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Lori J. Stark, PhD, ABPP Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Lori Stark, PhD, joined Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1998 as the director of Psychology.
Dr. Stark is an authority on parenting of young children. She has applied this expertise to the area of health psychology by working with parents and children to improve their adherence to medical regimes, improving coping with chronic conditions or acute stressors, and providing biobehavioral interventions to conditions such as chronic pain.
Dr. Stark's work is unique in that it utilizes behavioral and environmental interventions to enhance healthcare outcome in pediatrics. Dr. Stark's expertise is on improving nutritional outcome in children with chronic conditions such as cystic fibrosis.
Dr. Stark has received continuous funding from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the National Institute of Health to develop and evaluate behavioral interventions and improving nutritional outcome in children with cystic fibrosis.
Dr. Stark came to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center from Brown University School of Medicine where she was director of Pediatric Psychology at Rhode Island Hospital and associate professor of Psychiatry in Human Behavior at Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Stark earned her undergraduate degree at Boston University and her graduate degree at West Virginia University.
Dr. Stark is on the Executive Committee of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, a division within the American Psychological Association. She has written many professional publications in the field of pediatric psychology and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
PhD: West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1985.
Internship: Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, 1984-1985.
Certification: Clinical Psychology, 1985.
Robert T. Ammerman, PhD, ABPP Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Scientific Director, Every Child Succeeds
Maternal depression; anxiety disorders
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.
Hall ES, Goyal NK, Miller MM, Ammerman RT, Jones DE, Short JA, Van Ginkel JB. Development of a linked perinatal data resource from state administrative and community-based program data. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Jan;18(1):316-25.
Ammerman RT, Putnam FW, Altaye M, Teeters AR, Stevens J, Van Ginkel JB. Treatment of depressed mothers in home visiting: Impact on psychological distress and social functioning. Child Abuse Negl. 2013 Aug;37(8):544-54.
Ammerman RT, Shenk CE, Teeters AR, Noll JG, Putnam FW, Van Ginkel JB. Multiple mediation analysis of trauma and parenting stress in mothers in home visiting. Infant Ment Health J. 2013 34(3).
Ammerman RT, Putnam FW, Altaye M, Stevens J, Teeters AR, Van Ginkel JB. A clinical trial of In-Home CBT for depressed mothers in home visitation. Behav Ther. 2013 Sep;44(3):359-72.
Ammerman RT, Peugh JL, Putnam FW, Van Ginkel JB. Predictors of treatment response in depressed mothers receiving In-Home Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and concurrent home visiting. Behav Modif. 2012 Jul;36(4):462-81.
Ammerman RT, Putnam FW, Chard KM, Stevens J, Van Ginkel JB. PTSD in depressed mothers in home visitation. Psychol Trauma. 2012;4(2):186-195.
Kelly NC, Ammerman RT, Rausch JR, Ris MD, Yeates KO, Oppenheimer SG, Enrile BG. Executive functioning and psychological adjustment in children and youth with spina bifida. Child Neuropsychol. 2012;18(5):417-31.
Ammerman RT, Shenk CE, Teeters AR, Noll JG, Putnam FW, Van Ginkel JB. Impact of depression and childhood trauma in mothers receiving home visitation. J Child Fam Stud. 2012;21(4):612-625.
Ammerman RT, Putnam FW, Stevens J, Bosse, NR, Short JA, Bodley AL, Van Ginkel JB. An open trial of In-Home CBT for depressed mothers in home visitation. Matern Child Health J. 2011 Nov;15(8):1333-41.
Ammerman RT, Putnam FW, Bosse NA, Teeters AR, Van Ginkel JB. Maternal depression in home visitation: A systematic review. Aggress Violent Beh. 2010;15:191-200.
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.
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.
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
PhD: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 2011.
Fellowship: Pediatric Primary Care Research, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2014.
Beal SJ, Wingrove T, Weisz V. Judicial case management in predicting length of stay in foster care. Child Youth Serv Rev. 2014 Vol 44, Sept Pages 16-19.
Beal SJ, Hillman J, Dorn LD, Out D, Pabst S. Associations between the prenatal environment and cardiovascular risk factors in adolescent girls: Internalizing and externalizing behavior symptoms as mediators. Children’s Health Care. 2014 06 Jan.
Beal SJ, Negriff S, Dorn LD, Schulenberg J, Pabst S. Longitudinal Associations Between Smoking and Depressive Symptoms Among Adolescent Girls. Prev Sci. 2014 Aug;15(4):506-15.
Beal SJ. Kupsyk K. An introduction to propensity scores: What, when, and how. Modern Data Analysis Methods [Special Issue]. J Early Adolesc. 2014 Jan;34:66-92.
Beal SJ, Crockett LJ. Adolescents occupational and educational goals: A test of reciprocal relations. J Appl Dev Psychol. 2013 Sep;34(5):219-229.
Dorn LD, Beal SJ, Kalkwarf HJ, Pabst S, Noll JG, Susman EJ. Longitudinal impact of substance use and depressive symptoms on bone accrual among girls aged 11-19 years. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Apr;52(4):393-9.
Crockett LJ, Beal SJ. The life course in the making: Gender and the development of adolescents’ expectations of adult role transitions. Dev Psychol. 2012 Nov;48(6):1727-38.
Carlo G, Crockett LJ, Wilkinson JL, Beal SJ. The longitudinal relationships between rural adolescents’ prosocial behaviors and young adult substance use. J Youth Adolesc. 2011 Sep;40(9):1192-202.
Weisz V, Wingrove T, Beal SJ, Faith-Slaker A. Children’s participation in foster care hearings. Child Abuse Negl. 2011 Apr, 35(4):267–72.
Beal SJ, Crockett LJ. Adolescents’ occupational and educational aspirations and expectations: Links to high school activities and adult educational attainment. Dev Psychol. 2010 Jan;46(1):258-65.
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.
Clinical Psychologist, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Instructor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
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.
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.
Becker SP. External validity of children’s self-reported sleep functioning: Associations with academic, social, and behavioral adjustment. Sleep Med. 2014 Sep;15:(9):1094-100.
Becker SP, Langberg JM, Evans SW, Girio-Herrera E, Vaughn AJ. Differentiating anxiety and depression in relation to the social functioning of young adolescents with ADHD. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2014 Jul 10:1-15.
Becker SP. Sluggish cognitive tempo and peer functioning in school-aged children: A six-month longitudinal study. Psychiatry Res. 2014 Jun 30;217(1-2):72-8.
Becker SP, Luebbe AM, Fite PJ, Stoppelbein L, Greening L. Sluggish cognitive tempo in psychiatrically hospitalized children: Factor structure and relations to internalizing symptoms, social problems, and observed behavioral dysregulation. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2014 Jan;42(1):49-62.
Becker SP, Marshall SA, McBurnett K. Sluggish cognitive tempo in abnormal child psychology: An historical overview and introduction to the Special Section. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2014 Jan;42(1):1-6.
Becker SP. Topical review: Sluggish cognitive tempo: Research findings and relevance for pediatric psychology. J Pediatr Psychol. 2013 Nov;38(10):1051-7.
Becker SP, McBurnett K, Hinshaw SP, Pfiffner LJ. Negative social preference in relation to internalizing symptoms among children with ADHD predominantly inattentive type: Girls fare worse than boys. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2013; 42(6):784-95.
Becker SP, Langberg JM, Vaughn AJ, Epstein JN. Clinical utility of the Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Parent Rating Scale comorbidity screening scales. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2012 Apr;33(3) 221-8.
Becker SP, Luebbe AM, Langberg JM. Co-occurring mental health problems and peer functioning among youth with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A review and recommendations for future research. Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev. 2012 Dec;15(4):279-302.
Langberg JM, Becker SP. Does long-term medication use improve the academic outcomes of youth with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder? Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev. 2012 Sep;15(3):215-33.
Dean W. Beebe, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Director, Neuropsychology Program
Outcome and development of children with brain injuries; outcome and development of children neurodevelopmental disorders; sleep and neurobehavioral functioning; professional development of emerging leaders
Visit the Beebe Lab.
Dean Beebe, PhD, is director of the Neuropsychology Program in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. He is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist with specialty expertise in the evaluation and care of children who have chronic medical and neurological conditions, as well as those with both recent and remotely-acquired brain injuries. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, co-leading the Pediatric Special Interest Group within the AACN. In these positions he has a particular interest in the development of junior-level clinical neuropsychologists to become future leaders of the field.
Although his primary research interests lie at the interface of pediatric sleep medicine and clinical neuropsychology, Dr. Beebe has been principal or co-investigator on multiple NIH-funded clinical trials, both with healthy volunteers and with children who have a wide range of conditions, including lupus, cardiac transplant, brain tumor, epilepsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, lead exposure, and obstructive sleep apnea.
Beyond his own research, Dr. Beebe is an associate editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, and is on the editorial board for Child Neuropsychology and SLEEP. Finally, Dr. Beebe is scientific co-director of the Behavioral Core of the Clinical Translational Research Center at Cincinnati Children's, which facilitates the design and execution of scientifically-strong neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental outcome studies by other investigators across the institution.
PhD: Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 1998.
Fellowship: Pediatric Neuropsychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1998-2000.
Certifications: Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 1999; Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology, American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, 2005.
Beebe DW, Rausch J, Byars KC, Lanphear B, Yolton K. Persistent snoring in preschool children: predictors and behavioral and developmental correlates. Pediatrics. 2012 Sep;130(3):382-9.
McNally KA, Shear PK, Tlustos S, Amin RS, Beebe DW. Iowa gambling task performance in overweight children and adolescents at risk for obstructive sleep apnea. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2012 May;18(3):481-9.
Beebe DW. A brief primer on sleep for pediatric and child clinical neuropsychologists. Child Neuropsychol. 2012;18(4):313-38.
Zelko F, Beebe D, Baker A, Nelson SM, Ali A, Cedeno A, Dina B, Klein-Gitelman MS, Ying J, Brunner HI. Academic outcomes in childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2012 Aug;64(8):1167-74.
Beebe DW, Miller N, Kirk S, Daniels SR, Amin R. The association between obstructive sleep apnea and dietary choices among obese individuals during middle to late childhood. Sleep Med. 2011 Sep;12(8):797-9.
Beebe DW. Cognitive, behavioral, and functional consequences of inadequate sleep in children and adolescents. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2011 Jun;58(3):649-65.
Beebe DW, Ris MD, Kramer ME, Long E, Amin R. The association between sleep disordered breathing, academic grades, and cognitive and behavioral functioning among overweight subjects during middle to late childhood. Sleep. 2010 Nov;33(11):1447-56. Beebe DW, Rose D, Amin R. Brief report: performance of experimentally sleep-restricted adolescents in a simulated classroom. J Adolesc Health. 2010 Nov;47(5):523-5. LeJeune B, Beebe D, Noll J, Kenealy L, Isquith P, Gioia G. Psychometric support for an abbreviated version of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) Parent Form. Child Neuropsychol. 2010 Mar;16(2):182-201. Beebe DW, Difrancesco MW, Tlustos SJ, McNally KA, Holland SK. Preliminary fMRI findings in experimentally sleep-restricted adolescents engaged in a working memory task. Behav Brain Funct. 2009 Feb 19;5:9.
Sleep Disordered Breathing in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Consultant. National Institute of Nursing Research. 2011-2015.
Clinical-Translational Research Center. Co-Director of the Behavioral Core. National Center for Research Resources. 1997 - 2014.
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.
Kelly C. Byars, PsyD, is an associate professor of clinical pediatrics in the Division of Psychology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Byars is a pediatric behavioral psychologist who specializes in behavioral assessment and treatment of children with acute and chronic medical conditions. His primary areas of interest are pediatric sleep disorders, pediatric dysphagia and pediatric elimination disorders. Dr. Byars directs the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at Cincinnati Children's. He is also involved in the clinical training of postdoctoral fellows and residents.
Dr. Byars' research interests are closely tied to his clinical practice. Dr. Byars has published research focusing on a number pediatric illness groups including feeding disorders, cardiac illness, cancer, sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis and insulin-dependent diabetes. Dr. Byars collaborates with other investigators at Cincinnati Children's. His current research efforts are focused on improving behavioral assessment and treatment strategies for children with sleep and feeding disorders.
Dr. Byars received his PsyD from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta, GA. He completed an internship in Pediatric Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at Cincinnati Children's. Dr. Byars joined the faculty of Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in July 2000.
PsyD: Georgia School of Professional Psychology, Atlanta, GA, 1998.
Residency: Clinical Psychology / Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, The Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
Fellowship: Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2000.
Certification: Licensure in Psychology, State of Ohio, 2000; National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, 2001; Certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, June 2005.
Beebe DW, Byars KC. Adolescents with obstructive sleep apnea adhere poorly to positive airway pressure (PAP), but PAP users show improved attention and school performance. PLoS One. 2011 Mar 17;6(3):e16924.
Byars K, Apiwattanasawee P, Leejakpai A, Tangchityongsiva S, Simakajornboom N. Behavioral sleep disturbances in children clinically referred for evaluation of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep Med. 2011 Feb;12(2):163-9. Byars AW, Byars KC, Johnson CS, DeGrauw TJ, Fastenau PS, Perkins S, Austin JK, Dunn DW. The relationship between sleep problems and neuropsychological functioning in children with first recognized seizures. Epilepsy Behav. 2008 Nov;13(4):607-13.
Meltzer L, Mindell J, Owens J, Byars KC. The Use of Sleep Medications in Hospitalized Pediatric Patients. Pediatrics. 2007;119(6):1047–55.
Byars, K. Scheduled awakenings: A behavioral protocol for treating sleepwalking and sleep terrors in children. In M. Perlis, M. Aloia, and B. Kuhn, (Eds.) Behavioral treatments for sleep disorders: A comprehensive primer of behavioral sleep medicine interventions. London: London: Elsevier Academic Press, 2010.
Byars KC, Amin R. Fatigue and Sleep Disorders. In G. Slapp (Ed.) Adolescent Medicine: The Requisites in Pediatrics. Philadelphia: Elsevier Press, 2008.
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. Visit the Crosby Lab.
Adolescents; sickle cell disease; transition; chronic pain; migraines; cultural competence
PsyD: Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 1995.
Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Fellowship: Clinical Psychology, INTERACT Behavioral Healthcare Services Inc, Columbus, OH, 1995-1996.
Hines J, Mitchell M, Crosby L, Johnson A, Valenzuela J, Kalinyak K, Joiner C. Engaging Patients with Sickle Cell Disease and their Families in Disease Education, Research, and Community Awareness. J Prevent Intervent Comm. 2011.
Neal-Barnett A, Stadulis M, Payne MR, Crosby L, Mitchell M, Williams L, Costa CW. In the company of my sisters: Sister circles as an anxiety intervention for professional African American women. J Affect Disord. 2011 Mar;129(1-3):213-8.Oliver-Carpenter G, Barach I, Crosby LE, Valenzuela J, Mitchell MJ. Disease management, coping, and functional disability in pediatric sickle cell disease. J Natl Med Assoc. 2011 Feb;103(2):131-7.
Lynch-Jordan AM, Kashikar-Zuck S, Crosby LE, Lopez WL, Smolyansky BH, Parkins IS, Luzader CP, Hartman A, Guilfoyle SM, Powers SW. Applying quality improvement methods to implement a measurement system for chronic pain-related disability. J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Jan-Feb;35(1):32-41. Brinkman WB, Sherman SN, Zmitrovich AR, Visscher MO, Crosby LE, Phelan KJ, Donovan EF. Parental angst making and revisiting decisions about treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Pediatrics. 2009 Aug;124(2):580-9. Crosby LE, Modi AC, Lemanek KL, Guilfoyle SM, Kalinyak KA, Mitchell MJ. Perceived barriers to clinic appointments for adolescents with sickle cell disease. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2009 Aug;31(8):571-6.
Bolling C, Crosby L, Boles R, Stark L. How pediatricians can improve diet and activity for overweight preschoolers: a qualitative study of parental attitudes. Acad Pediatr. 2009 May-Jun;9(3):172-8. Modi A, Crosby L, Guilfoyle S, Lemanek K, Witherspoon D, Mitchell M. Barriers to Treatment Adherence for Pediatric Patients with Sickle Cell Disease and their Families. Children’s Health Care. 2009.
Beidel D, Turner S, Sallee R, Ammerman R, Crosby L, Pathak S. SET-C vs. fluoxetine in the Treatment of Childhood Social Phobia. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psych. 2007;46:1622-1632.
Mitchell MJ, Lemanek K, Palermo TM, Crosby LE, Nichols A, Powers SW. Parent perspectives on pain management, coping, and family functioning in pediatric sickle cell disease. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2007 May;46(4):311-9.
Natoshia Cunningham, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and 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.
Pediatric pain; anxiety
Dr. Cunningham's program of research focuses on the co-occurrence of anxiety in youth with chronic pain. In 2014, Dr. Cunningham was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32) from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to develop a multimedia CBT intervention for youth with functional abdominal pain and co-occurring anxiety.
Her goal is to test tailored behavioral interventions to enhance outcomes for youth with chronic pain using a stepped care approach.
BA: Boston University, Boston, MA, 2005.
MS: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, 2007.
PhD: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, 2011.
Internship: Pediatric Behavioral Medicine, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Miami, FL, 2011.
Fellowship: Pediatric Pain, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2014.
Fellowship: NIH F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2014.
Certification: Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Ohio), 2014.
Cunningham NR, Cohen M, Farrell M, Mezoff A, Kashikar-Zuck S. Screening for anxiety in youth with functional abdominal pain based on parent and child reports. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2014.
Cunningham NR, Lynch-Jordan A, Barnett K, Sil S, Goldschneider K, Kashikar-Zuck S. The role of child pain catastrophizing in the relationship between parent responses to pain and disability in youth with chronic abdominal pain. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2014.
Lynch-Jordan AM, Sil S, Peugh J, Cunningham NR, Kashikar-Zuck S, Goldschneider KR. Function Improves Before Pain Resolves: the trajectory of pediatric chronic pain recovery. Pain. 2014.
Sil S, Arnold LM, Lynch-Jordan AM, Ting TV, Peugh J, Cunningham NR, Powers SW, Lovell D, Hashkes PJ, Passo MH, Schikler KR, Kashikar-Zuck S. Identifying treatment responders and predictors of improvement after cognitive behavioral therapy for juvenile fibromyalgia. Pain. 2014;155:1206-1212.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Cunningham NR, Sil S, Bromberg M, Lynch-Jordan AM, Strotman D, Peugh J, Noll J, Ting TV, Powers SW, Lovell D, Arnold LM. Long-term outcomes of adolescents with juvenile-onset fibromyalgia in early adulthood. Pediatrics. 2014;133:e592-600.
Cunningham NR, Lynch-Jordan A, Mezoff A, Farrell M, Cohen M, Kashikar-Zuck S. The importance of addressing anxiety in youth with functional abdominal pain: A review and suggested guidelines for physicians. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2013;56(5):469-474.
Cunningham NR, Kashikar-Zuck S. Non-pharmacologic treatment of pain in the rheumatic diseases and other musculoskeletal pain conditions. Current Rheumatology Reports. 2013;15(2):305.
Cunningham NR, Ollendick TH, Peugh J. Phenomenology of clinic-referred youth with ODD and anxiety. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. 2013;35(2):133-141.
Cunningham NR, Vesco AT, Dolan L, Hood KK. From caregiver psychological distress to adolescent glycemic control: The mediating role of perceived burden around diabetes management. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2011;36(2):196-205.
Raishevich N, Kennedy S, Rapee R. Expressed emotion displayed by the mothers of inhibited and uninhibited preschool-aged children. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 2010;39(2):187-194.
Dennis D. Drotar, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Assessment of treatment adherence and Interventions to improve self-management and treatment adherence in pediatric chronic illness.
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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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).
Moore M, Kirchner HL, Drotar D, Johnson N, Rosen C, Redline S. Correlates of adolescent sleep time and variability in sleep time: the role of individual and health related characteristics. Sleep Med. 2011 Mar;12(3):239-45.
Marino BS, Tomlinson RS, Wernovsky G, Drotar D, Newburger JW, Mahony L, Mussatto K, Tong E, Cohen M, Andersen C, Shera D, Khoury PR, Wray J, Gaynor JW, Helfaer MA, Kazak AE, Shea JA; Pediatric Cardiac Quality of Life Inventory Testing Study Consortium. Validation of the pediatric cardiac quality of life inventory. Pediatrics. 2010 Sep;126(3):498-508.
Hazen RA, Eder M, Drotar D, Zyzanski S, Reynolds AE, Reynolds CP, Kodish E, Noll RB; Multi-Site Intervention Study to Improve Consent Research Team. A feasibility trial of a video intervention to improve informed consent for parents of children with leukemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2010 Jul 15;55(1):113-8.
Hood KK, Rohan JM, Peterson CM, Drotar D. Interventions with adherence-promoting components in pediatric type 1 diabetes: meta-analysis of their impact on glycemic control. Diabetes Care. 2010 Jul;33(7):1658-64. McNally K, Rohan J, Pendley JS, Delamater A, Drotar D. Executive functioning, treatment adherence, and glycemic control in children with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2010 Jun;33(6):1159-62. Pai AL, Drotar D. Treatment adherence impact: the systematic assessment and quantification of the impact of treatment adherence on pediatric medical and psychological outcomes. J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 May;35(4):383-93.
Hart CN, Raynor HA, Jelalian E, Drotar D. The association of maternal food intake and infants' and toddlers' food intake. Child Care Health Dev. 2010 May;36(3):396-403. Rohan J, Drotar D, McNally K, Schluchter M, Riekert K, Vavrek P, Schmidt A, Redline S, Kercsmar C. Adherence to pediatric asthma treatment in economically disadvantaged African-American children and adolescents: an application of growth curve analysis. Pediatr Psychol. 2010 May;35(4):394-404. Marino BS, Uzark K, Ittenbach R, Drotar D. Evaluation of quality of life in children with heart disease. Progress in Pediatric Cardiology. 2010;29:131 – 138.Cortina S, de Alarcon A, McGraw K, Ahrens A, Rothenberg ME, Drotar D. Psychological impact of pediatric eosinophil-associated gastrointestinal disorders. Children’s Health Care. 2010;39:266 – 278.
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.
Director, Center for ADHD, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Jeff Epstein, PhD, is a professor of pediatrics in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed a clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Epstein is a licensed psychologist whose research and clinical work focus on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and other psychological disorders originating in childhood.
He is a co-investigator on the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA). Dr. Epstein has published numerous empirical papers on a variety of ADHD-related topics. Much of his empirical research has concentrated on the neuropsychology of ADHD, and the promotion of evidence-based ADHD care among community pediatricians.
Epstein JN. How can the internet help improve community-based pediatric ADHD care? Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics. 2012;12, 501-503.
Becker SP, Langberg JM, Vaughn AJ, Epstein JN. Clinical utility of the Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Parent Rating Scale comorbidity screening scales. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2012;33, 221-228.
Shiels K, Tamm L, Epstein JN. Deficient post-error slowing in children with ADHD is limited to the inattentive subtype. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2012;18, 1-6.
Froehlich TE, Epstein JN, Nick TG, Melguizo-Castro MS, Stein MA, Brinkman WB, Graham AJ, Langberg JM, Kahn RS. Pharmacogenetic predictors of methylphenidate dose-response in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2011;50, 1129-1139.
Brinkman WB, Hartl J, Rawe L, Britto MT, Epstein JN. Physicians’ shared decision making behaviors in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder care. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2011;165, 1013-1019.
Vaughn A, Epstein J, Rausch J, Altaye M, Langberg J, Newcorn J, Hinshaw S, Hechtman L, Arnold LE, Swanson J, Wigal T. Relations between neuropsychological functioning and ADHD symptomatology over time. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 2011;39, 853-864
Epstein JN, Langberg JM, Rosen PJ, Graham A, Narad ME, Antonini TN, Brinkman WB, Froehlich T, Simon JO, Altaye M. Evidence for higher reaction time variability for children with ADHD on a range of cognitive tasks including reward and event rate manipulations. Neuropsychology. 2011;25, 427-441.
Epstein JN, Langberg JM, Lichtenstein PK, Kolb R, Altaye M, Simon JO. Use of a web portal to improve community-based pediatric ADHD care: A cluster randomized trial. Pediatrics. 2011;128, e1201-e1208.
Langberg JM, Molina BSG, Arnold LE, Epstein JN, Altaye M, Hinshaw SP, Swanson JM, Wigal T, Hechtman L. Patterns and predictors of adolescent academic achievement and performance in a sample of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 2011;40, 1-13.
Epstein JN, Brinkman WB, Froehlich T, Langberg JM, Narad ME, Antonini TN, Shiels K, Simon JO, Altaye M. Effects of stimulant medication, incentives, and event rate on reaction time variability in children with ADHD. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2011;36, 1060-1072.
Michelle M. Ernst, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Director, Consultation-Liaison Service
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Michelle M. Ernst received her PhD in clinical psychology from SUNY-Buffalo in 2000, where she conducted research on pediatric obesity. She did her internship training in the O’Grady Residency in psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1999-2000. She returned to Cincinnati Children's in 2005 as an assistant professor of pediatrics to develop the inpatient Behavioral Medicine Consultation-Liaison Service. Her clinical interests include coping with medical illness and procedures, pain and loss of functioning, anxiety/stress management and parent support. She conducts clinical effectiveness research promoting use of evidence-based care with pediatric inpatients.
Stephanie Spear Filigno, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Behavior management in toddlers and preschoolers; adherence to treatment in chronic illness (CF and obesity); coping and adjustment; child anxiety, toileting
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.
Stark LJ, Spear S, Boles R, Kuhl E, Ratcliff M, Scharf C, Bolling C, Rausch J. A pilot randomized controlled trial of a clinic and home-based behavioral intervention to decrease obesity in preschoolers. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011 Jan;19(1):134-41.
Borowitz B, Robinson K, Rosenfeld M, Davis SD, Sabadosa KA, Spear SL, Michel SH, Parad RB, White TB, Farrell PM, Marshall BC, Accurso FJ. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Evidence-Based Guidelines for Management of Infants with Cystic Fibrosis. Journal of Pediatrics. 2009;155(6):S73-S93.
Kevin A. Hommel, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Director, Divisional Data Core
Promotion of treatment adherence; self-management in pediatric chronic conditions
Dr. Hommel's research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Many of his studies are focused on developing, testing (via randomized controlled trial), and optimizing behavioral treatments for nonadherence in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), as well as examining the effects of nonadherence on disease outcomes and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Dr. Hommel is also involved in studies that are aimed at developing HRQoL measures in functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID) and eosinophilic esophagitis. He is a co-investigator on the PROTECT study, which is a multisite U01 study aimed at defining the rate of corticosteroid-free remission in pediatric patients with ulcerative colitis receiving standardized medical therapy. Additionally, Dr. Hommel is a co-investigator on a multisite R01 study aimed at developing and testing a collaborative chronic care network (C3N) to improve treatment outcomes in children with IBD.
Dr. Hommel came to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2008 from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He continues to collaborate with investigators at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as a site principal investigator on two studies funded by the NIDDK. The first is evaluating the efficacy of a low magnitude mechanical stimulus intervention to improve bone mineral density in children with Crohn's disease and the second is examining the effects of a novel lipid matrix supplement on choline status in children with cystic fibrosis.
Hommel KA, Franciosi JP, Gray WN, Hente EA, Ahrens A, Rothenberg ME. Behavioral functioning and treatment adherence in pediatric eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2012 Aug:23(5):494-9.
Franciosi JP, Hommel KA, DeBrosse CW, Greenler AJ, Greenberg AB, Abonia JP, Rothenberg ME, Varni JW. Quality of Life in Paediatric Eosinophilic Oesophagitis: What is Important to Patients? Child: Care, Health, and Development. 38(4): 477-483. 2012.
Hommel KA, Hente EA, Odell S, Herzer M, Ingerski LM, Guilfoyle SM, Denson LA. Evaluation of a Group-Based Behavioral Intervention to Promote Adherence in Adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 24(1): 64-69. 2012.
Gray WN, Denson LA, Baldassano RN, Hommel KA. Treatment Adherence in Adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The Collective Impact of Barriers to Adherence and Anxiety/Depressive Symptoms. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 37(3): 282-291. 2012.
Hommel KA, Franciosi JP, Hente EA, Ahrens A, Rothenberg ME. Treatment Adherence in Pediatric Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 37(5): 533-542. 2012.
Modi AC, Pai AL, Hommel KA, Hood KK, Cortina S, Hilliard ME, Guilfoyle SM, Gray WN, Drotar D. Pediatric self-management: A framework for research, practice, and policy. Pediatrics. 129(2): E473-485. 2012.
Guilfoyle SM, Denson LA, Baldassano RN, Hommel KA. Paediatric parenting stress in inflammatory bowel disease: Application of the Pediatric Inventory for Parents. Child: Care, Health and Development. 38(2): 273-279. 2012.
Hommel KA, Herzer M, Ingerski LM, Hente EA, Denson LA. Individually-tailored treatment of medication nonadherence: A pilot study. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2011.
Herzer M, Denson LA, Baldassano RN, Hommel KA. Family functioning and health-related quality of life in adolescents with pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. Jan;23(1):95-100. 2011.
Hommel KA, Odell S, Sander E, Baldassano RN, Barg FK. Treatment adherence in paediatric inflammatory bowel disease: perceptions from adolescent patients and their families. Health Soc Care Community. Jan;19(1):80-8. 2011.
Open Source Science: Transforming Chronic Illness Care. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases / National Institute of Nursing Research. 2009-2014.
Telehealth Enhancement of Adherence to Medication in Pediatric IBD (TEAM Study). Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 2011-2016.
Predicting Response to Standard Pediatric Colitis Therapy: The PROTECT study. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 2012-2017.
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.
Visit Dr. Horowitz-Kraus' lab web site.
Program Director, Reading and Literacy Discovery Center
Neuroimaging: written language; oral language development
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).
Horowitz-Kraus T, Vannest JJ, Gozdas E, Holland SK. Greater Utilization of neural-circuits related to executive functions is associated with better reading: a longitudinal fMRI study using the verb generation task. Front Hum Neurosci. 2014 Jun 20;8:447.
Kraus D, Horowitz-Kraus T. The Effect of Learning on Feedback-Related Potentials in Adolescents with Dyslexia: An EEG-ERP Study. PLoS One. 2014 Jun 20;9(6):e100486.
Horowitz-Kraus T, Cicchino N, Amiel M, Holland SK, Breznitz Z. Reading Improvement in English and Hebrew-Speaking children with Reading Difficulties after Reading Acceleration Training. Ann Dyslexia. 2014 Oct;64(3):183-201.
Horowitz-Kraus T, Wang YY, Plante E, Holland SK. The involvement of the right hemisphere in reading comprehension: a DTI study. Brain Res. 2014 Sep 25;1582:34-44.
Berman S, Cicchino N, Hajinazarian A, Mescher M, Holland SK, Horowitz-Kraus T. An fMRI Study of a Dyslexia Biomarker. Young Scientists Journal. 2014 26:1-4.
Horowitz-Kraus T, Breznitz Z. Can Reading Rate Acceleration Training Improve Executive Functions in Adolescents with Reading Difficulties and in Typical Readers. Brain Res. 2014 Jan 28;1544:1-14.
Horowitz-Kraus T, Vannest JJ, Holland SK. Overlapping Neural Circuitry for Narrative Comprehension and Proficient Reading in Children and Adolescents. Neuropsychologia. 2013 Nov;51(13):2651–62.
Horowitz-Kraus T. Differential effect of cognitive training on executive functions and reading abilities in children with ADHD and in children with ADHD comorbid with reading difficulties. J Atten Disord. 2013 Sep 11.
Horowitz-Kraus T. Can the Error-Monitoring System Differentiate ADHD from ADHD with Reading Disability? Reading and Executive Dysfunction as Reflected in Error Monitoring. J Atten Disord. 2013 May 31.
Breznitz Z, Shaul S, Horowitz-Kraus T, Sela I, Nevat M, Karni A. Enhanced Reading by training with imposed time-constraint in typical and dyslexic adults. Nat Commun. 2013:4:1486.
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.
CBDI Patient and Family Wellness Center
Pediatric psychology; coping with chronic illness; adherence to treatment/self-management; pain-management; cognitive-behavioral therapy
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.
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.
Crosby LE, Joffe NE, Dunseath L, Lee R. Design joins the battle against sickle-cell disease. Design Management Review. 2013.
Joffe NE, Lynch-Jordan AM, Ting TV, Arnold LM, Hashkes PJ, Lovell DJ, Passo MH, Powers SW, Schikler KN, Kashikar-Zuck S. The utility of the PedsQL™ Rheumatology Module as an outcome measure in juvenile fibromyalgia. Arthritis Care and Research. 2013.
Joffe NE, Cohen LL, Masuda Aki. Evaluation of a body pillow to aid pediatric spinal fusion recovery. Children’s Health Care. 2013.
Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD Research Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Research Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Pediatric pain management; cognitive behavioral therapy for treatment of chronic pain in children; parent training; biofeedback.
Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD, specializes in behavioral pain management with children. She leads the pediatric chronic pain research program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Her research interests are in the psychological aspects of pediatric chronic pain including adjustment and coping of children and their families. She is specifically interested in evaluating the efficacy of cognitive behavior therapy and combined behavioral and exercise-based treatments for pain conditions such as juvenile fibromyalgia.
Powers SW, Kashikar-Zuck SM, Allen JR, LeCates SL, Zafar M, Kabbouche MA, O’Brien HL, Shenk CE, Rausch JR, Hershey AD. Cognitive behavioral therapy plus amitriptyline for chronic migraine in children and adolescents: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2013 Dec 25;310(24): 2622-30.
Joffe NE, Lynch-Jordan A, Ting TV, Arnold LM, Hashkes PJ, Lovell DJ, Passo MH, Powers SW, Schikler KR, Kashikar-Zuck S. The utility of the PedsQL™Rheumatology Module as an outcome measure in juvenile fibromyalgia. Arthritis Care Res. 2013 Nov;65(11):1820-7.
Logan DE, Claar RL, Guite JW, Kashikar-Zuck S, Lynch-Jordan AM, Palermo TM, Wilson AC, Zhou C. Factor structure of the Children's Depression Inventory in a multisite sample of children and adolescents with chronic pain. J Pain. 2013 Jul;14(7):689-98.
Sil S, Lynch-Jordan AM, Ting TV, Peugh J, Noll J, Kashikar-Zuck S. Influence of family environment on the long term psychosocial functioning of adolescents with fibromyalgia. Arthritis Care Res. 2013 Jun;65(6):903-9.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Sil S, Lynch-Jordan AM, Ting TV, Peugh J, Schikler KR, Hashkes PJ, Arnold LM, Passo MH, Richards-Mauze MM, Powers SW, Lovell DJ. Changes in pain coping, catastrophizing and coping efficacy after cognitive-behavioral therapy in children and adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia. J Pain. 2013 May;14(5):492-501.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Flowers SR, Strotman D, Sil S, Ting TV, Schikler KN. Physical activity monitoring in adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia: findings from a clinical trial of cognitive behavioral therapy. Arthritis Care Res. 2013 Mar;65(3):398-405.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Ting TV, Arnold LM, Bean J, Powers SW, Graham TB, Passo MH, Schikler KN, Hashkes PJ, Spalding S, Lynch-Jordan AM, Banez G, Richards MM, Lovell D. Cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of juvenile fibromyalgia: a multisite, single-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial. Arthritis Rheum. 2012 Jan;64(1):297-305.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Flowers SR, Claar RL, Guite JW, Logan DE, Lynch-Jordan AM, Palermo TM, Wilson AC. Clinical utility and validity of the Functional Disability Inventory among a multi-center sample of youth with chronic pain. Pain. 2011 Jul;152(7):1600-7.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Parkins IS, Ting TV, Verkamp E, Lynch-Jordan AM, Passo M & Graham TB. Controlled follow-up study of physical and psychosocial functioning of adolescents with juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome. Rheumatology. 2010 Nov;49(11):2204-9.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Flowers SR, Verkamp E, Ting TV, Lynch-Jordan AM, Graham TB, Passo M, Schikler KN, Hashkes PJ, Spalding S, Banez G, Richards MM, Powers SW, Arnold LM, Lovell D. Actigraphy-based physical activity monitoring in adolescents with juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome. J Pain. 2010 Sep;11(9):885-93.
Fibromyalgia Integrative Training program for Teens (FIT Teens). Principal Investigator. National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 2013-2015. #R21 AR063412.
Amitriptyline and topiramate in the prevention of childhood migraine. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 2011-2016. #U01 NS076788.
Jessica C. Kichler, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Pediatric psychology; congenital heart disorders; diabetes
Dr. Jessica C. Kichler, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist, who specializes in working with chronically medically ill children and their families. She is also a certified diabetes educator (CDE). She provides individual, family, and group therapy for all ages of children and their families. In addition, she engages in research, education, and training in the areas of adjustment and coping, adherence, and the psychosocial outcomes of chronic illness in children and families.
PhD: Kent State University, Kent, OH, 2003.
Residency: Clinical Psychology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL.
Fellowship: Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI.
Certification: Certified Diabetes Educator, 2008; Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 2011.
Nabors LA, Kichler JC, Burbage ML, Swoboda CM, Andreone TL. Children’s Learning and Goal Setting at a Diabetes Camp. Diabetes Spectrum. 2014 Nov 27;4:257-63.
Alemzadeh R, Kichler J. Gender differences in the association of insulin resistance and high-sensitivity c-reactive protein in obese adolescents. Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders. 2014;13.
Corathers S, Kichler J, Yayah Jones NH, Houchen A, Jolly M, Morwessel N, Crawford P, Dolan L, Hood K. Systematic Depression Screening for Adolescents: An Example from Type 1 Diabetes. Pediatrics. 2013;132:e1395-e1402.
Tran S, Salamon K, Hainsworth K, Kichler J. Pain reports in children and adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM). Journal of Child Health Care. 2013 Aug 12.
Nabors L, Bartz J, Kichler J, Sievers R, Elkins R, Pangallo J. Play as a mechanism of working through medical trauma for children with medical illnesses and their siblings. Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing. 2013;36(3) 212-224.
Crouse J, Kichler J, Kaugars A, Baumler M, Gleason M. Glycemic index, glycemic load and blood glucose outcomes in adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition. 2013;5(6), 361-367.
Levin L, Kichler J, Polfus M. The Relationship Between Hemoglobin A1C in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes and Chaos in the Family Household. Diabetes Educator. 2013;39(5) 696-704.
Kichler JC, Kaugars A, Marik P, Nabors L, Alemzadeh R. Adjustment and Self-Management Intervention Groups for Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and their Parents. Journal of Health Psychology. 2013.
Nabors LA, Kichler JC, Bush A, Thakkar S, Bartz J, Van Wassenhove B, Lundy H. Factors Related to Parent Anxiety and Coping with a Child’s Chronic Illness. Families, Systems and Health. 2013;31(2), 171-180.
Salamon KS, Brouwer AM, Olson KA, Fox M, Fleischman KA, Hains AA, Davies WH, Kichler JC. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) Experiences: Qualitative Analysis of Adolescents’ Concept of Illness, Adjustment and Motivation to Engage in Diabetes Self-Care Behaviors. Diabetes Educator. 2012;38 (4), 543-551.
Richard E. A. Loren, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Clinical Director, Center for ADHD
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder
Langberg JM, Epstein JN, Simon JO, Loren REA, Arnold LE, Hechtman L, Hinshaw SP, Hoza B, Jensen PS, Pelham WE, Swanson JM, Wigal T. Parent agreement on ratings of children's Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and broadband externalizing behaviors. J Emot Behav Disord. 2010 Mar;18(1):41-50.
Langberg JM, Froehlich TE, Loren RE, Martin JE, Epstein JN. Assessing children with ADHD in primary care settings. Expert Rev Neurother. 2008 Apr;8(4):627-41.
Anne M. Lynch-Jordan, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Pediatric psychology; child and adolescent clinical psychology; behavioral pain management
Anne M. Lynch-Jordan, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of pediatric chronic pain. She is the primary pain psychologist in Headache Center (named a Clinical Center of Excellence by Medical Economics in 2009), Epidermolysis Bullosa Center, and the Pain Management Clinic (named a Clinical Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society in 2007).
Dr. Lynch-Jordan is the associate director of the O'Grady Residency in Pediatric Psychology, and is a team leader in the Academic Collaborative, a hospital-wide initiative aimed at integrating quality improvement science into academic divisions at Cincinnati Children's. Dr. Lynch-Jordan's current research interests include parenting behavior and illness behavior encouragement of children with chronic pain. Additionally, she is interested in pain expression and factors contributing to school attendance/absences in the pediatric chronic pain population. She is a study therapist for an NIH clinical trial investigating behavioral interventions for juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Flowers SR, Claar RL, Guite JW, Logan DE, Lynch-Jordan AM, Palermo TM, Wilson AC. Clinical utility and validity of the Functional Disability Inventory among a multicenter sample of youth with chronic pain. Pain. 2011 Jul;152(7):1600-7.
Lynch-Jordan AM, Kashikar-Zuck S, Goldschneider KR. Parent perceptions of adolescent pain expression: the adolescent pain behavior questionnaire. Pain. 2010 Dec;151(3):834-42.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Parkins IS, Ting TV, Verkamp E, Lynch-Jordan A, Passo M, Graham TB. Controlled follow-up study of physical and psychosocial functioning of adolescents with juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2010 Nov;49(11):2204-9.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Flowers SR, Verkamp E, Ting TV, Lynch-Jordan AM, Graham TB, Passo M, Schikler KN, Hashkes PJ, Spalding S, Banez G, Richards MM, Powers SW, Arnold LM, Lovell D. Actigraphy-based physical activity monitoring in adolescents with juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome. J Pain. 2010 Sep;11(9):885-93.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Johnston M, Ting TV, Graham BT, Lynch-Jordan AM, Verkamp E, Passo M, Schikler KN, Hashkes PJ, Spalding S, Banez G, Richards MM, Powers SW, Arnold LM, Lovell D. Relationship between school absenteeism and depressive symptoms among adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia. J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Oct;35(9):996-1004.
Lynch-Jordan AM, Kashikar-Zuck S, Crosby LE, Lopez WL, Smolyansky BH, Parkins IS, Luzader CP, Hartman A, Guilfoyle SM, Powers SW. Applying quality improvement methods to implement a measurement system for chronic pain-related disability. J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Jan-Feb;35(1):32-41.
Lynch-Jordan A, Kashikar-Zuck S, Flower S, Harding K, Wolf D, Paulford-Lecher N, Desai A, Szabova A, Goldschneider K. The relationship between adolescent pain behaviors and catastrophizing on parent catastrophizing about their adolescents’ pain. The Journal of Pain. 2010 11(4), (1 Suppl), 18. Flowers S, Kashikar-Zuck S, Verkamp E, Lynch-Jordan A, Strotman D, Ting Schikler K, Spalding S, Hashkes P, Richards M, Banez G, Arnold L, Powers S, Lovell D. The relationship between pain catastrophizing, coping efficacy, and objectively measured physical activity in adolescents with Juvenile Primary Fibromyalgia Syndrome. The Journal of Pain. 2010 11(4), (1 Suppl), 16. Zafar M, Kashikar-Zuck S, Slater S, Allen J, Flowers S, Verkamp E, Ting T, Lynch-Jordan A, Kabbouche M, Hershey A, Powers S. Childhood abuse in pediatric patients with juvenile fibromyalgia and chronic daily headache. The Journal of Pain. 2010 11(4), (1 Suppl), 13. Kashikar-Zuck S, Lynch A, Slater S, Graham TB, Swain NF, Noll R. Family factors, emotional functioning, and functional impairment in juvenile fibromyalgia syndrome. Arthritis Care and Research. 2008 59(10),1392-98.
Meghan E. McGrady, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the UC College of Medicine and in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at CCHMC. 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.
adherence; adolescents and young adults; oncology
BA: Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL, 2006.
MA: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2009.
PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.
Internship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.
Fellowship: NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship
(T32HD068223), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2014.
Pai LH, McGrady ME. Psychological interventions to promote treatment adherence in children and adolescents with chronic illness: An examination of recent literature. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2014 June 20.
McGrady ME. Commentary: Demonstrating cost-effectiveness in pediatric psychology. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2014;39(6):602-611.
McGrady, M. E., Peugh, J. L., & Hood, K. K. (2014). Illness representations predict adherence in adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes. Psychology and Health. 29(9), 985-998. doi:10.1080/08870446.2014.899361
McGrady ME, Williams SN, Davies SM, Pai LH. Adherence to outpatient oral medication regimens in adolescent HSCT recipients. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2013;18(2):140-144.
McGrady ME, Hommel KA. Medication adherence and health care utilization in pediatric chronic illness: A systematic review. Pediatrics. 2013;132(4):730-740.
McGrady ME, Hood KK. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for adolescents with type 1 diabetes and subclinical depressive symptoms: A pilot study. Diabetes Management. 2013;3(3):207-215.
McGrady ME, Cotton S, Rosenthal SL, Roberts Y, Britto M, Yi MS. Anxiety and asthma symptoms in urban adolescents with asthma: The mediating role of illness perceptions. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 2010;17(4):349-56.
McGrady ME, Hood KK. Depressive symptoms in adolescents with type 1 diabetes: Associations with longitudinal outcomes. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 2010;88(3):e35-e37.
McGrady ME, Laffel L, Drotar D, Repaske D, Hood KK. Depression and glycemic control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes: Mediational role of adherence. Diabetes Care. 2009;32(5):804-806.
Michael W. Mellon, PhD, ABPP Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) application to children with IBD and their families
The development of child and parent self-report measures of experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion related to IBD
Michael W. Mellon, PhD, earned his PhD from the University of Memphis and completed an internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Mellon is currently a pediatric psychologist in the Department of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center providing psychological care to patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Dr. Mellon has also worked in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Mayo Clinic as the co-director of the Mayo Clinic-Dana Child Development and Learning Disorders Program, and director of the Enuresis and Encopresis Clinic. Dr. Mellon has published and presented papers at national conferences in the areas of behavioral treatments for enuresis and encopresis.
Recent research activities include a study of the relationship between ADHD and elimination disorders, and a study identifying predictors of outcome in conditioning treatment of primary nocturnal enuresis.
Homan KJ, Mellon MW, Houlihan D, Katusic MZ. Brief Report: Childhood Disintegrative Disorder: A Brief Examination of Eight Case Studies. J Autism Dev Disord. 2011 Apr;41(4):497-504.
Voigt RG, Johnson SK, Mellon MW, Hashikawa AH, Campeau LJ, Williams AR, Yawn BP, Juhn YJ. Relationship between parenting stress and concerns identified by developmental screening and their effects on parental medical care-seeking behavior. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2009 May;48(4):362-8.
Voigt RG, Johnson SK, Hashikawa AH, Mellon MW, Campeau LJ, Williams AR, Yawn BP, Juhn YJ. Why parents seek medical evaluations for their children with mild acute illnesses. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2008 Apr;47(3):244-51.
Mellon MW, Whiteside SP, Friedrich WN. The relevance of fecal soiling as an indicator of child sexual abuse: a preliminary analysis. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2006 Feb;27(1):25-32.
Lynn SG, Bauch CD, Williams DE, Beatty CW, Mellon MW, Weaver AL. Psychologic profile of tinnitus patients using the SCL-90-R and Tinnitus Handicap Inventory. Otol Neurotol. 2003 Nov;24(6):878-81.
Bauch CD, Lynn SG, Williams DE, Mellon MW, Weaver AL. Tinnitus impact: three different measurement tools. J Am Acad Audiol. 2003 May-Jun;14(4):181-7.
McGrath ML, Mellon MW, Murphy L. Empirically supported treatments in pediatric psychology: constipation and encopresis. J Pediatr Psychol. 2000 Jun;25(4):225-54; discussion 255-6. Review.
Mellon MW, McGrath ML. Empirically supported treatments in pediatric psychology: nocturnal enuresis. J Pediatr Psychol. 2000 Jun;25(4):193-214; discussion 215-8, 219-24. Review.
Stern HP, Stroh SE, Fiedorek SC, Kelleher K, Mellon MW, Pope SK, Rayford PL. Increased plasma levels of pancreatic polypeptide and decreased plasma levels of motilin in encopretic children. Pediatrics. 1995 Jul;96(1 Pt 1):111-7.
Stern HP, Mellon MW, Stern TP, Fiser R. Information highway travelling back to our roots. J Ark Med Soc. 1994 Dec;91(7):316-7.
Erica Pearl Messer, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology / Mayerson Center
Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology / Mayerson Center
Children and families exposed to domestic violence; children in foster care
Erica Pearl Messer, PsyD, received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. In September 2004, she joined the Trauma Treatment Replication Center, a joint collaborative of the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children and the Childhood Trust, to provide training and consultation to community providers in the area of evidence-based treatments for traumatized children and families. She trains community providers in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE), a program for non-clinical providers who interact with traumatized children.
Pearl E, Thieken L, Olafson E, Boat B, Connelly L, Barnes J, Putnam F. Effectiveness of community dissemination of parent-child interaction therapy. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 4(2), 204-213. 2012.
Boat B, Pearl E, Barnes J, Richey L, Crouch D, Barzman D, Putnam F. Childhood cruelty to animals: Psychiatric and demographic correlates. J Aggres Maltreat Trauma. 2011.
Pearl ES. Parent management training for reducing oppositional and aggressive behavior in preschool children. Aggression and Violent Behavior. 2009;14:295-305.
Pearl ES. Parent-child interaction therapy with an immigrant family exposed to domestic violence. Clinical Case Studies. 2008;7(1):25-41.
Pearl E, Minnick JL. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE). In An Integrated Model for Treatment of Early Childhood Abuse. C. Huff & H.J. Sites (Eds.). Royal Oak, MI: Self-Esteem Shop, 2007.
Pearl, E. S. & Dulaney C. Depressive symptoms and prosocial behavior after participation in a bullying prevention program. Journal of School Violence 5(4), 3-20. 2006.
Monica Mitchell, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Senior Director, Community Relations
Health disparities; sickle cell disease; obesity; community-based research; school-based mental health; qualitative research methods; using technology in psychological interventions and program evaluation; public policy
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Monica Mitchell, PhD, received her doctorate from Vanderbilt University in 1998, and completed her residency and postdoctoral fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1998 and 2001 respectively. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she completed a supplement grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to examine family variables related to nutritional intake and mealtime behavior problems.
In 2001, Dr. Mitchell received a K01 grant to examine nutritional status and depression in children with sickle cell disease. This study was part of a five-year K01 career development grant she received from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that involves assessing growth, development and behavioral functioning in children with sickle cell disease.
Dr. Mitchell has published more than 20 articles, including in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Headache, Diabetes Care and Pediatrics. Dr. Mitchell has also served on the Journal of Pediatric Psychology's Editorial Board since 2005, and is past Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54 of the American Psychological Association). Most recently, she was appointed to a three year term to the Committee on Youth, Children and Families for APA.
PhD: Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN, 1999.
Predoctoral Internship: Pediatric/Child Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 1998.Postdoctoral Fellowship: Division of Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2001.
Hines J, Crosby L, Harris A, Davis O, Mitchell M. Youth Engagement in Sickle Cell Disease Community Education. Health Behavior and Education. 2011.
Crosby L, Modi A, Mitchell M, Lemanek K, Kalinyak K. Adherence to clinic visits in adolescents with sickle cell disease. J Hem Onc. 2011.
Hines J, Mitchell M, Crosby L, Johnson A, Valenzuela J, Kalinyak K, Joiner C. Engaging Patients with Sickle Cell Disease and their Families in Disease Education, Research, and Community Awareness. J Prev Interv Comm. 2011.
Valenzuela J, Jacquez F, Pendery R, Niemes L, Huddleston D, Mitchell M. The Impact of a Community-based Activity and Nutrition Program for Children. J Prev Interv Comm. 2011.
Lynch J, Mitchell M. Community Engagement and the Ethics of Global, Translational Research: A Response to Sofaer and Eyal. Am J Bioeth. 2010 Aug;10(8):37-8.
Roberts Y, Mitchell M, Witman M, Taffarro C. Mental Health Symptoms in Youth Affected by Hurricane Katrina. Professional Psychology Research and Practice. 2010 Feb;41(1):10-18. Herzer M, Godiwala N, Hommel KA, Driscoll K, Mitchell M, Crosby LE, Piazza-Waggoner C, Zeller MH, Modi AC. Family functioning in the context of pediatric chronic conditions. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2010 Jan;31(1):26-34.
McGrady ME, Mitchell MJ, Theodore SN, Sersion B, Holtzapple E. Preschool Participation and BMI at Kindergarten Entry: The Case for Early Behavioral Intervention. J Obes. 2010;2010. pii: 360407.
Mitchell MJ, Carpenter GJ, Crosby LE, Bishop CT, Hines J, Noll J. Growth status in children and adolescents with sickle cell disease. Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2009 Jun;26(4):202-15.
Mitchell MJ, Piazza-Waggoner C, Modi A. Assessing Stability in Family Functioning in Cystic Fibrosis and Normative Samples Using the Mealtime Interaction Coding System. J Ped Psych. 2009;34(1):63-68.
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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Director, Center for Adherence and Self-Management
Co-Director, New Onset Seizure Clinic
Adjustment and adaptation in pediatric epilepsy
Treatment adherence; health-related quality of life; epilepsy; obesity; cystic fibrosis; sickle cell disease; bariatric surgery
Avani Modi, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology and the Director of the Center for Adherence and Self Management at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her research lab focuses on adherence to pediatric medical regimens, including the measurement of adherence, identifying barriers to effective disease management, and developing and evaluating family-based interventions to improve adherence, especially within pediatric epilepsy. She also has an interest in the development of health-related quality-of-life outcome measures.
Ratcliff M, Zeller MH, Inge TH, Hrovat KB, Modi AC. Feasibility of Ecological Momentary Assessment to Characterize Adolescent Postoperative Diet and Activity Patterns Following Weight Loss Surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2014 Jul-Aug;10(4):705-10.
Wu YP, Follansbee-Junger K, Rausch JR, Modi AC. Parent and Family Stress Factors Predict Health-Related Quality of Life in Pediatric Patients with New-Onset Epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2014 Jun;55(6):866-77.
Aylward B, Rausch JR, Modi AC. An examination of one-year adherence and persistence rates to antiepileptic medication in children with newly diagnosed epilepsy. J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 Mar 19.
Drotar D, Cortina S, Crosby LE, Hommel KA, Modi AC, Pai ALH. Competency-Based Postdoctoral Research Training for Clinical Psychologists: Challenges and Implications. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. 2014 Jun.
Modi AC, Rausch JR, Glauser TA. Early pediatric antiepileptic drug non-adherence is related to lower long term seizure freedom. Neurology. 2014 Feb 25;82(8):671-3.
Painter E, Rausch JR, Modi AC. Changes in Daily Activity Patterns of Caregivers of Children with Newly Diagnosed Epilepsy: A Case Controlled Design. Epilepsy Behav. 2014 Feb;31:1-6.
Guilfoyle SM, Junger K, Modi AC. Development and Preliminary Implementation of a Psychosocial Service into Standard Medical Care for Pediatric Epilepsy. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2013:1(3), 276-288.
Sawhney P, Modi AC, Jenkins TM, Kollar LM, Zeller M, Inge TH. Predictors and Outcomes of Adolescent Bariatric Support group attendance. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2013.
Modi AC, Guilfoyle SM, Rausch JR. Preliminary feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of an innovative adherence intervention for children with newly diagnosed epilepsy. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2013:38, 605-616.
Hilliard ME, Lawrence JM, Modi AC, Anderson A, Crume T, Dolan LM, Merchant AT, Yi-Frazier JP, Hood KK, for the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study Group.Identification of Minimal Clinically Important Difference Scores of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults With Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2013:36(7):1891-1897.
Supporting Treatment Adherence Regimens in Pediatric Epilepsy. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health-Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Apr 2013 - Mar 2018. R01HD073115.
Adolescent Bariatrics: Assessing Health Benefits and Risks. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jul 2006 - Aug 2016. UM1 DK07249301.
Ahna Pai, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Director, CBDI Patient and Family Wellness Center
Adherence; oncology; transplant
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Ahna Luise Hoff Pai, PhD, is a faculty member in the Center for the Promotion of Adherence and Self-Management, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology.
Goebel J, Pai ALH. Creating a Monster: Non-Adherence Underlying Late Transplant Rejection. Pediatric Transplantation. 2012;16: 312–314.
Pai ALH, Rausch J, Tackett A, Marsolo K, Drotar D, Goebel JW. System for Integrated Adherence Monitoring (SIAM): Real-Time Non-Adherence Risk Assessment in Pediatric Kidney Transplantation. Pediatric Transplantation. 2012;16, 329–334.
Modi AC, Pai ALH, Hommel KA, Hood KK, Cortina S, Hilliard ME, Guilfoyle SM, Gray WN, Drotar D. Pediatric self-management: A framework for research, practice, and policy. Pediatrics. 2012;129, e473-485.
Page MC, Fedele DA, Pai ALH, Anderson J, Wolfe-Christensen C, Ryan JL, Mullins LL. The Relationship of Maternal and Child Illness Uncertainty to Child Depressive Symptomatology: A Mediational Model. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2012;37, 97-105
Pai ALH, Tackett A, Ittenbach R, Goebel JW. Psychosocial Assessment Tool 2.0_General: Validity of a Psychosocial Risk Screener in a Pediatric Kidney Transplant Sample. Pediatric Transplantation. 2012; 16. 92-98.
Ingerski L, Perrazo L, Goebel J, Pai ALH. Family strategies for achieving medication adherence in pediatric kidney transplantation. Nurs Res. 2011 May-Jun;60(3):190-6.
Guilfoyle SM, Goebel JW, Pai AL. Efficacy and flexibility impact perceived adherence barriers in pediatric kidney post-transplantation. Fam Syst Health. 2011 Mar;29(1):44-54.
Pai AL, Schwartz LA. Introduction to the special section: health care transitions of adolescents and young adults with pediatric chronic conditions. J Pediatr Psychol. 2011 Mar;36(2):129-33.
Pai AL, Gray E, Kurivial K, Ross J, Schoborg D, Goebel J. The Allocation of Treatment Responsibility scale: a novel tool for assessing patient and caregiver management of pediatric medical treatment regimens. Pediatr Transplant. 2010 Dec;14(8):993-9.
Pai AL, Ingerski LM, Perazzo L, Ramey C, Bonner M, Goebel J. Preparing for transition? The allocation of oral medication regimen tasks in adolescents with renal transplants. Pediatr Transplant. 2011 Feb;15(1):9-16.
Ingerski LM, Modi AC, Hood KK, Pai AL, Zeller M, Piazza-Waggoner C, Driscoll KA, Rothenberg ME, Franciosi J, Hommel KA. Health-related quality of life across pediatric chronic conditions. J Pediatr. 2010 Apr;156(4):639-44.
Butow P, Palmer S, Pai A, Goodenough B, Luckett T, King M. Review of adherence-related issues in adolescents and young adults with cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2010 Nov 10;28(32):4800-9.
Pai AL, Drotar D. Treatment adherence impact: the systematic assessment and quantification of the impact of treatment adherence on pediatric medical and psychological outcomes. Pediatr Psychol. 2010 May;35(4):383-93.
Nonadherence: Undermining health outcomes in pediatric HSCT? Principal Investigator. National Cancer Institute. 2012 - 2017.
TAKE IT: Teen Adherence in Kidney Transplant Effectiveness of Intervention Trial. Site Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 2011 - 2016.
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.
Quantitative Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Cross-sectional, longitudinal, and multilevel latent variable mixture modeling; missing data handling; pedagogical manuscripts
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.
Feldon DF, Peugh J, Timmerman BE, Maher MA, Hurst M, Strickland D, Gilmore JA, Stiegelmeyer C. Graduate students’ teaching experiences improve their methodological research skills. Science. 2011.
Peugh JL, Fan X. Evaluating the performance of enumeration indices in multilevel growth mixture models: a Monte Carlo simulation. Structural Equation Modeling. 2011;11:1-19.
Peugh JL. A practical guide to multilevel modeling. J Sch Psychol. 2010 Feb;48(1):85-112.
Peugh JL, Fan X. Growth mixture modeling: concepts and implementation. Advances and Applications in Statistical Sciences. 2010.Peugh JL, Enders CK. Missing data in educational research: a review of reporting practices and suggestions for improvement. Review of Educational Research. 2004;74:525-556.
Carrie Piazza-Waggoner, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Director, BMCP Consultation-Liaison Service
Training Director, O'Grady Residency
Medical inpatient psychological consultation-liaison; patient and parent coping with medical illness, hospitalization and procedures
Dr. Carrie Piazza-Waggoner, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in health and pediatric psychology. Since 2006, she has been a part of the consultation-liaison service. Specifically, she works with patients and their families when they are admitted on medical inpatient floors to address a variety of presenting concerns (e.g., coping with new diagnosis, coping with hospitalization, adherence to medical regimen, pain management) for patients who have either acute or chronic health concerns. In 2013, Dr. Piazza-Waggoner became the director of this clinical service.
Dr. Piazza-Waggoner is also the training director of the O'Grady Residency in Psychology which is an American Psychological Association accredited pre-doctoral internship. Her research interests are in inpatient consultation and liaison treatment and program development as well as family functioning in families who have a child or children with chronic illnesses.
PhD: West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 2004.
Internship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.
Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.
Ernst MM, Piazza-Waggoner C, Chabon B, Murphy M, Carey J, Roddenberry A. Hospital based consultation and liaison service. In Handbook of clinical psychology in medical settings: Evidence-based assessment and intervention. Eds: Christine M. Hunter, Rodger Kessler, Christopher L. Hunter. Great Britain: Springer Publishing. 2014.
Ernst MM, Barhight L, Bierenbaum ML, Piazza-Waggoner C, Carter BD. Case studies in Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology: The "why" and "how to". Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2013 1(2);108-120.
Piazza-Waggoner C, Roddenberry A, Yeomans-Maldonado G, Noll J, Ernst MM. Inpatient pediatric psychology consultation-liaison program development: 5 year practice patterns and implications for trends in health care. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2013 1(1):28-41.
Piazza-Waggoner C, Modi AC, Ingerski L, Wu YP, Zeller M. Distress at the dinner table? Observed mealtime interactions among treatment-seeking families of obese children. Child Obes. 2011 Oct 18;7(5):385-391.
Ingerski LM, Modi AC, Hood KK, Pai AL, Zeller M, Piazza-Waggoner C, Driscoll KA, Rothenberg ME, Franciosi J, Hommel K. (2010). Health-Related Quality of Life across Pediatric Chronic Conditions. J Pediatr. 2010 Apr;156(4):639-44.
Modi AC, Lim CS, Driscoll KA, Piazza-Waggoner C, Quittner AL, Wooldridge J. Changes in pediatric health-related quality of life in cystic fibrosis after IV antibiotic treatment for pulmonary exacerbations. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2010 Mar;17(1):49-55.
Herzer M, Godiwala N, Hommel KA, Driscoll K, Mitchell M, Crosby L, Piazza-Waggoner C, Zeller M, Modi AC. Family functioning in the context of pediatric chronic conditions. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2010 Jan;31(1):26-34.
Piazza-Waggoner C, Modi AC, Powers SW, Williams LB, Dolan LM, Patton SR. Observational assessment of family functioning in families with children who have type 1 diabetes mellitus. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2008 Apr;29(2):101-5.
Powers SW, Jones J, Ferguson K, Piazza-Waggoner C, Daines C, Acton J. Randomized clinical trial of behavioral and nutrition treatment to improve energy intake and growth in toddlers and preschoolers with cystic fibrosis. Pediatrics. 2005 Dec;116(6):1442-50.
Scott W. Powers, PhD, ABPP Director, Office for Clinical and Translational Research
Director, Office for Clinical and Translational Research
Co-Director, Headache Center
Director, Center for Child Behavior and Nutrition Research and Training
Director, Behavioral Science Core, Clinical Translational Research Center
Clinical trials; migraine/headache; pediatric pain; dietary adherence/nutrition and behavior; cystic fibrosis
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AB: Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN, 1985.
MS: Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, 1987.
PhD: The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 1991.
Residency: Clinical Psychology, Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI.
Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, Brown University School of Medicine / Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI.
Certification: Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 1992. American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), 2003.
Xiang J, deGrauw X, Korman AM, Allen JR, O’Brien MA, Powers SW, Hershey AD. Altered Cortical Activation in Adolescents with an Acute Migraine: A Magnetoencephalography Study. J Pain. 2013 Dec;14(12):1533-63.
Hershey AD, Powers SW, Coffey CS, Eklund DD, Chamberlin LA, Korbee LL; CHAMP Study Group. Childhood and Adolescent Migraine Prevention (CHAMP) Study: A Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled, Comparative Effectiveness Study of Amitriptyline, Topiramate, and Placebo in the Prevention of Childhood and Adolescent Migraine. Headache. 2013 May;53(5):799-816.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Sil S, Lynch-Jordan AM, Ting TV, Peugh J, Schikler KR, Hashkes PJ, Arnold LM, Passo MH, Richards MM, Powers SW, Lovell D. Changes in pain coping, catastrophizing and coping efficacy after cognitive-behavioral therapy in children and adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia. J Pain. 2013 14(5):492-501.
Patton SR, Dolan LM, Chen M, Powers SW. Dietary Adherence and Mealtime Behaviors in Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes on Intensive Insulin Therapy. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2013 Feb;113(2):258-62.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Zafar M, Barnett KA, Aylward BS, Strotman D, Slater SK, Allen JR, LeCates SL, Kabbouche MA, Ting TV, Hershey AD, Powers SW. Quality of life and emotional functioning in youth with chronic migraine and juvenile fibromyalgia. Clin J Pain. 2013 Dec;29(12);1066-72.
Patton SR, Dolan LM, Powers SW. Does Eating During Television Viewing Affects Mealtime Behaviors in Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus? J Pediatr Nurs. 2013 Jul-Aug:28(4):364-8.
Brannon EB, Kuhl ES, Benoit MR, Valenzuela J, Aylward B, Johnson SL, Boles RE, Powers SW. Strategies for Recruitment and Retention of Families from Low-Income and Minority Backgrounds in a Longitudinal Study of Caregiver Feeding and Child Weight. Children’s Health Care. 2013;42(3):198-213.
Guo X, Xiang J, Wang Y, O'Brien H, Kabbouche M, Horn P, Powers SW, Hershey AD Aberrant neuromagnetic activation in the motor cortex in children with acute migraine: a magnetoencephalography study. PLoS One. 20127(11):e50095.
Slater SK, Kashikar-Zuck SM, Allen JR, Lecates SL, Kabbouche MA, O'Brien HL, Hershey AD, Powers SW. Psychiatric comorbidity in pediatric chronic daily headache. Cephalalgia, 2012 Nov;32(15):1116-22.
Slater SK, Powers SW. Editorial on "Behavioral and emotional symptoms and primary headaches in children: A population-based study" by Arruda and Bigal. Cephalalgia,32(15): 1091-2. Nov, 2012.
Amitriptyline and Topiramate in the Prevention of Childhood Migraine. Principal Investigator, National Institute of Health and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Dec 2011 - Dec 2016. #1U01NS076788-01.
Adolescent Migraine and Hormones. Co-Investigator, National Headache Foundation (Subcontract from University of Cincinnati). 2012-2014
NeuroNEXT: Neurological Trials Network. Co-Investigator, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Clinical Site (NIH/NINDS). 2012-2017
Cincinnati Translational Therapeutics Development Network Center. Co-Investigator. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Jan 2009 - Jan 2014. Longitudinal Determination of Outcomes of Adolescents with Fibromyalgia. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders. Aug 2009 - Aug 2014. #R01 AR054842-A2.
Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Co-Director of Behavioral Science Core, National Center for Research Resources. Apr 2009 - Mar 2014. #UL1 RR026314. Research Training in Child Behavior and Nutrition. Principal Investigator /Program Director. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Jul 2008 - Jul 2013. #T32 DK 063929-06.
Motor cortex dysfunction in migraine. Co-Investigator, National Institute of Health and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Dec 2010 – Dec 2012 No cost extension 2013) #R21NS072817-01.
Web-based delivery of effective treatment for growth in CF. Co-Investigator, CCHMC Place Outcomes Research Award. Jul 2011 – Jul 2013.
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).
Assessment and treatment of psychosocial and ecological factors contributing to pediatric overweight and obesity; motivational interviewing
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
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.
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.
Zeller MH, Reiter-Purtill J, Ratcliff MB, Inge TH, Noll JG. Two-year Trends in Psychosocial Functioning Following Adolescent Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD).2011.
Ratcliff MB, Jenkins T, Reiter-Purtill J, Noll J, Zeller, MH. Risk-taking Behaviors of Adolescents with Extreme Obesity: Normative or Not? Pediatrics. 2011;127:827-834.
Stark LJ, Spear S, Boles R, Kuhl E, Ratcliff MB, Scharf C, Bolling C, Rausch J. A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Clinic and Home-Based Behavioral Intervention to Decrease Obesity in Preschoolers. Obesity. 2011;19:134–141.
Ratcliff MB, Reiter-Purtill J, Riestenberg F, Bishop C, Zeller M. Racial differences in obese youths’ perception of healthcare and weight loss. Clinical Pediatrics. 2011;50,14-16 .
Zeller MH, Guilfoyle SM, Reiter-Purtill J, Ratcliff MB, Inge TH, Long JD. Adolescent Bariatric Surgery: Caregiver and Family Functioning Across the First Post-Operative Year. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD). 2011;7:145-150.
Ratcliff MB, Blount RL, Mee LL. The relationship between adolescent renal transplant recipients' perceived adversity, coping, and medical adherence. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2010 Jun;17(2):116-24.
Simons LE, Blount RL, Campbell R, Hubbard A, Goodwin B, Devine K, Benoit Ratcliff M. Decreases in anxiety associated with participation in a pediatric heart camp. Cardiology of the Young. 2007 17,631-637.
Joseph R. Rausch, PhD Quantitative Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Quantitative Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Longitudinal data analysis; longitudinal RCTs; design and analysis of behavioral interventions; adherence to treatment regimens