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    Lori J. Stark, PhD, ABPP Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    investigates a number of research questions related to dietary adherence and nutrition in children with chronic and acute health conditions. Her lab currently focuses on two funded, ongoing research areas: improving nutritional outcomes in children with cystic fibrosis and learning about childhood obesity in preschool-age children.
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    Lori J. Stark, PhD, ABPP

    Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-3677

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    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.

    Education and Training

    PhD: West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1985.

    Internship: Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, 1984-1985.

    Certification: Clinical Psychology, 1985.

    Faculty

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    Robert T. Ammerman, PhD, ABPP Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    investigates the development of early childhood preventive interventions to promote optimal development and reduce negative behavioral and health outcomes. His related interests include screening and treatment of depression in high risk mothers, social and emotional development in children of depressed mothers, treatment of childhood social anxiety disorder, and psychosocial development of children with disabilities.
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    Robert T. Ammerman, PhD, ABPP

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Scientific Director, Every Child Succeeds

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: robert.ammerman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Maternal depression; anxiety disorders

    Research

    Early childhood prevention programs and interventions to optimize the development of young children; enhancements of home visiting programs that improve outcomes for mothers and children; development of in-home treatment for postpartum depression; use of motivational interviewing to improve retention in home visiting; strategies to help new mothers and fathers co-parent to foster healthy child development

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    Biography

    Robert T. Ammerman, PhD, ABPP, is a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and scientific director of Every Child Succeeds.

    Dr. Ammerman received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and completed an internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is certified in cognitive and behavioral psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA, 1986.

    Internship: Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Pittsburgh, PA, 1986.

    Certification: American Board of Professional Psychology, Diplomate in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, 1995; Ohio State Board of Psychology, 1999.

    Publications

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    Grants

    STAT-ED Suicidal Teens Accessing Treatment in the ED. Co-Investigator. CDC. Oct 2012 - Sep 2015. #R01CE002129-0.

    Engaging Fathers in Home Visitation: Incorporation of a Co-Parenting Intervention. Principal Investigator.
    NIH/NICHD. Aug 2012 - Jun 2017. #R01 HD069431-01A1.

    Treatment of Maternal Depression in Home Visitation: Mother and Child Impacts. Principal Investigator. National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. Aug 2010 - Jun 2015. #R01MH087499.

    Injury Prevention in a Home Visitation Population. Co-Investigator. National Institute on Child Health and Development. Sep 2010 – Jul 2015. #R01HD066115.

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    Sarah J. Beal, PhD

    studies the developmental processes that support the transition from adolescence to adulthood for youth at risk as a result of abuse or neglect. The goal of her research is to aid in improving the health and well being of youth who are known to be vulnerable during this period in the lifespan. She specifically focuses on youth in and exiting foster care.

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    Sarah J. Beal, PhD

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4614

    Email: sarah.beal@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Research

    Developmental psychology

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 2011.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Primary Care Research, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2014.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Success in Healthcare for Transitioning Foster Youth. Co-Principal Investigator. CareSource Foundation, Jul 2014 - Jun 2016.
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    Stephen P. Becker, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    conducts research examining the social and academic impairments of children and adolescents with ADHD and is particularly interested in determining how co-occurring difficulties such as oppositionality/aggression, anxiety/depression, sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT), and sleep problems affect the functioning of youth with ADHD. He is also interested in school-based interventions for treating ADHD and related difficulties.

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    Stephen P. Becker, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Instructor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2066

    Email: stephen.becker@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Research

    Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

    Biography

    Stephen P. Becker, PhD, is currently a research instructor of pediatrics in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology's Center for ADHD at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Becker completed his graduate training in clinical psychology at Miami University and his pre-doctoral psychology internship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Dr. Becker's research focuses on the social and academic impairments of children and adolescents with ADHD, with a particular interest in how co-occurring difficulties such as oppositional/aggressive behaviors, anxiety/depression, sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT), and sleep problems affect the functioning of youth with ADHD. He is also interested in school-based interventions for treating ADHD and related difficulties.

    Dr. Becker has authored or co-authored over 50 publications on ADHD and related topics and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Attention Disorders and the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

    Education and Training

    BM: Taylor University, Upland, IN, 2004.

    MA: Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL, 2008.

    MA: Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2010.

    PhD: Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2014.

    Internship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2013-2014.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Phenotypic Correlates Distinguishing Sluggish Cognitive Tempo from ADHD. Principal Investigator. Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation Trustee Grant. July 2014-June 2016.
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    Dean W. Beebe, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    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. 
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    Dean W. Beebe, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Director, Neuropsychology Program

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: dean.beebe@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Outcome and development of children with brain injuries; outcome and development of children neurodevelopmental disorders; sleep and neurobehavioral functioning; professional development of emerging leaders

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    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

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    Grants

    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.

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    Kelly C. Byars, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    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 insulin-dependent diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, and pediatric insomnia. 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 insomnia and respiratory sleep disorders. 

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    Kelly C. Byars, PsyD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: kelly.byars@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric behavioral sleep medicine

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

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    Lori E. Crosby, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    is interested in chronic pain, sickle cell disease, health disparities, quality improvement, and chronic disease self-management. Her research program, INNOVATIONS, in Community Research and Program Evaluation, works on projects related to school-based mental health, early childhood health and social/emotional functioning, program evaluation, qualitative research methods, using technology in psychological interventions and program evaluation, and public policy.
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    Lori E. Crosby, PsyD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Co-Director, Innovations

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: lori.crosby@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Adolescents; sickle cell disease; transition; chronic pain; migraines; cultural competence

    Research Interests

    Community-based research; self-management; quality improvement; sickle cell disease; health disparities

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    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Ohio Valley Sickle Cell Network. Co-Investigator. US Department of Health and Human Services. September 2010 - August 2014.
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    Dennis D. Drotar, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    investigates treatment adherence and self-management in children and adolescents with chronic conditions. His lab is currently focused on these issues as they relate to children with Type 1 Diabetes, cancer and mild to severe persistent asthma. His lab coordinates multi-site research studies, including a pilot study funded by the Center for Treatment Adherence.
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    Dennis D. Drotar, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-803-0415

    Email: dennis.drotar@cchmc.org

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    Clinical Interests

    Assessment of treatment adherence and Interventions to improve self-management and treatment adherence in pediatric chronic illness.

    Research Interests

    Identifying best methods to help families follow prescribed treatment (adherence) and to manage their treatment at home (self-management); understanding the factors that influence psychological outcomes of children and teens with chronic physical illness, including diabetes, asthma and cancer

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    Biography

    Dennis Drotar, PhD, is a professor in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology.

    A nationally recognized leader and teacher, Dr. Drotar is a past president of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP) and Society of Developmental Pediatrics (SDBP) and is currently editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology (JPP). Among his many professional honors, Dr. Drotar has received the Distinguished Service Award, and the Martin P. Levin Mentorship Award from the SPP.

    Dr. Drotar’s research focuses on understanding the factors, including innovative that influence psychological outcomes of children and teens with chronic physical illness, including cystic fibrosis, diabetes, asthma, and cancer. He is currently the principle investigator of several NIH-funded studies and is the author of more than 200 publications, including several books, such as Psychological Interventions in Childhood Chronic Illness (2006).

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1970.

    MA: University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1968.

    BA: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1966

    Publications

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    Grants

    Explaining racial disparities in child asthma morbidity. Co-investigator. National Institutes of Health. May 2010 - Apr 2014. #R01 AI088116-01A1.

    Medical adherence in children who had a liver transplant. Co-investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jul 2009 - Jun 2014. #R01 DK080740-0iA2.
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    Jeffrey N. Epstein, PhD Director, Center for ADHD, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    is a licensed psychologist whose research and clinical work focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and other psychological disorders originating in childhood. His empirical research concentrates on ADHD-related cognitive deficits and the promotion of evidence-based ADHD care in community settings.

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    Jeffrey N. Epstein, PhD

    Director, Center for ADHD, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8296

    Fax: 513-636-0755

    Email: jeff.epstein@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    PhD: State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1994.

    Internship: Medical University of South Carolina, 1994.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Medication Continuity in Children Treated for ADHD. Primary Mentor. Jan 2010-Dec 2014. #K23 MH083027.

    Reading ICARD: Interventions for Children with Attention and Reading Disorders. Co-investigator. Dec 2009-Nov 2014. #R01 HD060617.

    Effects of Adolescent Sleep Restriction on Neural and Neurobehavioral Functioning. Co-investigator. Jul 2009-Jun 2014. #R01HL092149.

    Evaluation of an Intervention for Improving Community-Based Pediatric ADHD Care. Principal Investigator. Jul 2010–Jun 2015. #R01 MH083665-01. 

    Examining the Biological Basis of ADHD. Principal Investigator. Jul 2010-Jun 2015. #K24 MH064478-06A2.

    2/2 Multisite Study of School Based Treatment Approaches for ADHD Adolescents. Co-investigator. Jul 2009-Jun 2014. #1R01MH082865-01.
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    Michelle M. Ernst, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

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    Michelle M. Ernst, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Director, Consultation-Liaison Service

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: michelle.ernst@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    PhD: SUNY, Buffalo, NY, 2000.

    Residency: O'Grady Residency in Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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    Stephanie Spear Filigno, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

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    Stephanie Spear Filigno, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-3677

    Email: stephanie.filigno@cchmc.org

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    Clinical Interests

    Behavior management in toddlers and preschoolers; adherence to treatment in chronic illness (CF and obesity); coping and adjustment; child anxiety, toileting


    Research Interests

    Early intervention; adherence to treatment in chronic illness (CF and obesity); development and testing of brief behavioral interventions; quality improvement


    Biography

    Stephanie Spear Filigno, PhD, joined Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology as an assistant professor of pediatrics after completing her research fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s under the mentorship of Drs. Scott Powers and Lori Stark.

    During her fellowship she developed and delivered family-based behavior and nutrition treatments for obese preschoolers and young children with cystic fibrosis. She continues to collaborate on these projects, and independently develop quality improvement projects in cystic fibrosis with an early intervention behavior and nutrition focus.

    Stephanie also works with the Cystic Fibrosis Center to help families cope with the demands of the cystic fibrosis treatment regimen, reach nutrition recommendations, and improve adherence to treatment.

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Nevada, Reno, NV, 2007.

    Internship: Boystown, Nebraska Internship Consortium of Professional Psychology, Omaha, NE, 2006-2007.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2007-2009.

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    Kevin A. Hommel, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    research focuses on adherence and self-management assessment methodology, behavioral treatment of nonadherence, promotion of self-management behavior, and the impact of adherence and self-management on health outcomes and quality of life in pediatric chronic conditions. His current research is in inflammatory bowel disease, eosinophil-associated gastrointestinal disorders, cystic fibrosis, and functional gastrointestinal disorders.
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    Kevin A. Hommel, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Director, Divisional Data Core

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-803-0415

    Email: kevin.hommel@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Promotion of treatment adherence; self-management in pediatric chronic conditions

    Research Interests

    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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    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    BA: University of Central Oklahoma, 1996.

    MS: Oklahoma State University,1999.

    PhD: Oklahoma State University, 2002.

    Residency
    : Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2002.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2004.

    Publications

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    Grants

    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.

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    Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, PhD Program Director, Reading and Literacy Discovery Center

    focuses on the role of executive functions in oral and written language in typically developing children and in children with a variety of reading disorders (dyslexia, ADHD, psychiatric disorders, Epilepsy, etc.). Using fMRI analysis methods, she characterizes the neural circuits related to executive functions, oral language and reading in children and examines the effect of different interventions on these neural circuits.

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    Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, PhD

    Program Director, Reading and Literacy Discovery Center

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-5162

    Email: tzipi.horowitz-kraus@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Research

    Neuroimaging: written language; oral language development

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    Biography

    Dr. Horowitz-Kraus' lab has found that reading intervention results in neural circuits related to both normalization and compensation in children with dyslexia. They have also highlighted the importance of the right hemisphere in reading comprehension both in children (7-9 years) and in adolescents (18 years).

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.

    Publications

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    Naomi E. Joffe, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    studies adherence to treatment in chronic illness (hematological disorders); self-management; coping; pain; transition from pediatric to adult care; and quality improvement.

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    naomi.joffe@cchmc.org

    Naomi E. Joffe, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    CBDI Patient and Family Wellness Center

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Email: naomi.joffe@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric psychology; coping with chronic illness; adherence to treatment/self-management; pain-management; cognitive-behavioral therapy

    Biography

    Naomi Joffe, PhD, joined Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology as an assistant professor of pediatrics after completing her fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s under the mentorship of Dr. Lori Crosby.

    During her fellowship, Dr. Joffe contributed to a study working to improve the transition from pediatric to adult care among young adults with sickle cell disease with the goal of improving patient adherence/self-management and disease outcomes. She continues to collaborate in this area and looks forward to developing quality improvement projects within the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute (CBDI) to improve psychological care for patients with hematological disorders.

    Dr. Joffe also works within the CBDI to help patients diagnosed with hematological disorders cope with the demands of having a chronic illness, improve their adherence to treatment, and learn non-pharmacological strategies to assist in pain management.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2012.

    Residency: O’Grady Residency in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2013.

    Publications

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    Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD Research Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    studies the assessment and treatment of pediatric chronic pain conditions, specifically the development of interventions to reduce the physical and psychosocial impact of pain in the lives of children and adolescents. Special areas of interest include the study of poorly understood musculoskeletal pain conditions such as juvenile fibromyalgia and risk/protective factors that predict long term outcomes.
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    Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD

    Research Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-0602

    Email: susmita.kashikar-zuck@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric pain management; cognitive behavioral therapy for treatment of chronic pain in children; parent training; biofeedback.

    Research

    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

    Visit the Kashikar-Zuck Lab web site.

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 1995.

    Internship: Subspecialty in Medical/Health Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

    Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. 

    Certification: Licensed Clinical Psychologist.

    Publications

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    Grants

    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.

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    Jessica C. Kichler, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

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    Jessica C. Kichler, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Email: jessica.kichler@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Pediatric psychology; congenital heart disorders; diabetes

    Research

    Child and family adjustment and coping with chronic illness; adherence; neurodevelopmental and psychosocial outcomes from chronic illness

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

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    Richard E. A. Loren, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-636-4336
    richard.loren@cchmc.org

    Richard E. A. Loren, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Clinical Director, Center for ADHD

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-0755

    Email: richard.loren@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder

    Biography

    Richard E. A. Loren, PhD, is a clinical child psychologist who has both clinical and research interests in the assessment and behavioral management of children and adolescents with attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder.

    Current areas of particular interest include group-based parent training to address common behavioral and emotional problems of school-aged children with ADHD.

    Dr. Loren joined the Cincinnati Children's Center for ADHD as clinical director in August 2006.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Kent State University, Kent, OH, Clinical Psychology, 1993.

    Predoctoral Internship: Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, West Virginia University Medical Center, Morgantown, WV 1990-1991.

    Certification: National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, Registrant #43569, 1995; Certified Health Services Provider-Psychologist (HSP-P), North Carolina Psychology Board, 1995.

    Licensure: Licensed Psychologist, State Board of Psychology of Ohio, 2006; Licensed Psychologist, North Carolina Psychology Board, 1994.

    Publications

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    Anne M. Lynch-Jordan, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

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    Anne M. Lynch-Jordan, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: anne.lynch-jordan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Pediatric psychology; child and adolescent clinical psychology; behavioral pain management

    Research Interests

    Psychosocial factors associated with pediatric chronic pain; child pain behaviors; parenting behaviors

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2003.

    Internship: University of Florida Health Sciences Center, Gainesville, FL, 2002-03.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2003-05.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Longitudinal Determination of Outcomes of Adolescents with Fibromyalgia. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. 2009 - 2014.
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    Michael W. Mellon, PhD, ABPP Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

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    michael.mellon@cchmc.org

    Michael W. Mellon, PhD, ABPP

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: michael.mellon@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) application to children with IBD and their families

    Research Interests

    The development of child and parent self-report measures of experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion related to IBD

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, 1993.

    Residency: University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, 1992.

    Certification: American Board of Professional Psychology, Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology, 2009.

    Publications

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    Erica Pearl Messer, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology / Mayerson Center

    is an assistant professor in the Division of Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. She has research focus in foster care.

    513-636-4336
    erica.messer@cchmc.org

    Erica Pearl Messer, PsyD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology / Mayerson Center

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-0204

    Email: erica.messer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Children and families exposed to domestic violence; children in foster care

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    BA: Ohio University, Athens, OH, 1999.

    PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

    Predoctoral Internship: UC Davis Children's Hospital, Sacramento, California, 2003-2004.

    Postdoctoral Fellowship: Childhood Trauma and Maltreatment, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2004-2005.

    Publications

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    Monica Mitchell, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    investigates a variety of topics related to health disparities, adherence, community-based research and early childhood mental health. Much of her research focuses on developing culturally-appropriate, community-based and family-based interventions for children with pediatric health conditions such as sickle cell disease and obesity. There is a strong component of direct community advocacy in much of her lab’s work.
    Visit the Mitchell Lab.

    513-636-4336
    monica.mitchell@cchmc.org

    Monica Mitchell, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: monica.mitchell@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    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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    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

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    Grants

    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.

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    Avani C. Modi, PhD Director, Center for Adherence and Self-Management

    examines longitudinal treatment adherence in pediatric chronic illnesses and predictors of adherence trajectories. Specifically, she is interested in the measurement of adherence and developing family-based interventions to improve adherence in pediatric epilepsy. Her second line of research involves developing and validating disease-specific health-related quality of life measures in cystic fibrosis and obesity.

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    513-636-4336
    avani.modi@cchmc.org

    Avani C. Modi, PhD

    Director, Center for Adherence and Self-Management

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Co-Director, New Onset Seizure Clinic

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-803-0415

    Email: avani.modi@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Adjustment and adaptation in pediatric epilepsy

    Research Interests

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

    Visit the Modi Lab.

    Biography

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

    Education and Training

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

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

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

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

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

    Publications

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    Grants

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

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

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    Ahna Pai, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

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    513-636-4336
    ahna.pai@cchmc.org

    Ahna Pai, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Director, CBDI Patient and Family Wellness Center

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: ahna.pai@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Adherence; oncology; transplant

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    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Oklahoma State University, 2003.

    MS: Oklahoma State University, 2000.

    MA: University of Colorado at Denver, 1998.

    BS: Colorado State University, 1993.

    Publications

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    Grants

    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.

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    James L. Peugh, PhD Quantitative Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    is interested in Monte Carlo testing of cross-sectional, longitudinal, and multilevel “mixture” models. His secondary research interests focus on the proper methods for handling missing data and writing pedagogical “how to” manuscripts demonstrating the procedures and pitfalls of implementing advanced statistical analysis models.

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    james.peugh@cchmc.org

    James L. Peugh, PhD

    Quantitative Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Email: james.peugh@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Cross-sectional, longitudinal, and multilevel latent variable mixture modeling; missing data handling; pedagogical manuscripts

    Biography

    James Peugh, PhD, focuses his research on missing data handling and multilevel modeling techniques. He has published five manuscripts in those areas. As a post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Peugh received advanced training in dyadic data analysis, which resulted in three additional publications. As an assistant professor at the University of Virginia, his research focused on Monte Carlo testing of longitudinal and cross-sectional finite mixture modeling techniques.

    Dr. Peugh's co-authored several publications with numerous colleagues that used a wide variety of categorical and continuous latent variable modeling techniques involving cross-sectional or longitudinally-sampled data. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of School Psychology and have reviewed over fifty manuscripts submitted for publication in several journals.

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Nebraska.

    Fellowship: Department of Psychology; University of Nebraska.

    Publications

    Grants

    Building Social Competence For School Success. Data Analyst / Statistician. Institute of Educational Sciences. Dates pending.
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    Carrie Piazza-Waggoner, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-636-4336
    carrie.piazza-waggoner@cchmc.org

    Carrie Piazza-Waggoner, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Director, BMCP Consultation-Liaison Service

    Training Director, O'Grady Residency

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Email: carrie.piazza-waggoner@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Medical inpatient psychological consultation-liaison; patient and parent coping with medical illness, hospitalization and procedures

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

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    Scott W. Powers, PhD, ABPP Director, Office for Clinical and Translational Research

    evaluates the role of behavioral and pharmacological treatment in reducing headache frequency and disability in youth with chronic daily headache. He also develops and evaluates behavioral interventions designed to increase dietary adherence, improve health outcomes and enhance the quality of life for young children with cystic fibrosis, Type 1 diabetes, and high risk for obesity.
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    513-636-4336
    scott.powers@cchmc.org

    Scott W. Powers, PhD, ABPP

    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

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7544

    Email: scott.powers@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical trials; migraine/headache; pediatric pain; dietary adherence/nutrition and behavior; cystic fibrosis

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    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

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    Grants

    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.

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    Megan B. Ratcliff, PhD, MPH

    Research is closely tied with clinical work in Healthworks and Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens, with a primary focus on psychosocial factors associated with pediatric overweight and obesity. Specific interests include identifying which types of treatment work for different individuals under what circumstances,  and understanding motivation for/engagement in different types of treatment (lifestyle, surgical).

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    Megan B. Ratcliff, PhD, MPH

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-5329

    Email: megan.ratcliff@chmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

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

    Research Interests

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

    Biography

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

    Education and Training

    BA: Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, 1999.

    MPH: Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2001.

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

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

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

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

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

    Publications

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    Grants

    Clinic and Home Family Based Behavioral Treatment for Obese Preschoolers: LAUNCH. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Dec 2011 - Nov 2016. #R0 1 DK091251-01.
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    Joseph R. Rausch, PhD Quantitative Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    is interested in improving existing methodology and developing new methods for longitudinal data analysis, especially within randomized experiments. He is also interested in elucidating the dynamic relationships between psychological, behavioral, and medical outcomes.

    513-636-4336
    joseph.rausch@cchmc.org

    Joseph R. Rausch, PhD

    Quantitative Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: joseph.rausch@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Longitudinal data analysis; longitudinal RCTs; design and analysis of behavioral interventions; adherence to treatment regimens

    Biography

    Joseph Rausch, PhD, trained as a quantitative psychologist at the University of Notre Dame. His research focused on the analysis of change using longitudinal and time series data analytic techniques. Dr. Rausch has been published on the appropriate analysis of randomized longitudinal clinical trials and prospective longitudinal and time series data.

    He is currently investigating novel applications of mixed-effects models for the analysis of longitudinal change on behavioral and medical outcomes.

    Education and Training

    BA: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2001.

    MA: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 2004.

    PhD: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 2006.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Promoting Treatment Adherence in Adolescent Leukemia. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. 2012 - 2014.

    Effects of Adolescent Sleep Restriction on Neural and Neurobehavioral Functioning. Statistician. National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.  2012 - 2014.

    Clinic and Home Family Based Behavioral Treatment for Obese Preschoolers: LAUNCH. Co-Investigator.  National Institute of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 2011 - 2016.

    Nonadherence: Undermining Health Outcomes in Pediatric HSCT. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. 2012 - 2017.

    Supporting Treatment Adherence Regimens in Pediatric Epilepsy: The STAR Trial. Co-Investigator, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 2013 - 2018.

    Self-management of type 1 diabetes during adolescence. Co-Investigator.  National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 2011 - 2018.

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    Janet R. Schultz, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-636-4336
    janet.schultz@cchmc.org

    Janet R. Schultz, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    UC Department of Pediatrics

    Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-8182

    Email: janet.schultz@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Psychosocial and educational aspects of children affected with a craniofacial deformity, including a special interest in velo-cardio-facial syndrome

    Biography

    Janet R. Schultz, PhD, has served as the psychology member of the Craniofacial Team since 1981. Dr. Schultz is a current member of the medical-dental staff at Cincinnati Children's. She is also the former Director of Psychology at Cincinnati Children's.

    Education and Training

    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.

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    Shalonda K. Slater, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-636-4336
    shalonda.slater@cchmc.org

    Shalonda K. Slater, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: shalonda.slater@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Behavioral pain management; coping with chronic illness; psychosocial adjustment to transplant

    Research Interests

    Family adjustment to chronic illness; child adjustment to chronic pain

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2007.

    Internship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship:
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Licensed Psychologist.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Randomized Clinical Trail in Pediatric Chronic Headache. Research Therapist / Study Assessor. National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 2007-present.
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    Leanne Tamm, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    explores numerous aspects of the functioning of children with ADHD including brain-behavior relationships, executive function, efficacy of treatment with contingencies and medication, and prevention/early intervention. She is investigating non-medication interventions for ADHD, including attention training, and is using functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate the biological basis for the efficacy of interventions.


    leanne.tamm@cchmc.org

    Leanne Tamm, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Fax: 513-636-0755

    Email: leanne.tamm@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    ADHD; ADHD subtypes; non-medication interventions; early intervention and prevention; treatment outcomes; brain-behavior relationships; gene-environment interactions; motivation

    Biography

    Leanne Tamm, PhD, is currently an associate professor in the Center for Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    Prior to that she was an assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in the Center for Advanced ADHD Research, Treatment and Education. Before that, Leanne was co-director of the CUIDAR for Attention and Learning Program, a clinical psychologist at Children's Hospital of Orange County and assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of California.

    Dr. Tamm completed her graduate training in clinical psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, her pre-doctoral psychology internship at the University of California, San Diego Consortium and her post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine.

    Dr. Tamm’s research interests focus on numerous aspects of the functioning of children with ADHD including brain-behavior relationships, executive function, efficacy of treatment with contingencies and medication, and prevention/early intervention. Currently Dr. Tamm is investigating non-medication interventions for ADHD, including attention training, and is using functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate the biological basis for the efficacy of interventions.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Clinical Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, TX, 2000.

    Internship: University of California, San Diego, CA.

    Fellowship: Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford, CA.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Neurophysiological Predictors of Substance Use Among Young Adults with ADHD. Subcontract Site Principal Investigator. National Institute on Drug Abuse. Aptil 2010- March 2012. #HHSN271200800009C.

    Interventions for Children with Attention and Reading Disorders. Subcontract Site Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. December 2009- November 2014. # R01 HD060617.
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    Aaron J. Vaughn, PhD Associate Training Director, O’Grady Residency

    is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics in the Center for ADHD at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. His 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. He is a member of the ADHD Academic Collaborative Team.

    513-636-4336
    aaron.vaughn@cchmc.org

    Aaron J. Vaughn, PhD

    Associate Training Director, O’Grady Residency

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Center for ADHD

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Email: aaron.vaughn@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD; organization / academic skills

    Biography

    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:

    • improving the academic performance of children and adolescents with ADHD
    • mechanisms of self-concept in children and adolescents with ADHD
    • peer relationship problems of children and adolescents with ADHD
    • evidence-based assessment and treatment of childhood ADHD

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

    Grants

    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.

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    Nicolay Chertkoff Walz, PhD Neuropsychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    primarily focuses on exploring social outcomes of pediatric (particularly early childhood) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The lab is also involved in multi-site research initiatives on short- and long-term child and family outcomes of pediatric brain injury, as well as efforts to develop interventions to improve child and family functioning after TBI.
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    513-636-4336
    nicolay.walz@cchmc.org

    Nicolay Chertkoff Walz, PhD

    Neuropsychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: nicolay.walz@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric brain injury

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    Biography

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

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

    Education and Training

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

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

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

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

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

    Publications

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    Grants

    Pediatric traumatic brain injury consortium: Hypothermia trial. Site Neuropsychologist.  National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. May 2007 -  Apr 2013. #U01NS052478.

    Long-term functional outcomes following early childhood TBI.  Co-investigator. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development . Sep 2009 -  Aug 2014. #R01 HD042729-06.

    Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for TBI Interventions. Co-investigator. National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Oct 2009 - Sep 2014.

    Therapeutic hypothermia after pediatric cardiac arrest: The THAPCA trials. Site Neuropsychologist.  National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute. Oct 2009 - Sep 2015. #1U01HL094345-01.
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    Sara E. Williams, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    has research interests focusing on psychosocial factors affecting children’s and parents’ experience of pediatric chronic pain conditions. She is a study therapist for a NIH funded clinical trial investigating exercise and behavioral interventions for adolescents with fibromyalgia.

    513-636-4336
    sara.williams2@cchmc.org

    Sara E. Williams, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Email: sara.williams2@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric chronic pain; pediatric psychology; cognitive behavioral therapy

    Research

    Psychosocial factors affecting pediatric chronic pain; parent-child interaction

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Chronic Illness Self-Management in Children and Adolescents. Study therapist. National Institutes of Health. 2013-2015.
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    Meg H. Zeller, PhD Fellowship Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    studies the psychosocial correlates of pediatric obesity. Currently, she is studying the short- and longer-term benefits of adolescent surgical weight loss intervention, whether there are pre-surgical psychosocial factors that are predictive of better weight loss outcomes, and whether there are unique or emerging psychosocial risk factors associated with adolescent bariatric surgery that may affect health in adulthood.

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    513-636-2712
    meg.zeller@cchmc.org

    Meg H. Zeller, PhD

    Fellowship Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2712

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: meg.zeller@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric psychology; school-age children and adolescents; childhood obesity; barriers to weight management

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    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Adolescent Bariatrics: Controlled Longitudinal Study of Psychosocial Development (TeenView)
    Principal Investigator
    National Institutes of Health
    Mar 2008 - Feb 2014
    #R01DK080020-01

    Tracking Adolescents After Bariatric Surgery: Substance, HIV and Suicide Risks (teenVIEW3)
    Principal Investigator
    National Institute of Health
    May 2012- April 2017
    #R01DA033415