Center for Adherence and Self-Management

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

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

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    Avani C. Modi, PhD

    Director, Center for Adherence and Self-Management

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Co-Director, New Onset Seizure Clinic

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-803-0415

    Email: avani.modi@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Adjustment and adaptation in pediatric epilepsy

    Research Interests

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

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    Biography

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

    Education and Training

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

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

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

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

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

    Publications

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    Grants

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

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

    Faculty

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    Sandra Cortina, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

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    Sandra Cortina, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Director of Clinical Services, Center for Adherence and Self-Management

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-803-0415

    Email: sandra.cortina@cchmc.org

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    Sandra Cortina, PhD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. She currently serves as a clinical faculty member and director of clinical service for the Center for the Promotion of Treatment Adherence and Self-Management.

    Dr. Cortina provides leadership in the integration of clinical care and research as part of the center’s innovative clinical effectiveness program. She provides out-patient treatment to patients and families coping with a variety of chronic pediatric illness conditions. She specializes in adherence to medical treatment, behavioral concerns, and general psychosocial adjustment of patients and families. Specific out-patient services include providing cognitive behavioral and parent training strategies, follow-up of patient adjustment to new diagnosis, and utilizing motivational interviewing techniques.

    Dr. Cortina also serves as a consultant to a multi-site, randomized control trial of an intervention to promote adherence to oral medication among adolescents with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, as well as an intervention to promote adherence among young adults with lupus. Finally, she is involved with Dr. Drotar in the development of several manuscripts pertaining to patient and family adjustment to chronic illness, as well as behavioral adherence to medical treatment.

    Education and Training

    BA: Psychology, Trinity University, 2000.

    PhD: Counseling Psychology, University of Iowa, 2007.

    Internship/Residency: Children’s Hospital of Michigan, 2005.

    Fellowship: Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, 2006; Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2007 

    Publications

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

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

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Co-Director, Innovations

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: lori.crosby@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

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

    Research Interests

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

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    Education and Training

    PsyD: Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 1995.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Fellowship: Clinical Psychology, INTERACT Behavioral Healthcare Services Inc, Columbus, OH, 1995-1996.

    Publications

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    Grants

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

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

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-803-0415

    Email: dennis.drotar@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

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

    Research Interests

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

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    Biography

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

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

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

    Education and Training

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

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

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

    Publications

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    Grants

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

    Medical adherence in children who had a liver transplant. Co-investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jul 2009 - Jun 2014. #R01 DK080740-0iA2.
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    Kevin A. Hommel, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

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

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Director, Divisional Data Core

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-803-0415

    Email: kevin.hommel@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

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

    Research Interests

    Adherence and self-management assessment methodology; behavioral treatment of nonadherence; promotion of self-management behavior; impact of adherence and self-management on health outcomes; quality of life in pediatric chronic conditions

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    Biography

    Dr. Hommel's research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Many of his studies are focused on developing, testing (via randomized controlled trial), and optimizing behavioral treatments for nonadherence in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), as well as examining the effects of nonadherence on disease outcomes and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Dr. Hommel is also involved in studies that are aimed at developing HRQoL measures in functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID) and eosinophilic esophagitis. He is a co-investigator on the PROTECT study, which is a multisite U01 study aimed at defining the rate of corticosteroid-free remission in pediatric patients with ulcerative colitis receiving standardized medical therapy. Additionally, Dr. Hommel is a co-investigator on a multisite R01 study aimed at developing and testing a collaborative chronic care network (C3N) to improve treatment outcomes in children with IBD.

    Dr. Hommel came to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2008 from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He continues to collaborate with investigators at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as a site principal investigator on two studies funded by the NIDDK. The first is evaluating the efficacy of a low magnitude mechanical stimulus intervention to improve bone mineral density in children with Crohn's disease and the second is examining the effects of a novel lipid matrix supplement on choline status in children with cystic fibrosis.

    Education and Training

    BA: University of Central Oklahoma, 1996.

    MS: Oklahoma State University,1999.

    PhD: Oklahoma State University, 2002.

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

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

    Publications

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    Grants

    Open Source Science: Transforming Chronic Illness Care. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases / National Institute of Nursing Research. 2009-2014.

    Telehealth Enhancement of Adherence to Medication in Pediatric IBD (TEAM Study). Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 2011-2016.

    Predicting Response to Standard Pediatric Colitis Therapy: The PROTECT study. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 2012-2017.

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

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    Ahna Pai, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Director, CBDI Patient and Family Wellness Center

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: ahna.pai@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Adherence; oncology; transplant

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    Biography

    Ahna Luise Hoff Pai, PhD, is a faculty member in the Center for the Promotion of Adherence and Self-Management, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Oklahoma State University, 2003.

    MS: Oklahoma State University, 2000.

    MA: University of Colorado at Denver, 1998.

    BS: Colorado State University, 1993.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Nonadherence: Undermining health outcomes in pediatric HSCT?
    Principal Investigator.
    National Cancer Institute.
    2012 - 2017.

    TAKE IT: Teen Adherence in Kidney Transplant Effectiveness of Intervention Trial.
    Site Principal Investigator.
    National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
    2011 - 2016.

    Improving Safety and Efficacy of Mycophenolate Therapy.
    Co-Investigator.
    Place Outcomes Award Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
    2011- 2013.