Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

  • Meet the Team

    The Mayerson Center staff evaluates, treats and prevents child maltreatment. The staff consists of Cincinnati police and sheriff officers, Department of Human Services workers and a victim advocate from the Hamilton County prosecutor's office, along with Cincinnati Children's staff of physicians, nurses and social workers. It collaborates and expedites the diagnosis and investigation of child abuse allegations. Mandated agencies throughout the region also can utilize the center and its resources. For information or appointments call our main line 513-636-7233.

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    Department Head

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    Robert Allan Shapiro, MD
    Director, Child Abuse Team / Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

    513-636-0037

    bob.shapiro@cchmc.org

    Robert A. Shapiro, MD

    Director, Child Abuse Team / Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0037

    Fax: 513-636-0204

    Email: bob.shapiro@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Child abuse; physical training; telemedicine; diagnosis of child abuse

    Biography

    Robert Shapiro, MD, is director of the Child Abuse Team at Children's Hospital Medical Center and director of the Child Abuse and Forensic Pediatrics Fellowship.

    Dr. Shapiro's role on the team includes inpatient and outpatient consultations and evaluations for suspected child physical or sexual abuse. These consultations and evaluations are completed in collaboration with a social worker on the team. He also teaches child abuse diagnosis to students, residents and post-graduate fellows.

    Dr. Shapiro's research interests include sexually transmitted infections and fractures caused by abuse. The Child Abuse and Forensic Pediatrics Fellowship he directs is a one-year training program for Pediatricians. The fellowship program emphasizes child abuse clinical, research, educational and administrative expertise and advocacy.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 1979.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Bellevue Hospital Center - New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1982.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Ambulatory Care, Bellevue Hospital Center - New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1984.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1985; Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 1992.

    Publications

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    Faculty

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    Heather E. Bensman, PsyD
    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-636-4336

    heather.bensman@cchmc.org

    Heather E. Bensman, PsyD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Email: heather.bensman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Children and adolescents who have experienced trauma (e.g., physical/sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence); children in foster care; anxiety disorders; individual and family therapy

    Biography

    Heather Bensman, PsyD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology, with a focus on child and adolescent psychology, from the University of Indianapolis in 2009. She completed her predoctoral internship at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and her postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, focusing upon the provision of clinical services to children, adolescents and families throughout her training. She began her career at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, where she established psychological services within the Referral and Evaluation of At-risk Children (REACH) Clinic.

    In 2012, Heather joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a member of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. Her primary role involves providing assessment and intervention to patients served by the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children. She utilizes evidence-based treatments to address the concerns of traumatized children and their families.

    Education and Training

    PsyD: University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, 2009.

    Predoctoral Internship: Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ, 2008-2009.

    Postdoctoral Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Dallas, TX, 2009-2010.

    Publications

    Elena M. Duma, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2277

    Fax: 513-636-7967

    Email: elena.duma@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Child abuse

    Biography

    Elena Duma, MD, is a physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Children's Hospital Medical Center. She has been at Children's Hospital Medical Center since 1991, with five years as a clinical staff physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine.

    After receiving an undergraduate and medical degree at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Duma did her pediatric residency at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati. She has been part of the Child Abuse Team since March 1999.

    Dr. Duma's role on the team includes participating in weekly meetings, seeing patients in the Emergency Department as well as inpatient and outpatient units, and participating in weekly team meetings.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN, 1991.

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

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1995.

    Publications

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    Mary V. Greiner, MD
    Director, CHECK Foster Care Clinic

    513-636-9979

    mary.greiner@cchmc.org

    Mary V. Greiner, MD

    Director, CHECK Foster Care Clinic

    Child Abuse Pediatrician, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-9979

    Email: mary.greiner@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Child abuse; foster care health

    Biography

    Mary Greiner, MD, is a child abuse pediatrician who is doing clinical research in child abuse and foster care health. She is studying abusive head trauma, with specific interest in the role of diagnostic radiology to determine risk factors for subdural hemorrhages, as well as looking at outcomes of children with head injury. Research in the disparities of foster care health as well as the impact of interventions, such as specialized care and focused screenings, is a second clinical focus.

    Education and Training

    MD: Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA, 2005.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, 2008.

    Fellowship: Child Abuse, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.

    Publications

    View PubMed Publications
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    Kathi L. Makoroff, MD
    Fellowship Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics

    513-636-0037

    kathi.makoroff@cchmc.org

    Kathi L. Makoroff, MD

    Fellowship Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0037

    Fax: 513-636-0204

    Email: kathi.makoroff@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA.

    Residency: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

    Fellowship: Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1997.

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    Erica Pearl Messer, PsyD
    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology / Mayerson Center

    513-636-4336

    erica.messer@cchmc.org

    Erica P. Messer, PsyD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology / Mayerson Center

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-0204

    Email: erica.messer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Children and families exposed to domestic violence; children in foster care

    Biography

    Erica Pearl Messer, PsyD, received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. In September 2004, she joined the Trauma Treatment Replication Center, a joint collaborative of the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children and the Childhood Trust, to provide training and consultation to community providers in the area of evidence-based treatments for traumatized children and families. She trains community providers in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE), a program for non-clinical providers who interact with traumatized children.

    Education and Training

    BA: Ohio University, Athens, OH, 1999.

    PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

    Predoctoral Internship: UC Davis Children's Hospital, Sacramento, California, 2003-2004.

    Postdoctoral Fellowship: Childhood Trauma and Maltreatment, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2004-2005.

    Publications

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    Julie M. Tiemeier, PsyD
    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-636-4336

    julie.tiemeier@cchmc.org

    Julie M. Tiemeier, PsyD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Email: julie.tiemeier@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Child trauma, including child abuse and witnessing domestic violence; trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy; parent-child interaction therapy

    Biography

    Dr. Tiemeier received her Doctorate of Psychology from Xavier University after completing a clinical psychology internship at UC Davis Children's Hospital, CAARE Center in Sacramento, California. During internship, she learned trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy and parent-child interaction therapy, evidence-based treatments for trauma. She then completed her fellowship at Rowan University's CARES Institute in Stratford, New Jersey. Dr. Tiemeier completed an in-depth training of trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy with one of its creators and learned another evidence-based treatment called combined parent-child cognitive-behavioral therapy.

    Education and Training

    PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2010.

    Internship: UC Davis Children's Hospital, CAARE Center, Sacramento, CA, 2010.

    Fellowship: Rowan University, CARES Institute, Stratford, NJ, 2011.


    Staff

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    April Barker-Casey, LISW
    Social Worker, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

    513-803-4773

    april.barker-casey@cchmc.org

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    Tracy L. Colliers, MSW, LSW
    Social Worker, Mayerson Center for Safe & Healthy Children

    513-636-7463

    tracy.colliers@cchmc.org


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    Andrea E. Richey, LSW
    Social Worker, Mayerson Center for Safe & Healthy Children

    513-636-0786

    andrea.falberg@cchmc.org

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    Cecilia C. Freihofer, LISW
    Social Worker / Forensic Interviewer, Mayerson Center for Safe & Healthy Children

    513-636-0033

    cecilia.freihofer@cchmc.org


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    Alexandra Kruthaupt
    Social Work Assistant, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

    513-636-9201

    alexandra.kruthaupt@cchmc.org

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    Heidi A. Malott, LISW-S
    Clinical Program Manager, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

    513-636-0039

    heidi.malott@cchmc.org


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    Andrea C. Powers, MSW, LISW
    Social Worker, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-803-0592

    andrea.powers@cchmc.org