Fellowship is one of the highest honors The Obesity Society bestows. This week’s TOS Fellows Spotlight features a conversation with TOS Fellow Rachel Goldman, PhD, FTOS.
Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title?
A: Rachel L Goldman, PhD, FTOS, Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, Behavioral Director of Weight Management Solutions, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine
Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field?
A: My research interests include pre-operative predictors of success following weight loss surgery, disordered eating, and food addiction. My clinical interests include health behavior change, working with individuals pre-and-post weight loss surgery, as well as cognitive-behavioral treatment for obesity, disordered eating, and stress reduction.
Q: How long have you been in your career?
A: My post-doctoral fellowship was in obesity and bariatrics, which was in 2010 and I have been working in the area of obesity and weight management ever since!
Q: What excites you the most about your work?
A: I love helping people see that by making small behavioral changes they can improve their health and happiness. I also think it is so important to educate our patients and I truly enjoy educating them about the mind-body connection and how our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are linked.
Q: What advice do you have to offer early career obesity professionals?
A: Get involved! One of the best things I did as a student, which I then continued to do as an early career professional, was to get involved in as many things as I could. As a student, I asked mentors or professors how I could get more involved (i.e. research projects, reviewing articles, shadowing) to get exposed to different things. As an early career professional, I got involved on committees and started to take leadership roles. The more people you meet, the better and getting your name out there can never hurt. J
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not at work?
A: I do as I preach; I am a very active individual and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I love trying new gym classes and enjoy spinning, bootcamp, HIIT as well as running. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family as well as traveling.
Q: Why did you decide to join TOS?
A: The answer to this question is a question-- how could I not have joined TOS? I work in the field of obesity and don’t see how anyone working in this field could not be a member of TOS.
Q: How has TOS helped your career?
A: I remember my first TOS annual meeting, when I was a student of Pat O’Neil’s and he introduced me to as many people as he could. The connections I have made through TOS have been invaluable.