Abstract subcommittee of the Integrated Health Program and Professional Education Committee of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. She has also been the Event Leader of the 2014 and 2015 NYC ASMBS Walk from Obesity.
Dr. Goldman also has training in sport psychology and does volunteer work with non-for-profit organizations working with athletes and children encouraging healthy behaviors and a healthy lifestyle. She ran in the 2007 and 2013 NY marathons, several half marathons, and participated in a sprint distance triathlon. She is a Women’s Health Magazine Action Hero and continues to live an active lifestyle while helping others live healthier and happier lives by promoting positive behavioral changes. She believes everyone CAN live a happy and healthy life!
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