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Eleanor Mackey, PhD

Psychologist
Bio

Biography

Eleanor Mackey, Ph.D., is a general child psychologist with Children’s National Health System, and a member of Children's Obesity Institute. She is Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics (with Award of Tenure) at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Mackey, who has worked with children and teens for many years, works with those who struggle with eating and weight concerns. Some of these areas include: problems with being overweight, disordered eating and unsafe weight loss behaviors.  

Dr. Mackey earned her Ph.D. from the University of Miami, where her research focused on peer influences on teens’ eating, exercise and weight control behaviors. As part of her Ph.D. program, she completed an internship and subsequently her fellowship residency at Children’s National from 2006 - 2009, where she is now on the faculty as part of the Division of Psychology, one of the largest psychology teams in the region focused exclusively on children and teens. 

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Clinical Psychology, 2009
    Children's National Medical Center
  • PhD, 2007
    University of Miami
  • Internship Program, 2007
    Children's National Medical Center
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Eleanor Mackey

Maria

Maria's Journey

Maria was the first patient to have weight-loss surgery at Children's National. With its multidisciplinary approach, a team developed a personalized plan for the teenager.

News

News

The presence of psychiatric disorders should not be a contraindication to weight loss surgery for adolescents with severe obesity

Psychiatric disorders, a common comorbidity of severe obesity, especially for youth, should not disqualify an adolescent with severe obesity from bariatric surgery. According to a study published in Pediatrics, identifying anxiety, depressive disorders, ADHD, and eating disorders, while still a crucial pre-surgical evaluation step, had no predictive value for how much post-surgical weight loss an adolescent would achieve. 

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Maria

Maria was the first patient to have weight-loss surgery at Children's National. With its multidisciplinary approach, a team developed a personalized plan for the teenager.

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