• Research Faculty

  • A photo of Lori Stark.

    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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    A photo of Robert Ammerman.

    Robert T. Ammerman, PhD, ABPP Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & 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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    A photo of Sarah Beal.

    Sarah J. Beal, PhD Developmental Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

    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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    A photo of Stephen Becker.

    Stephen P. Becker, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & 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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    A photo of Dean W. Beebe.

    Dean W. Beebe, PhD Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & 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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    A photo of Kelly C. Byars.

    Kelly C. Byars, PsyD Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & 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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    A photo of Lori Crosby.

    Lori E. Crosby, PsyD Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & 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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    Natoshia Cunningham, PhD

    Natoshia Cunningham, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

    investigates the co-occurrence of anxiety in youth with chronic pain. Her goal is to design tailored behavioral interventions to enhance outcomes for youth with chronic pain and co-occurring anxiety using a stepped care approach.
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    513-636-2403

    A photo of Dennis Drotar.

    Dennis D. Drotar, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & 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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    A photo of Jeff Epstein.

    Jeffrey N. Epstein, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & 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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    A photo Michelle Ernst.

    Michelle M. Ernst, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

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    A photo of Stephanie Filigno.

    Stephanie Spear Filigno, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

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    A photo of Kevin A. Hommel.

    Kevin A. Hommel, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & 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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    A photo of Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus.

    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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    513-803-5162

    A photo of Naomi Joffe.

    Naomi E. Joffe, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & 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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    A photo of Susmita Kashikar-Zuck.

    Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & 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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    A photo of Jessica Kichler.

    Jessica C. Kichler, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

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    A photo of Richard Loren.

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

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    A photo of Anne Lynch.

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

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    A photo of Meghan McGrady.

    Meghan E. McGrady, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

    is an assistant professor of pediatrics in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children's within the UC College of Medicine. Dr. McGrady’s program of research focuses on the medication adherence decision-making process and the development and dissemination of patient-centered adherence-promotion interventions. She also has an interest in the economic impact of non-adherence.

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    A photo of Michael Mellon, PhD.

    Michael W. Mellon, PhD, ABPP Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

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    A photo of Erica Pearl Messer.

    Erica Pearl Messer, PsyD Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

    is an assistant professor for Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children's within the UC Department of Pediatrics. She has research focus in foster care.

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    A photo of Monica Mitchell.

    Monica Mitchell, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & 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.
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    A photo of Avani Modi.

    Avani C. Modi, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

    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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    A photo of Ahna Pai.

    Ahna Pai, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

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    James L. Peugh, PhD Quantitative Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine & 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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    A photo of Carrie Piazza-Waggoner.

    Carrie Piazza-Waggoner, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

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    A photo of Scott Powers.

    Scott W. Powers, PhD, ABPP Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

    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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    A photo of Joseph Rausch.

    Joseph R. Rausch, PhD Quantitative Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine & 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.

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    Janet R. Schultz, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

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    A photo of Shalonda Slater.

    Shalonda K. Slater, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

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    A photo of Leanne Tamm.

    Leanne Tamm, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & 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.

    A photo of Aaron Vaughn.

    Aaron J. Vaughn, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

    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.

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