Nicolay C. Walz, PhD

Neuropsychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4336

Fax 513-636-7756

Email nicolay.walz@cchmc.org

Pediatric brain injury

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Nicolay Walz, PhD, obtained her doctorate in Clinical and Developmental Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago after interning at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She completed her training with a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Cincinnati Children’s.

From 2002-2005, Dr. Walz divided her time between research and clinical work, serving as the first neuropsychologist for the Children’s Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Team at Drake Center. Since 2005, her time has been devoted to clinical research. Dr. Walz was the 2008 recipient of the Fifth Third Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Women Scholars Program Award, given annually to a junior female Department of Pediatrics faculty member with high leadership and scholarship potential.

Fellowship: Pediatric Neuropsychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1999-2002.

PhD: Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1999.

Internship: Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology, Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, 1998-1999.

MA: Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1995.

BA: Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1991.

Wade SL, Cassedy A, Walz NC, Taylor HG, Stancin T, Yeates KO. The relationship of parental warm responsiveness and negativity to emerging behavior problems following traumatic brain injury in young children. Dev Psychol. 2011 Jan;47(1):119-33.

Tlustos SJ, Chiu CY, Walz NC, Holland SK, Bernard L, Wade SL. Neural correlates of interference control in adolescents with traumatic brain injury: functional magnetic resonance imaging study of the counting stroop task. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2011 Jan;17(1):181-9.

Wade SL, Walz NC, Carey J, Williams KM, Cass J, Herren L, Mark E, Yeates KO. A randomized trial of teen online problem solving for improving executive function deficits following pediatric traumatic brain injury. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2010 Nov-Dec;25(6):409-15. 

Walz NC, Yeates KO, Taylor HG, Stancin T, Wade SL. Theory of mind skills 1 year after traumatic brain injury in 6- to 8-year-old children. J Neuropsychol. 2010 Sep;4(Pt 2):181-95. 

Chapman LA, Wade SL, Walz NC, Taylor HG, Stancin T, Yeates KO. Clinically significant behavior problems during the initial 18 months following early childhood traumatic brain injury. Rehabil Psychol. 2010 Feb;55(1):48-57.

Wade SL, Walz NC, Cassedy A, Taylor HG, Stancin T, Yeates KO. Caregiver functioning following early childhood TBI: do moms and dads respond differently? NeuroRehabilitation. 2010;27(1):63-72.

Walz NC, Yeates KO, Taylor HG, Stancin T, Wade SL. First-order theory of mind skills shortly after traumatic brain injury in 3- to 5-year-old children. Dev Neuropsychol. 2009 Jul;34(4):507-19.

Wade SL, Walz NC, Carey JC, Williams KM. Brief report: Description of feasibility and satisfaction findings from an innovative online family problem-solving intervention for adolescents following traumatic brain injury. J Pediatr Psychol. 2009 Jun;34(5):517-22.

Kurowski B, Wade SL, Cecil KM, Walz NC, Yuan W, Rajagopal A, Holland SK. Correlation of diffusion tensor imaging with executive function measures after early childhood traumatic brain injury. J Pediatr Rehabil Med. 2009 Jan 1;2(4):273-283.

Wade SL, Walz NC, Carey JC, Williams KM. Preliminary efficacy of a Web-based family problem-solving treatment program for adolescents with traumatic brain injury. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2008 Nov-Dec;23(6):369-77.

Therapeutic hypothermia after pediatric cardiac arrest: The THAPCA trials. Site Neuropsychologist.  National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute. Oct 2009 - Sep 2015. #1U01HL094345-01.