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Mary Beth Spitznagel

Assistant Professor

Education:  Ph.D., Ohio University (2003)

Research Areas:  Clinical - Assessment, Clinical - Health

Specialty:  Neuropsychology/Health

Research Interests

Clinical neuropsychology, cognition across the lifespan, and the cognitive impact of obesity, diet, and exercise.

Lab Site: Clinical Neuropsychology Research Lab

Courses Frequently Taught

  • Neuropsychology/Health (graduate)
  • Introduction to Psychological Assessment (graduate)
  • Clinical Neuroanatomy (graduate)
  • Neuropsychology Practicum (graduate)
  • Psychology of Exercise (undergraduate)


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Spitznagel, M. B., Alosco, M., Galioto, R., Strain, G., Devlin, M., Sysko, R., Crosby, R. D., Mitchell, J. E., & Gunstad, J. (2014). Cognitive Function Predicts Weight Loss Outcomes 36 Months Following Bariatric Surgery. Obesity Surgery, 24(7), 1078-84.

Calvo, D., Galioto, R., Gunstad, J., & Spitznagel, M. B. (2014). Uncontrolled eating is associated with reduced executive functioning. Clinical Obesity, 4(3), 172-9.

Alosco, M. L., Spitznagel, M. B., Strain, G., Devlin, M., Cohen, R., Paul, R., Crosby, R. D., Mitchell, J. E., & Gunstad, J. (2014). Improved memory function two years after bariatric surgery. Obesity (Silver Spring), 22(1), 32-8.

Spitznagel, M. B., Galioto, R., Limbach, K., Gunstad, J., & Heinberg, L. (2013). Cognitive function is linked to adherence to bariatric postoperative guidelines. Surgery for Obesity and Related Disease, 9, 580-5.

Galioto, R., Gunstad, J., Heinberg, L. J., & Spitznagel, M. B. (2013). Adherence and weight loss outcomes in bariatric surgery: does Cognitive function play a role? Obesity Surgery, 23(10), 1703-10.

Spitznagel, M. B., Garcia, S., Miller, L. A., Strain, G., Devlin, M., Wing, R., Cohen, R., Paul, R., Crosby, R., Mitchell, J. E., & Gunstad, J. (2013). Cognitive function predicts weight loss after bariatric surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis, 9(3), 453-9.

Calvo, D., Gunstad, J., Miller, L. A., Glickman, E., & Spitznagel, M. B. (2013). Higher serum insulin-like growth factor-1 is associated with better cognitive performance in persons with mild cognitive impairment. Psychogeriatrics, 13(3), 170-4.

Galioto, R., Spitznagel, M. B., Strain, G., Devlin, M., Cohen, R., Paul, R., Crosby, R. D., Mitchell, J. E., & Gunstad, J. (2012). Cognitive function in morbidly obese individuals with and without binge eating disorder. Compr Psychiatry, 53(5), 490-5.

Miller, L., Spitznagel, M. B., Busko, S., Potter, V., Juvancic-Heltzel, J., Istenes, N., Glickman, E., & Gunstad, J. (2011). Structured exercise does not stabilize cognitive decline in individuals residing in a structured living facility with Mild Cognitive Impairment. International Journal of Neuroscience, 121, 218-23.

Spitznagel, M. B., Benitez, A., Updegraff, J., Potter, V., Alexander, T., Glickman, E., & Gunstad, J. (2010). Serum ghrelin is inversely associated with cognitive function in a sample of non-demented elderly. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 64, 608-11.


Mary Beth Spitznagel
Department of Psychology
Phone: 330-672-2399
Fax: 330-672-3786