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Health Psychology Services

About Us

The Health Psychology service at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System currently provides pre- and post-operative psychological services to bariatric surgery patients. Our goal is to help support patients in making healthy lifestyle changes to prepare them for bariatric surgery and to assist them in maintaining these changes long-term.

If you are a pre-surgical bariatric patient at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, the bariatric team will forward your information to the Health Psychology service and you will be contacted by Health Psychology to schedule your evaluation.

Our Services


Pre-Surgical Psychological Evaluations


Preparation For Surgery


Post-Surgical Support

Treatment Team

Heather Eisele PhD

  • Assistant Professor Psychiatry and Surgery Department

Dr. Eisele received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and completed her fellowship in health psychology at Loyola University Medical Center. She is a clinical health psychologist with experience in addressing coping and adjustment for a variety of health issues, including bariatric surgery/weight management, solid organ and bone marrow transplant, sleep medicine, oncology, chronic pain, neurological disorders, gastrointestinal problems, diabetes, and smoking cessation.

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Sylvia Herbozo PhD

  • Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Surgery

Dr. Herbozo received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Program for Obesity, Weight, and Eating Research at Yale University. Prior to her current position, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Loma Linda University.

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Sylvia Herbozo

Alison K. Newman PhD ABPP

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Surgery

Dr. Alison Newman is a clinical health psychologist. She graduated from University of Arizona after majoring in Psychology. She then moved to San Diego in 2006 where she began her graduate education in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. She completed an internship in Clinical Health Psychology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

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Alison K. Newman