Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders 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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    Medical Director

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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.

    Faculty / Staff

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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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    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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    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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    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.
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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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    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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    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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    Kathy S. Krebs, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist II

    513-636-9226

    kathy.krebs@cchmc.org

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    Kathy Krebs

    Occupational Therapist II

    Phone: 513-636-9226

    Email: kathy.krebs@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Autism spectrum disorder, sensory integration

    Education and Training

    BA: in Occupational Therapy, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond Kentucky.
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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

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    Katherine R. Krohn, PhD
    Post-doctoral Psychology Fellow, Kelly O'Leary Center / Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-803-3608

    katherine.krohn@cchmc.org

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    Katherine R. Krohn, PhD

    Post-doctoral Psychology Fellow, Kelly O'Leary Center / Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-3608

    Email: katherine.krohn@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Autism; spectrum disorders; developmental disabilities

    Education and Training

    BA: Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2005.

    PhD: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2010.

    Internship: Cherokee Health Systems, Tennessee Internship Consortium, 2009-2010. 

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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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    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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    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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    Christina B. Rogers, MS, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Kelly O'Leary Center

    513-636-5340

    christina.rogers@cchmc.org

    Rena Sorensen-Burnworth

    Staff Psychologist

    Phone: 513-636-5340

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: rena.sorensen-burnworth@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Autism spectrum disorders; developmental disabilities; severe behavior disorders; ritualistic behavior; applied behavior analysis; skill acquisition; parent training

    Skill acquisition in children with autism; assessment and treatment of destructive behavior

    Biography

    Rena J. Sorensen-Burnworth, PhD, is an assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Psychology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In January 2000, Dr. Sorensen joined Cincinnati Children's and the Kelly O'Leary Center to assist in the development of intensive behavior intervention programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.

    Dr. Sorensen came to Cincinnati Children's from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she completed an internship 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-Burnworth 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.

    Dr. Sorensen is currently pursuing research on topics such as skill acquisition for persons with autism, as well as the assessment and treatment of behavior disorders. Dr. Sorensen has presented her work at local, state, and national levels.

    Education and Training

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

    Internship: Pediatric Psychology, The Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md., 1996-1997.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, The Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md., 1998-1999.


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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