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Dr. Martin Binks, PhD, FTOS

Dr. Martin Binks, PhD, FTOS

Martin Binks Ph.D. is Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University. He is a clinical psychologist specializing in behavioral medicine and obesity research. Dr. Binks received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickenson University, trained at the Bronx VA Medical Center and completed pre and postdoctoral training in Behavioral Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is formerly an Assistant Professor at Duke University Medical Center, Division of Medical Psychology. He was Director of Behavioral Health, Research, and New Business and Strategic Alliances at the Duke Diet & Fitness Center. 

Martin has authored many research publications and the book The Duke Diet. His research interests include: lifestyle modification, pharmacologic and surgical obesity treatment (adults and children); barriers to treatment adherence; Internet, telemedicine and other technology-based healthcare delivery; underserved populations and health disparities; and neuroscience of obesity. He serves as a reviewer on several scientific journals and as an editorial board member for the International Journal of Obesity. Dr. Binks has an ongoing multimedia presence as an internationally recognized obesity expert.

Dr. Binks is a Fellow of the national scientific organization The Obesity Society (TOS) and is active in, several leadership positions including Executive Council-Secretary Treasurer.He is a contributor to the Treat Obesity Seriously campaign and is on the Executive Board for Obesity Week™. Martin is a member of The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) serving as a Fellow on their SCOPE Education and Management Task Force and is a member of the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (ASMBS). Martin has also been a contributor with the Army National Guard Decade of Health and Wounded Warriors programs and currently serves on the advisory board for the Spark America campaign.

Research interests include:

  • Obesity treatment (surgical and non-surgical; adults and children); outcomes, psychosocial correlates,  medical comorbidities, barriers to treatment adherence.
  • Neurobiological correlates of obesity and health behavior.
  • Binge eating.
  • Internet, telemedicine and technology in the treatment and prevention of obesity.
  • Health disparities and underserved populations.
  • Translational intervention and prevention.
  • Body image in ethnic, cultural and gender diverse populations.
  • Pain and sleep in obese populations.
  • Physical activity and overall wellness promotion.


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