Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

  • The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 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.

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    Division Directors

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

    patty.manning@cchmc.org

    Patricia M. Manning-Courtney, MD

    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Director, Kelly O'Leary Center

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: patty.manning@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Development pediatrics; autism/pervasive developmental disorder; fragile X syndrome

    Biography

    Dr. Manning-Courtney is the founder and director of The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TKOC), a multidisciplinary diagnostic, treatment and research program for children with autism spectrum disorders. Since its inception in 1999, TKOC has become a nationally recognized center of excellence for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1991.

    Residency: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1991 - 1994.

    Fellowship: Developmental Pediatrics, University Affiliated Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders, 1994 - 1997.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1994; Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, 2002. 

    Publications

    Grants

    Autism Intervention Research Network. Principal Investigator. Health Resources & Services Admin(Massachusetts General Hospital). Sept 2011–Aug 2014. UA3 MC 1105.
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    Susan E. Wiley, MD
    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Medicine

    513-636-4611

    susan.wiley@cchmc.org

    Susan E. Wiley, MD

    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Medicine

    Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Fellowship Director

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: susan.wiley@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric hearing loss; dual sensory impairment; deaf/hard of hearing plus; children with neurodevelopmental disabilities

    Research

    Dual sensory impairment; deaf/hard of hearing plus; more than hearing loss

    Biography

    Dr. Wiley has served on state and national organizations to improve the early hearing detection and intervention activities across the United States. She served as the faculty chair on Improving Hearing Screening and Information Systems Initiative for the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (2011-2013) and is a taskforce member with the American Academy of Pediatrics to identify strategies to improve linkage of Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) to the medical home.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati, OH, 1994.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship: Developmental Pediatrics, Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1997.

    Certification: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, 2002.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Network of 12 academic sites to promote collaborative research in the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics Funding Source: Maternal and Child Health Research Program. Site Principal Investigator. Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet). 2013–2016. UA3MC20218.

    Collaboration between WIC and EHDI to Improve Follow-up of Newborn Hearing Screen. Co-Investigator. National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Disability Research and Dissemination.  2013–2014.

    Partnerships that Promote Integrated, Multidisciplinary Training Models and Increase Healthcare Access for the Ohio Medicaid Population in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, Family Medicine, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Division of Child Psychiatry. Co-Investigator. 2013–2014.

    Early Language and Functional Expectations (LIFE) Study of Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss. Co-Investigator. March of Dimes. Ohio Department of Medicaid/Ohio Medicaid Technical Assistance Policy Program (MEDTAPP) Healthcare Access Initiative. 2014–2015.


    Administration

    A photo of Patricia Manning-Courtney.

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

    patty.manning@cchmc.org

    Patricia M. Manning-Courtney, MD

    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Director, Kelly O'Leary Center

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: patty.manning@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Development pediatrics; autism/pervasive developmental disorder; fragile X syndrome

    Biography

    Dr. Manning-Courtney is the founder and director of The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TKOC), a multidisciplinary diagnostic, treatment and research program for children with autism spectrum disorders. Since its inception in 1999, TKOC has become a nationally recognized center of excellence for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1991.

    Residency: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1991 - 1994.

    Fellowship: Developmental Pediatrics, University Affiliated Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders, 1994 - 1997.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1994; Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, 2002. 

    Publications

    Grants

    Autism Intervention Research Network. Principal Investigator. Health Resources & Services Admin(Massachusetts General Hospital). Sept 2011–Aug 2014. UA3 MC 1105.
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    Susan E. Wiley, MD
    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Medicine

    513-636-4611

    susan.wiley@cchmc.org

    Susan E. Wiley, MD

    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Medicine

    Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Fellowship Director

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: susan.wiley@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric hearing loss; dual sensory impairment; deaf/hard of hearing plus; children with neurodevelopmental disabilities

    Research

    Dual sensory impairment; deaf/hard of hearing plus; more than hearing loss

    Biography

    Dr. Wiley has served on state and national organizations to improve the early hearing detection and intervention activities across the United States. She served as the faculty chair on Improving Hearing Screening and Information Systems Initiative for the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (2011-2013) and is a taskforce member with the American Academy of Pediatrics to identify strategies to improve linkage of Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) to the medical home.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati, OH, 1994.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship: Developmental Pediatrics, Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1997.

    Certification: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, 2002.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Network of 12 academic sites to promote collaborative research in the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics Funding Source: Maternal and Child Health Research Program. Site Principal Investigator. Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet). 2013–2016. UA3MC20218.

    Collaboration between WIC and EHDI to Improve Follow-up of Newborn Hearing Screen. Co-Investigator. National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Disability Research and Dissemination.  2013–2014.

    Partnerships that Promote Integrated, Multidisciplinary Training Models and Increase Healthcare Access for the Ohio Medicaid Population in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, Family Medicine, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Division of Child Psychiatry. Co-Investigator. 2013–2014.

    Early Language and Functional Expectations (LIFE) Study of Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss. Co-Investigator. March of Dimes. Ohio Department of Medicaid/Ohio Medicaid Technical Assistance Policy Program (MEDTAPP) Healthcare Access Initiative. 2014–2015.


    Pediatrics

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

    513-636-4611

    julia.anixt@cchmc.org

    Julia S. Anixt, MD

    Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: julia.anixt@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); autism spectrum disorders (ASD); learning difficulties; developmental and behavioral issues in underserved populations; developmental outcomes in children with congenital heart disease

    Research Interests

    ADHD; use of shared decision making for the treatment of challenging behavior in children with ASD; the diagnosis and management of behavioral and mental health issues in primary care settings; access to care for underserved populations

    Biography

    Julia Anixt, MD, 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. Her research also focuses on implementing shared decision making (SDM) in the clinical setting for families of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) contemplating the use of medication to target challenging behaviors.

    Education and Training

    BS: Haverford College, Haverford, PA, 1996.

    MD: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2001.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Yale New-Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT, 2004.

    Fellowship: Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2006; Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 2008.

    Certification: General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 2004; Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 2011.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Interventions for children with Attention and Reading Disorders. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Dec 2009-Nov 2014. R01 HD060617.

    Shared Decision Making to Improve Care and Outcomes for Children with Autism. Principal Investigator. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Place Outcomes Research Award. Jul 2013 - Jun 2015.

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    Deborah A. Boyd, MD
    Staff Physician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4506

    deborah.boyd@cchmc.org

    Deborah A. Boyd, MD

    Staff Physician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4506

    Fax: 513-636-7247

    Email: deborah.boyd@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Access to primary care for underserved children; issues in uncompensated health care; physician-patient relations; pediatric resident and student education; human factors in pediatric primary care

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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

    Certification: Pediatrics.


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    Karen W. Burkett, PhD, APRN, PPCNP
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    karen.burkett@cchmc.org

    Karen W. Burkett, PhD, APRN, PPCNP

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Core Faculty, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)

    Assistant Professor

    UC College of Nursing

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-2837

    Email: karen.burkett@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Neurodevelopmental disorders

    Research

    Autism spectrum disorders; health care disparities in developmental disabilities

    Biography

    Karen W. Burkett, PhD, APRN, PPCNP, was a pediatric nurse practitioner in pediatric neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children's for 16 years before taking the role of evidence-based practice mentor in the Center for Professional Excellence-Research/EBP for two years. She is currently in the role of developmental nurse practitioner in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and has completed her dissertation research on the cultural care of urban African American families caring for their child with autism.

    Education and Training

    BSN: College of Mount Saint Joseph, Cincinnati, OH, 1977.

    MS/PNP: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1982.

    PhD: Nursing Research, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2013.

    Publications

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    Erin L. Clancy, MSN, APRN, PNP, PharmD
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    erin.clancy@cchmc.org

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    Erin L. Clancy, MSN, APRN, PNP, PharmD

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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    Biography

    Erin Clancy is a graduate of the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program through Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati. This nine-month training program focuses on developing health professionals with advanced clinical training who are family-centered, culturally competent and skilled in interdisciplinary teamwork, with the goal of improving the health and well-being of children with developmental disabilities.

    Education and Training

    BSN: UC College of Nursing, Cincinnati, OH, 2009.

    MSN: University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.

    PharmD: Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH, 2004.


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    Patricia A. Curry, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-5352

    patricia.curry@cchmc.org

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    Patricia A. Curry, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-5352

    Email: patricia.curry@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    ADHD; learning problems; behavior problems; developmental pediatrics

    Education and Training

    BSN: Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 1977.

    MSN: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 1981.

    Certification: Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB): Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner,1982; Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist, 2011.

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

    513-636-4611

    jennifer.ehrhardt@cchmc.org

    Jennifer Ehrhardt, MD, MPH

    Attending Physician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Email: jennifer.ehrhardt@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Early childhood development; autism spectrum disorders; learning difficulties; developmental and behavioral health needs of children in foster care

    Research

    Improving access to developmental services for young children in foster care, injury prevention in young children with developmental delays and/or behavior problems

    Education and Training

    MD: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, 2004.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC, 2007.

    Fellowship: Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, 2011.

    MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, 2011.

    Certification: General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 2007; Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 2013.

    Publications

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    Tanya E. Froehlich, MD, MS, FAAP

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-4402

    Email: tanya.froehlich@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    ADHD, learning disabilities.

    Biography

    Dr. Froehlich is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician who cares for school age children with learning and behavioral issues.  Her research has a special focus on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and approaches the disorder from the vantage points of epidemiology, etiology, and treatment. She conducted a study reporting the national prevalence of ADHD in U.S. children based on DSM-IV criteria (published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine) which showed that children from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds were most likely to meet criteria for ADHD, yet least likely to receive consistent ADHD pharmacotherapy. Interested in understanding why certain children (including those with low socioeconomic status) may be more vulnerable to ADHD than others, she also studies the contribution of environmental exposures to ADHD and their public health impact. In Pediatrics, she published the first study to investigate the interactive effects of prenatal tobacco exposure and childhood lead exposure on ADHD and demonstrated that the association between poverty and ADHD is partially explained by the effects of these common environmental toxicants. She has also examined possible gene-environment interactions and found that boys with specific dopamine-related genetic variants were particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of lead exposure on ADHD-related executive functioning (published in Biological Psychiatry). Dr. Froehlich continues to research environmental influences on ADHD as a co-investigator on a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences R01 grant which is examining the effects of pyrethroid pesticide exposure on ADHD symptoms and executive functioning.     

    Dr. Froehlich’s research agenda also addresses ADHD treatment. She is the recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health K23 Award aimed at identifying genetic and phenotypic predictors of ADHD medication response.  Recently, she authored a paper in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry showing that individuals with the dopamine receptor D4 and dopamine transporter genotypes believed to confer lower susceptibility to ADHD had greater improvement in their hyperactive-impulsive symptoms with methylphenidate treatment than those with the “high risk” genetic variants. She also coauthored a study on a novel genotyping assay for carboxylesterase 1 (CES1), the enzyme which metabolizes methylphenidate, and is currently undertaking a study on CES1 genetic variants’ effects on methylphenidate response. 

    Dr. Froehlich also enhances care for children with ADHD through teaching and other professional activities. She has served as an invited speaker providing seminars for professionals and workshops for families in international, national, and regional forums. Currently, Dr. Froehlich co-chairs the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics ADHD Special Interest Group, and coordinates ADHD-related projects and educational seminars for the Society membership in this capacity.

    Education and Training

    BA:  East Asian Studies, Columbia University, 1992.

    MD: Yale University School of Medicine, 1999.

    MS: Epidemiology, University of Cincinnati, 2007.

    Pediatric Intern:  Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 1999-2000.

    Pediatric Resident:  Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2000-2002.

    Fellowship: Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 2002-2005; General Pediatrics National Research Service Award Fellow, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 2004-2007.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Medication Response in Children with Predominantly Inattentive Type ADHD.  Principal Investigator.  National Institute of Mental Health Career Development (K23).  2009-2014.
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    Lisa W. Kuan, MD
    Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    lisa.kuan@cchmc.org

    Lisa W. Kuan, MD

    Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Email: lisa.kuan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Research

    MRI findings of gray-white matter ratios in the cerebellum in hearing-impaired and normal children.

    Education and Training

    MD: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1989.

    Residency: University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL, 1992.

    Publications


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

    patty.manning@cchmc.org

    Patricia M. Manning-Courtney, MD

    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Director, Kelly O'Leary Center

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: patty.manning@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Development pediatrics; autism/pervasive developmental disorder; fragile X syndrome

    Biography

    Dr. Manning-Courtney is the founder and director of The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TKOC), a multidisciplinary diagnostic, treatment and research program for children with autism spectrum disorders. Since its inception in 1999, TKOC has become a nationally recognized center of excellence for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1991.

    Residency: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1991 - 1994.

    Fellowship: Developmental Pediatrics, University Affiliated Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders, 1994 - 1997.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1994; Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, 2002. 

    Publications

    Grants

    Autism Intervention Research Network. Principal Investigator. Health Resources & Services Admin(Massachusetts General Hospital). Sept 2011–Aug 2014. UA3 MC 1105.
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    Karen J. Mason, MD
    Pediatrician, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-0697

    karen.mason@cchmc.org

    Karen J. Mason, MD

    Pediatrician, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0697

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: karen.mason@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    ADHD; learning problems; behavior problems

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 1996.

    Fellowship: University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.

    Residency: University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.

    Certification: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, 2002; General Pediatrics, 2001.

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    Sonya G. Oppenheimer, MD
    Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    sonya.oppenheimer@cchmc.org

    Sonya G. Oppenheimer, MD

    Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Director, Thomas Center for Down Syndrome

    Emerita, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-7361

    Email: sonya.oppenheimer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Biography

    Sonya Oppenheimer, MD, has been committed to the field of developmental disabilities her entire professional career. She recently retired as director of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and director of the University Affiliated Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders, which was established in 1946 and is recognized nationally and internationally as a center for children with developmental problems.

    The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics provides interdisciplinary training programs funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau for the past 27 years. The center is also recognized for its community outreach programs, clinical service programs, diagnosis and treatment program, and research programs.

    Dr. Oppenheimer is recognized as an expert in spina bifida and has been director of the UACCDD multidisciplinary spina bifida program established in 1965. She has served on the professional advisory board of the Spina Bifida Association of America and the Cincinnati Spina Bifida Association.

    Under her direction, Dr. Oppenheimer co-sponsored three International conferences on Spina Bifida. Along with Marlene Lutkenhoff, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic nurse specialist, Dr. Oppenheimer recently co-authored a book for teenagers and young adults, Spinabilities -- A Young Person's Guide to Spina Bifida, and a new book titled Children with Spina Bifida -- A Parent's Guide is in press for families and professionals.

    Dr. Oppenheimer has served on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on children with disabilities and currently chairs the Ohio Department of Health Committee on children with disabilities and the joint Myelomeningocele Committee. She serves as the governor appointed pediatrician on the State Early Intervention Council.

    Dr. Oppenheimer joined the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1969. Prior to being appointed director of the division, she served as the director of the Department of Pediatrics of the Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders.

    Dr. Oppenheimer attended Radcliff College Boston, Mather College Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. She had a developmental fellowship at Case Western Reserve University under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Spock and Dr. John Kennell.

    Education and Training

    MD: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.

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

    Certification: Board Certified American Board of Pediatrics.

    Publications

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    Chandra L. Pester, APRN
    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    513-636-4611

    chandra.pester@cchmc.org

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    Chandra L. Pester, APRN

    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Email: chandra.pester@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Early childhood mental health; trauma and attachment issues; parenting and development

    Relationship between parent and teacher empathy and the number of environmental modifications for children who have ADHD

    Biography

    Chandra L. Pester, APRN, is an advanced practice registered nurse in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She has extensive pediatric experience which includes acute care, school health, outpatient mental health and early childhood mental health. She is currently in the Division of Developmental and Behavior Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's and is providing parent/child counseling and medication management. Special interests include early childhood mental health; trauma and attachment issues; parenting and development.

    She has been recognized for her work by Pro Kids, Southwestern Ohio Educational Regional Resource Center and the Patricia Ryan Whal Award in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Cincinnati. She was also awarded the Johnson & Johnson the School Nurse Fellowship Program at Duke University and attended Rutgers University for the New Jersey Summer School for Alcohol and Drug Studies.

    Education and Training

    BSN: Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1982.

    MSN: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: American Nursing Credentialing Center, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1996.

    Certificate to Prescribe: Initial 2002 and current.


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    Judy Reinhold, MSN, APRN, CPNP
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

    judy.reinhold@cchmc.org

    Judy Reinhold, RN, APRN, MSN, CPNP

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: judy.reinhold@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Autism spectrum disorders; pediatric neurology; psychosocial issues in children with chronic illness

    Education and Training

    RN: Registered Nurse, Ohio State Board of Nursing, 1978.

    BSN: Nursing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1978.

    MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1989.

    CPNP: Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, 1989.

    Certification: Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist; Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

    Publications

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    Rebecca J. Taylor, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    becky.taylor@cchmc.org

    Rebecca J. Taylor, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-7743

    Email: becky.taylor@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Early intervention; parent-child interaction

    Biography

    Rebecca Taylor, MSN, APRN, CNP, is the co-chair of Advanced Practice Nursing Special Interest Group for the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. In addition, she is a member of the Regional Autism Advisory Council Early Intervention task force.

    Education and Training

    RN: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1975.

    MSN: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1987; certified nurse practitioner, 1993.


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    Katherine R. Thoman-Godshalk, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    katherine.thoman-godshalk@cchmc.org

    Katherine R. Thoman-Godshalk, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: katherine.thoman-godshalk@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BS: University of Cincinnati, 2003.

    BSN: University of Cincinnati, 2005.

    MSN: University of Cincinnati, 2007.
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    Susan E. Wiley, MD
    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Medicine

    513-636-4611

    susan.wiley@cchmc.org

    Susan E. Wiley, MD

    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Medicine

    Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Fellowship Director

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: susan.wiley@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric hearing loss; dual sensory impairment; deaf/hard of hearing plus; children with neurodevelopmental disabilities

    Research

    Dual sensory impairment; deaf/hard of hearing plus; more than hearing loss

    Biography

    Dr. Wiley has served on state and national organizations to improve the early hearing detection and intervention activities across the United States. She served as the faculty chair on Improving Hearing Screening and Information Systems Initiative for the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (2011-2013) and is a taskforce member with the American Academy of Pediatrics to identify strategies to improve linkage of Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) to the medical home.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati, OH, 1994.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship: Developmental Pediatrics, Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1997.

    Certification: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, 2002.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Network of 12 academic sites to promote collaborative research in the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics Funding Source: Maternal and Child Health Research Program. Site Principal Investigator. Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet). 2013–2016. UA3MC20218.

    Collaboration between WIC and EHDI to Improve Follow-up of Newborn Hearing Screen. Co-Investigator. National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Disability Research and Dissemination.  2013–2014.

    Partnerships that Promote Integrated, Multidisciplinary Training Models and Increase Healthcare Access for the Ohio Medicaid Population in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, Family Medicine, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Division of Child Psychiatry. Co-Investigator. 2013–2014.

    Early Language and Functional Expectations (LIFE) Study of Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss. Co-Investigator. March of Dimes. Ohio Department of Medicaid/Ohio Medicaid Technical Assistance Policy Program (MEDTAPP) Healthcare Access Initiative. 2014–2015.


    Pam Williams-Arya, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Email: pam.williams-arya@cchmc.org

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    Ashley Wright, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    ashley.wright1@cchmc.org

    Ashley Wright, RN, APRN, MSN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Email: ashley.wright1@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Ashley completed her practicum experience as a student nurse practitioner here at the DDBP in the Spring of 2012. Ashley recently joined our division in January 2013 as a pediatric nurse practitioner and will be providing follow-up medical care and medication management for school-aged children and adolescents with developmental / behavioral disabilities.

    Education and Training

    BSN: University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, Cincinnati, OH, 2008.

    MSN: University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.

    Certification: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, 2012.


    Fellows

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    Alison H. Downes, MD
    Clinical Fellow, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    alison.downes@cchmc.org

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    Kelly Kamimura-Nishimura, MD
    Clinical Fellow, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    kelly.kamimura-nishimura@cchmc.org

    Kelly Kamimura-Nishimura, MD

    Clinical Fellow, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Email: kelly.kamimura-nishimura@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Developmental pediatrics; behavioral pediatrics

    Research

    Autism

    Education and Training

    MD: Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru.

    Residency: General Pediatrics, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY.

    Certification: General Pediatrics, 2013.

    Publications


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    Shruti Tewar, MD
    Clinical Fellow, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    shruti.tewar@cchmc.org

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    Tewar Shruti, MD

    Clinical Fellow, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Email: shruti.tewar@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Dr. Tewar, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician, and currently a second year fellow in training in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She works with children with disabilities but her specific interests include working with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She recently completed a master of public health degree. Dr. Tewar would like to use those skills in advocacy and public health to raise awareness about developmental disabilities.

    Education and Training

    MD: BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad, India.

    Residency: The Children's Hospital, Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY.

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    Kristen J. Stefanski, MD
    Clinical Fellow, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    kristen.stefanski@cchmc.org

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    Kristen J. Stefanski, MD

    Clinical Fellow, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Email: kristen.stefanski@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2009.

    Residency: General Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.


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    Pon Trairatvorakul, MD
    Clinical Fellow, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    pon.trairatvorakul@cchmc.org

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    Pon Trairatvorakul, MD

    Clinical Fellow, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Email: pon.trairatvorakul@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Dr. Trairatvorakul, MD, is currently working towards a developmental and behavioral pediatrics fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She received her medical degree in Melbourne, Australia and completed her pediatric residency at University of South Alabama. During her three years in Alabama, she had several opportunities to take care of many disabled children and their families. She also is interested in adoption medicine as she has volunteered at orphanages in Thailand, her home country. 

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

    Residency: University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL. 

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    Ryan S. Uy, MD
    Clinical Fellow, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    ryan.uy@cchmc.org

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    Ryan S. Uy, MD

    Clinical Fellow, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Email: ryan.uy@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Dr. Ryan Uy, MD, is originally from the Philippines where he completed both his undergraduate and medical degree. He came to the United States where he completed his pediatric residency, the last year serving as co-chief resident at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL. He has joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to pursue a fellowship within the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, 2008.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL, 2014.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications

    The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism

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    Jennifer D. Bass, PsyD, BCBA-D
    Program Director, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND), Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    jennifer.bass@cchmc.org

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    Jennifer D. Bass, PsyD, BCBA-D

    Program Director, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND), Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Community Outreach Coordinator, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Autism spectrum disorders; developmental disabilities; behavioral feeding disorders; parent training for behavior management of challenging behaviors

    Research Interests

    Siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders; social play skills; organizational behavior management (staff training and performance feedback)

    Biography

    Jennifer D. Bass, PsyD, BCBA-D, is a clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP).  Prior to joining the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center staff, Dr. Bass was the director of curriculum development and instructional support at the May Center for Child Development in Randolph, Massachusetts.

    Dr. Bass completed her post-doctoral fellowship in intellectual/developmental disabilities at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and her pre-doctoral training at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

    Dr. Bass received her doctoral degree from Xavier University and was a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) trainee through Cincinnati Children's Division of Developmental Disabilities as a graduate student. She received her master's degree from Radford University in Radford, VA and her bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Dr. Bass was inspired to work with children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities after working at a summer camp for children with special needs.

    Dr. Bass provides a variety of services including behavioral feeding treatment and short-term behavioral treatment to children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities and their families. Dr. Bass has presented her work at local, regional, and national conferences.

    Dr. Bass was appointed director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Program in July 2013. In this role, Dr. Bass provides oversight of the LEND program, an interdisciplinary training program funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

    Education and Training

    PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

    Pre-Doctoral Internship: Pediatric Psychology; Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 2003-2004.
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    Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH, 2004-2006.
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    Ohio Psychology Licensure: 2006.

    Certification: Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral: 2009.

    Publications

    A photo of Kristen Brevoort.

    Kristen N. Brevoort, MOT, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist II, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

    513-636-4611

    kristen.brevoort@cchmc.org


    A photo of Jennifer Budde.

    Jennifer A. Budde, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    jennifer.budde@cchmc.org

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    Merrideth D. Burt, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    merrideth.burt@cchmc.org


    A photo of Jenny Burton.

    Jenny M. Burton, MEd, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    jenny.burton@cchmc.org

    A photo of Jamie Donovan.

    Jamie L. Donovan, MOT, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist II, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy and The Kelly O'Leary Center

    jamie.dononvan@cchmc.org


    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

    amie.duncan@cchmc.org

    Amie W. Duncan, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Adolescents; autism spectrum disorders; transition to adulthood

    Research

    Autism spectrum disorders; transition to adulthood; daily living skills; employment; academic skills

    Education and Training

    BS: University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 2004.

    MA: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2006.

    PhD: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2009.

    Internship: JFK Partners, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Denver, CO, 2009. 

    Publications

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    Grants

    Improving Daily Living Skills in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Principal Investigator. Jack Rubinstein Foundation Grant, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Jul 2013–Jun 2014.

    Understanding Factors that Facilitate Successful Employment and Postsecondary Education in Youth with Developmental Disabilities. Principal Investigator. Jack Rubinstein Foundation Grant, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Jul 2014–Jun 2015.

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    Amy L. Hersh, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    amy.hersh@cchmc.org


    A photo of Amy M. Johnson.

    Amy M. Johnson, OTD, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist II, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism

    amy.johnson2@cchmc.org

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    Beth E. Johnson, MOT, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist I, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

    513-636-4611

    beth.johnson@cchmc.org


    A photo of Bridget E. Kent.

    Bridget E. Kent, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, The Kelly O'Leary Center, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    bridget.kent@cchmc.org

    A photo of Kimberly Kroeger-Geoppinger.

    Kimberly A. Kroeger-Geoppinger, PsyD
    Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    kimberly.kroeger-geoppinger@cchmc.org

    Kimberly A. Kroeger-Geoppinger, PsyD

    Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Fax: 513-636-1759

    Email: kimberly.kroeger-geoppinger@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Autism; early intervention; toileting; feeding; video modeling

    Biography

    Dr. Kroeger-Geoppinger is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is also a clinical psychologist and director of the Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program at The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She joined Cincinnati Children's in November of 2005 to develop early intensive behavioral intervention programs for young children with autism and their families.

    Dr. Kroeger has received various awards from the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati (ASGC) and Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Greater Cincinnati. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Behavior Analysis, Autism Society of America and the Ohio Autism Consortium for Applied Behavior Analysis. She has been symposium chair and a presenter at international and national conferences on autism spectrum disorders and has provided training in graduate and undergraduate courses at Xavier University, the College of Mt. St. Joseph and the Kelly O'Leary Center. Dr. Kroeger is most known for her work in toileting and feeding interventions for persons with autism spectrum disorders.

    Education and Training

    PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

    Internship: The Kennedy Krieger Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2003-2004.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004-2005.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications

    A photo of Patricia Manning-Courtney.

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

    patty.manning@cchmc.org

    Patricia M. Manning-Courtney, MD

    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Director, Kelly O'Leary Center

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: patty.manning@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Development pediatrics; autism/pervasive developmental disorder; fragile X syndrome

    Biography

    Dr. Manning-Courtney is the founder and director of The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TKOC), a multidisciplinary diagnostic, treatment and research program for children with autism spectrum disorders. Since its inception in 1999, TKOC has become a nationally recognized center of excellence for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1991.

    Residency: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1991 - 1994.

    Fellowship: Developmental Pediatrics, University Affiliated Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders, 1994 - 1997.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1994; Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, 2002. 

    Publications

    Grants

    Autism Intervention Research Network. Principal Investigator. Health Resources & Services Admin(Massachusetts General Hospital). Sept 2011–Aug 2014. UA3 MC 1105.
    A photo of Teri W. Messerschmidt.

    Teri W. Messerschmidt, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    teri.messerschmidt@cchmc.org


    A photo of Judy Reinhold.

    Judy Reinhold, MSN, APRN, CPNP
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

    judy.reinhold@cchmc.org

    Judy Reinhold, RN, APRN, MSN, CPNP

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: judy.reinhold@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Autism spectrum disorders; pediatric neurology; psychosocial issues in children with chronic illness

    Education and Training

    RN: Registered Nurse, Ohio State Board of Nursing, 1978.

    BSN: Nursing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1978.

    MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1989.

    CPNP: Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, 1989.

    Certification: Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist; Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications
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    Laura K. C. Srivorakiat, PsyD
    Staff Psychologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    laura.srivorakiat@cchmc.org


    A photo of Meghan Stahlhut.

    Meghan R. Stahlhut, MS, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    meghan.stahlhut@cchmc.org

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    Jennifer B. Weiner, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    jennifer.weiner@cchmc.org


    Thomas Center for Down Syndrome

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    Jennifer J. Bekins, MS, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-0520

    jennifer.bekins@cchmc.org

    Anna J. Esbensen, PhD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Fax: 513-636-1360

    Email: anna.esbensen@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Behavior management; depression


    Research Interests

    Lifespan development of down syndrome; health care of individuals with down syndrome; development of depressive symptomatology among individuals with intellectual disability


    Biography

    Anna Esbensen is an assistant professor of psychology in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She studies the lifespan development of individuals with Down syndrome and provides clinical services through the Thomas Center. She also studies the mental health of individuals with intellectual disability.

    Education and Training

    PhD: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2004.

    MA: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2001.

    BScH: Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada, 1997.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications

    A photo of Sonya Oppenheimer.

    Sonya G. Oppenheimer, MD
    Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    sonya.oppenheimer@cchmc.org

    Sonya G. Oppenheimer, MD

    Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Director, Thomas Center for Down Syndrome

    Emerita, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-7361

    Email: sonya.oppenheimer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Biography

    Sonya Oppenheimer, MD, has been committed to the field of developmental disabilities her entire professional career. She recently retired as director of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and director of the University Affiliated Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders, which was established in 1946 and is recognized nationally and internationally as a center for children with developmental problems.

    The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics provides interdisciplinary training programs funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau for the past 27 years. The center is also recognized for its community outreach programs, clinical service programs, diagnosis and treatment program, and research programs.

    Dr. Oppenheimer is recognized as an expert in spina bifida and has been director of the UACCDD multidisciplinary spina bifida program established in 1965. She has served on the professional advisory board of the Spina Bifida Association of America and the Cincinnati Spina Bifida Association.

    Under her direction, Dr. Oppenheimer co-sponsored three International conferences on Spina Bifida. Along with Marlene Lutkenhoff, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic nurse specialist, Dr. Oppenheimer recently co-authored a book for teenagers and young adults, Spinabilities -- A Young Person's Guide to Spina Bifida, and a new book titled Children with Spina Bifida -- A Parent's Guide is in press for families and professionals.

    Dr. Oppenheimer has served on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on children with disabilities and currently chairs the Ohio Department of Health Committee on children with disabilities and the joint Myelomeningocele Committee. She serves as the governor appointed pediatrician on the State Early Intervention Council.

    Dr. Oppenheimer joined the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1969. Prior to being appointed director of the division, she served as the director of the Department of Pediatrics of the Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders.

    Dr. Oppenheimer attended Radcliff College Boston, Mather College Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. She had a developmental fellowship at Case Western Reserve University under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Spock and Dr. John Kennell.

    Education and Training

    MD: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.

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

    Certification: Board Certified American Board of Pediatrics.

    Publications

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    Kelsey M. Snyder, MS, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-0520

    kelsey.snyder@cchmc.org

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    Kelsey M. Snyder, MS, CCC-SLP

    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0520

    Email: kelsey.snyder@cchmc.org


    A photo of Katherine Thoman-Godshalk.

    Katherine R. Thoman-Godshalk, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    katherine.thoman-godshalk@cchmc.org

    Katherine R. Thoman-Godshalk, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: katherine.thoman-godshalk@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BS: University of Cincinnati, 2003.

    BSN: University of Cincinnati, 2005.

    MSN: University of Cincinnati, 2007.

    Pam Williams-Arya, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Email: pam.williams-arya@cchmc.org


    Speech-Language Pathology

    A photo of Jennifer Bekins.

    Jennifer J. Bekins, MS, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-0520

    jennifer.bekins@cchmc.org

    A photo of Jennifer Budde.

    Jennifer A. Budde, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    jennifer.budde@cchmc.org


    A photo of Merrideth Burt.

    Merrideth D. Burt, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    merrideth.burt@cchmc.org

    A photo of Jenny Burton.

    Jenny M. Burton, MEd, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    jenny.burton@cchmc.org


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    Carol A. Grasha, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4628

    carol.grasha@cchmc.org

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    Sandra M. Grether, PhD
    Coordinator, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    sandra.grether@cchmc.org


    A photo of Andrea Hansen.

    Andrea K. Hansen, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    andrea.hansen@cchmc.org

    A photo of Amy Hersh.

    Amy L. Hersh, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    amy.hersh@cchmc.org


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    Julie D. Hibner, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4628

    julie.hibner@cchmc.org

    A photo of Rebecca Kemer.

    Rebecca C. Kemer, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-4628

    rebecca.kemer@cchmc.org


    A photo of Bridget E. Kent.

    Bridget E. Kent, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, The Kelly O'Leary Center, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    bridget.kent@cchmc.org

    A photo of Teri W. Messerschmidt.

    Teri W. Messerschmidt, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    teri.messerschmidt@cchmc.org


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    Kristen A. Smith, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-803-1812

    kristen.smith@cchmc.org

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    Kelsey M. Snyder, MS, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-0520

    kelsey.snyder@cchmc.org

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    Kelsey M. Snyder, MS, CCC-SLP

    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0520

    Email: kelsey.snyder@cchmc.org


    A photo of Meghan Stahlhut.

    Meghan R. Stahlhut, MS, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    meghan.stahlhut@cchmc.org

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    Christina M. Stover, MS, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-803-0310

    christina.stover@cchmc.org


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    Jennifer B. Weiner, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    jennifer.weiner@cchmc.org

    Social Services

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    Marta R. Getz, MSW, LISW-S
    Social Worker, Division of Social Services

    513-636-3208

    marta.getz@cchmc.org

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    Alyssa M. Williams, MSW, LSW
    Social Worker, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-8366

    alyssa.williams@cchmc.org


    Psychology

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    Robin J. Adams, PhD
    Psychologist, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    robin.adams@cchmc.org

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    Robin J. Adams, PhD

    Psychologist, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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    Specialties

    Assessment and treatment of children with ASD and other developmental delays

    Biography

    Robin Adams, PhD, has worked with children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental delays in outpatient, inpatient and intensive day treatment settings; focusing on social skill acquisition, behavior management, emotional regulation and promoting functional independence.

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2008.

    Internship: Butler University and BehaviorCorp, Indianapolis, IN, 2007-2008.

    Fellowship: Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH 2008-2009.

    Licensure: Ohio State Board of Psychology, 2009.
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    Holly D. Barnard, PhD
    Neuropsychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4100

    holly.barnard@cchmc.org

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    Holly D. Barnard, PhD

    Neuropsychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4100

    Email: holly.barnard@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric neuropsychology; autism spectrum disorders

    Biography

    Dr. Barnard completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Denver, where she was awarded a National Research Service Awards (NRSA) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to study gene-environment interactions in the manifestation of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She went on to complete her internship and APPCN fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center (UICMC), where she received broad-based training in both medical and developmental neuropsychology in children and pursued specialty training (site reliability in the administration and coding of the ADOS and ADI-R) in diagnostic assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).

    Since being recruited to Cincinnati Children's, Dr. Barnard has co-founded the Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic (DNC), a doctoral-level practicum placement in pediatric neuropsychology, and currently supervises advanced doctoral students hailing from numerous programs around the Tristate area. Dr. Barnard and her team in the DNC evaluate patients who present with a wide variety of neurodevelopmental conditions, but Dr. Barnard continues to have a particular interest in ASDs and genetic/chromosomal disorders. Additionally, Dr. Barnard consults on numerous ongoing research projects, both through Cincinnati Children's and University of Cincinnati (UC), and serves as an active instructor in the doctoral program at UC.

    Education and Training

    BA: Neuroscience, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 2001.

    PhD: Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, Denver, CO, 2009.

    Internship: Child Psychology, Institute for Juvenile Research; University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Neuropsychology, University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Quantifying White Matter Degeneration Using DTI in Pediatric Populations with Hydrocephalus. Consulting Neuropsychologist. National Institute of Health. 2010 – Present.

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    Jennifer D. Bass, PsyD, BCBA-D
    Program Director, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND), Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    jennifer.bass@cchmc.org

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    Jennifer D. Bass, PsyD, BCBA-D

    Program Director, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND), Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Community Outreach Coordinator, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Autism spectrum disorders; developmental disabilities; behavioral feeding disorders; parent training for behavior management of challenging behaviors

    Research Interests

    Siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders; social play skills; organizational behavior management (staff training and performance feedback)

    Biography

    Jennifer D. Bass, PsyD, BCBA-D, is a clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP).  Prior to joining the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center staff, Dr. Bass was the director of curriculum development and instructional support at the May Center for Child Development in Randolph, Massachusetts.

    Dr. Bass completed her post-doctoral fellowship in intellectual/developmental disabilities at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and her pre-doctoral training at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

    Dr. Bass received her doctoral degree from Xavier University and was a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) trainee through Cincinnati Children's Division of Developmental Disabilities as a graduate student. She received her master's degree from Radford University in Radford, VA and her bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Dr. Bass was inspired to work with children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities after working at a summer camp for children with special needs.

    Dr. Bass provides a variety of services including behavioral feeding treatment and short-term behavioral treatment to children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities and their families. Dr. Bass has presented her work at local, regional, and national conferences.

    Dr. Bass was appointed director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Program in July 2013. In this role, Dr. Bass provides oversight of the LEND program, an interdisciplinary training program funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

    Education and Training

    PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

    Pre-Doctoral Internship: Pediatric Psychology; Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 2003-2004.
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    Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH, 2004-2006.
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    Ohio Psychology Licensure: 2006.

    Certification: Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral: 2009.

    Publications

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    Nicole M. Bing, PsyD
    Staff Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    nicole.bing@cchmc.org

    Nicole M. Bing, PsyD

    Staff Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Fax: 513-636-0527

    Email: nicole.bing@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Nicole M. Bing, PsyD, has experience in individual, group and family treatment as well as severe behavior treatment and psychological assessment of children with a broad range of presentations. She began working with children with developmental disabilities during graduate school and specialized in this area during internship and post-doctoral fellowship.

    Education and Training

    PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2005.

    Internship: Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2004-2005.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 2005-2006.

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    Kristn D. Currans, PsyD
    Staff Psychologist III, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    kristn.currans@cchmc.org

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    Kristn D. Currans, PsyD

    Staff Psychologist III, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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    Specialties

    Autism spectrum disorders

    Education and Training

    PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.

    MS: Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, 2002.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2006-2007.

    Internship: The Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2005-2006.
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    Amie W. Duncan, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    amie.duncan@cchmc.org

    Amie W. Duncan, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Adolescents; autism spectrum disorders; transition to adulthood

    Research

    Autism spectrum disorders; transition to adulthood; daily living skills; employment; academic skills

    Education and Training

    BS: University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 2004.

    MA: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2006.

    PhD: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2009.

    Internship: JFK Partners, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Denver, CO, 2009. 

    Publications

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    Grants

    Improving Daily Living Skills in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Principal Investigator. Jack Rubinstein Foundation Grant, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Jul 2013–Jun 2014.

    Understanding Factors that Facilitate Successful Employment and Postsecondary Education in Youth with Developmental Disabilities. Principal Investigator. Jack Rubinstein Foundation Grant, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Jul 2014–Jun 2015.


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    Patricia B. Eiler-Sims, PsyD
    Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4633

    patricia.eiler-sims@cchmc.org

    Anna J. Esbensen, PhD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Fax: 513-636-1360

    Email: anna.esbensen@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Behavior management; depression


    Research Interests

    Lifespan development of down syndrome; health care of individuals with down syndrome; development of depressive symptomatology among individuals with intellectual disability


    Biography

    Anna Esbensen is an assistant professor of psychology in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She studies the lifespan development of individuals with Down syndrome and provides clinical services through the Thomas Center. She also studies the mental health of individuals with intellectual disability.

    Education and Training

    PhD: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2004.

    MA: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2001.

    BScH: Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada, 1997.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications

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    Melissa A. Foti-Hoff, PsyD
    Staff Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    melissa.foti-hoff@cchmc.org

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    Sarah A. Greenwell, PsyD
    Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4633

    sarah.greenwell@cchmc.org

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    Sarah A. Greenwell, PsyD

    Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4633

    Email: sarah.greenwell@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Developmental disabilities; anxiety; childhood trauma; ADHD; learning disabilities; family

    Biography

    Sarah Greenwell, PsyD, has worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center since 2010. Dr. Greenwell specializes in working with families of children with developmental delays, learning disabilities, anxiety and trauma. Prior to working at Cincinnati Children's, she served on a multidisciplinary child advocacy team for child abuse at Dayton Children’s Medical Center, as well as on a grant partnering with the Department of Defense providing services to children with autism spectrum disorders.

    Dr. Greenwell currently provides Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, CBT for anxiety and Solution Focused Brief Family Therapy to children and families. She works in the CHECK Foster Care Clinic at Cincinnati Children's providing early intervention assessment, and evaluates preschool to school-aged children for cognitive and learning delays. Dr. Greenwell runs the WAAM anxiety group for children and the Child Adult Relationship Enhancement(CARE) parent group. She is a supervising psychologist for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program within DDBP and the O'Grady Residency in Psychology Program at Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Greenwell is a member of the American Psychological Association and has served on the Board of the Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology, as well as the Board of the Ohio Psychological Association since 2011.

    Education and Training

    BS: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

    MA: Clinical Psychology, Spalding University, Louisville, KY, 2002.

    PsyD: Clinical Psychology with a Health Psychology Emphasis, Spalding University, Louisville, KY, 2006.

    Pre-Doctoral Internship: Wright State University  SOPP Consortium (WSU Center for Counseling Services and Dayton Children's Medical Center), 2004.

    Post-Doctoral: Dayton Children’s Medical Center.

    Licensure: Ohio State Board of Psychology, 2007.


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    Heather L. Johnson, PsyD
    Staff Psychologist II, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

    heather.johnson@cchmc.org

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    Heather L. Johnson, PsyD

    Staff Psychologist II, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders; behavior analysis

    Research Interests

    Treatment outcomes of children with autism when using a behavior analytic approach

    Education and Training

    BS: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2002.

    MA: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

    PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2007.

    Internship: The Marcus Institute, Atlanta, GA, 2006-2007.

    Fellowship: The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    Licensure: Ohio State Board of Psychology, 2008.

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    Kimberly A. Kroeger-Geoppinger, PsyD
    Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    kimberly.kroeger-geoppinger@cchmc.org

    Kimberly A. Kroeger-Geoppinger, PsyD

    Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Fax: 513-636-1759

    Email: kimberly.kroeger-geoppinger@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Autism; early intervention; toileting; feeding; video modeling

    Biography

    Dr. Kroeger-Geoppinger is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is also a clinical psychologist and director of the Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program at The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She joined Cincinnati Children's in November of 2005 to develop early intensive behavioral intervention programs for young children with autism and their families.

    Dr. Kroeger has received various awards from the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati (ASGC) and Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Greater Cincinnati. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Behavior Analysis, Autism Society of America and the Ohio Autism Consortium for Applied Behavior Analysis. She has been symposium chair and a presenter at international and national conferences on autism spectrum disorders and has provided training in graduate and undergraduate courses at Xavier University, the College of Mt. St. Joseph and the Kelly O'Leary Center. Dr. Kroeger is most known for her work in toileting and feeding interventions for persons with autism spectrum disorders.

    Education and Training

    PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

    Internship: The Kennedy Krieger Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2003-2004.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004-2005.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications

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    Stacey Ann Morrison, PsyD
    Psychologist, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    stacey.morrison@cchmc.org

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    Stacey A. Morrison, PsyD

    Psychologist, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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    Education and Training

    PsyD: Child Psychology with Child and Family Emphasis, Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky, 2006.

    MA: Clinical Psychology, Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky, 1998.

    BA: Psychology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1996.

    Post-Doctoral: Seven Counties Services INC, Shelbyville KY, 2006.

    Pre-Doctoral Internship: Wright State University Consortium (Ellis Institute and Dayton Children's Medical Center), 2004.
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    Rebekah Ridgeway, PsyD
    Staff Psychologist II, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

    rebekah.ridgeway@cchmc.org

    Rebekah Ridgeway, PsyD

    Staff Psychologist II, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Psychology Training Lead, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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    Specialties

    Assessment and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental delays; siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders; anxiety in children with Asperger’s disorder and high-functioning autism

    Education and Training

    PsyD:  Wright State University, Dayton, OH 2008.

    BA: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 2003.

    Internship: Pediatric Psychology, The Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO 2007-2008.

    Fellowship:  Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 2008-2010.

    Licensure:  Ohio State Board of Psychology, 2010.


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

    513-803-9291

    rebecca.shaffer@cchmc.org

    Rebecca C. Shaffer, PsyD

    Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-9291

    Email: rebecca.shaffer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Autism spectrum disorders; fragile X; Angelman syndrome; parent training; social skills training; applied behavioral analysis

    Research

    Eye tracking; autism spectrum disorders; fragile X; Angelman syndrome; parent training; social skills training; applied behavioral analysis.
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    Education and Training

    BS: Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN.

    MA: Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA.

    PsyD: Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA.

    Internship: Youth Opportunity Center, Muncie, IN.

    Fellowship: Indiana University School of Medicine, Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, IN.

    Publications

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    Rena J. Sorensen, PhD
    Staff Psychologist II, Division of Child Psychiatry

    513-636-4788

    rena.sorensen@cchmc.org

    Rena J. Sorensen, PhD

    Staff Psychologist II, Division of Child Psychiatry

    Phone: 513-636-4788

    Email: rena.sorensen@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Behavioral assessment and treatment of children and adolescents dually diagnosed with a developmental disability and severe behavior disorders; skill acquisition in children with severe learning disorders

    Biography

    Rena J. Sorensen, PhD, is a staff psychologist in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the Division of Child Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In January 2000, Dr. Sorensen joined Cincinnati Children's to assist in the development of intensive behavior intervention programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.  She has played a lead role in the development of behavioral treatment programs for children in their homes and clinic, intensive clinic-based services, community consultation and inpatient acute stabilization programs for children dually diagnosed with a developmental disability and severe problem behavior.  She currently co-leads the hospital-wide Behavioral Safety Committee which utilizes quality improvement methodology to reduce staff injury related to aggressive patient interactions for children admitted to the inpatient medical/surgical units.

    Dr. Sorensen came to Cincinnati Children's from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she completed residency and fellowship in the Department of Behavioral
    Psychology, specializing in the behavioral assessment and treatment of persons with developmental disabilities, severe behavior, and pediatric feeding disorders.

    Dr. Sorensen also served as an adjunct faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies, teaching courses on behavioral interventions for children with autism to graduate students in special education. Dr. Sorensen earned her undergraduate degree at Iowa State University and her graduate degree at Central Michigan University.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, 1998.

    Residency and Fellowship: Assessment and Treatment of Severe Behavior Disorders, Kennedy Krieger Institute, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

    Licensure: Clinical Psychologist, Ohio 2000.

    Publications


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    Laura K. C. Srivorakiat, PsyD
    Staff Psychologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    laura.srivorakiat@cchmc.org

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    Meredith N. Will, PhD
    Staff Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavior Pediatrics

    513-803-5454

    meredith.will@cchmc.org


    LEND/UCEDD

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    Jennifer D. Bass, PsyD, BCBA-D
    Program Director, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND), Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    jennifer.bass@cchmc.org

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    Jennifer D. Bass, PsyD, BCBA-D

    Program Director, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND), Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Community Outreach Coordinator, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Autism spectrum disorders; developmental disabilities; behavioral feeding disorders; parent training for behavior management of challenging behaviors

    Research Interests

    Siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders; social play skills; organizational behavior management (staff training and performance feedback)

    Biography

    Jennifer D. Bass, PsyD, BCBA-D, is a clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP).  Prior to joining the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center staff, Dr. Bass was the director of curriculum development and instructional support at the May Center for Child Development in Randolph, Massachusetts.

    Dr. Bass completed her post-doctoral fellowship in intellectual/developmental disabilities at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and her pre-doctoral training at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

    Dr. Bass received her doctoral degree from Xavier University and was a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) trainee through Cincinnati Children's Division of Developmental Disabilities as a graduate student. She received her master's degree from Radford University in Radford, VA and her bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Dr. Bass was inspired to work with children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities after working at a summer camp for children with special needs.

    Dr. Bass provides a variety of services including behavioral feeding treatment and short-term behavioral treatment to children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities and their families. Dr. Bass has presented her work at local, regional, and national conferences.

    Dr. Bass was appointed director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Program in July 2013. In this role, Dr. Bass provides oversight of the LEND program, an interdisciplinary training program funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

    Education and Training

    PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

    Pre-Doctoral Internship: Pediatric Psychology; Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 2003-2004.
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    Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH, 2004-2006.
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    Ohio Psychology Licensure: 2006.

    Certification: Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral: 2009.

    Publications

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

    513-803-3620

    ilka.riddle@cchmc.org

    Ilka K. Riddle, PhD

    Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-3620

    Fax: 513-803-0072

    Email: ilka.riddle@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Research Interests

    Healthcare transition of children and youth with special health care needs; health disparities and health equity for individuals with disabilities

    Biography

    As the director of the University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UC UCEDD), Ilka Riddle, PhD, is responsible for achieving the four core functions of a UCEDD: interdisciplinary training, community services and collaborations, research and information dissemination. UC UCEDD achieves its goals through the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Disabilities (LEND) interdisciplinary training program; community partnerships on self-advocacy, transition, employment, housing and healthy living; research on transition and sharing of disability and other relevant information with individuals with disabilities, family members, caregivers, health care providers, state and community agencies staff, policy makers and legislators. Dr. Riddle participates on a variety of state advisory and task forces to provide technical assistance on disability, conducts research on health care transition, engages with the national Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) on disability-relevant topics and works with local, regional and state partners on a variety of initiatives to improve community integration and inclusion of people with disabilities.

    Education and Training

    MS: University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 2001.

    PhD: University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 2006.

    Publications