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Christopher Ochner

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
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  • MS, Columbia University

  • Fellowship, Columbia University

  • PhD, Drexel University


    Dr. Christopher Ochner completed his PhD in clinical psychology at Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2006.  He then completed an individual NIH grant fellowship at the Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition/New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center.  In 2009, he received an NIH career development award and was promoted to faculty at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.  He became the youngest Columbia faculty to run an independent research laboratory, publishing >20 peer-reviewed articles since 2009.  He has served as a mentor for graduate students, fullbright scholars, residents and fellows.  Now, as faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Director of Research Training and Development at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, Dr. Ochner is working to develop a clinically-based program of research in the area of obesity prevention and treatment, as well as fostering the development of research in other areas within the Adolescent Health Center.


  • 2013 -
    Recipient, NIH/NICHD Loan Repayment Program Award

  • 2013 -
    Quoted/Featured Expert, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, World News with Diane Sawyer

  • 2012 -
    Selected Participant, NIH Early Career Reviewer Program

  • 2012 -
    Featured Author, NIDDK publication, entitled, “Recent Advances & Emerging Opportunities: Obesity”

  • 2012 -
    Invited Member, Scientists Without Borders, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • 2011 -
    Recipient, The Obesity Society Research Travel Award

  • 2010 -
    Recipient, New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center Pilot & Feasibility Grant Award

  • 2010 -
    Author, The Male Body Dissatisfaction Scale; Original psychological measure translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish and Turkish

  • 2009 -
    Recipient, New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center Pilot & Feasibility Grant Award

  • 2009 -
    Recipient, NIH/OBSSR Trainee Participant Award for Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions

  • 2009 -
    Recipient, Columbia University CTSA TRANSFORM K12 Mentored Career Development Award

  • 2008 -
    Recipient, NIH Trainee Participant Award for DSM-IV Eating Disorder Criteria Meeting

  • 2008 -
    Recipient, NIH Neuroimaging in Obesity Conference Travel Award

  • 2008 -
    Recipient, NIH/NIDDK Loan Repayment Program Award

  • 2008 -
    Recipient, Columbia University CTSA Community Engagement Resource Pilot Grant Award

  • 2008 -
    Recipient, Columbia University CTSA Brain Imaging Core Pilot Grant Award

  • 2008 -
    Recipient, NIH/NIDDK F32 National Research Service Award

  • 2007 -
    Recipient, NIMH/AED New Investigator Fellowship Award

  • 2007 -
    Recipient, Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior New Investigator Travel Award

  • 2005 -
    Recipient, Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation Education Award


Ochner C, Lowe M. Self-Reported Changes in Dietary Calcium and Energy Intake Predict Weight Regain following a Weight Loss Diet in Obese Women. . J Nutr 2007; 137: 2324-2328.

Ochner CN, Gray JA, Brickner K. The development and initial validation of a new measure of male body dissatisfaction. Eating behaviors 2009 Dec; 10(4).

Ochner C, Green DE, van Steenburgh J, Kounios J, Lowe M. Asymmetric Prefrontal Cortex Activation in Relation to Markers of Overeating in Obese Humans. . Appetite 2009; 53: 44-49.

Ochner C, Gibson C, Carnell S, Dambkowski C, Geliebter A. Alterations in the neurohormonal regulation of energy intake through bariatric surgery for obesity. . Physiol Beh. 2010; 100: 549-59.

Ochner C, Puma L, Raevuori A, Teixeira J, Geliebter A. Effectiveness of a Pre Bariatric Surgery Insurance-Required Weight Loss Regimen and Relation to Postsurgical Weight Loss. . Obesity 2010; 18: 287-92.

Ochner C, Gibson C, Shanik M, Goel V, Geliebter A. Changes in neurohormonal gut peptides following bariatric surgery.. Int J Obes 2011; 35: 153-66.

Ochner C, Kwok Y, Conceição E, Pantazatos S, Puma L, Carnell S, Teixeira J, Hirsch J, Geliebter A. Selective Reduction of Neural Responses to High Calorie Foods Following Gastric Bypass Surgery.. Ann Surg 2011; 253: 502-507.

Stice E, Rohde P, Gau J, Ochner C. Relation of Depression to Perceived Social Support: Results from a Randomized Depression Prevention Trial. . Behav Res Ther 2011; 49: 361-366.

Ochner C, Stice E, Hutchins E, Afifi L, Geliebter A, Hirsch J, Teixeira J. Relation between changes in neural responsivity and reductions in desire to eat high-calorie foods following gastric bypass surgery.. Neurosci 2012; 209: 128-135.

Ochner C, Dambkowski C, Yeomans B, Teixeira J, Pi-Sunyer F. . Pre bariatric weight loss requirements and the effect of preoperative weight loss on postoperative outcome. . . Int J Obes 2012; 36: 1380-1387.

Ochner C, Laferrère B, Afifi L, Atalayer D, Geliebter A, Teixeira J. Neural Responsivity to Food Cues in Fasted and Fed States Pre and Post Gastric Bypass Surgery. . Neurosci Res 2012; 74: 138-143.

Ochner C, Jochner M, Caruso E, Teixeira J, Pi-Sunyer F. Effect of preoperative body mass index on weight loss after obesity surgery. . Surg Obes Relat Disease 2013; 9: 423-427.

Ochner C, Texiera J, Geary N, Asarian L. Greater Short-Term Weight Loss in Women 20-45 versus 55-65 Years of Age Following Bariatric Surgery.. Obes Surg 2013;: 1650-4.

Ochner C, Barrios D, Lee C, Pi-Sunyer F. Biological Mechanisms of Weight Regain following Weight Loss Diet in Obese Humans. . Physiol Beh 2013; 120: 106-113.

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Dr. Ochner did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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