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Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty and staff.
Lori J. Stark, PhD, ABPP Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 513-636-4336
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 513-636-4336 email@example.com
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.
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. Epub ahead of print. 2013.
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. Epub ahead of print. 2013.
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. Advance online publication. 2013.
Hall ES, Goyal NK, Miller MM, Ammerman RT, Jones DE, Short JA, Van Ginkel JB. Implementation of a linked perinatal data resource from statewide public and program data sets. Matern Child Health J. Advance online publication. 2013.
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.
Cynthia A. Austin, PhD Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 513-636-4336 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Neuropsychology; traumatic brain injury
PhD: The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
Internship: The University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN.
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
Austin CA, Krumholz LS, Tharinger DJ. Therapeutic Assessment with an Adolescent: Choosing Connections Over Substances. Journal of Personality Assessment. 2012;94(6), 571-575.
Keith TZ, Reynolds MR, Roberts LG, Winter AL, Austin CA. Sex differences in latent cognitive abilities ages 5 to 17: Evidence from the Differential Ability Scales—Second edition. Intelligence. 2011;39, 389-404.
Hamilton AM, Fowler JL, Hersh B, Austin CA, Finn SE, Tharinger DJ, Parton VT, Stahl K, Arora P. Why Won’t my Parents Help Me?: Therapeutic Assessment of a Child and Her Family. Journal of Personality Assessment. 2009;91(2), 108-120.
Tharinger DJ, Finn SE, Austin CA, Gentry LB, Bailey KE, Parton VT, Fisher ME. Family Sessions as part of child psychological assessment: Goals, techniques, clinical utility, and therapeutic value. Journal of Personality Assessment. 2008;90(6), 547-558.
Austin CA, Slomine BS, DeMatt EJ, Salorio CF, Suskauer SJ. Time to follow commands remains the most useful injury severity variable for predicting WeeFIM scores on year after pediatric TBI. Brain Injury. 2013;27(9):1056-62.
Katherine T. Baum, PhD Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 513-636-4336 email@example.com
Pediatric neuropsychology; hematology/oncology; epilepsy; neurodevelopmental disorders
Katherine Baum, PhD, joined the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology as an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Cincinnati after completing internship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her postdoctoral training involved a 2-year fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Dr. Baum provides comprehensive and consultative neuropsychological evaluations to children and adolescents with acute and chronic medical and neurological conditions, with a focus in oncological and hematological disorders. She has worked with a wide variety of patient populations, with particular research and clinical experience in neurodevelopmental and neurological disorders. Her research has focused on risk and resiliency factors that predict outcomes in these patients and the way in which these factors are measured. She is eager to continue her clinical and research endeavors through the interdisciplinary collaborations of the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute (CBDI).
PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.
Internship: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2011-2012.
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012-2014.
Certification: Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 2014.
Baum KT, Shear P, Howe S, Bishop S. A comparison of WISC-IV and SB-5 intelligence scores in children and adolescents with ASD. Autism. 2014.
Leff S, Baum KT, Bevans K, Blum N. Development, validation, and utility of an instrument to assess core competencies in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2014.
Baum KT, Desai A, Field J, Miller LE, Beebe DW PhD. Sleep restriction worsens mood and emotion regulation in adolescents. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2014;55(2):180-190.
Baum KT, Byars AW, deGrauw TJ, Dunn DW, Bates JE, Howe SR, Chiu C-Y, Austin JK. The effect of temperament and neuropsychological functioning on behavior problems in children with new-onset seizures. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2010;17:467-473.
Baum KT, Byars AW, deGrauw TJ, Johnson CS, Dunn DW, Perkins SM, Bates JE, Austin JK. Temperament, family environment, and behavior problems in children with new-onset seizures. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2007;10(2):319-327.
Sarah J. Beal, PhD 513-636-4614 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. In press.
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. In press.
Beal SJ, Negriff S, Dorn LD, Schulenberg J, Pabst S. Dynamic relations between smoking and depressive symptoms among adolescent girls. Prevention Science. 2014. In press.
Beal SJ. Kupsyk K. (2014). An introduction to propensity scores: What, when, and how. Modern Data Analysis Methods [Special Issue]. J Early Adolesc. 2014. In press.
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 513-803-2066 email@example.com
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 Medicine. 2014. Epub ahead of print.
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. Epub ahead of print.
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 513-636-4336 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Heather E. Bensman, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 513-636-4336 email@example.com
Children and adolescents who have experienced trauma (e.g., physical/sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence); children in foster care; anxiety disorders; individual and family therapy
Heather Bensman, PsyD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology, with a focus on child and adolescent psychology, from the University of Indianapolis in 2009. She completed her predoctoral internship at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and her postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, focusing upon the provision of clinical services to children, adolescents and families throughout her training. She began her career at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, where she established psychological services within the Referral and Evaluation of At-risk Children (REACH) Clinic.
In 2012, Heather joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a member of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. Her primary role involves providing assessment and intervention to patients served by the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children. She utilizes evidence-based treatments to address the concerns of traumatized children and their families.
PsyD: University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, 2009.
Predoctoral Internship: Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ, 2008-2009.
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Dallas, TX, 2009-2010.
Kelly C. Byars, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 513-636-4336 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Heather A. Ciesielski, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Center for ADHD 513-636-4336 email@example.com
Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Center for ADHD
Assessment and treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related issues
PhD: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL.
Internship: Centerstone, Inc., Bloomington, IN.
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.
Sandra Cortina, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 513-636-4336 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Clinical Services, Center for Adherence and Self-Management
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.
Cortina SD, Drotar D, Ericksen M, Lindsey M, Patterson TL, Biagini Myers JM, Kovacic MB, Khurana Hershey GK. Genetic Biomarkers of Health-Related Quality of Life in Pediatric Asthma. J Pediatr. 2011 Feb 14. Cortina S, McGraw K, Dealarcon A, Ahrens A, Rothenberg ME, Drotar D. Psychological Functioning of Children and Adolescents With Eosinophil-Associated Gastrointestinal Disorders. Child Health Care. 2010 Oct;39(4):266-278.
Herzer M, Goebel J, Cortina S. Transitioning cognitively impaired young patients with special health needs to adult-oriented care: collaboration between medical providers and pediatric psychologists. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2010 Oct;22(5):668-72. Cortina S, Repaske DR, Hood KK. Sociodemographic and psychosocial factors associated with continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Pediatr Diabetes. 2010 Aug;11(5):337-44.
Lori E. Crosby, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 513-636-4336 email@example.com
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 Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 513-636-2403 firstname.lastname@example.org
Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Pediatric pain; anxiety
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.
PhD: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, 2006-2011.
Internship: Pediatric Behavioral Medicine, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Miami, FL, 2010-2011.
Fellowship: Pediatric Pain, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2011-2014.
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.
Cunningham NR, Ollendick TH. The comorbidity of anxiety and conduct problems in children: Implications for clinical research and practice. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. 2010;13(4), 333-347.
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 513-636-4336 email@example.com
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 513-636-8296 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 513-636-4336 email@example.com
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 513-636-4336 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Melissa Gerstle, PhD Neuropsychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 513-636-4336 email@example.com
Neuropsychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Pediatric neuropsychology; genetic conditions
Dr. Melissa Gerstle is a neuropsychologist in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. After earning her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Dr. Gerstle completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Dr. Gerstle provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations to children and adolescents with acute and chronic medical conditions. She comes to Cincinnati Children’s with experience working with a wide range of medical specialties, including neurology/neurosurgery, oncology, hematology, hepatology and neonatology. She has a particular interest in the neuropsychological implications of various genetic conditions.
PhD: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
Internship: Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.
Fellowship: Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.
Erickson SJ, Montague EQ, Gerstle MA. Health-related quality of life in children with moderate to severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Dev Neurorehabil. 2010;13(3): 175-81.
Erickson SJ, Gerstle M, Montague EQ. Repressive adaptive style and self-report psychological functioning in adolescent cancer survivors. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2008 Sep;39(3): 247-60.
Erickson SJ, Gerstle M. Investigation of ethnic differences in body image between Hispanic/biethnic-Hispanic and non-Hispanic White preadolescent girls. Body Image. 2007 Mar;4(1): 69-78.
Erickson SJ, Gerstle M, Feldstein SW. Brief interventions and motivational interviewing with children, adolescents, and their parents in pediatric health care settings: A review. Arch Pediatr Adoles Med. 2005 Dec;159(12): 1173-1180.
Hertel PT, Gerstle M. Depressive deficits in forgetting. Psychol Sci. 2003 Nov;14(6):573-78.
Shanna M. Guilfoyle, PhD Training Director, O’Grady Residency 513-636-4336 firstname.lastname@example.org
Training Director, O’Grady Residency
Childhood depression and anxiety; epilepsy management; behavior modification; cognitive-behavioral therapy; family functioning; parenting stress and distress; self-management; adherence
Shanna M. Guilfoyle, PhD, is an assistant professor in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She currently serves as the clinical psychologist within a multi-disciplinary team in the Division of Neurology’s New Onset Seizure Clinic. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of psychological comorbidities associated with pediatric epilepsy. Broadly, she has studied child, caregiver, and family functioning and their impact on pediatric chronic disease management and adherence across a variety of pediatric chronic conditions (i.e., obesity, transplant, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes). She has served as a clinical interventionist on multiple NIH-funded randomized clinical trials to promote pediatric self-management and medication adherence.
PhD: Kent State University, 2009.
Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2008-2009.
Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2009-2011.
Karazsia BT, Guilfoyle SM, Langkamp D, Wildman BG. The mediating role of child behavior on sex differences in pediatric injury risk. Child Care Health Dev. 2011. Hilliard ME, Guilfoyle SM, Dolan LM, Hood KK. Diabetes-specific family conflict predicts adolescents’ glycemic control one year later. Arch Ped Adolesc Medi. 2011.Guilfoyle SM, Crimmins NA, Hood KK. Blood glucose monitoring and glycemic control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes: Meter downloads versus self-report. Pediatric Diabetes. 2011.
Guilfoyle SM, Denson LA, Baldassano RN, Hommel KA. Pediatric parenting stress in inflammatory bowel disease: Application of the Pediatric Inventory for Parents. Child Care Health Dev. 2011.
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. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011;Mar-Apr;7(2):145-50.
Guilfoyle SM, Goebel JW, Pai ALH. Efficacy and flexibility impact perceived adherence barriers in pediatric kidney post-transplantation. Fam Sys Health. 2011 Mar;29(1):44-54.
Modi AC, Guilfoyle SM, Morita DA, Glauser TA. Development and reliability of a correction factor for parent-reported adherence to pediatric antiepileptic drug therapy. Epilepsia. 2011 Feb;52(2):370-6.
Guilfoyle SM, Zeller MH, Modi AC. Parenting stress impacts obesity-specific health-related quality of life in a pediatric obesity treatment-seeking sample. J Dev Behav Ped. 2010 Jan;31(1):17-25.
Lynch-Jordan AM, Kashikar-Zuck S, Crosby L, Lopez W, Smolyansky B, Parkins I, Luzader C, Hartman A, Guilfoyle SM, Powers S. Applying quality improvement methods to implement a measurement system for chronic pain-related disability. J Ped Psych. 2010;35:32-41.
Modi AC, Guilfoyle SM. Adherence to Anti-Epileptic Drug Therapy Across the Developmental Life-Span. In J. Pinikahana & C. Walker (Eds). Social and Psychological Correlates of Epilepsy. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2011.
Kevin A. Hommel, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 513-636-4336 email@example.com
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. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. (in press).
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.
Naomi E. Joffe, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 513-636-4336 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Abigail L. Johnson, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 513-636-4336 email@example.com
Associate Director, Eating Disorders Program
Pediatric eating disorders; anxiety disorders; self-injurious behavior.
PhD: State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY, 2009.
Residency: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2009.
Fellowship: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, 2011.
Certification: Clinical Psychology, 2011.
Katherine Junger, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 513-636-4336 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pediatric epilepsy; adherence; coping with medical illness; psychogenic non-epileptic spells (PNES); anxiety; depression; ADHD; stress; preschool disruptive behavior
PhD: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2012.
Residency: O'Grady Residency in Pediatric Psychology, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Fellowship: Center for Adherence and Self-Management, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD Research Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 513-636-4336 email@example.com
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.
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.
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 May 17. Epub ahead of print.
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.
Longitudinal determination of outcomes of adolescents with fibromyalgia. Principal Investigator. National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 2009-2014. #R01 AR054842.
Behavioral interventions and long-term outcomes in juvenile fibromyalgia syndrome. Principal Investigator. National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 2009-2014. #K24 AR056687.
Jessica C. Kichler, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 513-636-4336 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. In press.
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. [Epub ahead of print].
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. [Epub ahead of print].
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.
Josh Langberg, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 513-636-4336
Richard E. A. Loren, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 513-636-4336 email@example.com
Clinical Director, Center for ADHD