Pharmacological and Psychological Interventions for Weight Loss
The recent introduction of a new class of drug for weight loss, the glucagon-like-peptide 1 receptor agonists (GLP-1, e.g., Rybelsus, Saxenda), has aroused intense public interest. Dr. Sammons will discuss the history of drugs used for weight loss with a focus on agents introduced in the recent past. He will cover efficacy, mechanisms of action, risks and benefits, and combination with psychological and behavioral weight loss regimens. Dr. Sammons will also discuss the ethics of pharmacological interventions for weight loss.
About the Presenter
Morgan T. Sammons, PhD, ABPP, recently retired as the CEO of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. He has enjoyed a career as a prescribing psychologist, military psychologist, and has held leadership positions in academia and professional psychology. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists.
Continuing Education Information
1 CE Credit, Instructional Level: Intermediate
1 Contact Hour (New York Board of Psychology)
- Describe past and present pharmacological agents for weight loss.
- Discuss the putative mechanisms of action and efficacy of GLP-1 agonists.
- Explain the evidence supporting combined psychological/behavioral interventions for weight loss.
Disclosure: Dr. Sammons is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists.
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