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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.
Patricia Manning-Courtney, MD Director, Kelly O'Leary Center
Director, Kelly O'Leary Center
Interim Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Donna S. Murray, PhD Director of Clinical Services, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Director of Clinical Services, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Co-Director, The Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism spectrum disorders; communication; language development; Asperger Syndrome; social skills; quality improvement science in healthcare
Donna S. Murray’s professional career is dedicated to serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) through clinical services and academic endeavors. She serves as co-director of The Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders and as director of clinical services for the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP). Clinically, she has over twenty years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of children with ASD. Her academic work stems from her clinical experience and passion in autism. She participates in a range of academic activities, including: teaching, training and research. She teaches a graduate level course in Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities at the University of Cincinnati, leads independent studies, participates in dissertation and thesis committees, and mentors students. In order to expand training opportunities, she founded the Autism Demonstration Classroom (ADC). This project is a collaborative project between TKOC, Cincinnati Public Schools, University of Cincinnati, and Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services and is designed as a training lab for university students and professionals preparing to work with children with autism.
Research is another important component of her academic activities. She is a co-investigator on the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) grant which includes TKOC as one of 17 Centers across the USA and Canada, establishing diagnostic protocols and evaluating intervention outcomes in children diagnosed with ASD. She serves as principle investigator of a division clinical registry with over 6,000 children referred for a question of ASD. Additionally, she is co-investigator on two studies designed to improve the diagnosis of autism.
Manning-Courtney, P, Murray DS, et al. Autism Spectrum Disorders. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. 2013.
Mazurek MO,Vasa RA, Kalb LG, Kanne SM, Rosenberg D, Keefer A, Murray DS, Freedman B, Lowery LA. Anxiety, sensory over-responsivity, and gastrointestinal problems in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 2012.
Murray DS. Language Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Encyclopedia of Autism (on-line), Fred Volkmer (ed.). 2011.
Molloy CA, Murray D, Akers R, Mitchell T, Manning-Courtney P. The use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) in a clinical setting. Autism. 2011;2, 143-162.
Molloy CA, Murray D, Kinsman A, Castillo H, Mitchell T, Hickey F, Patterson B. Differences in the clinical presentation of Trisomy 21 with and without autism. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 2009;53, 143-151.
Murray D, Ruble L, Willis H, Molloy CA. Parent and teacher report of social skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. 2009;40, 109-115.
Breit-Smith A, Murray D. Teaching conversation skills to children with high functioning autism/Asperger syndrome. Perspectives on Language Learning and Education. 2009; (16), 48-64.
Murray D, Creaghead N, Manning-Courtney P, Shear P, Bean J, Prendeville J. The relationship between joint attention and language in children with autism. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. 2008;23(1).
Manning-Courtney P, Brown J, Molloy C, 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), 283-304.
Molloy C, Manning-Courtney P, Swayne S, Bean J, Brown J, Murray D, Kinsman A, Brasington M, Ulrich C. Lack of benefit of intravenous synthetic human secretin in autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. 2002;32(6). 545-551.
Healthcare Decision Making in ASD. Co-Principal Investigator. University of Kentucky Intramural Grant. Oct 2012-June 2013.
LEND. Sub-Investigator. MCH. Jul 2011-Jun 2016.
Longitudinal Study to Identify Early Biomarkers of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Infants with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). Sub-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jan 2013-Dec 2018.
Autism Intervention Research in Physical Health (AIR-P). Sub-Investigator. HRSA. Sep 2011-Aug 2014.
RAD001 in Neurocognition and TSC Randomized, Double-Blind Phase 2 Trial of RAD001 for Neurocognition in Individuals with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Sub-Investigator. Apr 2011-Apr 2013.
Magnetoencephalography Study of Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Principal Investigator. Apr 2009-Jan 2013.
Developmental Disabilities Research Registry. Principal Investigator. Aug 2007-Sep 2013.
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.
Jennifer D. Bass, PsyD, BCBA-D Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Assistant Professor, UC Department of 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.
Somer L. Bishop, PhD
Assessment of children with developmental disabilities
Assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), with a particular emphasis on differentiating symptom profiles in ASD from other developmental disorders
Smith LE, Hong J, Seltzer MM, Greenberg JS, Almeida DM, and Bishop SL. Daily experiences among mothers of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2010 Feb;40(2):167-78.
Richler J, Huerta M, Bishop SL, & Lord C. Developmental trajectories of restricted and repetitive behaviors and interests in children with autism spectrum disorders. Dev Psychopathol. 2010 Winter;22(1):55-69.
Luyster R, et al. The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Toddler Module: A new module of a standardized diagnostic measure for autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2009 Sep;39(9):1305-20.
Lord C, & Bishop SL. The autism spectrum: definitions, assessment, and diagnoses. Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2009;70(3):132-135.Bishop SL, Gahagan S, & Lord C. Re-examining the core features of autism: A comparison of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2007;48:1111-1121.Bishop SL, Richler J, Cain AC, & Lord C. Perceived negative impact in mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder. American Journal on Mental Retardation. 2007;112:450-461.
Richler J, Bishop SL, Kleinke J, & Lord C. Restricted and repetitive behaviors in young children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2007;37:73-85.Bishop SL, Richler J, & Lord C. Restricted and repetitive behaviors and nonverbal IQ in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Journal of Child Neuropsychology. 2006;20:247-267.
Beth E. Bishop, MOT, OTR/L Occupational Therapist I, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
Carissa Blatz Behavioral Assistant II, Kelly O'Leary Center
Emily Boehmler Behavioral Assistant, The Kelly O'Leary Center, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Jennifer M. Brown, PhD, CCC-SLP Outreach Coordinator, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Outreach Coordinator, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Autism spectrum disorders; language acquisition; family consultation; play development in children with autism spectrum disorders; diagnostics
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
Melanie A. Carter Mincey Behavioral Assistant, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Kristn D. Currans, PsyD Staff Psychologist
Kerry M. Dalton Data Management Specialist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Hope D. Dennis Scheduling Agent, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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.
Jamie L. Fellers Customer Service Representative II, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Melissa A. Foti-Hoff, PsyD Staff Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Sarah E. Hayes Clinical Research Coordinator, Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Amy L. Hersh, MA, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist II, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Aimee Huber Instruction Assistant, Kelly O'Leary Center
Amy M. Johnson, OTD, OTR/L Educational Specialist II, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
Bridget E. Kent, MA, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center
Kathy S. Krebs, OTR/L Occupational Therapist II
Occupational Therapist II
Autism spectrum disorder, sensory integration
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.
Katherine R. Krohn, PhD Post-doctoral Psychology Fellow, Kelly O'Leary Center / Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Post-doctoral Psychology Fellow, Kelly O'Leary Center / Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Autism; spectrum disorders; developmental disabilities
BA: Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2005.
PhD: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2010.
Internship: Cherokee Health Systems, Tennessee Internship Consortium, 2009-2010.
Michelle Leisgang Teacher, Kelly O'Leary Center
LaToya L. Lemley Behavioral Assistant, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Teri W. Messerschmidt, MA, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Michael J. Milling Behavioral Assistant, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Terry J. Mitchell Clinical Research Coordinator, Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Robert W. Moody, Jr., MA Behavior Specialist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Sharmayne Moore Customer Service Representative, Kelly O'Leary Center
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
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.
Christina B. Rogers, MS, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, Kelly O'Leary Center
Rena J. Sorensen-Burnworth, PhD Staff Psychologist
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
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.
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.
Meghan R. Stahlhut, MS, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Laura Thielman Behavioral Assistant, Kelly O'Leary Center
Carrie Thomas Research Assistant, Kelly O'Leary Center
Kelly C. Twehues, MA, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist I, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Sarah Tyo Behavioral Assistant, Kelly O'Leary Center
Megan L. Vincent Behavioral Assistant, Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Abbey R. Walter, MSW, LSW Social Worker, Division of Social Services
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