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

    513-636-4611

    patty.manning@cchmc.org

    Patricia Manning-Courtney, MD

    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Director, Kelly O'Leary Center

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: patty.manning@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

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

    Education and Training

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

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

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

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1994.
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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

    Adjunct Associate Professor

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: susan.wiley@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Sensory loss (deaf, hard of hearing, blind, low vision)

    Research

    Deafness associated with an additional disability

    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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    Administration

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

    513-636-4611

    patty.manning@cchmc.org

    Patricia Manning-Courtney, MD

    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Director, Kelly O'Leary Center

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: patty.manning@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

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

    Education and Training

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

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

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

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1994.
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    Lori J. Stark, PhD, ABPP
    Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-636-4336

    Lori J. Stark, PhD, ABPP

    Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-3677

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    Specialties

    Biography

    Lori Stark, PhD, joined Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1998 as the director of Psychology.

    Dr. Stark is an authority on parenting of young children. She has applied this expertise to the area of health psychology by working with parents and children to improve their adherence to medical regimes, improving coping with chronic conditions or acute stressors, and providing biobehavioral interventions to conditions such as chronic pain.

    Dr. Stark's work is unique in that it utilizes behavioral and environmental interventions to enhance healthcare outcome in pediatrics. Dr. Stark's expertise is on improving nutritional outcome in children with chronic conditions such as cystic fibrosis.

    Dr. Stark has received continuous funding from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the National Institute of Health to develop and evaluate behavioral interventions and improving nutritional outcome in children with cystic fibrosis.

    Dr. Stark came to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center from Brown University School of Medicine where she was director of Pediatric Psychology at Rhode Island Hospital and associate professor of Psychiatry in Human Behavior at Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Stark earned her undergraduate degree at Boston University and her graduate degree at West Virginia University.

    Dr. Stark is on the Executive Committee of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, a division within the American Psychological Association. She has written many professional publications in the field of pediatric psychology and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

    Education and Training

    PhD: West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1985.

    Internship: Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, 1984-1985.

    Certification: Clinical Psychology, 1985.


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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

    Adjunct Associate Professor

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: susan.wiley@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Sensory loss (deaf, hard of hearing, blind, low vision)

    Research

    Deafness associated with an additional disability

    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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    Pediatrics

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

    513-636-4611

    julia.anixt@cchmc.org

    Julia S. Anixt, MD

    Pediatrician, 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

    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.
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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

    513-636-4611

    erin.clancy@cchmc.org

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

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Email: erin.clancy@cchmc.org

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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, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-5352

    patricia.curry@cchmc.org

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    Patricia A. Curry, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-5352

    Email: patricia.curry@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BSN: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1977.

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

    Certification: Pediatric Nursing Certification Board,1982.

    Jennifer Ehrhardt, MD, MPH

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Email: jennifer.ehrhardt@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Early childhood development; autism; learning difficulties; developmental and behavioral issues in underserved populations

    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: American Board of Pediatrics, 2007.


    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.

    Mechanisms of Pesticide-Induced Neurobehavioral Deficits:  Relevance to ADHD.  Co-Investigator.  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (R01).  2010-2013.

    Lisa Kuan, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


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

    513-636-4611

    patty.manning@cchmc.org

    Patricia Manning-Courtney, MD

    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Director, Kelly O'Leary Center

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: patty.manning@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

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

    Education and Training

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

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

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

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1994.
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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.

    Sonya G. Oppenheimer, MD

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-7361

    Email: sonya.oppenheimer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Spina bifida; cerebral palsy; high-risk infants

    Research Interests

    Spina bifida; ethics; high-risk infants; early intervention

    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, Ohio, 1958.

    Residency: Rainbow Babies, Cleveland, Ohio; Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, 1958; Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1973-1974. 

    Fellowship: University Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, 1959-1960. 

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1975.

    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
    Nurse Practitioner, Kelly O' Leary Center

    513-636-4611

    judy.reinhold@cchmc.org

    Judy Reinhold, RN, APRN, MSN, CPNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Kelly O' Leary Center

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-0527

    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.

    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 a nurse practitioner in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and served on the Family Advisory Council at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    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

    Adjunct Associate Professor

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: susan.wiley@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Sensory loss (deaf, hard of hearing, blind, low vision)

    Research

    Deafness associated with an additional disability

    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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    Pam Williams-Arya, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4506

    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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    Vilawan Chirdkiatgumchai, MD
    Fellow, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    vilawan.chirdkiatgumchai@cchmc.org

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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

    The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism

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

    513-636-4651

    beth.bishop@cchmc.org

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    Merrideth D. Burt
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-803-3259

    merrideth.burt@cchmc.org


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    Jenny M. Burton, MEd, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-803-3586

    jenny.burton@cchmc.org

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

    513-636-4651

    jamie.dononvan@cchmc.org


    Amie W. Duncan, PhD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2416

    Fax: 513-803-2416

    Email: amie.duncan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Autism spectrum disorders; transition to adulthood in adolescents with autism

    Education and Training

    BS: University of Dayton, 2004.

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

    PhD: University of Alabama, 2009.

    Publications

    Grants

    Training Outpatient Clinicians to Deliver Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Site Principal Investigator. National Institute of Mental Health. Jul 2012 – Jun 2014.

    Evaluating the Time-Dependent Unfolding of Social Interactions in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Site Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Aug 2012 – Jul 2014.
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    Amy L. Hersh, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-9673

    amy.hersh@cchmc.org


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    Bridget E. Kent, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center

    513-636-5340

    bridget.kent@cchmc.org

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

    513-636-1778

    kimberly.kroeger-geoppinger@cchmc.org

    Kimbery A. Kroeger-Geoppinger, PsyD

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-1778

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

    513-636-4611

    patty.manning@cchmc.org

    Patricia Manning-Courtney, MD

    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Director, Kelly O'Leary Center

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: patty.manning@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

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

    Education and Training

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

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

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

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1994.
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    Teri W. Messerschmidt, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-5340

    teri.messerschmidt@cchmc.org


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    Meghan R. Stahlhut, MS, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-4341

    meghan.stahlhut@cchmc.org

    Thomas Center for Down Syndrome

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    Jennifer J. Bekins, MS, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-0520

    jennifer.bekins@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


    Speech-Language Pathology

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    Jennifer J. Bekins, MS, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-0520

    jennifer.bekins@cchmc.org

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    Merrideth D. Burt
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-803-3259

    merrideth.burt@cchmc.org


    A photo of Jenny Burton.

    Jenny M. Burton, MEd, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-803-3586

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

    513-803-1771

    andrea.hansen@cchmc.org

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

    513-636-9673

    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


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    Bridget E. Kent, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center

    513-636-5340

    bridget.kent@cchmc.org

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    Teri W. Messerschmidt, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-5340

    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


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    Meghan R. Stahlhut, MS, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-4341

    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


    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

    513-636-5340

    robin.adams@cchmc.org

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    Robin J. Adams, PhD

    Psychologist, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-5340

    Email: robin.adams@cchmc.org

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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
    Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-803-2365

    jennifer.bass@cchmc.org

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    Jennifer D. Bass, PsyD, BCBA-D

    Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2365

    Email: jennifer.bass@cchmc.org

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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 in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP) at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Bass joined the DDBP in June 2009.

    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 Randolph, a May Institute school outside of Boston, MA. While at the May Institute, Dr. Bass completed coursework and fieldwork to become a board certified behavior analyst in March 2009.

    Dr. Bass completed her post-doctoral fellowship in mental retardation/developmental disabilities at Nationwide Children's Hospital. As a fellow, Dr. Bass specialized in the assessment and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. She also received extensive training in pediatric feeding disorders as a member of the Inpatient Feeding Program.

    Dr. Bass' pre-doctoral training was in pediatric/behavioral psychology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center. As an intern, Dr. Bass trained in a behavioral pediatrics clinic, an outpatient feeding clinic, and an early intensive behavioral intervention center-based program serving preschool children with autism spectrum disorders.

    Dr. Bass received her doctoral degree from Xavier University and was a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental 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 is currently providing a variety of services including psychological evaluations, 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.

    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

    Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH, 2004-2006

    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

    513-636-5340

    nicole.bing@cchmc.org

    Nicole M. Bing, PsyD

    Staff Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-5340

    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

    513-636-1760

    kristn.currans@cchmc.org

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    Kristn D. Currans, PsyD

    Staff Psychologist

    Phone: 513-636-1760

    Email: kristn.currans@cchmc.org

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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.

    Amie W. Duncan, PhD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2416

    Fax: 513-803-2416

    Email: amie.duncan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Autism spectrum disorders; transition to adulthood in adolescents with autism

    Education and Training

    BS: University of Dayton, 2004.

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

    PhD: University of Alabama, 2009.

    Publications

    Grants

    Training Outpatient Clinicians to Deliver Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Site Principal Investigator. National Institute of Mental Health. Jul 2012 – Jun 2014.

    Evaluating the Time-Dependent Unfolding of Social Interactions in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Site Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Aug 2012 – Jul 2014.

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    Patricia B. Eiler-Sims, PsyD
    Psychologist, 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

    513-636-5340

    melissa.foti-hoff@cchmc.org

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    Richard C. Gilman, PhD
    Psychologist, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    513-636-8172

    richard.gilman@cchmc.org

    Richard C. Gilman, PhD

    Psychologist, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8172

    Email: richard.gilman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Depression; anxiety; adjustment issues; learning issues 

    Biography

    Dr. Gilman is a fellow in the American Psychological Association (Division 16, school psychology) and a fellow in the International Society for Quality of Life Studies. He is the author of The Handbook of Positive Psychology in Schools (now undergoing its second revision), an associate editor of Behavioural Change and School Psychology Review, and he is on the editorial board of five academic journals. With over 80 peer-reviewed publications, books, and book chapters on risk/resiliency factors in child development, Dr. Gilman’s work has been formally recognized by the American Psychological Association.

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

    Fellowship: Georgia State University Counseling Center, Atlanta, GA.

    Residency: Father Flanagan’s Boy’s Home (aka Boy’s Town), Boys Town, NE.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications

    Grants

    Using SNA to Examine the Long-Term Outcomes of Socially Excluded Adolescents. Principal Investigator. NICHD. April 2012-March, 2014.

    Validating a program to enhance social learning and preventing early sexual activity among children in a high-risk setting. Co-Investigator. NIH/NICHD.  Jan. 2007- Jan. 2009.

    Self-Management of Type 1 Diabetes During Adolescence. NIDDK. Consultant. 201


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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 and 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 works in the CHECK Foster Care clinic at Cincinnati Children's providing early intervention assessment and is a member of the Academic Team within DDBP providing assessment of children with learning disabilities. She provides Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT and Solution Focused Brief Therapy to children and families. Dr. Greenwell also runs the WAAM anxiety group for children and parents. She is a supervising psychologist for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program within DDBP. Dr. Greenwell has served on the board of the Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology and 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, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-5340

    heather.johnson@cchmc.org


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    Marc D. Kepner, PsyD
    Staff Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4633

    marc.kepner@cchmc.org

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    Marc D. Kepner,, PsyD

    Staff Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4633

    Email: marc.kepner@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical health psychology; attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder; learning disabilities; bereavement and loss; gender identity; social skills in children with developmental disabilities; Triple P parenting skills and behavior management; and autism spectrum disorders (particularly high functioning autism)

    Biography

    Marc D. Kepner, PsyD, started his career in the field of gerontology with adults who were abused and neglected.. During graduate studies, he shifted his area of interest to clinical health psychology, with a focus on children and adolescents. During Internship, he provided treatment and assessment services for children and adolescents ages 5 - 22, dually diagnosed as Educable Mentally Handicapped (EMH) or Trainable Mentally Handicapped (TMH) and Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED) in conjunction with the Miami-Dade County Public School system.  He has also worked with children who experienced the loss of family members and has provided group and individual treatment for adolescents and women with eating disorders.  He has experience and interest in individual counseling for adolescents and young adults with GLBTQ issues.

    Education and Training

    BA: Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 1977.

    MS: Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, 1980.

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

    PsyD: Clinical Health Psychology, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2006.

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

    513-636-1778

    kimberly.kroeger-geoppinger@cchmc.org

    Kimbery A. Kroeger-Geoppinger, PsyD

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-1778

    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 Clinical Pediatrics and 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, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

    513-636-5340

    rebekah.ridgeway@cchmc.org

    Rebekah Ridgeway, PsyD

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

    Phone: 513-636-5340

    Email: rebekah.ridgeway@cchmc.org

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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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    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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    Ilka K. Riddle, PhD
    Associate Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

    513-803-3620

    ilka.riddle@cchmc.org

    Ilka K. Riddle, PhD

    Associate Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

    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

    Ilka Riddle, PhD, is currently an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics and is the associate director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, housed in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s. She received her graduate-level education in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Delaware, with a focus on disability and its impact on families.

    Prior to arriving at Cincinnati Children’s in 2012, she was the health unit director at the Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware, where she was the principal investigator on various federally funded grants addressing health promotion and disease prevention for individuals with disabilities, improving service systems for children and youth with special health care needs and emergency preparedness for individuals with disabilities.

    Dr. Riddle is particularly interested in systems change activities and health policy as they relate to accessibility and inclusiveness of individuals with disabilities in health care settings and she frequently presents on these topics at state and national conferences.

    Education and Training

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

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

    Publications

    Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy

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

    513-636-4651

    beth.bishop@cchmc.org

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

    513-636-4651

    jamie.dononvan@cchmc.org