Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Victor completed her masters in clinical psychology at Columbia University before completing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Duke University. She completed predoctoral internship at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital with an emphasis in pediatric psychology and completed a clinical psychology postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric health psychology at Children's Health/Children's Medical Center Dallas. Dr. Victor currently serves the COACH (Center for Obesity and it's Consequences in Health) Clinic and Bariatric Surgery Program at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Clinically, Dr. Victor sees patients as part of the COACH and Bariatric Surgery Programs for outpatient mental health therapy and presurgical bariatric evaluations. Dr. Victor's primary area of research is in adolescent health risk behaviors. Throughout graduate school she examined the neurobiological underpinnings of sexual risk behavior among adolescents. Currently, she is interested in understanding adolescent health risk behaviors in the context of obesity, including diet and exercise behaviors. 


Duke University (2009), Psychology
Graduate School
Columbia University (2011), Clinical Psychology
Graduate School
Duke University (2016), Clinical Psychology

Research Interest

  • Childhood Obesity/Pediatric Weight Management
  • Pediatric Bariatric Surgery
  • Pediatric Psychology


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

How Substance Users With ADHD Perceive the Relationship Between Substance Use and Emotional Functioning.
Mitchell JT, Weisner TS, Jensen PS, Murray DW, Molina BS, Arnold EL, Hechtman L, Swanson JM, Hinshaw SP, Victor EC, Kollins SH, Wells KC, Belendiuk KA, Blonde A, Nguyen C, Ambriz L, Nguyen JL J Atten Disord 2017 Feb 1087054716685842
Identifying Adolescent Patients at Risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections: Development of a Brief Sexual Health Screening Survey.
Victor EC, Chung R, Thompson RJ Clin Pediatr (Phila) 2015 Aug 54 9 878-87
Differential patterns of amygdala and ventral striatum activation predict gender-specific changes in sexual risk behavior.
Victor EC, Sansosti AA, Bowman HC, Hariri AR J. Neurosci. 2015 Jun 35 23 8896-900
Development of a measure of college students' adherence to religious doctrine concerning sexual behavior.
Victor EC, Bowman H, Thompson RJ J Am Coll Health 2015 63 3 210-4

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • APA Division 54: Society for Pediatric Psychology (2015)
  • American Psychological Association (2013)