Integrated Health Executive Council
Genna Hymowitz-Popovich, PhD,
Integrated Health Chair
Genna Hymowitz-Popovich, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychology, Psychiatry & Surgery, Director Behavioral Medicine Program, L. Krasner Psychological Center, Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University
Dr. Hymowitz-Popovich is a clinical psychologist at Stony Brook University. In her clinical roles at the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center and the L. Krasner Psychological Center, Dr. Hymowitz conducts behavioral medicine assessments, provides individual and group psychological treatment to patients pre and post bariatric surgery, and provides consultation with regard to the overall psychological care of bariatric surgery patients. Dr. Hymowitz also provides individual and group evidence-based interventions for weight management, smoking cessation, chronic pain, insomnia, and depression and anxiety related to chronic medical illnesses. Additionally, Dr. Hymowitz provides clinical supervision, instruction, and training to doctoral students in the Stony Brook University Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, and to advanced graduate students from clinical and school psychology programs throughout the Long Island and New York City areas. Dr. Hymowitz’s research focuses on psychological factors impacting physical symptoms and on cognitive biases in obesity and gastrointestinal motility disorders.
A team of advanced doctoral students in the Krasner Psychological Center Behavioral Medicine Externship program works directly with Dr. Hymowitz. These trainees have acquired specialized skills in conducting pre-bariatric surgery psychological evaluations, and providing psychological interventions to patients pre and post bariatric surgery.
Mae Zoltowsky, RN, BSN
Integrated Health Co-Chair
Mae Zoltowsky, RN is a Surgical Program Manager at Richmond University Medical Center for Bariatric and Neurosurgery and the acting MBS Coordinator. She collaborated with the program director to bring metabolic and bariatric surgery program to the hospital and community. She coordinated with an interdisciplinary team to create patient pathways and protocols and develop quality improvement initiatives. Mae overseas both the hospital program and the outpatient office and runs the support groups along with her program’s dietitian.
Darragh Herlihy, NP-C
Member at Large
Darragh Herlihy, NP-C is an Adult Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Darragh works closely with the bariatric surgeons and other team members to help prepare individuals for weight loss surgery. She also provides medical management for individuals participating in the weight loss program as well as ongoing follow up care for all bariatric surgery patients. Darragh also coordinates the Center’s post-bariatric surgery support group and annual Walk for Weight Loss. Darragh received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Stony Brook University.
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