Avani C. Modi, PhD

Director, Center for Adherence and Self-Management

Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Co-Director, New Onset Seizure Clinic

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-636-4336

Fax: 513-803-0415


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Clinical Interests

Adjustment and adaptation in pediatric epilepsy

Research Interests

Treatment adherence; health-related quality of life; epilepsy; obesity; cystic fibrosis; sickle cell disease; bariatric surgery

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Avani Modi, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology and the Director of the Center for Adherence and Self Management at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her research lab focuses on adherence to pediatric medical regimens, including the measurement of adherence, identifying barriers to effective disease management, and developing and evaluating family-based interventions to improve adherence, especially within pediatric epilepsy. She also has an interest in the development of health-related quality-of-life outcome measures.

Education and Training

BS: Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1998.

MS: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 2001.

PhD: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2004.

Internship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.


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National Institutes of Health-Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R01HD073115)
Supporting Treatment Adherence Regimens in Pediatric Epilepsy
Principal Investigator (60% effort)
Entire Project Period: 4/13-3/18.

National Institutes of Health (UM1 DK07249301)
Adolescent Bariatrics: Assessing Health Benefits and Risks
Co-Investigator (4% effort)
Entire Project Period: 7/06-8/16.