Sandra Cortina, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Center for Adherence and Self-Management

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4336

Fax 513-803-0415


Sandra Cortina, PhD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology within the UC Department of Pediatrics. She currently serves as a clinical faculty member and director of clinical service for the Center for the Promotion of Treatment Adherence and Self-Management.

Dr. Cortina provides leadership in the integration of clinical care and research as part of the center’s innovative clinical effectiveness program. She provides out-patient treatment to patients and families coping with a variety of chronic pediatric illness conditions. She specializes in adherence to medical treatment, behavioral concerns, and general psychosocial adjustment of patients and families. Specific out-patient services include providing cognitive behavioral and parent training strategies, follow-up of patient adjustment to new diagnosis, and utilizing motivational interviewing techniques.

Dr. Cortina also serves as a consultant to a multi-site, randomized control trial of an intervention to promote adherence to oral medication among adolescents with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, as well as an intervention to promote adherence among young adults with lupus. Finally, she is involved with Dr. Drotar in the development of several manuscripts pertaining to patient and family adjustment to chronic illness, as well as behavioral adherence to medical treatment.

BA: Psychology, Trinity University, 2000.

PhD: Counseling Psychology, University of Iowa, 2007.

Internship/Residency: Children’s Hospital of Michigan, 2005.

Fellowship: Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, 2006; Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2007

View PubMed Publications

Cortina SD, Drotar D, Ericksen M, Lindsey M, Patterson TL, Biagini Myers JM, Kovacic MB, Khurana Hershey GK. Genetic Biomarkers of Health-Related Quality of Life in Pediatric Asthma. J Pediatr. 2011 Feb 14.

Cortina S, McGraw K, Dealarcon A, Ahrens A, Rothenberg ME, Drotar D. Psychological Functioning of Children and Adolescents With Eosinophil-Associated Gastrointestinal Disorders. Child Health Care. 2010 Oct;39(4):266-278.

Herzer M, Goebel J, Cortina S. Transitioning cognitively impaired young patients with special health needs to adult-oriented care: collaboration between medical providers and pediatric psychologists. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2010 Oct;22(5):668-72.

Cortina S, Repaske DR, Hood KK. Sociodemographic and psychosocial factors associated with continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Pediatr Diabetes. 2010 Aug;11(5):337-44.