The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Meet the Team

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

    patty.manning@cchmc.org

    Patricia M. Manning-Courtney, MD

    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Director, Kelly O'Leary Center

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: patty.manning@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

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

    Biography

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

    Education and Training

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

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

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

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

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    Grants

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

    Faculty / Staff

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

    robin.adams@cchmc.org

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    Robin J. Adams, PhD

    Psychologist, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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    Specialties

    Assessment and treatment of children with ASD and other developmental delays

    Biography

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

    Education and Training

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

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

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

    Licensure: Ohio State Board of Psychology, 2009.
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    Jennifer D. Bass, PsyD, BCBA-D
    Program Director, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND), Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    jennifer.bass@cchmc.org

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    Jennifer D. Bass, PsyD, BCBA-D

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

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

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

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

    Research Interests

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

    Biography

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

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

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

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

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

    Education and Training

    PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

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

    Certification: Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral: 2009.

    Publications


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

    nicole.bing@cchmc.org

    Nicole M. Bing, PsyD

    Staff Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Fax: 513-636-0527

    Email: nicole.bing@cchmc.org

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    Biography

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

    Education and Training

    PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2005.

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

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 2005-2006.
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    Beth E. Bishop, MOT, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist I, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

    beth.bishop@cchmc.org


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

    513-636-4611

    jennifer.budde@cchmc.org

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

    merrideth.burt@cchmc.org


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

    jenny.burton@cchmc.org

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

    erin.clancy@cchmc.org

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

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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    Biography

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

    Education and Training

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

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

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


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

    kristn.currans@cchmc.org

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    Kristn D. Currans, PsyD

    Staff Psychologist III, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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    Specialties

    Autism spectrum disorders

    Education and Training

    PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.

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

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

    Internship: The Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2005-2006.
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    Jamie L. Donovan, MOT, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist II, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy and The Kelly O'Leary Center

    jamie.dononvan@cchmc.org


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    Amie W. Duncan, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    amie.duncan@cchmc.org

    Amie W. Duncan, PhD

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

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Adolescents; autism spectrum disorders; transition to adulthood

    Research

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

    Education and Training

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

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

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

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

    Publications

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    Grants

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

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

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

    melissa.foti-hoff@cchmc.org


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

    amy.hersh@cchmc.org

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

    heather.johnson@cchmc.org

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    Heather L. Johnson, PsyD

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

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders; behavior analysis

    Research Interests

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

    Education and Training

    BS: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2002.

    MA: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

    PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2007.

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

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

    Licensure: Ohio State Board of Psychology, 2008.


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

    amy.johnson2@cchmc.org

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

    bridget.kent@cchmc.org


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    Kathy S. Krebs, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist II, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

    kathy.krebs@cchmc.org

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

    kimberly.kroeger-geoppinger@cchmc.org

    Kimberly A. Kroeger-Geoppinger, PsyD

    Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Fax: 513-636-1759

    Email: kimberly.kroeger-geoppinger@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Autism; early intervention; toileting; feeding; video modeling

    Biography

    Dr. Kroeger-Geoppinger is an assistant professor in the Department of 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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    Teri W. Messerschmidt, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

    teri.messerschmidt@cchmc.org

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

    judy.reinhold@cchmc.org

    Judy Reinhold, RN, APRN, MSN, CPNP

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

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: judy.reinhold@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

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

    Education and Training

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

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

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

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

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

    Publications

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

    rebekah.ridgeway@cchmc.org

    Rebekah Ridgeway, PsyD

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

    Psychology Training Lead, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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    Specialties

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

    Education and Training

    PsyD:  Wright State University, Dayton, OH 2008.

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

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

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

    Licensure:  Ohio State Board of Psychology, 2010.

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

    meghan.stahlhut@cchmc.org


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

    stephanie.weber@cchmc.org

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    Stephanie Weber, PsyD

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

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Applied behavioral analysis and behavior treatment

    Biography

    Dr. Stephanie Weber, PsyD, obtained her Doctor of Psychology degree from the University of Indianapolis in Indiana and completed her fellowship here at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She is an assistant professor within the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and works in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Weber specializes in applied behavioral analysis, behavior treatment, and training professionals in interdisciplinary care. She is the training director for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program that provides interdisciplinary training to the future leaders in maternal and child health. As a former LEND trainee herself, Dr. Weber has developed curriculum for LEND training in the areas of conflict-resolution and negotiation and policy and advocacy. She is active in the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) since her days as a LEND trainee, when she served as AUCD’s virtual trainee and connected trainees on a national level through projects and social media correspondence. Dr. Weber was recently chosen to be the Center for Disease Control's Act Early Ambassador to Ohio, a role she looks forward to fulfilling.

    Education and Training

    BS: Psychology, Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN, 2006.

    MA: Clinical Psychology, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, 2008.

    PsyD: Clinical Psychology, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, 2011.

    Postdoctoral Fellow: The Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2011-2013.

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

    jennifer.weiner@cchmc.org