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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.
Patricia Manning-Courtney, MD Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Director, Kelly O'Leary Center
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Susan E. Wiley, MD Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Medicine
Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Medicine
Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Adjunct Associate Professor
Sensory loss (deaf, hard of hearing, blind, low vision)
Deafness associated with an additional disability
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.
Meinzen-Derr J, Wiley S, Grether S, Choo DI. Children with cochlear implants and developmental disabilities: A language skills study with developmentally matched hearing peers. Res Dev Disabil. 2010 Dec 1.
Meinzen-Derr J, Wiley S, Grether S, Choo DI. Language performance in children with cochlear implants and additional disabilities. Laryngoscope. 2010 Feb;120(2):405-13. Wiley S, Meinzen-Derr J. Access to cochlear implant candidacy evaluations: who is not making it to the team evaluations? Int J Audiol. 2009 Feb;48(2):74-9. Wiley S, Meinzen-Derr J, Choo D. Auditory skills development among children with developmental delays and cochlear implants. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2008 Oct;117(10):711-8.
Meinzen-Derr J, Lim LH, Choo DI, Buyniski S, Wiley S. Pediatric hearing impairment caregiver experience: impact of duration of hearing loss on parental stress. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2008 Nov;72(11):1693-703. Meinzen-Derr J, Wiley S, Creighton J, Choo D. Auditory Skills Checklist: clinical tool for monitoring functional auditory skill development in young children with cochlear implants. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2007 Nov;116(11):812-8. Wiley S, Choo D, Meinzen-Derr J, Hilbert L, Greinwald J. GJB2 mutations and additional disabilities in a pediatric cochlear implant population. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2006 Mar;70(3):493-500.
Lori J. Stark, PhD, ABPP Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Lori Stark, PhD, joined Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1998 as the director of Psychology.
Dr. Stark is an authority on parenting of young children. She has applied this expertise to the area of health psychology by working with parents and children to improve their adherence to medical regimes, improving coping with chronic conditions or acute stressors, and providing biobehavioral interventions to conditions such as chronic pain.
Dr. Stark's work is unique in that it utilizes behavioral and environmental interventions to enhance healthcare outcome in pediatrics. Dr. Stark's expertise is on improving nutritional outcome in children with chronic conditions such as cystic fibrosis.
Dr. Stark has received continuous funding from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the National Institute of Health to develop and evaluate behavioral interventions and improving nutritional outcome in children with cystic fibrosis.
Dr. Stark came to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center from Brown University School of Medicine where she was director of Pediatric Psychology at Rhode Island Hospital and associate professor of Psychiatry in Human Behavior at Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Stark earned her undergraduate degree at Boston University and her graduate degree at West Virginia University.
Dr. Stark is on the Executive Committee of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, a division within the American Psychological Association. She has written many professional publications in the field of pediatric psychology and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
PhD: West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1985.
Internship: Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, 1984-1985.
Certification: Clinical Psychology, 1985.
Julia S. Anixt, MD Pediatrician, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Pediatrician, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
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
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
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.
Anixt JS, Copeland-Linder N, Haynie D, Cheng TL. Burden of Unmet Mental Health Needs in Assault-Injured Youths Presenting to the Emergency Department. Academic Pediatrics. 2012; 12(2): 125-30.
Froehlich TE, Anixt JS, Loe IM, Chirdkiatgumchai V, Kuan L, Gilman RC. Update on Environmental Risk Factors for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Current Psychiatry Reports. 2011; 13(5): 333-44.
Olaniyan O, dosReis S, Garriett V, Mychailyszyn MP, Anixt J, Rowe PC, Cheng TL. Community Perspectives of Childhood Behavioral Problems and ADHD among African-American Parents. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2007; 7(3): 226-231. dosReis S, Butz A, Lipkin PH, Anixt JS, Weiner CL, Chernoff R. Attitudes About Stimulant Medication for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Among African American Families in an Inner City Community. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services Research. 2006;33(4): 423-430.
Deborah A. Boyd, MD Staff Physician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Staff Physician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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
MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Residency.: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Karen W. Burkett, MS, PNP-BC Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Karen W. Burkett, MS, PNP-BC, 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 role of developmental nurse practitioner in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and is completing dissertation research in cultural care in autism among urban African American families.
BSN: College of Mount Saint Joseph, Cincinnati, OH, 1977.
MS/PNP: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1982.
PhD Candidate: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
Morris EJ, Burkett KW. Mixed methodologies:A new research paradigm or enhanced quantitative paradigm. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare. 2011;1(1):27-36.
Long LE, Burkett KW, McGee S. Promotion of Safe Outcomes: Incorporating Evidence into Policies and Procedures. Nursing Clinics of North America. 2009 Mar;44(1):57-70.
Clark, E., Burkett KW, Stanko-Lopp D. Let Evidence Guide Every New Decision (LEGEND): An evidence evaluation system for point-of-care clinicians and guideline development teams. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2009;16(6):1054-1060.
Disabato JA, Burkett KW. Neurological assessment of the neonate, infant, child, and adolescent. In C.C. Cartwright and D.C. Wallace (Eds.) Nursing Care of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Patient. New York: Springer Publishing, 2007.
Erin L. Clancy, MSN, PharmD Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Erin Clancy, MSN, PharmD, recently completed 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.
MSN: University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.
BSN: UC College of Nursing, Cincinnati, OH, 2009.
PharmD: Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH, 2004.
Patricia A. Curry RN, MS, CNP Nurse Practitioner, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Nurse Practitioner, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
BSN: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1977.
MS: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 1981.
Certification: Pediatric Nursing Certification Board,1982.
Jennifer Ehrhardt, MD, MPH
Early childhood development; autism; learning difficulties; developmental and behavioral issues in underserved populations
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 Elizabeth Froehlich, MD, MS, FAAP
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.
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.
Zhu HJ, Brinda B, Froehlich TE, Markowitz JS. A Discriminative Analytical Method for Detection of CES1A1 and CES1A2/CES1A3 Genetic Variants. Pharmacogenetics and Genomics. 2012; 22(3): 215-218.
Froehlich TE, Epstein JN, Nick TG, Melguizo Castro MS, Stein MA, Brinkman WB, Graham AJ, Langberg JM, Kahn RS. Pharmacogenetic Predictors of Methylphenidate Dose-Response in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2011;11:1129-1139.
Froehlich TE, Anixt J, Loe IM, Chirdkiatgumchai V, Kuan L, Gilman R. Update on Environmental Risk Factors for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Current Psychiatry Reports. 2011;13(5):333-44.
Epstein JN, Brinkman WB, Froehlich T, Langberg JM, Narad ME, Antonini TN, Shiels K, Simon JO, Altaye M. Effects of stimulant medication, incentives, and event rate on reaction time variability in children with ADHD. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2011; 36(5): 1060-1072.
Langberg JM, Vaughn AJ, Brinkman WB, Froehlich T, Epstein, JN. Clinical utility of the Vanderbilt ADHD rating scale for identifying children without comorbid learning disorders. Pediatrics. 2010; 126: e1033-e1038.
Froehlich TE, McGough JJ, Stein MA. Progress and Promise of ADHD Pharmacogenetics. CNS Drugs. 2010; 24: 99-117.
Froehlich TE, Lanphear BP, Auinger P, Hornung R, Epstein JN, Braun J, Kahn RS. The Association of Tobacco and Lead Exposure with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in a National Sample of U.S. Children. Pediatrics. 2009; 124: e1054-63.
Langberg JM, Froehlich TE, Loren RE, Martin JE, Epstein JN. Assessing Children with ADHD in Primary Care Settings. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics. 2008; 8: 627-41.
Froehlich TE, Lanphear BP, Epstein JN, Barbaresi WJ, Katusic SK, Kahn RS. Prevalence and Treatment of ADHD in a National Sample of U.S. Children. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2007;161(9): 857-864.
Froehlich TE, Lanphear BP, Dietrich KN, Cory-Slechta DA, Wang N, Kahn RS. Interactive Effects of a DRD4 Polymorphism, Lead, and Sex on Executive Functions in Children. Biological Psychiatry. 2007; 62: 243-249.
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
Karen J. Mason, MD Pediatrician, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Pediatrician, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
ADHD; learning problems; behavior problems
Sonya G. Oppenheimer, MD
Spina bifida; cerebral palsy; high-risk infants
Spina bifida; ethics; high-risk infants; early intervention
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.
Ris MD, Ammerman RT, Waller N, Walz N, Oppenheimer S, Brown TM, Enrile BG, Yeates KO. Taxonicity of nonverbal learning disabilities in spina bifida. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2007 Jan;13(1):50-8.
Schorry EK, Oppenheimer SG, Saal HM. Valproate embryopathy: clinical and cognitive profile in 5 siblings. Am J Med Genet A. 2005 Mar 1;133A(2):202-6.
Oppenheimer S, Dignan P, Soukup S. Partial trisomy 20p: familial occurrence. Am J Med Genet. 2000 Dec 11;95(4):316-9. Review.
Davidovitch M, Manning-Courtney P, Hartmann LA, Watson J, Lutkenhoff M, Oppenheimer S. The prevalence of attentional problems and the effect of methylphenidate in children with myelomeningocele. Pediatr Rehabil. 1999 Jan-Mar;3(1):29-35.
Lanphear N, Lamb A, Oppenheimer S, Soukup S. Supernumerary chromosome marker (1) in a developmentally delayed child. Am J Med Genet. 1995 Jul 3;57(3):400-2.
Yassin MS, Sanyurah S, Lierl MB, Fischer TJ, Oppenheimer S, Cross J, O'Brien K, Steinmetz C, Khoury J. Evaluation of latex allergy in patients with meningomyelocele. Ann Allergy. 1992 Sep;69(3):207-11.
Chandra L. Pester, APRN Clinical Nurse Specialist, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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
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.
Judy Reinhold, RN, MSN, CNP Nurse Practitioner, Kelly O' Leary Center
Nurse Practitioner, Kelly O' Leary Center
Autism spectrum disorders; pediatric neurology; psychosocial issues in children with chronic illness
Rebecca J. Taylor, RN, MSN, CNP Nurse Practitioner, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
RN: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1975.
MSN: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1987; certified nurse practitioner, 1993.
Katherine R. Thoman-Godshalk, RN, MSN, CNP Nurse Practitioner, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Pam Williams-Arya, MD
Ashley Wright, RN, MSN, CNP Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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.
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.
Vilawan Chirdkiatgumchai, MD Fellow, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Alison H. Downes, MD Clinical Fellow, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Kelly Kamimura-Nishimura, MD Clinical Fellow, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Clinical Fellow, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Developmental pediatrics; behavioral pediatrics
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.
Kamimura-Nishimura K, Rudikoff D, Purswania M, Hagmann S. Dermatological conditions in international pediatric travelers: Epidemiology, prevention and management. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2013 Nov-Dec;11(6):350-6.
Huaman MA, Kamimura-Nishimura KI, Kanamori M, Siu A, Lescano AG. Validation of a susceptibility, benefits, and barrier scale for mammography screening among Peruvian women: a cross-sectional study. BMC Womens Health. 2011 Dec 7;11:54.
Beth E. Bishop, MOT, OTR/L Occupational Therapist I, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
Merrideth D. Burt Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Jenny M. Burton, MEd, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Jamie L. Donovan, MOT, OTR/L Occupational Therapist I, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy and The Kelly O'Leary Center
Amie W. Duncan, PhD
Autism spectrum disorders; transition to adulthood in adolescents with autism
BS: University of Dayton, 2004.
MA: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2006.PhD: University of Alabama, 2009.
Huerta M, Bishop S, Duncan AW, Hus V, Lord C. Application of DSM-5 criteria for autism spectrum disorder to three samples of children with DSM-IV diagnoses of pervasive developmental disorders. Am J Psychiatry. 2012;169:1056-1064.
Duncan AW, Klinger LG. Building social skills: Working with adolescents with ASD in clinics, schools, and the community. Social Work with Groups. 2010;33:175-193.
Scofield J, Williams A. Word learning in the absence of a speaker: Applications of the principles of mutual exclusivity and taxonomy. First Language. 2009;29, 277-289.
Klinger LG, Williams A. Cognitive behavioral interventions for students with Asperger’s syndrome and high functioning autism. In MJ Mayer, R Van Acker, JE Lochman, FM Gresham (Eds). Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. New York: Guilford. 2008.
Scofield J, Williams A, Behrend D. Word learning in the absence of a speaker. First Language. 2007;27, 297-311.
Amy L. Hersh, MA, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist II, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Bridget E. Kent, MA, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center
Kimberly A. Kroeger-Geoppinger, PsyD Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Autism; early intervention; toileting; feeding; video modeling
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.
Kroeger KA, Brown J. Placebo medication use for behavior management in an adult with autism. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. 2011;46:470-476. Kroeger KA, Sorensen-Burnworth R. A parent training model for toilet training children with autism. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 2010;54:556-567. Kroeger KA, Sorensen-Burnworth R. Toilet training individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities: A critical review. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 2009;3:607-618. Kroeger KA, Schultz JR, Newsom C. An evaluation of group-delivered social skills programs for young children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2007;37:808-817. Kroeger KA, Nelson WM III. A language program to increase the verbal production of a child dually diagnosed with autism and Down syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities Research. 2006;50:101-108.
Kroeger KA. (2012). Toilet Training. In F. R. Volkmar (ed.) Encyclopedia of autism spectrum disorders. New York: Springer.
Kroeger KA. (2012). Daily routines. In F. R. Volkmar (ed.) Encyclopedia of autism spectrum disorders. New York: Springer.
Bass JD, Kroeger K. (2011). Feeding. In J. K. Luiselli (Ed.). Teaching and behavior support for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders: A “how to” practitioner's guide. New York: Oxford University Press.
Newsom C, Kroeger K. (2005). Nonaversive treatment. In J. Jacobson, J. Mulick, & R. Foxx (Eds.). Controversial therapies for developmental disabilities: Fad, fashion and science in professional practice. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Lott JD, Kroeger K. (2004). Self-help skills in persons with mental retardation. In J. L. Matson, R. B. Laud, & M. L. Matson (Eds.). Behavior modification for persons with developmental disabilities: Volume II. New York: NADD Press.
Teri W. Messerschmidt, MA, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Meghan R. Stahlhut, MS, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Jennifer J. Bekins, MS, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Kelsey M. Snyder, MS, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Carol A. Grasha, MA, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Andrea K. Hansen, MA, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Julie D. Hibner, MA, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Rebecca C. Kemer, MA, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Kristen A. Smith, MA, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Christina M. Stover, MS, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Marta R. Getz, MSW, LISW-S Social Worker, Division of Social Services
Alyssa M. Williams, MSW, LSW Social Worker, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Robin J. Adams, PhD Psychologist, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Psychologist, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Assessment and treatment of children with ASD and other developmental delays
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.
Holly D. Barnard, PhD Neuropsychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Neuropsychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Pediatric neuropsychology; autism spectrum disorders
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.
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.
McGrath LM, Pennington BF, Shanahan MA, Santerre-Lemmon LE, Barnard HD, Willcutt EG, Olson RK, DeFries JC. A Multiple Deficit Model of Reading Disability and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Processing Speed is a Shared Cognitive Deficit. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology. 2011;52:547-57.
Betjemann RS, Johnson EP, Barnard HD, Boada R, Filley CM, Filipek PA, Willcutt EG, DeFries JC, Pennington BF. Genetic Covariation Between Brain Volumes and IQ, Reading Performance, and Processing Speed. Behavior Genetics. 2010;40:135-145.
Pennington BF, McGrath LM, Rosenberg JL, Barnard HD, Smith SD, Willcutt EW, Friend A, Olson RK. Gene X Environment Interactions in Reading Disability and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Development and Psychopathology. 2009;45:77-89.
Allen G, Barnard HD, McColl R, Hester A, Fields J, Weiner MF, Ringe WK, Lipton AM, Brooker M, McDonald E, Rubin CD, Cullum CM. Reduced Hippocampal Functional Connectivity in Alzheimer’s Disease. Archives of Neurology. 2007;64:1482-1487.
Allen G, McColl RW, Barnard HD, Ringe WK, Fleckenstein J, Cullum CM. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Cerebellar-Prefrontal and Cerebellar-Parietal Functional Connectivity. NeuroImage. 2005;28:39-48.
Chandler MJ, Lacritz LH, Hynan LS, Barnard HD, Allen G, Deschner M, Weiner MF, Cullum CM. A Total Score for the CERAD Neuropsychological Battery. Neurology. 2005;65:102-106.
Lacritz LH, Barnard HD, Van Ness P, Agostini M, Diaz-Arrastia R, Cullum CM. Qualitative analysis of the WMS-III Logical Memory and Visual Reproduction in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. 2004;26:521-530.
Jennifer D. Bass, PsyD, BCBA-D Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Autism spectrum disorders; developmental disabilities; behavioral feeding disorders; parent training for behavior management of challenging behaviors
Siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders; social play skills; organizational behavior management (staff training and performance feedback)
Bass JD & Mulick JA. Social play skill enhancement of children with autism using peers and siblings as therapists. Psychology in the Schools. 2007; 44(7), 727-735.
Wilczynski S, Fisher L, Sutro L, Bass J, Mudgal D, Zeiger V, Christian L & Logue J. Evidence-based practice and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Oxford Handbook of School Psychology. New York: Oxford UP, 2011.
Nicole M. Bing, PsyD Staff Psychologist
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.
Kristn D. Currans, PsyD Staff Psychologist
Patricia B. Eiler-Sims, PsyD Psychologist, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Anna J. Esbensen, PhD
Behavior management; depression
Lifespan development of down syndrome; health care of individuals with down syndrome; development of depressive symptomatology among individuals with intellectual disability
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.
Melissa A. Foti-Hoff, PsyD Staff Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Richard C. Gilman, PhD Psychologist, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Psychologist, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Depression; anxiety; adjustment issues; learning issues
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.
Bowker JC, Adams RE, Fredstrom B, Gilman R. Experiences of being ignored by peers during late adolescence: Linkages to psychological adjustment. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly. 2013. Epub ahead of print.
Deckman T, DeWall N, Way B, Gilman R, Richman S. Can Marijuana reduce social pain?Social Psychological and Personality Science. 2013. Epub ahead of print.
Gilman R, Chard K, Schumm J. Hope as a change mechanism in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy. 2012 May;4(3):270-277.
Gilman R, Carter-Sowell A, DeWall N, Adams R, Carboni I. Validation of the Ostracism Experiences Scale for adolescents. Psychological Assessment. 2013;25(2): 319-330.
Carboni I, Gilman R. Brokers at risk: Gender differences in the effects of structural position on social stress and life satisfaction. Group Dynamics. 2012 Sep;16(3):218-230.
DeWall CN, Gilman R, Shariff V, Carboni I, Rice KG. Left out, sluggardly, and blue: Low self-control mediates the relationship between ostracism and depression. Personality and Individual Differences. 2012;16:218-230.
Fredstrom B, Adams R, Gilman R. Distinct correlates related to on-line versus in-person peer victimization among adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 2011;40:405-415.
Froehlich TE, Anixt J, Loe IM, Chirdkiatgumchai V, Kuan L, Gilman R. Update on environmental risk factors for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Current Psychiatry Reports. 2011;13:333-344.
Gilman R, Adams R, Nounopolous A. The interpersonal relationships and social perceptions of adolescent perfectionists. Journal of Research in Adolescence. 2011;21:505-511.
Rice K, Ashby J, Gilman R. Classifying adolescent perfectionists. Psychological Assessment. 2011;23:583-577.
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
Sarah A. Greenwell, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Developmental disabilities; anxiety; childhood trauma; ADHD; learning disabilities; family
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.
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.
Heather L. Johnson, PsyD Staff Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Marc D. Kepner, PsyD Staff Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Staff Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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)
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.
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.
Stacey Ann Morrison, PsyD Psychologist, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Rebekah Ridgeway, PsyD Staff Psychologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Staff Psychologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
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
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.
Rena J. Sorensen, PhD Staff Psychologist II, Division of Child Psychiatry
Staff Psychologist II, Division of Child Psychiatry
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
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.
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.
Manning-Courtney P, Murray D, Currans K, Johnson H, Bing N, Kroeger-Geoppinger K, Sorensen R, Bass J, Reinhold J, Johnson A, Messerschmidt T. Autism Spectrum Disorders. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. 2013 Jan;43(1) pp 2-11.
Kroeger K A, Sorensen-Burnworth R. A Parent Training Model for Toilet Training Children with Autism. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 2010 Jun;54(6) pp 556-567.
Kroeger K A, Sorensen-Burnworth R. Toilet training individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities: A critical review. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 2009.
Carnahan CR, Williamson P, Clarke L, Sorensen R. A systematic approach for supporting paraeducators in educational settings: A guide for teachers. Teaching Exceptional Children. 2009;41(5) pp34-43.
Manning-Courtney P, Brown J, Molloy CA, Reinhold J, Murray D, Sorensen-Burnworth R, Messerschmidt T, Kent B. Diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. 2003;33(9) 283-304.
O’Connor JT, Sorensen-Burnworth RJ, Rush K, Eidman S. A mand analysis and levels treatment in an outpatient clinic. Behavioral Interventions. 2003;18(2), 139-150.
O’Connor JT, Sorensen-Burnworth RJ, Fisher WW, Kurtz PF, Henry JR, Fahs-Clark A. Classroom-based functional analysis of destructive behavior. Proven Practice. 2002;4(2), 77-81.
Ilka K. Riddle, PhD Associate Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Associate Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Healthcare transition of children and youth with special health care needs; health disparities and health equity for individuals with disabilities
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.
PhD: University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 2006.
MS: University of Deleware, Newark, DE, 2001.
Phillips A, Riddle I, Sands M. Connecting the dots. 2nd ed. Center for Disabilities Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. 2011.
Riddle IK, Romelczyk S, Sparling E. Effective communication for health care providers. A guide for caring for individuals with disabilities. Center for Disabilities Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. 2011.
Tressel P, Romelczyk S, Riddle IK, Sparling, E. Disability and health in Delaware. Delaware Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2009 select data. Center for Disabilities Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. 2011.
Galonsky P, Riddle IK, Romelczyk S, Sparling E, Tressell P. Health and disability in Delaware. 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Center for Disabilities Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. 2010.
Riddle IK, Sparling E. Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities: A plan for action. A strategic plan for Delaware to promote health and prevent secondary health conditions in individuals with disabilities. Center for Disabilities Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. 2009.
Riddle IK. Delaware health status report for children with disabilities and special health care needs. Center for Disabilities Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. 2008.
Riddle IK. Delaware health status report for adults with disabilities. Center for Disabilities Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. 2007.
Riddle IK. Delaware transition initiative. The Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children transition survey project. Final report. Center for Disabilities Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. 2007.
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