Martin Binks is an associate professor of nutritional sciences in the Department of Nutrition, Hospitality, and Retailing. He is a clinical psychologist specializing in behavioral medicine and obesity research. 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 Internet, telemedicine and other technology-based health care delivery; underserved populations and health disparities; and lifestyle modification, pharmacologic and surgical obesity treatment (adults and children), 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.
Binks is a fellow of the national scientific organization The Obesity Society (TOS) and is active in several leadership positions, including secretary treasurer elect (November 2013). He is a contributor to the Treat Obesity Seriously campaign and is on the board of managers 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 serves on the advisory board for the Spark America campaign.