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Marissa Gowey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Department of Pediatrics
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
5604 McWane Building, Dearth Tower
1600 7th Ave South
Birmingham AL 35233-1711
Office Phone: (205) 638-6418
Full CV

Dr. Marissa Gowey received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2008, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida in 2015. She completed an APA-approved pre-doctoral clinical internship in clinical psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center from 2014-2015. She completed 2 years of post-doctoral fellowship training from 2015-2017 in UAB’s NIH-funded Obesity Research Training Program in the NORC, after which she transitioned to her current position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at UAB.

Broadly, her clinical research focuses on identifying and understanding modifiable behavioral and cognitive factors associated with pediatric obesity that can be targeted in intervention efforts. Her current projects are focused on elucidating neuropsychological functions associated with obesity development, maintenance, and intervention outcomes across the lifespan. Dr. Gowey’s long-term goals are to develop novel, clinically effective family-based interventions for youth with or at risk for obesity that address neuropsychological dysfunction and improve lifestyle behaviors and health outcomes. She is particularly interested in working with underserved populations disproportionately affected by obesity.

Dr. Gowey likes to travel, spend time with friends and family, walk her dog, cook/bake, hike, and be outside.

Research Interests:

  • Pediatric Obesity
  • Executive Functioning
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Health Promotion and Prevention of Weight-Related Problems
  • Eating Behaviors and Disordered Eating


  • Ph.D., Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida
  • M.S., Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida 
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Recent Selected Publications

  1. Gowey, M.A., Lim, C.S., Clifford, L.M., & Janicke, D.M. (2014). Disordered eating and health-related quality of life in overweight and obese children. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39(5), 552-561. 
  2. Gowey, M.A., Reiter-Purtill, J., Becnel, J., Peugh, J., Mitchell, J., & Zeller, M. for the TeenView Study Group. (2016). Weight-related correlates of dysregulation in adolescent and young adult (AYA) females with severe obesity. Appetite, 99, 211-218. DOI:10.1016/j.appet.2016.01.020 
  3. Utzinger, L., Gowey, M.A., Zeller, M., Jenkins, T., Engel, S., Rofey, D., Inge, T., & Mitchell, J. on behalf of the Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) Consortium. (2016). Loss of control eating and eating disorders in adolescents before bariatric surgery. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 49(10), 947-952. 
  4. Gowey, M.A., Lim, C.S., Dutton, G.R., Silverstein, J., Dumont-Driscoll, M., & Janicke, D.M. Executive function and dysregulated eating behaviors in pediatric obesity. (2017). Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 1-12. DOI: 
  5. Dutton, G. R., Gowey, M. A., Tan, F., Zhou, D., Ard, J., Perri, M. G., & Lewis, C. E. (2017). Comparison of an alternative schedule of extended care contacts to a self-directed control: a randomized trial of weight loss maintenance. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(1), 107. 
  6. Gowey, M. A., & Chandler‐Laney, P. C. (2018). Children's food and satiety responsiveness in association with post‐prandial glucose following a standardized liquid meal. Clinical obesity, 8(1), 39-42. 
  7. Gowey, M.A., Khodneva, Y., Tison, S.E., Carson, A.P., Cherrington, A.L., Howard, V.J., Safford, M.M., & Dutton, G.R. Depressive symptoms, perceived stress, and metabolic health among individuals with overweight and obesity: The REGARDS Study. International Journal of Obesity, 43, 615-632.

Years: 2015 - 2017 (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Mentor(s): Gareth Dutton, PhD – primary mentor; Paula Chandler-Laney, PhD and Barbara Gower, PhD as secondary mentors

In June, 2017 completed her training with us and moved on to a position as Assistant Professor at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).