• Meet the Pai Lab

    Ahna Pai headshot.
    Ahna Pai headshot.

    Ahna Pai, PhD

    Ahna is an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the Center for the Promotion of Adherence and Self-Management at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She is also the Director of the Patient and Family Wellness Center for the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute. Dr. Pai's program of research focuses on adherence to pediatric medical regimens, including the measurement of adherence, examining the relationship between systemic factors and adherence as well as the development of interventions to promote adherence.

    Ahna Pai

    Noelle Bergman
    Noelle Bergman

    Noelle Bergman

    Noelle is the clinical research coordinator for the PACE and Take-IT projects. She assists with the collection of data, patient retention and recruitment, as well as other lab responsibilities. Coordinating these projects has given her invaluable experience with research in a hospital setting and an opportunity to learn more about psychological research. Noelle received an Associate of Arts degree from Cincinnati State in 2012 and is currently working on her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University.

    Noelle Bergman

    Meghan McGrady
    Meghan McGrady

    Meghan McGrady

    Meghan is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Promotion of Treatment Adherence and Self-Management. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati and her residency at CCHMC. She is an interventionist on the TAKE-IT study and is involved in data analysis and manuscript preparation with Dr. Pai.

    Meghan McGrady

    Laura Strahlendorf
    Laura Strahlendorf

    Laura Strahlendorf

    Laura is a Student Research Coordinator for the Adherence in Survivors of Childhood Cancer project. She assists with retention of participants, data collection, study visits, and other aspects of the Pai Lab. Since August 2012, she has assisted Dr. Pai with the Care Initiative Integration project, as well as other projects around the Adherence Center. She will graduate in May 2014 from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

    Laura Strahlendorf

    Lauren Szulczewski
    Lauren Szulczewski

    Lauren Szulczewski

    Dr. Szulczewski is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Adherence Promotion and Self-Management. She completed her Psy.D. at Xavier University and her internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. Her current research interests include examining family and individual factors affecting treatment regimen adherence and related health outcomes. She will be working on multiple research studies within the Pai lab, as well as program development and clinical application with patients through the Cancer and Blood Disease Institute.

    Lauren Szulczewski

    Sarah Williams
    Sarah Williams

    Sarah Williams

    Sarah is the Clinical Research Coordinator for the HOME and Adherence in Survivors of Childhood Cancer projects. In this position she assists with recruitment and retention of study participants, collection and analysis of data, management of volunteers, as well as various other aspects of the Lab. This position has given her unique experiences and opportunities that have helped develop her research skills. Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University in 2011.

    Sarah Williams

  • Previous Lab Members

    Yelena Wu
    Yelena was a T32 postdoctoral fellow, and also an interventionist for the TAKE-IT Study. She completed her graduate training at the University of Kansas. Her research interests include examining risk and protective factors associated with adherence and promoting collaborations with allied health professionals to address adherence concerns. Currently she is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Public Health and the Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah School of Medicine.

    Alayna Tackett
    Alayna was the Clinical Research Coordinator in the Pai Lab for 3 years. She coordinated various projects as well as the start-up of the Adherence in Survivors of Childhood Cancer and HOME projects. Currently she is attending graduate school at Oklahoma State University for her PhD in Psychology.

    Lauren Perazzo
    Lauren was a Graduate Volunteer for the Pai Lab for 5 years. In this position she helped coordinate studies as well as helping start-up and direct the training for the Take-It project. Currently she is a Psychology Intern at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

    Sathya Gray
    Sathya was an Undergraduate Volunteer in the Pai Lab from 2008 to 2012. While volunteering he worked on his senior thesis: a chart review documenting pediatric renal transplant adherence to their appointments across 5-years, and its relation to health outcomes and disparities. He has since graduated from the University of Cincinnati with double majors in Psychology and Spanish.

    Meggie Bonner
    Meggie worked with Dr. Pai for over 2 years. Her volunteer position in Dr. Pai’s lab directly lead to a paid position as a program coordinator for Dr. Dennis Drotar, in the Center for the Promotion of Treatment Adherence and Self-management.  Meggie is now attending the PhD program in Child Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma State University.

    Katie Kurivial
    Katie worked with Dr. Pai for 7 months. Katie is currently a student in the PsyD program at Weidner University.

    Madison Gilbert
    Maddie was a summer intern in Dr. Pai’s lab. She has since graduated from Denison University and is now working for Teach for America.

  • Pai Lab Group Photo-450

    L to R: Yelena Wu, Sarah Williams, Ahna Pai, Meghan McGrady, Noelle Bergman

  • Contact Us

    Ahna L.H. Pai, PhD
    Center for Treatment Adherence and the Promotion of Self-Management

    240 Albert Sabin Way
    MLC 7039
    Cincinnati, OH 45229

    Office Phone: 513-803-0406
    Lab Phone: 513-803-2433
    Fax: 513-803-0415