Bill Picon, PhD
Dr. Bill Picon is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the psychological dimensions of long-term positive weight management, self-regulation, and motivation.
Patients often first meet Dr. Picon at our information session or in his “getting started” series on building a motivational foundation for long-term weight management. More extensive work with Dr. Picon comes through his drop-in group on the process of personal change and his reserved groups on the treatment of emotional eating. He also hosts our “For Men Only” reserved group and frequently conducts clinic workshops on motivation, emotional eating, fat dependency and food addiction. In addition to his work with patients, Dr. Picon also provides clinical supervision for NCWW staff and community psychologists.
Dr. Picon served as a senior psychologist at the George Washington University Weight Management Program from 1981 to 2011. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, completing an internship in clinical psychology at Spring Grove Hospital Center and a residency in clinical psychodrama at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC, where he won the Overholser Research Award.
Dr. Picon has served as a psychological consultant for the Today Show and a psychological trainer for UNICEF. He first described his diagnostic constructs of food and fat dependency in 1990 and he continues to study, lecture, and write on this topic. He has presented his work at several scientific research conferences, including the International Society for the Study of Obesity and The Obesity Society. His online program on the management of eating impulses is currently under reconstruction so it can be accessed via “smart phone” apps.