Megan B. Ratcliff, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-636-5329


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Clinical Interests

Assessment and treatment of psychosocial and ecological factors contributing to pediatric overweight and obesity; motivational interviewing

Research Interests

Understanding the contextual factors that influence people’s engagement in health behaviors; pediatric overweight and obesity; public health approaches to weight management; motivational interviewing treatment integrity


Megan Benoit Ratcliff, PhD, MPH, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of pediatric overweight and obesity. She was appointed to assistant professor in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in July 2011 after completing a three-year research fellowship under the mentorship of Drs. Meg Zeller, Lori Stark and Scott Powers. Dr. Ratcliff provides clinical services in the Center for Better Health and Nutrition and the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens, helping families to implement treatment recommendations through careful assessment of goals, motivations, assets and potential treatment barriers. She is also a co-investigator and motivational interviewing home therapist for a NIH clinical trial investigating clinic and home family based behavioral treatment for obese preschoolers.

Education and Training

BA: Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, 1999.

MPH: Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2001.

PhD: University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2007.

Internship: Univeristy of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL 2006.

Clinical Fellowship: Emory University/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, 2007.

Research Fellowship: Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2010; General and Community Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2011.

Certification: Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 2008.


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Clinic and Home Family Based Behavioral Treatment for Obese Preschoolers: LAUNCH. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Dec 2011 - Nov 2016. #R0 1 DK091251-01.