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Shanna M. Guilfoyle, PhD Training Director, O’Grady Residency
Training Director, O’Grady Residency
Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Childhood depression and anxiety; epilepsy management; behavior modification; cognitive-behavioral therapy; family functioning; parenting stress and distress; self-management; adherence
Shanna M. Guilfoyle, PhD, is an assistant professor in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She currently serves as the clinical psychologist within a multi-disciplinary team in the Division of Neurology’s New Onset Seizure Clinic. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of psychological comorbidities associated with pediatric epilepsy. Broadly, she has studied child, caregiver, and family functioning and their impact on pediatric chronic disease management and adherence across a variety of pediatric chronic conditions (i.e., obesity, transplant, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes). She has served as a clinical interventionist on multiple NIH-funded randomized clinical trials to promote pediatric self-management and medication adherence.
PhD: Kent State University, 2009.
Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2008-2009.
Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2009-2011.
Karazsia BT, Guilfoyle SM, Langkamp D, Wildman BG. The mediating role of child behavior on sex differences in pediatric injury risk. Child Care Health Dev. 2011. Hilliard ME, Guilfoyle SM, Dolan LM, Hood KK. Diabetes-specific family conflict predicts adolescents’ glycemic control one year later. Arch Ped Adolesc Medi. 2011.Guilfoyle SM, Crimmins NA, Hood KK. Blood glucose monitoring and glycemic control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes: Meter downloads versus self-report. Pediatric Diabetes. 2011.
Guilfoyle SM, Denson LA, Baldassano RN, Hommel KA. Pediatric parenting stress in inflammatory bowel disease: Application of the Pediatric Inventory for Parents. Child Care Health Dev. 2011.
Zeller MH, Guilfoyle SM, Reiter-Purtill J, Ratcliff MB, Inge TH, Long JD. Adolescent bariatric surgery: Caregiver and family functioning across the first post-operative year. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011;Mar-Apr;7(2):145-50.
Guilfoyle SM, Goebel JW, Pai ALH. Efficacy and flexibility impact perceived adherence barriers in pediatric kidney post-transplantation. Fam Sys Health. 2011 Mar;29(1):44-54.
Modi AC, Guilfoyle SM, Morita DA, Glauser TA. Development and reliability of a correction factor for parent-reported adherence to pediatric antiepileptic drug therapy. Epilepsia. 2011 Feb;52(2):370-6.
Guilfoyle SM, Zeller MH, Modi AC. Parenting stress impacts obesity-specific health-related quality of life in a pediatric obesity treatment-seeking sample. J Dev Behav Ped. 2010 Jan;31(1):17-25.
Lynch-Jordan AM, Kashikar-Zuck S, Crosby L, Lopez W, Smolyansky B, Parkins I, Luzader C, Hartman A, Guilfoyle SM, Powers S. Applying quality improvement methods to implement a measurement system for chronic pain-related disability. J Ped Psych. 2010;35:32-41.
Modi AC, Guilfoyle SM. Adherence to Anti-Epileptic Drug Therapy Across the Developmental Life-Span. In J. Pinikahana & C. Walker (Eds). Social and Psychological Correlates of Epilepsy. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2011.
Aaron J. Vaughn, PhD Associate Training Director, O’Grady Residency
Associate Training Director, O’Grady Residency
Center for ADHD
Aaron Vaughn, PhD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He earned his MS in clinical psychology from Purdue University, a doctorate in clinical psychology from University of Vermont and completed a clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Vaughn specializes in the assessment and behavioral management of children and adolescents with attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder and related conditions.
Research interests include the assessment and treatment of ADHD including better understanding of the social, academic, and behavioral impairments exhibited by children and adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) from a developmental psychopathology perspective. Dr. Vaughn’s research is targeted in applying what is learned toward increasing the effectiveness of evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents with ADHD.
In particular, Dr. Vaughn’s research is concentrated around:
BA: Cedarville University.
MS: Clinical Psychology, Purdue University.
PhD: Clinical Psychology, University of Vermont.
Predoctoral Internship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2008-2009.
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2009-2011.
Hoza B, Vaughn A, Waschbusch DA, Murray-Close D, McCabe G. Can children with ADHD be motivated to reduce bias in self-reports of competence?Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology. 2012;80, 245-254.
Vaughn AJ, Hoza B. The incremental utility of rating scales and a structured diagnostic interview in the assessment of ADHD. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. 2012.
Zelaznik H, Vaughn A, Smith A, Hoza B, Green J, Linnea K. Timing deficits in children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Human Movement Science. 2012. 31, 255-265.
McQuade JD, Vaughn AJ, Hoza B, Murray-Close D, Molina BSG, Arnold LE, Hechtman L. Perceived social acceptance and peer status differentially predict adjustment in youth with and without ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders. 2012.
Langberg JM, Becker SP, Epstein JN, Vaughn AJ, Girio-Herrera E. Predictors of response and mechanisms of change in an organizational skills intervention for students with ADHD. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2012.
Langberg JM, Epstein JN, Becker SP, Girio-Herrera E, Vaughn AJ. Evaluation of the Homework, Organization, and Planning Skills (HOPS) intervention for middle school students with ADHD as implemented by school mental health providers. School Psychology Review. 2012;42, 342-364.
Vaughn AJ, Epstein J, Rausch J, Altaye M, Langberg J, Newcorn J, Hinshaw S, Hechtman L, Arnold LE, Swanson J, Wigal T. Relations between outcomes on a continuous performance test and ADHD symptoms over time. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 2011. 39, 853-864.
Langberg JM, Vaughn AJ, Brinkman WB, Froehlich T, Epstein JN. Clinical utility of the Vanderbilt ADHD rating scale for identifying children without comorbid learning disorders. Pediatrics. 2010;126, 1033-1038.
2/2 Multisite Study of School Based Treatment Approaches for ADHD Adolescents. Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Langberg). National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). July 2009-June 2014. R01.
Evaluation of an Intervention for Improving Community-Based Pediatric ADHD Care. Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Epstein). National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). July 2010-June 2015. R01.
Reading ICARD: Interventions for Children with Attention and Reading Disorders. Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Denton). NICHD. R01.
Disseminating a Model Intervention to Promote Improved ADHD Care in the Community. Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Epstein). National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). July 2010-June 2015. R21.
Dean W. Beebe, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Director, Neuropsychology Program
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Outcome and development of children with brain injuries; outcome and development of children neurodevelopmental disorders; sleep and neurobehavioral functioning; professional development of emerging leaders
Visit the Beebe Lab.
Dean Beebe, PhD, is director of the Neuropsychology Program in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. He is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist with specialty expertise in the evaluation and care of children who have chronic medical and neurological conditions, as well as those with both recent and remotely-acquired brain injuries. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, co-leading the Pediatric Special Interest Group within the AACN. In these positions he has a particular interest in the development of junior-level clinical neuropsychologists to become future leaders of the field.
Although his primary research interests lie at the interface of pediatric sleep medicine and clinical neuropsychology, Dr. Beebe has been principal or co-investigator on multiple NIH-funded clinical trials, both with healthy volunteers and with children who have a wide range of conditions, including lupus, cardiac transplant, brain tumor, epilepsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, lead exposure, and obstructive sleep apnea.
Beyond his own research, Dr. Beebe is an associate editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, and is on the editorial board for Child Neuropsychology and SLEEP. Finally, Dr. Beebe is scientific co-director of the Behavioral Core of the Clinical Translational Research Center at Cincinnati Children's, which facilitates the design and execution of scientifically-strong neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental outcome studies by other investigators across the institution.
PhD: Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 1998.
Fellowship: Pediatric Neuropsychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1998-2000.
Certifications: Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 1999; Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology, American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, 2005.
Beebe DW, Rausch J, Byars KC, Lanphear B, Yolton K. Persistent snoring in preschool children: predictors and behavioral and developmental correlates. Pediatrics. 2012 Sep;130(3):382-9.
McNally KA, Shear PK, Tlustos S, Amin RS, Beebe DW. Iowa gambling task performance in overweight children and adolescents at risk for obstructive sleep apnea. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2012 May;18(3):481-9.
Beebe DW. A brief primer on sleep for pediatric and child clinical neuropsychologists. Child Neuropsychol. 2012;18(4):313-38.
Zelko F, Beebe D, Baker A, Nelson SM, Ali A, Cedeno A, Dina B, Klein-Gitelman MS, Ying J, Brunner HI. Academic outcomes in childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2012 Aug;64(8):1167-74.
Beebe DW, Miller N, Kirk S, Daniels SR, Amin R. The association between obstructive sleep apnea and dietary choices among obese individuals during middle to late childhood. Sleep Med. 2011 Sep;12(8):797-9.
Beebe DW. Cognitive, behavioral, and functional consequences of inadequate sleep in children and adolescents. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2011 Jun;58(3):649-65.
Beebe DW, Ris MD, Kramer ME, Long E, Amin R. The association between sleep disordered breathing, academic grades, and cognitive and behavioral functioning among overweight subjects during middle to late childhood. Sleep. 2010 Nov;33(11):1447-56. Beebe DW, Rose D, Amin R. Brief report: performance of experimentally sleep-restricted adolescents in a simulated classroom. J Adolesc Health. 2010 Nov;47(5):523-5. LeJeune B, Beebe D, Noll J, Kenealy L, Isquith P, Gioia G. Psychometric support for an abbreviated version of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) Parent Form. Child Neuropsychol. 2010 Mar;16(2):182-201. Beebe DW, Difrancesco MW, Tlustos SJ, McNally KA, Holland SK. Preliminary fMRI findings in experimentally sleep-restricted adolescents engaged in a working memory task. Behav Brain Funct. 2009 Feb 19;5:9.
Sleep Disordered Breathing in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Consultant. National Institute of Nursing Research. 2011-2015.
Clinical-Translational Research Center. Co-Director of the Behavioral Core. National Center for Research Resources. 1997 - 2014.
Heather E. Bensman, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Children and adolescents who have experienced trauma (e.g., physical/sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence); children in foster care; anxiety disorders; individual and family therapy
Heather Bensman, PsyD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology, with a focus on child and adolescent psychology, from the University of Indianapolis in 2009. She completed her predoctoral internship at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and her postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, focusing upon the provision of clinical services to children, adolescents and families throughout her training. She began her career at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, where she established psychological services within the Referral and Evaluation of At-risk Children (REACH) Clinic.
In 2012, Heather joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a member of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. Her primary role involves providing assessment and intervention to patients served by the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children. She utilizes evidence-based treatments to address the concerns of traumatized children and their families.
PsyD: University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, 2009.
Predoctoral Internship: Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ, 2008-2009.
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Dallas, TX, 2009-2010.
Kelly C. Byars, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Kelly C. Byars, PsyD, is an associate professor of clinical pediatrics in the Division of Psychology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Byars is a pediatric behavioral psychologist who specializes in behavioral assessment and treatment of children with acute and chronic medical conditions. His primary areas of interest are pediatric sleep disorders, pediatric dysphagia and pediatric elimination disorders. Dr. Byars directs the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at Cincinnati Children's. He is also involved in the clinical training of postdoctoral fellows and residents.
Dr. Byars' research interests are closely tied to his clinical practice. Dr. Byars has published research focusing on a number pediatric illness groups including feeding disorders, cardiac illness, cancer, sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis and insulin-dependent diabetes. Dr. Byars collaborates with other investigators at Cincinnati Children's. His current research efforts are focused on improving behavioral assessment and treatment strategies for children with sleep and feeding disorders.
Dr. Byars received his PsyD from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta, GA. He completed an internship in Pediatric Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at Cincinnati Children's. Dr. Byars joined the faculty of Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in July 2000.
PsyD: Georgia School of Professional Psychology, Atlanta, GA, 1998.
Residency: Clinical Psychology / Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, The Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
Fellowship: Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2000.
Certification: Licensure in Psychology, State of Ohio, 2000; National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, 2001; Certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, June 2005.
Beebe DW, Byars KC. Adolescents with obstructive sleep apnea adhere poorly to positive airway pressure (PAP), but PAP users show improved attention and school performance. PLoS One. 2011 Mar 17;6(3):e16924.
Byars K, Apiwattanasawee P, Leejakpai A, Tangchityongsiva S, Simakajornboom N. Behavioral sleep disturbances in children clinically referred for evaluation of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep Med. 2011 Feb;12(2):163-9. Byars AW, Byars KC, Johnson CS, DeGrauw TJ, Fastenau PS, Perkins S, Austin JK, Dunn DW. The relationship between sleep problems and neuropsychological functioning in children with first recognized seizures. Epilepsy Behav. 2008 Nov;13(4):607-13.
Meltzer L, Mindell J, Owens J, Byars KC. The Use of Sleep Medications in Hospitalized Pediatric Patients. Pediatrics. 2007;119(6):1047–55.
Byars, K. Scheduled awakenings: A behavioral protocol for treating sleepwalking and sleep terrors in children. In M. Perlis, M. Aloia, and B. Kuhn, (Eds.) Behavioral treatments for sleep disorders: A comprehensive primer of behavioral sleep medicine interventions. London: London: Elsevier Academic Press, 2010.
Byars KC, Amin R. Fatigue and Sleep Disorders. In G. Slapp (Ed.) Adolescent Medicine: The Requisites in Pediatrics. Philadelphia: Elsevier Press, 2008.
Jennifer A. Creedon, PhD Staff Psychologist II, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Staff Psychologist II, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Child and adolescent assessment; craniofacial anomalies; velo-cardio-facial syndrome
MA: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1998.
PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2002.
Internship: William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute, Columbia, SC, 2001.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2002.
Lori E. Crosby, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Adolescents; sickle cell disease; transition; chronic pain; migraines; cultural competence
Community-based research; self-management; quality improvement; sickle cell disease; health disparities
Visit the Crosby Lab.
PsyD: Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 1995.
Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Fellowship: Clinical Psychology, INTERACT Behavioral Healthcare Services Inc, Columbus, OH, 1995-1996.
Hines J, Mitchell M, Crosby L, Johnson A, Valenzuela J, Kalinyak K, Joiner C. Engaging Patients with Sickle Cell Disease and their Families in Disease Education, Research, and Community Awareness. J Prevent Intervent Comm. 2011.
Neal-Barnett A, Stadulis M, Payne MR, Crosby L, Mitchell M, Williams L, Costa CW. In the company of my sisters: Sister circles as an anxiety intervention for professional African American women. J Affect Disord. 2011 Mar;129(1-3):213-8.Oliver-Carpenter G, Barach I, Crosby LE, Valenzuela J, Mitchell MJ. Disease management, coping, and functional disability in pediatric sickle cell disease. J Natl Med Assoc. 2011 Feb;103(2):131-7.
Lynch-Jordan AM, Kashikar-Zuck S, Crosby LE, Lopez WL, Smolyansky BH, Parkins IS, Luzader CP, Hartman A, Guilfoyle SM, Powers SW. Applying quality improvement methods to implement a measurement system for chronic pain-related disability. J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Jan-Feb;35(1):32-41. Brinkman WB, Sherman SN, Zmitrovich AR, Visscher MO, Crosby LE, Phelan KJ, Donovan EF. Parental angst making and revisiting decisions about treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Pediatrics. 2009 Aug;124(2):580-9. Crosby LE, Modi AC, Lemanek KL, Guilfoyle SM, Kalinyak KA, Mitchell MJ. Perceived barriers to clinic appointments for adolescents with sickle cell disease. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2009 Aug;31(8):571-6.
Bolling C, Crosby L, Boles R, Stark L. How pediatricians can improve diet and activity for overweight preschoolers: a qualitative study of parental attitudes. Acad Pediatr. 2009 May-Jun;9(3):172-8. Modi A, Crosby L, Guilfoyle S, Lemanek K, Witherspoon D, Mitchell M. Barriers to Treatment Adherence for Pediatric Patients with Sickle Cell Disease and their Families. Children’s Health Care. 2009.
Beidel D, Turner S, Sallee R, Ammerman R, Crosby L, Pathak S. SET-C vs. fluoxetine in the Treatment of Childhood Social Phobia. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psych. 2007;46:1622-1632.
Mitchell MJ, Lemanek K, Palermo TM, Crosby LE, Nichols A, Powers SW. Parent perspectives on pain management, coping, and family functioning in pediatric sickle cell disease. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2007 May;46(4):311-9.
Jeffrey N. Epstein, PhD Director, Center for ADHD, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Director, Center for ADHD, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Jeff Epstein, PhD, is a professor of pediatrics in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed a clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Epstein is a licensed psychologist whose research and clinical work focus on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and other psychological disorders originating in childhood.
He is a co-investigator on the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA). Dr. Epstein has published numerous empirical papers on a variety of ADHD-related topics. Much of his empirical research has concentrated on the neuropsychology of ADHD, and the promotion of evidence-based ADHD care among community pediatricians.
Epstein JN. How can the internet help improve community-based pediatric ADHD care? Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics. 2012;12, 501-503.
Becker SP, Langberg JM, Vaughn AJ, Epstein JN. Clinical utility of the Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Parent Rating Scale comorbidity screening scales. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2012;33, 221-228.
Shiels K, Tamm L, Epstein JN. Deficient post-error slowing in children with ADHD is limited to the inattentive subtype. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2012;18, 1-6.
Froehlich TE, Epstein JN, Nick TG, Melguizo-Castro MS, Stein MA, Brinkman WB, Graham AJ, Langberg JM, Kahn RS. Pharmacogenetic predictors of methylphenidate dose-response in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2011;50, 1129-1139.
Brinkman WB, Hartl J, Rawe L, Britto MT, Epstein JN. Physicians’ shared decision making behaviors in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder care. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2011;165, 1013-1019.
Vaughn A, Epstein J, Rausch J, Altaye M, Langberg J, Newcorn J, Hinshaw S, Hechtman L, Arnold LE, Swanson J, Wigal T. Relations between neuropsychological functioning and ADHD symptomatology over time. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 2011;39, 853-864
Epstein JN, Langberg JM, Rosen PJ, Graham A, Narad ME, Antonini TN, Brinkman WB, Froehlich T, Simon JO, Altaye M. Evidence for higher reaction time variability for children with ADHD on a range of cognitive tasks including reward and event rate manipulations. Neuropsychology. 2011;25, 427-441.
Epstein JN, Langberg JM, Lichtenstein PK, Kolb R, Altaye M, Simon JO. Use of a web portal to improve community-based pediatric ADHD care: A cluster randomized trial. Pediatrics. 2011;128, e1201-e1208.
Langberg JM, Molina BSG, Arnold LE, Epstein JN, Altaye M, Hinshaw SP, Swanson JM, Wigal T, Hechtman L. Patterns and predictors of adolescent academic achievement and performance in a sample of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 2011;40, 1-13.
Epstein JN, Brinkman WB, Froehlich T, Langberg JM, Narad ME, Antonini TN, Shiels K, Simon JO, Altaye M. Effects of stimulant medication, incentives, and event rate on reaction time variability in children with ADHD. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2011;36, 1060-1072.
Michelle M. Ernst, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Director, Consultation-Liaison Service
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Michelle M. Ernst received her PhD in clinical psychology from SUNY-Buffalo in 2000, where she conducted research on pediatric obesity. She did her internship training in the O’Grady Residency in psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1999-2000. She returned to Cincinnati Children's in 2005 as an assistant professor of pediatrics to develop the inpatient Behavioral Medicine Consultation-Liaison Service. Her clinical interests include coping with medical illness and procedures, pain and loss of functioning, anxiety/stress management and parent support. She conducts clinical effectiveness research promoting use of evidence-based care with pediatric inpatients.
Melissa A. Foti-Hoff, PsyD Staff Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Sarah A. Greenwell, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Developmental disabilities; anxiety; childhood trauma; ADHD; learning disabilities; family
Sarah Greenwell, PsyD, has worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center since 2010. Dr. Greenwell specializes in working with families of children with developmental delays, learning disabilities, anxiety and trauma. Prior to working at Cincinnati Children's, she served on a multidisciplinary child advocacy team for child abuse at Dayton Children’s Medical Center, as well as on a grant partnering with the Department of Defense providing services to children with autism spectrum disorders.
Dr. Greenwell currently provides Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, CBT for anxiety and Solution Focused Brief Family Therapy to children and families. She works in the CHECK Foster Care Clinic at Cincinnati Children's providing early intervention assessment, and evaluates preschool to school-aged children for cognitive and learning delays. Dr. Greenwell runs the WAAM anxiety group for children and the Child Adult Relationship Enhancement(CARE) parent group. She is a supervising psychologist for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program within DDBP and the O'Grady Residency in Psychology Program at Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Greenwell is a member of the American Psychological Association and has served on the Board of the Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology, as well as the Board of the Ohio Psychological Association since 2011.
BS: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
MA: Clinical Psychology, Spalding University, Louisville, KY, 2002.
PsyD: Clinical Psychology with a Health Psychology Emphasis, Spalding University, Louisville, KY, 2006.
Pre-Doctoral Internship: Wright State University SOPP Consortium (WSU Center for Counseling Services and Dayton Children's Medical Center), 2004.
Post-Doctoral: Dayton Children’s Medical Center.
Licensure: Ohio State Board of Psychology, 2007.
Kevin A. Hommel, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Director, Divisional Data Core
Promotion of treatment adherence; self-management in pediatric chronic conditions
Adherence and self-management assessment methodology; behavioral treatment of nonadherence; promotion of self-management behavior; impact of adherence and self-management on health outcomes; quality of life in pediatric chronic conditions
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Dr. Hommel's research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Many of his studies are focused on developing, testing (via randomized controlled trial), and optimizing behavioral treatments for nonadherence in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), as well as examining the effects of nonadherence on disease outcomes and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Dr. Hommel is also involved in studies that are aimed at developing HRQoL measures in functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID) and eosinophilic esophagitis. He is a co-investigator on the PROTECT study, which is a multisite U01 study aimed at defining the rate of corticosteroid-free remission in pediatric patients with ulcerative colitis receiving standardized medical therapy. Additionally, Dr. Hommel is a co-investigator on a multisite R01 study aimed at developing and testing a collaborative chronic care network (C3N) to improve treatment outcomes in children with IBD.
Dr. Hommel came to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2008 from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He continues to collaborate with investigators at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as a site principal investigator on two studies funded by the NIDDK. The first is evaluating the efficacy of a low magnitude mechanical stimulus intervention to improve bone mineral density in children with Crohn's disease and the second is examining the effects of a novel lipid matrix supplement on choline status in children with cystic fibrosis.
Hommel KA, Franciosi JP, Gray WN, Hente EA, Ahrens A, Rothenberg ME. Behavioral functioning and treatment adherence in pediatric eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. (in press).
Franciosi JP, Hommel KA, DeBrosse CW, Greenler AJ, Greenberg AB, Abonia JP, Rothenberg ME, Varni JW. Quality of Life in Paediatric Eosinophilic Oesophagitis: What is Important to Patients? Child: Care, Health, and Development. 38(4): 477-483. 2012.
Hommel KA, Hente EA, Odell S, Herzer M, Ingerski LM, Guilfoyle SM, Denson LA. Evaluation of a Group-Based Behavioral Intervention to Promote Adherence in Adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 24(1): 64-69. 2012.
Gray WN, Denson LA, Baldassano RN, Hommel KA. Treatment Adherence in Adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The Collective Impact of Barriers to Adherence and Anxiety/Depressive Symptoms. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 37(3): 282-291. 2012.
Hommel KA, Franciosi JP, Hente EA, Ahrens A, Rothenberg ME. Treatment Adherence in Pediatric Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 37(5): 533-542. 2012.
Modi AC, Pai AL, Hommel KA, Hood KK, Cortina S, Hilliard ME, Guilfoyle SM, Gray WN, Drotar D. Pediatric self-management: A framework for research, practice, and policy. Pediatrics. 129(2): E473-485. 2012.
Guilfoyle SM, Denson LA, Baldassano RN, Hommel KA. Paediatric parenting stress in inflammatory bowel disease: Application of the Pediatric Inventory for Parents. Child: Care, Health and Development. 38(2): 273-279. 2012.
Hommel KA, Herzer M, Ingerski LM, Hente EA, Denson LA. Individually-tailored treatment of medication nonadherence: A pilot study. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2011.
Herzer M, Denson LA, Baldassano RN, Hommel KA. Family functioning and health-related quality of life in adolescents with pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. Jan;23(1):95-100. 2011.
Hommel KA, Odell S, Sander E, Baldassano RN, Barg FK. Treatment adherence in paediatric inflammatory bowel disease: perceptions from adolescent patients and their families. Health Soc Care Community. Jan;19(1):80-8. 2011.
Open Source Science: Transforming Chronic Illness Care. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases / National Institute of Nursing Research. 2009-2014.
Telehealth Enhancement of Adherence to Medication in Pediatric IBD (TEAM Study). Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 2011-2016.
Predicting Response to Standard Pediatric Colitis Therapy: The PROTECT study. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 2012-2017.
Katherine Junger, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Pediatric epilepsy; adherence; coping with medical illness; psychogenic non-epileptic spells (PNES); anxiety; depression; ADHD; stress; preschool disruptive behavior
PhD: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2012.
Residency: O'Grady Residency in Pediatric Psychology, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Fellowship: Center for Adherence and Self-Management, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD Research Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Research Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Pediatric pain management; cognitive behavioral therapy for treatment of chronic pain in children; parent training; biofeedback.
Psychological factors in pediatric chronic pain; evidence-based interventions for the treatment of pediatric chronic pain; cognitive-behavior therapy for juvenile fibromyalgia; combined behavioral and exercise-based interventions; long term outcomes of adolescents with fibromyalgia; transition to early adulthood
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Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD, specializes in behavioral pain management with children. She leads the pediatric chronic pain research program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Her research interests are in the psychological aspects of pediatric chronic pain including adjustment and coping of children and their families. She is specifically interested in evaluating the efficacy of cognitive behavior therapy and combined behavioral and exercise-based treatments for pain conditions such as juvenile fibromyalgia.
Powers SW, Kashikar-Zuck SM, Allen JR, LeCates SL, Zafar M, Kabbouche MA, O’Brien HL, Shenk CE, Rausch JR, Hershey AD. Cognitive behavioral therapy plus amitriptyline for chronic migraine in children and adolescents: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2013 Dec 25;310(24): 2622-30.
Logan DE, Claar RL, Guite JW, Kashikar-Zuck S, Lynch-Jordan AM, Palermo TM, Wilson AC, Zhou C. Factor structure of the Children's Depression Inventory in a multisite sample of children and adolescents with chronic pain. J Pain. 2013 Jul;14(7):689-98.
Sil S, Lynch-Jordan AM, Ting TV, Peugh J, Noll J, Kashikar-Zuck S. Influence of family environment on the long term psychosocial functioning of adolescents with fibromyalgia. Arthritis Care Res. 2013 Jun;65(6):903-9.
Joffe NE, Lynch-Jordan A, Ting TV, Arnold LM, Hashkes PJ, Lovell DJ, Passo MH, Powers SW, Schikler KR, Kashikar-Zuck S. The utility of the PedsQL™Rheumatology Module as an outcome measure in juvenile fibromyalgia. Arthritis Care Res. 2013 May 17. Epub ahead of print.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Sil S, Lynch-Jordan AM, Ting TV, Peugh J, Schikler KR, Hashkes PJ, Arnold LM, Passo MH, Richards-Mauze MM, Powers SW, Lovell DJ. Changes in pain coping, catastrophizing and coping efficacy after cognitive-behavioral therapy in children and adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia. J Pain. 2013 May;14(5):492-501.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Flowers SR, Strotman D, Sil S, Ting TV, Schikler KN. Physical activity monitoring in adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia: findings from a clinical trial of cognitive behavioral therapy. Arthritis Care Res. 2013 Mar;65(3):398-405.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Ting TV, Arnold LM, Bean J, Powers SW, Graham TB, Passo MH, Schikler KN, Hashkes PJ, Spalding S, Lynch-Jordan AM, Banez G, Richards MM, Lovell D. Cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of juvenile fibromyalgia: a multisite, single-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial. Arthritis Rheum. 2012 Jan;64(1):297-305.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Flowers SR, Claar RL, Guite JW, Logan DE, Lynch-Jordan AM, Palermo TM, Wilson AC. Clinical utility and validity of the Functional Disability Inventory among a multi-center sample of youth with chronic pain. Pain. 2011 Jul;152(7):1600-7.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Parkins IS, Ting TV, Verkamp E, Lynch-Jordan AM, Passo M & Graham TB. Controlled follow-up study of physical and psychosocial functioning of adolescents with juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome. Rheumatology. 2010 Nov;49(11):2204-9.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Flowers SR, Verkamp E, Ting TV, Lynch-Jordan AM, Graham TB, Passo M, Schikler KN, Hashkes PJ, Spalding S, Banez G, Richards MM, Powers SW, Arnold LM, Lovell D. Actigraphy-based physical activity monitoring in adolescents with juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome. J Pain. 2010 Sep;11(9):885-93.
Fibromyalgia Integrative Training program for Teens (FIT Teens). Principal Investigator. National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 2013-2015. #R21 AR063412.
Amitriptyline and topiramate in the prevention of childhood migraine. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 2011-2016. #U01 NS076788.
Longitudinal determination of outcomes of adolescents with fibromyalgia. Principal Investigator. National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 2009-2014. #R01 AR054842.
Behavioral interventions and long-term outcomes in juvenile fibromyalgia syndrome. Principal Investigator. National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 2009-2014. #K24 AR056687.
Jessica C. Kichler, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Pediatric psychology; congenital heart disorders; diabetes
Child and family adjustment and coping with chronic illness; adherence; neurodevelopmental and psychosocial outcomes from chronic illness
Dr. Jessica C. Kichler, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist, who specializes in working with chronically medically ill children and their families. She is also a certified diabetes educator (CDE). She provides individual, family, and group therapy for all ages of children and their families. In addition, she engages in research, education, and training in the areas of adjustment and coping, adherence, and the psychosocial outcomes of chronic illness in children and families.
PhD: Kent State University, Kent, OH, 2003.
Residency: Clinical Psychology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL.
Fellowship: Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI.
Certification: Certified Diabetes Educator, 2008; Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 2011.
Nabors LA, Kichler JC, Burbage ML, Swoboda CM, Andreone TL. Children’s Learning and Goal Setting at a Diabetes Camp. Diabetes Spectrum. In press.
Alemzadeh R, Kichler J. Gender differences in the association of insulin resistance and high-sensitivity c-reactive protein in obese adolescents. Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders. 2014;13.
Corathers S, Kichler J, Yayah Jones NH, Houchen A, Jolly M, Morwessel N, Crawford P, Dolan L, Hood K. Systematic Depression Screening for Adolescents: An Example from Type 1 Diabetes. Pediatrics. 2013;132:e1395-e1402. [Epub ahead of print].
Tran S, Salamon K, Hainsworth K, Kichler J. Pain reports in children and adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM). Journal of Child Health Care. 2013 Aug 12. [Epub ahead of print].
Nabors L, Bartz J, Kichler J, Sievers R, Elkins R, Pangallo J. Play as a mechanism of working through medical trauma for children with medical illnesses and their siblings. Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing. 2013;36(3) 212-224.
Crouse J, Kichler J, Kaugars A, Baumler M, Gleason M. Glycemic index, glycemic load and blood glucose outcomes in adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition. 2013;5(6), 361-367.
Levin L, Kichler J, Polfus M. The Relationship Between Hemoglobin A1C in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes and Chaos in the Family Household. Diabetes Educator. 2013;39(5) 696-704.
Kichler JC, Kaugars A, Marik P, Nabors L, Alemzadeh R. Adjustment and Self-Management Intervention Groups for Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and their Parents. Journal of Health Psychology. 2013.
Nabors LA, Kichler JC, Bush A, Thakkar S, Bartz J, Van Wassenhove B, Lundy H. Factors Related to Parent Anxiety and Coping with a Child’s Chronic Illness. Families, Systems and Health. 2013;31(2), 171-180.
Salamon KS, Brouwer AM, Olson KA, Fox M, Fleischman KA, Hains AA, Davies WH, Kichler JC. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) Experiences: Qualitative Analysis of Adolescents’ Concept of Illness, Adjustment and Motivation to Engage in Diabetes Self-Care Behaviors. Diabetes Educator. 2012;38 (4), 543-551.
Richard E. A. Loren, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Clinical Director, Center for ADHD
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder
Langberg JM, Epstein JN, Simon JO, Loren REA, Arnold LE, Hechtman L, Hinshaw SP, Hoza B, Jensen PS, Pelham WE, Swanson JM, Wigal T. Parent agreement on ratings of children's Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and broadband externalizing behaviors. J Emot Behav Disord. 2010 Mar;18(1):41-50.
Langberg JM, Froehlich TE, Loren RE, Martin JE, Epstein JN. Assessing children with ADHD in primary care settings. Expert Rev Neurother. 2008 Apr;8(4):627-41.
Anne M. Lynch-Jordan, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Pediatric psychology; child and adolescent clinical psychology; behavioral pain management
Psychosocial factors associated with pediatric chronic pain; child pain behaviors; parenting behaviors
Anne M. Lynch-Jordan, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of pediatric chronic pain. She is the primary pain psychologist in Headache Center (named a Clinical Center of Excellence by Medical Economics in 2009), Epidermolysis Bullosa Center, and the Pain Management Clinic (named a Clinical Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society in 2007).
Dr. Lynch-Jordan is the associate director of the O'Grady Residency in Pediatric Psychology, and is a team leader in the Academic Collaborative, a hospital-wide initiative aimed at integrating quality improvement science into academic divisions at Cincinnati Children's. Dr. Lynch-Jordan's current research interests include parenting behavior and illness behavior encouragement of children with chronic pain. Additionally, she is interested in pain expression and factors contributing to school attendance/absences in the pediatric chronic pain population. She is a study therapist for an NIH clinical trial investigating behavioral interventions for juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Flowers SR, Claar RL, Guite JW, Logan DE, Lynch-Jordan AM, Palermo TM, Wilson AC. Clinical utility and validity of the Functional Disability Inventory among a multicenter sample of youth with chronic pain. Pain. 2011 Jul;152(7):1600-7.
Lynch-Jordan AM, Kashikar-Zuck S, Goldschneider KR. Parent perceptions of adolescent pain expression: the adolescent pain behavior questionnaire. Pain. 2010 Dec;151(3):834-42.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Parkins IS, Ting TV, Verkamp E, Lynch-Jordan A, Passo M, Graham TB. Controlled follow-up study of physical and psychosocial functioning of adolescents with juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2010 Nov;49(11):2204-9.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Johnston M, Ting TV, Graham BT, Lynch-Jordan AM, Verkamp E, Passo M, Schikler KN, Hashkes PJ, Spalding S, Banez G, Richards MM, Powers SW, Arnold LM, Lovell D. Relationship between school absenteeism and depressive symptoms among adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia. J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Oct;35(9):996-1004.
Lynch-Jordan AM, Kashikar-Zuck S, Crosby LE, Lopez WL, Smolyansky BH, Parkins IS, Luzader CP, Hartman A, Guilfoyle SM, Powers SW. Applying quality improvement methods to implement a measurement system for chronic pain-related disability. J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Jan-Feb;35(1):32-41.
Lynch-Jordan A, Kashikar-Zuck S, Flower S, Harding K, Wolf D, Paulford-Lecher N, Desai A, Szabova A, Goldschneider K. The relationship between adolescent pain behaviors and catastrophizing on parent catastrophizing about their adolescents’ pain. The Journal of Pain. 2010 11(4), (1 Suppl), 18. Flowers S, Kashikar-Zuck S, Verkamp E, Lynch-Jordan A, Strotman D, Ting Schikler K, Spalding S, Hashkes P, Richards M, Banez G, Arnold L, Powers S, Lovell D. The relationship between pain catastrophizing, coping efficacy, and objectively measured physical activity in adolescents with Juvenile Primary Fibromyalgia Syndrome. The Journal of Pain. 2010 11(4), (1 Suppl), 16. Zafar M, Kashikar-Zuck S, Slater S, Allen J, Flowers S, Verkamp E, Ting T, Lynch-Jordan A, Kabbouche M, Hershey A, Powers S. Childhood abuse in pediatric patients with juvenile fibromyalgia and chronic daily headache. The Journal of Pain. 2010 11(4), (1 Suppl), 13. Kashikar-Zuck S, Lynch A, Slater S, Graham TB, Swain NF, Noll R. Family factors, emotional functioning, and functional impairment in juvenile fibromyalgia syndrome. Arthritis Care and Research. 2008 59(10),1392-98.
Michael W. Mellon, PhD, ABPP Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) application to children with IBD and their families
The development of child and parent self-report measures of experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion related to IBD
Michael W. Mellon, PhD, earned his PhD from the University of Memphis and completed an internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Mellon is currently a pediatric psychologist in the Department of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center providing psychological care to patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Dr. Mellon has also worked in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Mayo Clinic as the co-director of the Mayo Clinic-Dana Child Development and Learning Disorders Program, and director of the Enuresis and Encopresis Clinic. Dr. Mellon has published and presented papers at national conferences in the areas of behavioral treatments for enuresis and encopresis.
Recent research activities include a study of the relationship between ADHD and elimination disorders, and a study identifying predictors of outcome in conditioning treatment of primary nocturnal enuresis.
Homan KJ, Mellon MW, Houlihan D, Katusic MZ. Brief Report: Childhood Disintegrative Disorder: A Brief Examination of Eight Case Studies. J Autism Dev Disord. 2011 Apr;41(4):497-504.
Voigt RG, Johnson SK, Mellon MW, Hashikawa AH, Campeau LJ, Williams AR, Yawn BP, Juhn YJ. Relationship between parenting stress and concerns identified by developmental screening and their effects on parental medical care-seeking behavior. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2009 May;48(4):362-8.
Voigt RG, Johnson SK, Hashikawa AH, Mellon MW, Campeau LJ, Williams AR, Yawn BP, Juhn YJ. Why parents seek medical evaluations for their children with mild acute illnesses. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2008 Apr;47(3):244-51.
Mellon MW, Whiteside SP, Friedrich WN. The relevance of fecal soiling as an indicator of child sexual abuse: a preliminary analysis. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2006 Feb;27(1):25-32.
Lynn SG, Bauch CD, Williams DE, Beatty CW, Mellon MW, Weaver AL. Psychologic profile of tinnitus patients using the SCL-90-R and Tinnitus Handicap Inventory. Otol Neurotol. 2003 Nov;24(6):878-81.
Bauch CD, Lynn SG, Williams DE, Mellon MW, Weaver AL. Tinnitus impact: three different measurement tools. J Am Acad Audiol. 2003 May-Jun;14(4):181-7.
McGrath ML, Mellon MW, Murphy L. Empirically supported treatments in pediatric psychology: constipation and encopresis. J Pediatr Psychol. 2000 Jun;25(4):225-54; discussion 255-6. Review.
Mellon MW, McGrath ML. Empirically supported treatments in pediatric psychology: nocturnal enuresis. J Pediatr Psychol. 2000 Jun;25(4):193-214; discussion 215-8, 219-24. Review.
Stern HP, Stroh SE, Fiedorek SC, Kelleher K, Mellon MW, Pope SK, Rayford PL. Increased plasma levels of pancreatic polypeptide and decreased plasma levels of motilin in encopretic children. Pediatrics. 1995 Jul;96(1 Pt 1):111-7.
Stern HP, Mellon MW, Stern TP, Fiser R. Information highway travelling back to our roots. J Ark Med Soc. 1994 Dec;91(7):316-7.
Erica Pearl Messer, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology / Mayerson Center
Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology / Mayerson Center
Children and families exposed to domestic violence; children in foster care
Erica Pearl Messer, PsyD, received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. In September 2004, she joined the Trauma Treatment Replication Center, a joint collaborative of the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children and the Childhood Trust, to provide training and consultation to community providers in the area of evidence-based treatments for traumatized children and families. She trains community providers in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE), a program for non-clinical providers who interact with traumatized children.
Pearl E, Thieken L, Olafson E, Boat B, Connelly L, Barnes J, Putnam F. Effectiveness of community dissemination of parent-child interaction therapy. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 4(2), 204-213. 2012.
Boat B, Pearl E, Barnes J, Richey L, Crouch D, Barzman D, Putnam F. Childhood cruelty to animals: Psychiatric and demographic correlates. J Aggres Maltreat Trauma. 2011.
Pearl ES. Parent management training for reducing oppositional and aggressive behavior in preschool children. Aggression and Violent Behavior. 2009;14:295-305.
Pearl ES. Parent-child interaction therapy with an immigrant family exposed to domestic violence. Clinical Case Studies. 2008;7(1):25-41.
Pearl E, Minnick JL. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE). In An Integrated Model for Treatment of Early Childhood Abuse. C. Huff & H.J. Sites (Eds.). Royal Oak, MI: Self-Esteem Shop, 2007.
Pearl, E. S. & Dulaney C. Depressive symptoms and prosocial behavior after participation in a bullying prevention program. Journal of School Violence 5(4), 3-20. 2006.
Monica Mitchell, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Health disparities; sickle cell disease; obesity; community-based research; school-based mental health; qualitative research methods; using technology in psychological interventions and program evaluation; public policy
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Monica Mitchell, PhD, received her doctorate from Vanderbilt University in 1998, and completed her residency and post-doctoral fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1998 and 2001 respectively. During her post-doctoral fellowship, she completed a supplement grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to examine family variables related to nutritional intake and mealtime behavior problems.
In 2001, Dr. Mitchell received a K01 grant to examine nutritional status and depression in children with sickle cell disease. This study was part of a five-year K01 career development grant she received from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that involves assessing growth, development and behavioral functioning in children with sickle cell disease.
Dr. Mitchell has published more than 20 articles, including in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Headache, Diabetes Care and Pediatrics. Dr. Mitchell has also served on the Journal of Pediatric Psychology's Editorial Board since 2005, and is past Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54 of the American Psychological Association). Most recently, she was appointed to a three year term to the Committee on Youth, Children and Families for APA.
PhD: Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN, 1999.
Pre-Doctoral Internship: Pediatric/Child Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 1998.Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Division of Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2001.
Hines J, Crosby L, Harris A, Davis O, Mitchell M. Youth Engagement in Sickle Cell Disease Community Education. Health Behavior and Education. 2011.
Crosby L, Modi A, Mitchell M, Lemanek K, Kalinyak K. Adherence to clinic visits in adolescents with sickle cell disease. J Hem Onc. 2011.
Hines J, Mitchell M, Crosby L, Johnson A, Valenzuela J, Kalinyak K, Joiner C. Engaging Patients with Sickle Cell Disease and their Families in Disease Education, Research, and Community Awareness. J Prev Interv Comm. 2011.
Valenzuela J, Jacquez F, Pendery R, Niemes L, Huddleston D, Mitchell M. The Impact of a Community-based Activity and Nutrition Program for Children. J Prev Interv Comm. 2011.
Lynch J, Mitchell M. Community Engagement and the Ethics of Global, Translational Research: A Response to Sofaer and Eyal. Am J Bioeth. 2010 Aug;10(8):37-8.
Roberts Y, Mitchell M, Witman M, Taffarro C. Mental Health Symptoms in Youth Affected by Hurricane Katrina. Professional Psychology Research and Practice. 2010 Feb;41(1):10-18. Herzer M, Godiwala N, Hommel KA, Driscoll K, Mitchell M, Crosby LE, Piazza-Waggoner C, Zeller MH, Modi AC. Family functioning in the context of pediatric chronic conditions. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2010 Jan;31(1):26-34.
McGrady ME, Mitchell MJ, Theodore SN, Sersion B, Holtzapple E. Preschool Participation and BMI at Kindergarten Entry: The Case for Early Behavioral Intervention. J Obes. 2010;2010. pii: 360407.
Mitchell MJ, Carpenter GJ, Crosby LE, Bishop CT, Hines J, Noll J. Growth status in children and adolescents with sickle cell disease. Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2009 Jun;26(4):202-15.
Mitchell MJ, Piazza-Waggoner C, Modi A. Assessing Stability in Family Functioning in Cystic Fibrosis and Normative Samples Using the Mealtime Interaction Coding System. J Ped Psych. 2009;34(1):63-68.
Engaging Urban and Rural Appalachian Communities in Clinical Research. Site Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Sep 2009 - Sep 2011.
Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center. Project Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Apr 2008 - Mar 2012.
Clinical Translational Science Award. Co-Director. National Institutes of Health. Apr 2009 - Mar 2014.
Avani C. Modi, PhD Director, Center for Adherence and Self-Management
Director, Center for Adherence and Self-Management
Co-Director, New Onset Seizure Clinic
Adjustment and adaptation in pediatric epilepsy
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.
Ratcliff M, Zeller MH, Inge TH, Hrovat KB, Modi AC. Feasibility of Ecological Momentary Assessment to Characterize Adolescent Postoperative Diet and Activity Patterns Following Weight Loss Surgery. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. In press.
Wu YP, Follansbee-Junger K, Rausch JR, Modi AC. Parent and Family Stress Factors Predict Health-Related Quality of Life in Pediatric Patients with New-Onset Epilepsy. Epilepsia. In press.
Aylward B, Rausch JR, Modi AC. An examination of one-year adherence and persistence rates to antiepileptic medication in children with newly diagnosed epilepsy. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. In press.
Drotar D, Cortina S, Crosby LE, Hommel KA, Modi AC, Pai ALH. Competency-Based Postdoctoral Research Training for Clinical Psychologists: Challenges and Implications. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. In press.
Modi AC, Rausch JR, Glauser TA. Early pediatric antiepileptic drug non-adherence is related to lower long term seizure freedom. Neurology. In press.
Painter E, Rausch JR, Modi AC. Changes in Daily Activity Patterns of Caregivers of Children with Newly Diagnosed Epilepsy: A Case Controlled Design. Epilepsy and Behavior. In press.
Guilfoyle SM, Junger K, Modi AC. Development and Preliminary Implementation of a Psychosocial Service into Standard Medical Care for Pediatric Epilepsy. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2013:1(3), 276-288.
Sawhney P, Modi AC, Jenkins TM, Kollar LM, Zeller M, Inge TH. Predictors and Outcomes of Adolescent Bariatric Support group attendance. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2013.
Modi AC, Guilfoyle SM, Rausch JR. Preliminary feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of an innovative adherence intervention for children with newly diagnosed epilepsy. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2013:38, 605-616.
Hilliard ME, Lawrence JM, Modi AC, Anderson A, Crume T, Dolan LM, Merchant AT, Yi-Frazier JP, Hood KK, for the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study Group.Identification of Minimal Clinically Important Difference Scores of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults With Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2013:36(7):1891-1897.
National Institutes of Health-Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R01HD073115)Supporting Treatment Adherence Regimens in Pediatric EpilepsyPrincipal Investigator (60% effort)Entire Project Period: 4/13-3/18.
National Institutes of Health (UM1 DK07249301)Adolescent Bariatrics: Assessing Health Benefits and RisksCo-Investigator (4% effort)Entire Project Period: 7/06-8/16.
Ahna Pai, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Director, CBDI Patient and Family Wellness Center
Adherence; oncology; transplant
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Ahna Luise Hoff Pai, PhD, is a faculty member in the Center for the Promotion of Adherence and Self-Management, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology.
Goebel J, Pai ALH. Creating a Monster: Non-Adherence Underlying Late Transplant Rejection. Pediatric Transplantation. 2012;16: 312–314.
Pai ALH, Rausch J, Tackett A, Marsolo K, Drotar D, Goebel JW. System for Integrated Adherence Monitoring (SIAM): Real-Time Non-Adherence Risk Assessment in Pediatric Kidney Transplantation. Pediatric Transplantation. 2012;16, 329–334.
Modi AC, Pai ALH, Hommel KA, Hood KK, Cortina S, Hilliard ME, Guilfoyle SM, Gray WN, Drotar D. Pediatric self-management: A framework for research, practice, and policy. Pediatrics. 2012;129, e473-485.
Page MC, Fedele DA, Pai ALH, Anderson J, Wolfe-Christensen C, Ryan JL, Mullins LL. The Relationship of Maternal and Child Illness Uncertainty to Child Depressive Symptomatology: A Mediational Model. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2012;37, 97-105
Pai ALH, Tackett A, Ittenbach R, Goebel JW. Psychosocial Assessment Tool 2.0_General: Validity of a Psychosocial Risk Screener in a Pediatric Kidney Transplant Sample. Pediatric Transplantation. 2012; 16. 92-98.
Ingerski L, Perrazo L, Goebel J, Pai ALH. Family strategies for achieving medication adherence in pediatric kidney transplantation. Nurs Res. 2011 May-Jun;60(3):190-6.
Guilfoyle SM, Goebel JW, Pai AL. Efficacy and flexibility impact perceived adherence barriers in pediatric kidney post-transplantation. Fam Syst Health. 2011 Mar;29(1):44-54.
Pai AL, Schwartz LA. Introduction to the special section: health care transitions of adolescents and young adults with pediatric chronic conditions. J Pediatr Psychol. 2011 Mar;36(2):129-33.
Pai AL, Gray E, Kurivial K, Ross J, Schoborg D, Goebel J. The Allocation of Treatment Responsibility scale: a novel tool for assessing patient and caregiver management of pediatric medical treatment regimens. Pediatr Transplant. 2010 Dec;14(8):993-9.
Pai AL, Ingerski LM, Perazzo L, Ramey C, Bonner M, Goebel J. Preparing for transition? The allocation of oral medication regimen tasks in adolescents with renal transplants. Pediatr Transplant. 2011 Feb;15(1):9-16.
Ingerski LM, Modi AC, Hood KK, Pai AL, Zeller M, Piazza-Waggoner C, Driscoll KA, Rothenberg ME, Franciosi J, Hommel KA. Health-related quality of life across pediatric chronic conditions. J Pediatr. 2010 Apr;156(4):639-44.
Butow P, Palmer S, Pai A, Goodenough B, Luckett T, King M. Review of adherence-related issues in adolescents and young adults with cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2010 Nov 10;28(32):4800-9.
Pai AL, Drotar D. Treatment adherence impact: the systematic assessment and quantification of the impact of treatment adherence on pediatric medical and psychological outcomes. Pediatr Psychol. 2010 May;35(4):383-93.
Nonadherence: Undermining health outcomes in pediatric HSCT?Principal Investigator. National Cancer Institute. 2012 - 2017.
TAKE IT: Teen Adherence in Kidney Transplant Effectiveness of Intervention Trial. Site Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 2011 - 2016.
Improving Safety and Efficacy of Mycophenolate Therapy.Co-Investigator.Place Outcomes Award Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 2011- 2013.
Carrie Piazza-Waggoner, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Director, BMCP Consultation-Liaison Service
Training Director, O'Grady Residency
Medical inpatient psychological consultation-liaison; patient and parent coping with medical illness, hospitalization and procedures
Dr. Carrie Piazza-Waggoner, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in health and pediatric psychology. Since 2006, she has been a part of the consultation-liaison service. Specifically, she works with patients and their families when they are admitted on medical inpatient floors to address a variety of presenting concerns (e.g., coping with new diagnosis, coping with hospitalization, adherence to medical regimen, pain management) for patients who have either acute or chronic health concerns. In 2013, Dr. Piazza-Waggoner became the director of this clinical service.
Dr. Piazza-Waggoner is also the training director of the O'Grady Residency in Psychology which is an American Psychological Association accredited pre-doctoral internship. Her research interests are in inpatient consultation and liaison treatment and program development as well as family functioning in families who have a child or children with chronic illnesses.
PhD: West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 2004.
Internship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.
Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.
Ernst MM, Piazza-Waggoner C, Chabon B, Murphy M, Carey J, Roddenberry A. Hospital based consultation and liaison service. In Handbook of clinical psychology in medical settings: Evidence-based assessment and intervention. Eds: Christine M. Hunter, Rodger Kessler, Christopher L. Hunter. Great Britain: Springer Publishing. 2014.
Ernst MM, Barhight L, Bierenbaum ML, Piazza-Waggoner C, Carter BD. Case studies in Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology: The "why" and "how to". Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. In press. 2014:1;108-120.
Piazza-Waggoner C, Roddenberry A, Yeomans-Maldonado G, Noll J, Ernst MM. Inpatient pediatric psychology consultation-liaison program development: 5 year practice patterns and implications for trends in health care. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2013 1(1):28-41.
Piazza-Waggoner C, Modi AC, Ingerski L, Wu YP, Zeller M. Distress at the dinner table? Observed mealtime interactions among treatment-seeking families of obese children. Child Obes. 2011 Oct 18;7(5):385-391.
Ingerski LM, Modi AC, Hood KK, Pai AL, Zeller M, Piazza-Waggoner C, Driscoll KA, Rothenberg ME, Franciosi J, Hommel K. (2010). Health-Related Quality of Life across Pediatric Chronic Conditions. J Pediatr. 2010 Apr;156(4):639-44.
Modi AC, Lim CS, Driscoll KA, Piazza-Waggoner C, Quittner AL, Wooldridge J. Changes in pediatric health-related quality of life in cystic fibrosis after IV antibiotic treatment for pulmonary exacerbations. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2010 Mar;17(1):49-55.
Herzer M, Godiwala N, Hommel KA, Driscoll K, Mitchell M, Crosby L, Piazza-Waggoner C, Zeller M, Modi AC. Family functioning in the context of pediatric chronic conditions. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2010 Jan;31(1):26-34.
Piazza-Waggoner C, Modi AC, Powers SW, Williams LB, Dolan LM, Patton SR. Observational assessment of family functioning in families with children who have type 1 diabetes mellitus. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2008 Apr;29(2):101-5.
Powers SW, Jones J, Ferguson K, Piazza-Waggoner C, Daines C, Acton J. Randomized clinical trial of behavioral and nutrition treatment to improve energy intake and growth in toddlers and preschoolers with cystic fibrosis. Pediatrics. 2005 Dec;116(6):1442-50.
Scott W. Powers, PhD, ABPP Director, Office for Clinical and Translational Research
Director, Office for Clinical and Translational Research
Co-Director, Headache Center
Director, Center for Child Behavior and Nutrition Research and Training
Director, Behavioral Science Core, Clinical Translational Research Center
Clinical trials; migraine/headache; pediatric pain; dietary adherence/nutrition and behavior; cystic fibrosis
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AB: Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN, 1985.
MS: Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, 1987.
PhD: The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 1991.
Residency: Clinical Psychology, Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI.
Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, Brown University School of Medicine / Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI.
Certification: Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 1992. American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), 2003.
Xiang, J., deGrauw, X., Korman, A.M., Allen, J.R., O’Brien, M.A., Powers, S.W., Hershey, A.D. Altered Cortical Activation in Adolescents with an Acute Migraine: A Magnetoencephalography Study. Journal of Pain, in press
Hershey, A.D., Powers, S.W., Coffey, C.S., Eklund, D.D., Chamberlin, L.A., Korbee, L.L.; CHAMP Study Group. Childhood and Adolescent Migraine Prevention (CHAMP) Study: A Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled, Comparative Effectiveness Study of Amitriptyline, Topiramate, and Placebo in the Prevention of Childhood and Adolescent Migraine. Headache, 53(5):799-816. May, 2013.
Kashikar-Zuck S,Sil S, Lynch-Jordan AM, Ting TV, Peugh J, Schikler KR, Hashkes PJ, Arnold LM, Passo MH, Richards MM, Powers SW, Lovell D. Changes in pain coping, catastrophizing and coping efficacy after cognitive-behavioral therapy in children and adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia. The Journal of Pain, 14(5):492-501. May 2013.
Patton SR, Dolan LM, Chen M, Powers SW. Dietary Adherence and Mealtime Behaviors in Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes on Intensive Insulin Therapy. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 113(2):258-62. Feb, 2013.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Zafar M, Barnett KA, Aylward BS, Strotman D, Slater SK, Allen JR, LeCates SL, Kabbouche MA, Ting TV, Hershey AD, Powers SW. Quality of life and emotional functioning in youth with chronic migraine and juvenile fibromyalgia. Clinical Journal of Pain, Feb, 2013.
Patton SR, Dolan LM, Powers SW. Does Eating During Television Viewing Affects Mealtime Behaviors in Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus? Journal of Pediatric Nursing,doi:pii: S0882-5963(12)00326-0. 0.1016/j.pedn.2012.11.007. Dec, 2012.
Brannon EB, Kuhl ES, Benoit MR, Valenzuela J, Aylward B, Johnson SL, Boles RE, Powers SW. Strategies for Recruitment and Retention of Families from Low-Income and Minority Backgrounds in a Longitudinal Study of Caregiver Feeding and Child Weight. Children’s Health Care, 2012, in press.
Guo X, Xiang J, Wang Y, O'Brien H, Kabbouche M, Horn P, Powers SW, Hershey AD Aberrant neuromagnetic activation in the motor cortex in children with acute migraine: a magnetoencephalography study. PLoS One ,2012, 7(11):e50095.
Slater SK, Kashikar-Zuck SM, Allen JR, Lecates SL, Kabbouche MA, O'Brien HL, Hershey AD, Powers SW. Psychiatric comorbidity in pediatric chronic daily headache. Cephalalgia,32(15): 1116-22. Nov, 2012.
Slater SK, Powers SW. Editorial on "Behavioral and emotional symptoms and primary headaches in children: A population-based study" by Arruda and Bigal. Cephalalgia,32(15): 1091-2. Nov, 2012.
Amitriptyline and Topiramate in the Prevention of Childhood Migraine. Principal Investigator, National Institute of Health and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Dec 2011 - Dec 2016. #1U01NS076788-01.
Adolescent Migraine and Hormones. Co-Investigator, National Headache Foundation (Subcontract from University of Cincinnati). 2012-2014
NeuroNEXT: Neurological Trials Network. Co-Investigator, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Clinical Site (NIH/NINDS). 2012-2017
Cincinnati Translational Therapeutics Development Network Center. Co-Investigator. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Jan 2009 - Jan 2014. Longitudinal Determination of Outcomes of Adolescents with Fibromyalgia. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders. Aug 2009 - Aug 2014. #R01 AR054842-A2.
Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Co-Director of Behavioral Science Core, National Center for Research Resources. Apr 2009 - Mar 2014. #UL1 RR026314. Research Training in Child Behavior and Nutrition. Principal Investigator /Program Director. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Jul 2008 - Jul 2013. #T32 DK 063929-06.
Motor cortex dysfunction in migraine. Co-Investigator, National Institute of Health and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Dec 2010 – Dec 2012 No cost extension 2013) #R21NS072817-01.
Web-based delivery of effective treatment for growth in CF. Co-Investigator, CCHMC Place Outcomes Research Award. Jul 2011 – Jul 2013.
Janet R. Schultz, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics
PhD: Clinical Psychology, Miami University, 1980.
Post-doctoral training: Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 1981.
Certification: Clinical Psychology, 1988; Child Clinical Psychology, 2004.
Shalonda K. Slater, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Behavioral pain management; coping with chronic illness; psychosocial adjustment to transplant
Family adjustment to chronic illness; child adjustment to chronic pain
Shalonda K. Slater, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
She provides clinical care for children with chronic pain including children with headache, sickle cell disease and children awaiting transplantation. She is also a consultant for a NIH-funded pediatric chronic headache clinical trial which involves implementing a cognitive-behavioral-based intervention which focuses on coping and adherence.
She is a member of the Pain Quality Improvement team, part of a hospital-wide initiative aimed at integrating quality improvement science.
Lori J. Stark, PhD, ABPP Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Lori Stark, PhD, joined Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1998 as the director of Psychology.
Dr. Stark is an authority on parenting of young children. She has applied this expertise to the area of health psychology by working with parents and children to improve their adherence to medical regimes, improving coping with chronic conditions or acute stressors, and providing biobehavioral interventions to conditions such as chronic pain.
Dr. Stark's work is unique in that it utilizes behavioral and environmental interventions to enhance healthcare outcome in pediatrics. Dr. Stark's expertise is on improving nutritional outcome in children with chronic conditions such as cystic fibrosis.
Dr. Stark has received continuous funding from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the National Institute of Health to develop and evaluate behavioral interventions and improving nutritional outcome in children with cystic fibrosis.
Dr. Stark came to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center from Brown University School of Medicine where she was director of Pediatric Psychology at Rhode Island Hospital and associate professor of Psychiatry in Human Behavior at Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Stark earned her undergraduate degree at Boston University and her graduate degree at West Virginia University.
Dr. Stark is on the Executive Committee of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, a division within the American Psychological Association. She has written many professional publications in the field of pediatric psychology and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
PhD: West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1985.
Internship: Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, 1984-1985.
Certification: Clinical Psychology, 1985.
Leanne Tamm, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
ADHD; ADHD subtypes; non-medication interventions; early intervention and prevention; treatment outcomes; brain-behavior relationships; gene-environment interactions; motivation
Tamm L, Hughes C, Ames L, Pickering J, Silver CH, Stavinoha P, Castillo CL, Rintelmann J, Moore J, Foxwell A, Bolanos SG, Hines T, Nakonezny PA, Emslie G. Attention training for school-aged children with ADHD: results of an open trial. J Atten Disord. 2010 Jul;14(1):86-94.
Lakes, KD, Kettler, RJ, Schmidt, J, Haynes, M, Feeney-Kettler, K, Swanson, JM, & Tamm, L. The CUIDAR Early Intervention Parent Training Program for Preschoolers at Risk for Behavioral Disorders: An Innovative Practice for Reducing Disparities in Access to Service. Journal of Early Intervention. 2009;31:167-78.Tamm L, Carlson CL. Task demands interact with the single and combined effects of medication and contingencies on children with ADHD. J Atten Disord. 2007 May;10(4):372-80.
Tamm L, Menon V, Reiss AL. Parietal attentional system aberrations during target detection in adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: event-related fMRI evidence. Am J Psychiatry. 2006 Jun;163(6):1033-43.
Tamm L, Swanson JM, Lerner MA, Childress C, Patterson B, Lakes KD, Nguyen A, Kudo M, Altamirano W, Miller J, Santoyo R, Camarero-Morse V, Watkins JM, Simpson S, Waffarn F, Cunningham C. Intervention for preschoolers at risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): service before diagnosis. Clin Neurosci Res. 2005;5:247-253.
Tamm L. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In New Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, L.R. Squire (Ed.). Oxford: Academic Press, 2009.
Tamm L, McCandliss BD, Liang A, Wigal TL, Posner, MI, Swanson, JM. Can attention itself be trained? Attention training for children at risk for ADHD. In Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Concepts, Controversies, New Directions, Medical Psychiatry Series. Vol. 37. New York: Informa Healthcare, 2007.
Sara E. Williams, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Pediatric chronic pain; pediatric psychology; cognitive behavioral therapy
Psychosocial factors affecting pediatric chronic pain; parent-child interaction
Sara E. Williams, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment, treatment, and research of pediatric chronic pain. She is the clinical director of the Functional Independence Restoration program for inpatient pediatric chronic pain rehabilitation. She also practices as a pain psychologist in the Headache Center and Pain Management Clinic.
Dr. Williams’ research interests focus on psychosocial factors affecting children’s and parents’ experience of pediatric chronic pain conditions. She is a study therapist for an NIH funded clinical trial investigating exercise and behavioral interventions for adolescents with fibromyalgia.
PhD: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2007.
Internship: University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2006-2007.
Fellowship: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2008-2010.
Certification: Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
Wojtowicz A, Greenley RN, Gumidyala AP, Rosen A, Williams SE. Pain severity and pain catastrophizing predict functional disability in youth with inflammatory bowel disease. J Crohns Colitis. 2014 Mar 11.
Birnie KA, Caes L, Wilson A, Williams SE, Chambers CT. A practical guide and perspectives on use of experimental pain modalities with children and adolescents. Pain Manag. 2014 Mar;4(2):97-111.
Kovacic K, Williams S, Li B, Chelimsky G, Miranda A. High Prevalence of nausea in children with pain-associated functional gastrointestinal disorders: Are Rome criteria applicable? J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Sep;57(3):311-15.
Logan DE, Williams SE, Carullo VP, Claar RL, Bruehl S, Berde C. Children and adolescents with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: More psychologically distressed than other children in pain? Pain Res Manag. 2013 Mar-Apr;18(2):87-93.
Sieberg CB, Williams S, Simons LE. Do parent protective responses mediate the relation between parent distress and child functional disability among children with chronic pain? J Pediatr Psychol. 2011 Oct;36(9):1043-51.
Williams SE, Blount RL, Walker LS. Children’s pain threat appraisal and catastrophizing moderate the impact of parent verbal behavior on children’s symptom complaints. J Pediatr Psychol. 2011 Jan;36(1):55-63.
Williams SE, Smith CA, Bruehl SP, Gigante J, Walker LS. Medical evaluation of children with chronic abdominal pain: Impact of diagnosis, physician practice orientation, and maternal trait anxiety on mothers’ responses to the evaluation. Pain. 2009 Dec;146(3):283-92.
Little CA, Williams SE, Puzanovova M, Rudzinski ER, Walker LS. Multiple somatic symptoms linked to positive screen for depression in pediatric patients with chronic abdominal pain. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2007 Jan;44(1):58-62.
Walker LS, Williams SE, Smith CA, Garber J, Van Slyke DA, Lipani TA, Greene JW, Mertz H, Naliboff BD. Validation of a symptom provocation test for laboratory studies of abdominal pain and discomfort in children and adolescents. J Pediatr Psychol. 2006 Aug;31(7):703-13.
Walker LS, Williams SE, Smith CA, Garber J, Van Slyke DA, Lipani TA. Parent attention versus distraction: Impact on symptom complaints by children with and without chronic functional abdominal pain. Pain. 2006 May;122(1-2):43-52.
Meg H. Zeller, PhD Fellowship Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Fellowship Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Pediatric psychology; school-age children and adolescents; childhood obesity; barriers to weight management
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BA: Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, 1984.
PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996.
Internship: Pediatric Psychology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., 1995-1996.
Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996-1999.
Certification: Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 1997.
Modi, A.C., Zeller, M.H., Xanthakos, S.A. Jenkins, T.M., & Inge, T.H. Adherence to vitamin supplementation following adolescent bariatric surgery, Obesity. PMCID: NIHMSID # 407006. In Press.
Wu, Yelena, Reiter-Purtill, J. & Zeller, M.H. The role of social support for promoting quality of life among persistently obese adolescents: Importance of support in schools. Journal of School Health. In Press.
Cushing, C.C., Bishop-Gilyard, C.T., Boles, R.E., Reiter-Purtill, J. & Zeller, M.H. Caregiver concern in adolescents with persistent obesity: The importance of quality of life assessment. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. In Press.
Zeller, M.H. Adolescent bariatric surgery: “You may ask yourself: “How did I get here?”Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 38, 117-25. 2013.
Zeller, M.H., Reiter-Purtill, J., Jenkins, T.M. & Ratcliff, M.B. Adolescent suicidal behavior across the excess weight status spectrum. Obesity. In Press.
Ratcliff, M.B., Eshleman, K.G., Reiter-Purtill, J. & Zeller, M.H. Prospective changes in body image dissatisfaction among adolescent bariatric patients: The importance of body size estimation. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 8(4): 470-5. 2012. PMID:22154271.
Piazza-Waggoner, C., Modi, A.C., Ingerski, L.M., Wu, Y, & Zeller, M.H. Distress at the dinner table? Observed mealtime interactions among treatment-seeking families of obese children. Childhood Obesity, 7(5): 385-91. 2011.
Modi AC, Zeller MH. Establishing minimal clinically important difference scores and test-retest reliability. Int J Pediatr Obes. 2011 Jun;6(2-2):e94-6.
Zeller MH, Guilfoyle SM, Reiter-Purtill J, Ratcliff MB, Inge TH, Long JD. Adolescent bariatric surgery: caregiver and family functioning across the first postoperative year. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011 Mar-Apr;7(2):145-50.
Ratcliff MB, Reiter-Purtill J, Inge TH, Zeller MH. Changes in depressive symptoms among adolescent bariatric candidates from preoperative psychological evaluation to immediately before surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011 Jan-Feb;7(1):50-4.
Adolescent Bariatrics: Controlled Longitudinal Study of Psychosocial Development (TeenView)Principal InvestigatorNational Institutes of HealthMar 2008 - Feb 2014#R01DK080020-01
Tracking Adolescents After Bariatric Surgery: Substance, HIV and Suicide Risks (teenVIEW3)Principal InvestigatorNational Institute of HealthMay 2012- April 2017#R01DA033415
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