Obesity Research Cluster
Obesity Research Cluster Leadership
Dr. Martin Binks, PhD, FTOS
Martin Binks Ph.D. is Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences, at Texas Tech University and leads the Behavioral Medicine & Translational Research Lab. 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. He is an outspoken public advocate for obesity research funding, treatment for people with obesity, and scientific integrity. His research interests include: behavioral, pharmacologic and surgical obesity treatment; barriers to treatment adherence (nutrition & physical activity); obesity and comorbidities; non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD); pain and sleep in obesity; Sickle Cell Disease; mHealth and technology assisted intervention; health disparities; and neuroscience related to obesity (fMRI). 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 North American scientific organization The Obesity Society (TOS) and is both Development Chair and a member of the 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 World Obesity Federation (formerly IASO) and serves as a Fellow on their SCOPE Clinical Care educational group. He is also a member of the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (ASMBS). Additionally, Martin has been a contributor with the Army National Guard Decade of Health and Wounded Warriors programs and currently serves on several advisory boards including Spark America and the International Food Information Council Scientific Advisory Group.