• Research Faculty

  • A photo of Patricia Manning-Courtney.

    Patricia M. Manning-Courtney, MD Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    has been the principal investigator for the Autism Speaks-Autism Treatment Network grant since 2008. The goal of this work is to create a comprehensive diagnostic and ongoing care model for children with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Manning is also interested in improving the diagnostic model for children with possible autism spectrum disorder.

    A photo of Susan Wiley.

    Susan E. Wiley, MD Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    focuses her research efforts on children who are deaf/hard of hearing with disabilities and children who are deaf/blind. She collaborates with the Ear and Hearing Center and the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Her collaborative work on factors associated with improved functional communication in children who are deaf/hard of hearing is funded through the March of Dimes.


    A photo of Ryan Adams.

    Ryan E. Adams, PhD

    investigates peer victimization and other peer experiences of adolescents. These projects focus on various adolescent populations that are at risk for victimization, such as those with autism spectrum disorders and the obese, as well as typical adolescents to understand the effects of these experiences on well-being and internalizing symptoms with the goal of creating interventions. Visit the Girls Guide to End Bullying website..


    A photo of Julia Anixt.

    Julia S. Anixt, MD Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician conducting clinical research on attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In particular her work focuses on improving the quality of care for ADHD diagnosis and treatment for children in underserved communities and assessing the impact of parent and youth perceptions about ADHD on treatment decisions.


    A photo of Amie Duncan.

    Amie W. Duncan, PhD Clinical Psychologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    is a clinical psychologist who researches the transition to adulthood in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Specifically, she is interested in identifying factors that may promote or impede an optimal outcome in adulthood for individuals with ASD. She is collaborating with other researchers at Cincinnati Children's on interventions and supports targeting daily living skills, employment skills, and academic skills in adolescents and young adults with ASD. 

    A photo of Jennifer Ehrhardt.

    Jennifer Ehrhardt, MD, MPH Attending Physician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician whose research is focused on improving health outcomes in young children with developmental delays. She is currently conducting research on ways to improve utilization of early intervention services among young children entering foster care. She is also conducting research exploring the risk of injury in young children with developmental delays and/or behavioral problems.


    A photo of Anna Esbensen.

    Anna J. Esbensen, PhD

    is a clinical psychologist who studies the lifespan development and health care of individuals with Down syndrome. She also studies the mental health of individuals with intellectual disability.

    A photo of Tanya E. Froehlich.

    Tanya Elizabeth Froehlich, MD, MS, FAAP

    focuses on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She is working to identify genetic and phenotypic predictors of ADHD medication response, as well as studying the contribution of environmental exposures (e.g., lead, tobacco, and pesticides) to ADHD etiology. In addition, her prior publications and current projects investigate the prevalence of ADHD, ADHD medication use, and preschool psychotropic medication use. 


    A photo of Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus.

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

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

    Visit Dr. Horowitz-Kraus' lab website.


    A photo of Ilka Riddle.

    Ilka K. Riddle, PhD Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    investigates how health care transition preparation for youth with disabilities can be improved. The goal of her research is to find interventions that are useful in preparing youth with disabilities for a successful transition to adult life. She is also interested in health disparities of adults with disabilities and how to achieve health equity.


    A photo of Rebecca Shaffer.

    Rebecca C. Shaffer, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    investigates eye gaze and social preference utilizing eye tracking methods in youth with autism spectrum disorders. She is also interested in social skills training. Dr. Shaffer provides research reliable ADOS assessments for research studies for individuals with an ASD. She is also interested in effective treatments for fragile X and Angelman syndrome using behavioral interventions.
    Visit the Erickson-Wink Lab.