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Gretchen E. Ames, Ph.D.

  1. Psychologist


  1. Jacksonville, Florida



Dr. Ames is board certified in Clinical Health Psychology and a licensed psychologist in the state of Florida. She holds the academic rank of Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida where she teaches undergraduate Health Psychology. Dr. Ames joined the staff at Mayo Clinic in Florida in 2007 as the psychologist for the bariatric surgery program. Her clinical duties include performing psychological evaluations for patients who are seeking surgical options for treatment of obesity. She also teaches pre-surgery education classes and provides individual treatment for co-morbid conditions like depression and problematic eating behaviors. Dr. Ames facilities post-surgery support groups and conducts clinical research. She has received several Mayo Clinic intramural grants and published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. She has presented her research and has been an invited speaker for national and international meetings of The Obesity Society, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and Society for Behavioral Medicine. She has also served on committees in national organizations and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals in the field of obesity and bariatric surgery as well as a practice sample reviewer for American Board of Professional Psychology.

  • Obesity
  1. 2007
    Externship - Postdoctoral ExternshipDepartment of Psychiatry & Psychology
  2. 2005
    PhD - Clinical PsychologyUniversity of Florida
  3. 1998
    MS - Clinical PsychologyNorth Dakota State University
  4. 1996
    BA - PsychologyUniversity of North Dakota


  1. 2010
    Clinical Health PsychologyAmerican Board of Professional Psychology

Awards and honors

  1. 2022
    Patient Experience Top Performer 2022Mayo Clinic in Florida
  2. 2021
    Patient Experience Top Performer 2021Mayo Clinic Florida
  3. 2013
    Excellence in Peer ReviewingEating Behaviors
  4. 2004
    College of Public Health and Health Professions Outstanding ResearchUniversity of Florida
  5. 2002
    Research Travel AwardGraduate Student Council, University of Florida
  6. 2001
    Research Travel AwardGraduate Student Council, University of Florida
  7. 1997
    Research Travel AwardNorth Dakota State University
  8. 1996
    Summa Cum LaudeUniversity of North Dakota

Professional memberships

  1. 2020 - present
    Peer Nominated MemberObesity Specialty Council
  2. 2017 - present
    Superuser for go-liveEpic Superuser
  3. 2016 - present
    MemberAmerican Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  4. 2014 - 2017
    MemberThe Obesity Society Education Committee
  5. 2013 - present
    FacultyHealth Sciences Institute
  6. 2011 - 2013
    MemberThe Obesity Society Membership Committee
  7. 2010 - present
    Reviewer and MemberAmerican Board of Professional Psychology
  8. 2009 - present
    MemberThe Obesity Society (NAASO)
  9. 2006 - 2007
    MemberSociety of Behavioral Medicine
  10. 2005 - 2007
    MemberMaster of Arts in Counseling Psychology Faculty Committee, Department of Psychology, University of North Florida
  11. 2005 - 2006
    MemberSociety for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
  12. 2005 - 2006
    MemberAmerican Psychological Association