Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Division Details

Division Data Summary

Research and Training Details

Number of Faculty22
Number of Research Fellows3
Number of Research Students5
Number of Support Personnel140
Direct Annual Grant Support$1,651,689
Peer Reviewed Publications29

Clinical Activities and Training

Number of Clinical Staff16
Number of Clinical Fellows2
Number of Other Students15
Outpatient Encounters22,689

Division Photo

Group photo of the Division of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

Row 1: S Oppenheimer, K Mason, D Schonfeld, D Murray, S Bishop, I Riddle

Row 2: K Edwards, P Manning, R Adams, M Zimmer, T Froehlich, H Castillo

Row 3: A Esbensen, S Wiley, R Parrish, J Anixt, P Logan, D Schor

Row 4: H Valentin, S Grether, R Gilman, R Gurwitch, J Ehrhardt

Significant Accomplishments

Significant Accomplishments

LEND Training Program

Karen Edwards, MD, MPH, who joined the Division as Director of Training in 2010, was awarded a $4.6 million five-year grant from the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau for continuation funding for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Interdisciplinary Training Program. The LEND Program here is one of 43 nationwide. The program trains culturally competent, family-centered interdisciplinary leaders who will improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with, or at risk for, developmental disabilities.

Autism Demonstration Classroom

Donna Murray, PhD, received over $100,000 of funding from the Jack Rubinstein Foundation for Developmental Disabilities for the continued development of the Autism Demonstration Classroom, a collaborative project with the Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cincinnati Public Schools and Hamilton County Development Disabilities Services. The classroom is a unique resource, combining a Cincinnati Public School teacher and educational assistant with a specialized autism team from the O’Leary Center for an intensive two-year experience. In addition, the classroom served as a training site for more than 50 professionals and students from the region.

A Growing International Presence

The field of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics was first recognized in the United States as a subspecialty by the American Board of Pediatrics in 1999 (certification of the first group of sub-specialists was in 2003). Only a few other countries have formally recognized this relatively new field. David Schonfeld, MD, Division director, was invited in 2011 to provide keynote addresses at the first national conferences in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in Ankara, Turkey in April and Shanghai, China in October. Our division continues to host international trainees who are seeking to establish or expand the field in other countries.

Division Publications

Division Publications

  1. Adams RE, Santo JB, Bukowski WM. The presence of a best friend buffers the effects of negative experiences. Dev Psychol. 2011; 47:1786-91.
  2. American Academy of Pediatrics. Council on Environmental Health, Admirim T, Schonfeld D, Shannon M. Environmental disasters. Pediatric environmental health. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2012:757-769.
  3. Anixt JS, Copeland-Linder N, Haynie D, Cheng TL. Burden of unmet mental health needs in assault-injured youths presenting to the emergency department. Acad Pediatr. 2012; 12:125-30.
  4. Bishop SL, Guthrie W, Coffing M, Lord C. Convergent validity of the Mullen Scales of Early Learning and the differential ability scales in children with autism spectrum disorders. Am J Intellect Dev Disabil. 2011; 116:331-43.
  5. Bishop SL, Lahvis GP. The autism diagnosis in translation: shared affect in children and mouse models of ASD. Autism Res. 2011; 4:317-35.
  6. Blum NJ. The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network: another step in the development of the field. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2012; 33:78-83.
  7. Case-Smith J, Holland T, Bishop B. Effectiveness of an integrated handwriting program for first-grade students: a pilot study. Am J Occup Ther. 2011; 65:670-8.
  8. Castillo J, Castillo H, DeWitt TG. Opportunities in global health education: a survey of the virtual landscape. J Grad Med Educ. 2011; 3:429-432.
  9. 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; 25:427-41.
  10. Esbensen AJ. Families of individuals with intellectual disability and comorbid mental health problems. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 2011; 4:140-157.
  11. Esbensen AJ, Seltzer MM, Krauss MW. Life course perspectives in intellectual disability research: The case of family caregiving. The Oxford handbook of intellectual disability and development. New York: Oxford University Press; 2012:380-391.
  12. Fredstrom BK, Rose-Krasnor L, Campbell K, Rubin KH, Booth-Laforce C, Burgess KB. Brief report: how anxiously withdrawn preadolescents think about friendship. J Adolesc. 2012; 35:451-4.
  13. Froehlich TE, Anixt JS, Loe IM, Chirdkiatgumchai V, Kuan L, Gilman RC. Update on environmental risk factors for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2011; 13:333-44.
  14. 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. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2011; 50:1129-1139 e2.
  15. Korostenskaja M, Pardos M, Kujala T, Rose DF, Brown D, Horn P, Wang Y, Fujiwara H, Xiang J, Kabbouche MA, Powers SW, Hershey AD. Impaired auditory information processing during acute migraine: a magnetoencephalography study. Int J Neurosci. 2011; 121:355-65.
  16. Krug SE, Needle S, Schonfeld D, Aird L, Hurley H. Improving pediatric preparedness performance through strategic partnerships. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2012; 6:94-6.
  17. Lord C, Petkova E, Hus V, Gan W, Lu F, Martin DM, Ousley O, Guy L, Bernier R, Gerdts J, Algermissen M, Whitaker A, Sutcliffe JS, Warren Z, Klin A, Saulnier C, Hanson E, Hundley R, Piggot J, Fombonne E, Steiman M, Miles J, Kanne SM, Goin-Kochel RP, Peters SU, Cook EH, Guter S, Tjernagel J, Green-Snyder LA, Bishop S, Esler A, Gotham K, Luyster R, Miller F, Olson J, Richler J, Risi S. A multisite study of the clinical diagnosis of different autism spectrum disorders. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012; 69:306-13.
  18. Pfefferbaum B, Flynn BW, Schonfeld D, Brown LM, Jacobs GA, Dodgen D, Donato D, Kaul RE, Stone B, Norwood AE, Reissman DB, Herrmann J, Hobfoll SE, Jones RT, Ruzek JI, Ursano RJ, Taylor RJ, Lindley D. The integration of mental and behavioral health into disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2012; 6:60-6.
  19. Pfefferbaum B, Schonfeld D, Flynn BW, Norwood AE, Dodgen D, Kaul RE, Donato D, Stone B, Brown LM, Reissman DB, Jacobs GA, Hobfoll SE, Jones RT, Herrmann J, Ursano RJ, Ruzek JI. The H1N1 crisis: a case study of the integration of mental and behavioral health in public health crises. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2012; 6:67-71.
  20. Rosen PJ, Froehlich TE, Langberg JM, Epstein JN. Assessment of problems comorbid with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Assessment and Intervention in Developmental Context. Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute; 2011:2-19.
  21. Saldana SN, Hooper DK, Froehlich TE, Campbell KM, Prows CA, Sadhasivam S, Nick TG, Seid M, Vinks AA, Glauser TA. Characteristics of successful recruitment in prospective pediatric pharmacogenetic studies. Clin Ther. 2011; 33:2072-81.
  22. Schonfeld D, Gurwitch R. Children in disasters. Textbook of Clinical Pediatrics. New York: Springer-Verlag; 2011:687-698.
  23. Schonfeld DJ. Ten years after 9/11: what have we (not yet) learned?. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2011; 32:542-5.
  24. Stanton B, Castillo J. Brief overview of United States involvement in global health training since World War II. J Pediatr. 2012; 160:1-2 e1.
  25. Walker KMM, Brown DK, Scarff C, Watson C, Muir P, Phillips DP. Temporal processing performance, reading performance, and auditory processing disorder in learning-impaired children and controls. Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. 2011; 35:6-17.
  26. Wiley S, Meinzen-Derr J, Grether S, Choo DI, Hughes ML. Longitudinal functional performance among children with cochlear implants and disabilities: a prospective study using the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2012; 76:693-7.
  27. Yin H, Boyd T, Pacheco MC, Schonfeld D, Bove KE. Rectal Biopsy in Children with Down Syndrome and Chronic Constipation: Hirschsprung Disease vs Non-Hirschsprung Disease. Pediatr Dev Pathol. 2012; 15:87-95.
  28. Zhu HJ, Brinda B, Froehlich TE, Markowitz JS. A discriminative analytical method for detection of CES1A1 and CES1A2/CES1A3 genetic variants. Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2012; 22:215-8.
  29. Zimmer MH, Hart LC, Manning-Courtney P, Murray DS, Bing NM, Summer S. Food variety as a predictor of nutritional status among children with autism. J Autism Dev Disord. 2012; 42:549-56.

Faculty, Staff, and Trainees

Faculty Members

David Schonfeld, MD, Professor
Leadership Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Research Interests Children's understanding of serious illness (e.g., AIDS, cancer) and death and school-based interventions to advance children's understanding and adjustment and to prevent the onset of risk behaviors
Sonya Oppenheimer, MD, Professor Emeritus
Research Interests Spina Bifida; High-Risk Infants; Early Intervention; Down Syndrome
Ryan Adams, PhD, Assistant Professor
Research Interests Adolescent relationships (i.e. friendships, mother-child, romantic relationships); peer groups, peer victimization, & peer experiences of obese adolescents and adolescents w/autism spectrum disorder
Julia Anixt, MD, Assistant Professor
Research Interests ADHD; the diagnosis and management of behavioral and mental health issues in primary care settings, access to care for underserved populations
Somer Bishop, PhD, Assistant Professor
Research Interests Autism spectrum disorders, assessment methodology, identification and measurement of social-behavioral phenotypes across disorders and development
Heidi Castillo, MD, Assistant Professor
Research Interests Spina Bifida
Tanya Froehlich, MD, Assistant Professor
Research Interests ADHD; Health Care Disparities
Richard Gilman, PhD, Associate Professor
Leadership Coordinator, DDBP Psychology and Special Education Services
Research Interests Social relationships of children diagnosed with various disabilities; Therapeutic change mechanisms; Sleep and ADHD; Perfectionism
Robin Gurwitch, PhD, Professor
Leadership Coordinator, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
Research Interests Understanding impact of trauma and disaster in children, including terrorism; Issues surrounding school crisis and bereavement; Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Karen Edwards, MD, MPH, Associate Professor
Leadership LEND Program Director/UCEDD Director
Research Interests Leadership training; developmental disabilities in childhood; early identification of developmental disabilities
Kimberly Kroeger-Goeppinger, PhD, Assistant Professor
Research Interests Early intensive behavioral intervention; Group intervention; Social skills
Patricia Manning-Courtney, MD, Adjunct
Leadership Medical Director, Kelly O' Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Research Interests Autism and Quality Improvement Access Services
Karen Mason, MD, Assistant Professor
Philip Mattheis, MD, Associate Professor
Research Interests Creation of and support for a collaborative network of Down Syndrome clinics to address a number of unresolved questions about common medical problems in Down syndrome
Donna S. Murray, PhD, Assistant Professor
Leadership Director of Treatment, Kelly O' Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Clinical Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Research Interests Face/Name recognition; Play in a sibling pair in which one child was diagnosed with ASD; joint attention and language in children with ASD
Roz Parrish, MSN, Assistant Professor
Research Interests Interdisciplinary Training
David Schor, MD, Adjunct
Harriet Valentin, MD, Adjunct
Research Interests Autism Spectrum Disorder
Susan Wiley, MD, Adjunct
Research Interests Hearing Impairment
Michelle Zimmer, MD, Assistant Professor
Research Interests Utility of holistic therapies in promoting health and wellness among children with disability

Clinical Staff Members

  • Robin Adams, PhD
  • Terry Barnes, RN, BSN
  • Jennifer Bass, PsyD
  • Jennifer Bekins, MS,CCC-SLP
  • Christena Benson, RN, MPH
  • Beth Bishop, OTR/L
  • Carissa Blatz, BA
  • Emily Boehmler, BA
  • Annette Bonjour, BS, CCLS
  • Jennifer Brown, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Karen Burkett, RN, MS, CNP
  • Meredith Burt, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Jenny Burton, MEd, CCC-SLP
  • Gretchen Carroll, MA
  • Deb Case, EdD
  • Cliff Copeland, MSW, LISW-S, Social Worker II
  • Kristn Currans, PsyD
  • Patricia Curry, RN, MS, CNP
  • Kerry Dalton, RA
  • Brenda Diver, RN
  • Jamie Donovan, OTR/L, MOT
  • Mattie Dunn, AA
  • Patricia Eiler-Sims, PsyD
  • Anna Esbensen, PhD
  • Melissa Foti-Hoff, PsyD
  • Katie Frank, MHS, OTR/L
  • Bridget Fredstrom, MA
  • Jane Gaspar, MEd
  • Jennifer Gastright, BS
  • Marta Getz, MSW, LISW
  • Carol Grasha, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Sarah Greenwell, PhD
  • Sandra Grether, PhD, CCC-SLP, Coordinator of Speech Pathology, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Andrea Hansen, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Mary Harrah, RN, BSN, CPN
  • Sarah Hayes, BA
  • Tara Heinl, MSW
  • Amy Hersh, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Julie Hibner, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Victoria Hickey, RN, MS
  • Caryn Hogan, RN, MN
  • Amy Johnson, OTR/L
  • Heather Johnson, PsyD
  • Peter Keiser, MSW, LISW
  • Bridget Kent, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Marc Kepner, PsyD
  • Kathy Krebs, OTR/L
  • Marcia Lamkin, RN
  • Peggy Landwehr, RN
  • Latoya Lemley, AA
  • Mike Lind, PhD
  • Patricia Logan, PhD
  • Cynthia Longmire, HUC
  • Patty Loretto, RN
  • Ryan Macks, PhD
  • Molly Markley, RN, BSN
  • Stacy Masterson, MEd
  • Heather Matheson, BA
  • Susan McGee, RN, MSN, CNP
  • Teri Messerschmidt, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Joe Milling, BS
  • Terry Mitchell, CCRP
  • Robert Moody, MA
  • Michelle Moore, DBMMA
  • Ashley Morris, PCA
  • Stacey Morrison, PsyD
  • Elizabeth Mulvihill, RN
  • Lindsey Murphy, BS, CCLS
  • Shelley Myers, MS, CCC-SLP
  • David Neises, MEd, OTR/L, ATP
  • Patty Norton, RN
  • Andrea O'Brien, PhD, MSW
  • Lucy Paredes, RN, BSN
  • Julie Perron, BA
  • Chandra Pester, RN, MSN, CNS
  • Jannel Phillips, PhD
  • Mindy Reagan, RD, LD
  • Judy Reinhold, RN, MSN, CNP
  • Kimberly Reizner, PT, DPT
  • Mary Faith Roell, MS
  • Christina Rogers, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Kathy Rosing, RN
  • Kimberly Rotundo, MEd
  • Julia Schott, DBMMA
  • Tracy Shook, RN, BSN
  • David Smith, PhD
  • Kristen Smith, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Rena Sorensen, PhD
  • Meghan Stahlhut, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Christina Stover, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Rebecca Taylor, RN, MSN, CNP
  • Laura Thielman, BA
  • Katherine Thoman, RN, MSN, CNP
  • Carrie Thomas, BS
  • Kelly Twehues, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Sarah Tyo, BA
  • Megan Vincent, BA
  • Jack Williams, BA
  • Ann Wilmers, RN


  • Amanda Ball, BS, The Ohio State University
  • Katherine Baum, MA, Northern Kentucky University
  • Beck Candace, PsyM, Wright State University
  • Kathryn Beerman, BS, Miami University
  • Deborah Boyd, MD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Jonathan Castillo-Porter, MD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Alana Cecchi, BS, Michigan State University
  • Vilawan Chirdkiatgumachai, MD, Mahidol University
  • Charles Coey, MS, Illinois State University
  • Mary Dillhoff, BA, University of Cincinnati
  • Eileen Dolan, MD, Morristown Memorial Hospital
  • Amie Duncan, PhD, University of Alabama
  • Allison Flynn, BS, Miami University
  • Maureen Grainger, BS, The Ohio State University
  • Lesly Hendershot, PsyD, Xavier University
  • Lucinda Hurst, BS, Miami University
  • Kelly Isaacs, BA, University of Cincinnati
  • Lisa Jacola, MS, Wright State University
  • Tonia Jones, BSN, Northern Kentucky University
  • Abbey Kent, DPT, Des Moines University
  • Emily King, BA, University of Missouri - Columbia
  • Katherine Krohn, PhD, University of Tennessee
  • Lisa Kuan, MD, University of Chicago
  • Leslie Markowitz, PsyM, Wright State University
  • Christie Melick, BSW, Miami University
  • Lindsey Ohler, MA, Xavier University
  • Brian Olsen, MA, University of Cincinnati
  • Jennifer Phelan, BA, The University of Scranton
  • Alexis Pittenger, MA, Xavier University
  • Elizabeth Reilly, BS, Xavier University
  • Janet Seide, BS, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Laura Solomon, PsyM, Wright State University
  • Laura Srivorakiat, MA, Xavier University
  • Erin Stallons, DPT, Ohio University
  • Evangelia Romero, BA, University of Cincinnati
  • Karin Vanderzee, MA, Miami University
  • Jennifer Wilhelm, BS, University of Dayton
  • Pam Williams-Ayra, MD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Grants, Contracts, and Industry Agreements

Division Grants

Grant and Contract AwardsAnnual Direct

Bishop, S

Longitudinal Studies of Autism Spectrum Disorders: 2 to 23
R01 MH 08187312/09/11-05/31/13$55,898

Castillo, H

National Spina Bifida Registry Longitudinal Data Collection and Evaluation
U01 DD 00076609/30/11-06/29/14$45,455

Edwards, K

Act Early Ambassador Project
Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) Training Program
UCEDD Program
90 DD063807/01/02-06/30/13$441,103
Improving Services for Children and Youth with ASD and Other Developmental Disabilities

Froehlich, T

Medication Response in Children with Predominantly Inattentive Type ADHD
K23 MH 08388106/04/09-01/31/14$160,904

Gilman, R

Using SNA to Examine the Long-Term Outcomes of Socially Excluded Adolescents
R21 HD 06831504/01/12-03/31/14$140,083

Manning, P

Autism Intervention Research Network
UA3 MC 110509/01/11-08/31/14$46,789
Autism Treatment Network
Center for Genomic & Phenomic Studies in Autism
Current Year Direct$1,651,689
Service Collaborations

Adams, R


Schonfeld, D

Current Year Direct$220,000