Anna J. Esbensen, PhD

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Fax 513-636-1360

Email anna.esbensen@cchmc.org

Clinical Interests

Behavior management; depression


Research Interests

Lifespan development of down syndrome; health care of individuals with down syndrome; development of depressive symptomatology among individuals with intellectual disability


Anna Esbensen is an assistant professor of psychology in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She studies the lifespan development of individuals with Down syndrome and provides clinical services through the Thomas Center. She also studies the mental health of individuals with intellectual disability.

PhD: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2004.

MA: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2001.

BScH: Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada, 1997.
Esbensen AJ. Health conditions associated with aging and end of life of adults with Down syndrome. Int Rev Res Ment Retard. 2010;39(C):107-126. 

Esbensen AJ, Bishop S, Seltzer MM, Greenberg JS, Taylor JL. Comparisons between individuals with autism spectrum disorders and individuals with Down syndrome in adulthood. Am J Intellect Dev Disabil. 2010 Jul;115(4):277-90. 

Esbensen AJ, Greenberg JS, Seltzer MM, Aman MG. A longitudinal investigation of psychotropic and non-psychotropic medication use among adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2009 Sep;39(9):1339-49.

Esbensen AJ, Seltzer MM, Lam KS, Bodfish JW. Age-related differences in restricted repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2009 Jan;39(1):57-66.

Esbensen AJ, Seltzer MM, Krauss MW. Stability and change in health, functional abilities, and behavior problems among adults with and without Down syndrome. Am J Ment Retard. 2008 Jul;113(4):263-77. 

Esbensen AJ, Seltzer MM, Greenberg JS. Factors predicting mortality in midlife adults with and without Down syndrome living with family. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2007 Dec;51(Pt 12):1039-50. 

Serovich JM, Esbensen AJ, Mason TL. Disclosure of positive HIV serostatus by men who have sex with men to family and friends over time. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2007 Jul;21(7):492-500. 

Esbensen AJ, Benson BA. An evaluation of Beck's cognitive theory of depression in adults with intellectual disability. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2007 Jan;51(Pt 1):14-24. 

Rojahn J, Esbensen AJ, Hoch TA. Relationships between facial discrimination and social adjustment in mental retardation. Am J Ment Retard. 2006 Sep;111(5):366-77. 

Esbensen AJ, Benson BA. A prospective analysis of life events, problem behaviours and depression in adults with intellectual disability. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2006 Apr;50(Pt 4):248-58.