Dr. Binks received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickenson University (FDU) where he received training in clinical and health psychology and co-developed an obesity treatment research program. He also received training at the Bronx VA Medical Center and has worked in the areas of neuropsychology, substance abuse treatment, post-traumatic stress disorder and spinal cord injury.
Dr Binks completed his predoctoral internship in clinical psychology and behavioral medicine, at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He remained at MUSC both as a postdoctoral fellow and later as a faculty member at the MUSC Weight Management Center.
Dr. Binks is dedicated to direct patient care, program development, research and education. He contributes to healthcare provider education through his work with students and trainees at Duke and nationally by lecturing in the areas of obesity management and behavioral medicine. He has authored multiple research publications in the field of obesity and related disorders and is co-author of the book "The Duke Diet." and has overseen development of the related web site DukeDiet.com. Dr Binks is currently active in several leadership positions at the national scientific organization - The Obesity Society.
Dr. Binks research interests include obesity treatment outcomes, maintenance of weight lost, weight-related quality of life, sexual quality of life, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), pain and sleep management in obesity, development of brief treatment approaches for primary care settings and the use of internet technology in the delivery of healthcare. Dr Binks serves as a reviewer on several scientific journals and is a member of the editorial board for the journal Obesity Insights. Elisabetta Politi, R.D., Duke Diet and Fitness Center
Elisabetta Politi, R.D., M.P.H., C.D.E., is nutrition director at the Duke University Diet & Fitness Center. She has over 16 years experience as a registered dietitian.
Originally from Northern Italy, Elisabetta moved to the United States in 1989. Her professional career has been dedicated to the prevention of chronic diseases through diet and weight management. Previous appointments included nutritionist/educator at Structure House in Durham, NC and consulting dietitian for long-term care facilities.
Elisabetta enjoys teaching nutrition classes and cooking demonstrations. She is also a certified diabetes educator, and works closely with diabetic patients.
Elisabetta Politi holds a B. S. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Milan, and a Master in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently the past president for the Durham Chapel Hill Dietetic Association.
Elisabetta gives several invited lectures and presentations. She has been interviewed and/or quoted by the "Today" show", "The NBC Nightly News" , "The Discovery Health Channel" and several local television stations. Gerald K. Endress, M.S., R.C.E.P., Duke Diet and Fitness Center
Gerald Endress has been at the Duke Diet & Fitness Center since 2002, and was appointed Fitness Manager in 2003. He is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology.