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Ronette L. Kolotkin, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Ronnette L. Kolotkin, PhD

Clinical Psychologist


Dr. Ronette “Ronnie” Kolotkin is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of obesity and binge eating disorder, as well as research on quality of life in obesity. She holds faculty appointments in the United States and Norway, including as consulting professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, and professor at Sogn og Fjordane University College, Department of Health Studies, Førde, Norway; Department of Surgery, Førde Central Hospital, Norway; and Morbid Obesity Centre, Vestfold Hospital Trust, Tønsberg, Norway.

For 15 years, Dr. Kolotkin served as director of Behavioral Health at Duke University's Diet and Fitness Center. She is the primary developer of the Impact of Weight on Quality of Life questionnaire (IWQOL), a tool that assesses quality of life in adults with obesity, and the IWQOL-Kids for adolescents. The focus of her scientific publications has been on quality of life in persons with obesity.

Dr. Kolotkin is a fellow at The Obesity Society and for many years served as an associate editor of the journal Obesity Surgery. She also is a member of the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, the International Society for the Study of Quality of Life, and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.

She received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Dr. Ronette “Ronnie” Kolotkin is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of obesity and binge eating disorder, as well as research on quality of life in obesity. She holds faculty appointments in the United States and Norway, including as consulting professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, and professor at Sogn og Fjordane University College, Department of Health Studies, Førde, Norway; Department of Surgery, Førde Central Hospital, Norway; and Morbid Obesity Centre, Vestfold Hospital Trust, Tønsberg, Norway.

For 15 years, Dr. Kolotkin served as director of Behavioral Health at Duke University's Diet and Fitness Center. She is the primary developer of the Impact of Weight on Quality of Life questionnaire (IWQOL), a tool that assesses quality of life in adults with obesity, and the IWQOL-Kids for adolescents. The focus of her scientific publications has been on quality of life in persons with obesity.

Dr. Kolotkin is a fellow at The Obesity Society and for many years served as an associate editor of the journal Obesity Surgery. She also is a member of the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, the International Society for the Study of Quality of Life, and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.

She received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.