Psychiatry

  • Meet the Team

    The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 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. Learn more about our faculty, fellows and staff.

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    Faculty

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    Drew H. Barzman, MD
    Director, Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry Service

    513-636-8727

    drew.barzman@cchmc.org

    Drew H. Barzman, MD

    Director, Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry Service

    Assistant Professor

    UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

    Phone: 513-636-8727

    Fax: 513-636-4788

    Email: drew.barzman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Child and adolescent forensic psychiatry

    Research Interests

    Child and adolescent forensic psychiatry; prevention of violence in youth; neuroimaging in children and adolescents; genetics; pediatric clinical trials

    Biography

    Dr. Barzman’s most significant professional achievements include helping children and families, research, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

    Education and Training

    MD: Buffalo, School of Medicine, State University of New York, 1997.

    Residency: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 1997-2001.

    Fellowship: Forensic Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2001-2002.

    Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2002-2004.

    Licensure: State of Ohio Medical License, 2001.

    Certifications: Psychiatry (2002), Forensic Psychiatry (2003), Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2004); Dr. Barzman successfully passed the Maintenance of Certification Examination in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in April 2011. 

    Recertification: Passed Modular Examination for Maintenance of Certification in the Specialty of Psychiatry and the Subspecialties of Forensic Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in April 2011.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Identification of Genetic Predispositions for Bipolar Disorder in Children. Co-Principal Investigator. Oxley Foundation. Dec 2011 - Nov 2014.

    Sandra D. Batsel-Thomas, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-9900

    Fax: 513-803-0823

    Email: sandra.batsel-thomas@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Outpatient treatment of children and adolescents; ADHD; anxiety disorders; mood disorders; pediatric psychopharmacology and international adoption

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2002.

    Residency: Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati/University Hospital, Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Psychiatry, 2007.


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    Anthony J. Cavalieri, MD
    Psychiatrist, Division of Child Psychiatry

    513-636-9900

    anthony.cavalieri@cchmc.org

    Anthony J. Cavalieri, MD

    Psychiatrist, Division of Child Psychiatry

    Assistant Professor

    UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

    Phone: 513-636-9900

    Email: anthony.cavalieri@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, 2006.

    Residency: Categorical Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry, 2012.

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    Melissa P. DelBello, MD
    Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Division of Psychiatry

    513-558-2989

    delbelmp@email.uc.edu

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    Melissa P. DelBello, MD

    Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Division of Psychiatry

    Professor

    UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

    Phone: 513-558-2989

    Email: delbelmp@email.uc.edu

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    Specialties

    Pediatric mood disorders

    Biography

    Melissa DelBello, MD, has been a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center since 2000. She is currently the vice-chair of Clinical Research in the Division of Psychiatry, the director of Research Training and Education at Cincinnati Children's, and the co-director of the Division of Bipolar Disorders Research at the UC College of Medicine. 

    Dr. DelBello is also a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics. Dr. DelBello’s expertise is in the field of neurodevelopment and treatment of children and adolescents with mood disorders. She has been studying pharmacological interventions for the neurofunction, neurochemistry, and outcome of adolescents with and at risk for developing bipolar disorder for over 15 years. In addition to teaching and lecturing both nationally and internationally, she has received numerous awards and honors and has authored over 200 articles, reviews and book chapters. She is the principal investigator of several NIH, foundation and pharmaceutical research grants.

    Education and Training

    BS: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 1995.

    MD: University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, New York 2002.

    MS: University of Cincinnati, Department of Environmental Health, Cincinnati, Ohio, anticipated 2005.

    Internship and Residencies: 1995-1996 Resident in Psychiatry, Payne Whitney Clinic New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York, 1996-1998 Resident in Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Fellowships: 1990 National Science Foundation Young Scientist Training Program, 1991-1993 Fellow, MD/PhD Program, University of Rochester School of Medicine, 1998-2000 Clinical Fellow, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio,1998-2000 Research Fellow, Bipolar and Psychotic Disorders Research Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

    Certification: Psychiatry, 1998.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Multimodal Neuroimaging of Treatment. Effects in Adolescent Mania. Principal Investigator. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Aug 2009 - Apr 2014.

    The neurochemical effects of omega-3 fatty acids in adolescents at risk for developing mania. Co-Principal Investigator. National Institute of Health/National Institute of Mental Health. Jul 2007 - Jun 2013.

    University of Cincinnati Bipolar Disorder Imaging and Treatment Research Center (BITREC Project-3). Principal Investigator. National Institute of Mental Health. Aug 2007 - May 2013.


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    Sergio V. Delgado, MD
    Medical Director of Outpatient Services, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    513-636-4788

    sergio.delgado@cchmc.org

    Sergio V. Delgado, MD

    Medical Director of Outpatient Services, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Chair, Child Psychoanalytic Program

    Professor

    UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

    Phone: 513-636-4788

    Email: sergio.delgado@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Learning disorders; ADHD; psychotherapy

    Biography

    Dr. Delgado is a professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. He is the medical director of outpatient services and director of psychotherapy services in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    His research involves the pharmacological treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD, bipolar disorders and depression.

    He also is a supervising and training adult and child analyst at the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute.

    Education and Training

    MD: Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, 1981.

    Residency: Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry, Topeka, KS.

    Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry, Topeka, KS.

    Certifications: Psychiatry, 1988; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1990; Psychoanalysis, 1994; Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis, 1994.

    Publications

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    Carol Brown Engel, MD

    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Phone: 513-636-4788

    Fax: 513-636-4283

    Email: carol.engel@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Mood disorders; eating disorders; preschool population; play therapy; group therapy

    Education and Training

    MD: University of California, Davis Medical school, 1997.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center / University of Cincinnati, 2002.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2002.

    Craig A. Erickson, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Email: craig.erickson@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Fragile X syndrome; autism spectrum disorders

    Visit the Erickson/Wink Lab website.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati

    Residency: Psychiatry, Indiana University; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Indiana University.

    Publications

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    Grants

    A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of D-Cycloserine for the Enhancement of Social Skills Training in Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Principal Investigator. Department of Defense. Mar 2010-Feb 2014. W81XWH-09-10091.

    Extracellular Signal-Related Kinase Biomarker Development in Autistic Disorder. Principal Investigator. Simons Research Foundation. Sep 2012-Aug 2014.

    Autism Speaks Treatment Award. Principal Investigator. Autism Speaks. Jan 2013-Dec2015.

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    Richard C. Gilman, PhD
    Psychologist, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    513-636-8172

    richard.gilman@cchmc.org

    Richard C. Gilman, PhD

    Psychologist, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8172

    Email: richard.gilman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Depression; anxiety; adjustment issues; learning issues 

    Biography

    Dr. Gilman is a fellow in the American Psychological Association (Division 16, school psychology) and a fellow in the International Society for Quality of Life Studies. He is the author of The Handbook of Positive Psychology in Schools (now undergoing its second revision), an associate editor of Behavioural Change and School Psychology Review, and he is on the editorial board of five academic journals. With over 80 peer-reviewed publications, books, and book chapters on risk/resiliency factors in child development, Dr. Gilman’s work has been formally recognized by the American Psychological Association.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

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    Grants

    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


    Reyna L Gilmore, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-9900

    Email: reyna.gilmore@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC, 2008.

    Residency: Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, 2011.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2013. 

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    Elana Harris, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    UC Department of Psychiatry

    Phone: 513-636-2100

    Email: elana.harris@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Conditions: anxiety disorders; obsessive compulsive disorder; Tourette syndrome; trichotillomania

    Treatment modalities: habit reversal therapy; pharmacotherapy

    Education and Training

    MD: State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center.

    PhD: Neural and Behavioral Science; State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center.

    Internship: Pediatrics, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY.

    Residency: Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

    Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

    Publications

    Grants

    The Frequency of Oscillations in OCD. Principal Investigator. International OCD Foundation.


    Emily Harris, MD, MPH

    Assistant Professor

    UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

    Phone: 513-636-9900

    Email: emily.harris@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    General pediatrics; child and adolescent mental health issues; anxiety; depression; OCD, ADHD mental health collaboration with pediatricians

    Education and Training

    MD: Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, 2005.

    MPH: John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2004. (Maternal Child Health Certificate)

    Residency: Triple Board Residency Program (Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) Pittsburgh, PA, 2010.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2009; Psychiatry, 2011; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2012.

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    Brian P. Kurtz, MD
    Attending Psychiatrist, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    513-636-4788

    brian.kurtz@cchmc.org

    Brian P. Kurtz, MD

    Attending Psychiatrist, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Psychiatry

    Phone: 513-636-4788

    Email: brian.kurtz@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Consultation-liaison psychiatry; psychiatry with medical comorbidity

    Education and Training

    MD: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2004.

    Internship: Pediatrics, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC, 2005.

    Residency: Psychiatry, The Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, MA, 2008.

    Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital, Boston, MA, 2010. 

    Certification: Psychiatry, 2008; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2010.

    Publications


    Mary T. Matias-Akhtar, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4788

    Fax: 513-636-4283

    Email: mary.matias-akhtar@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Eating disorders; body image; mood disorders

    Education and Training

    MD: Brown Medical School, Providence, RI, 2001.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
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    Daniel A. Nelson, MD
    Medical Director, Child Psychiatry Unit

    513-636-4788

    psychiatryresponse@cchmc.org

    Daniel A. Nelson, MD

    Medical Director, Child Psychiatry Unit

    Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Psychiatry

    Phone: 513-636-4788

    Email: psychiatryresponse@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Inpatient and outpatient child psychiatry diagnosis, treatment and research; bipolar and mood disorders; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; childhood trauma; behavioral disorders 

    Biography

    Dr. Nelson is a recognized authority in counseling children and families who have experienced trauma -- from natural and man-made disasters to abuse. After the September 11th attacks in New York City, Nelson, along with other psychiatrists and psychologists, provided assistance to many victims' families.

    In addition, Dr. Nelson supervised the Family Notification Center after the Oklahoma City bombing, which he designed to provide comprehensive psychological support to minimize the effects of trauma in that city. Nelson, who directs the inpatient child psychiatric unit at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, also provides training and education in response to trauma. In 1999, he worked with teachers and counselors following a tornado that killed four people in the Cincinnati area and destroyed dozens of homes.

    Dr. Nelson is on the advisory board for the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1985.

    Residency: Medical Center Hospital / Audie Murphy, San Antonio, Texas, 1987. 

    Fellowship: San Antonio Children's Center, Southwest Neuropsychiatric Institute, San Antonio, Texas, 1989. 

    Certification: General Psychiatry, 1992; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1994.

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    Suzanne J. Sampang, MD
    Director of Residency Training, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    513-636-7331

    Suzanne J. Sampang, MD

    Director of Residency Training, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Medical Co-director, Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry

    Associate Professor

    UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

    Phone: 513-636-7331

    Fax: 513-636-4283

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    Specialties

    Resident education; inpatient adolescent psychiatry; community mental health

    Biography

    Suzanne J. Sampang, MD, joined as a faculty member at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2003, after completion of her fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She became training director of the fellowship program in 2005. 

    Her clinical work includes inpatient adolescent psychiatry, outpatient clinic, psychopharmacology and community mental health. 

    She has held leadership positions in the Cincinnati Psychiatric Society, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Council of Cincinnati and Dayton, and the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association. She has served as a board examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Philippines, 1997.

    Residency: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine / University Hospital, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, 2002.

    Fellowship: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine / Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2003.

    Certification: Diplomate, Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2003, 2013; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2003, 2013.

    Publications

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    Michael T. Sorter, MD
    Director, Division of Psychiatry

    513-636-8336

    michael.sorter@cchmc.org

    Michael T. Sorter, MD

    Director, Division of Psychiatry

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8336

    Email: michael.sorter@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Training; pediatric psychopharmacology; residential and inpatient treatment of adolescents; mental retardation; developmental disorders

    Education and Training

    BS: Zoology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1981.

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1985.

    Residency: Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1988.

    Fellowship: Child Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1990.

    Certification: General Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1992; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1993.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Trauma Screening in Schools Planning Grant. Principal Investigator. Greater Cincinnati Health Foundation. Feb 2013.


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    Jeffrey R. Strawn, MD

    Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Psychiatry

    Phone: 513-636-4788

    Email: strawnjr@uc.edu

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    Biography

    Jeffrey Strawn, MD, current research involves the identification of risk factors for pediatric anxiety disorders as well as the pathophysiology and psychopharmacology of these conditions. He uses functional neuroimaging and magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study the neurophysiology of pediatric generalized anxiety disorder and of the neurophysiologic effects of co-morbid anxiety on the neurobiology of other psychiatric conditions in children and adolescents. Additionally, Dr. Strawn is actively involved in clinical trials of youth with mood and anxiety disorders.

    Dr. Strawn has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and is a member of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and has been elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. Additionally, he is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2005.

    Residency: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. 

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH. 

    Certification: Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology – General Psychiatry; American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology – Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

    Publications

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    Daniel A. Vogel, MD
    Inpatient Attending Physician, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    513-636-4788

    Daniel A. Vogel, MD

    Inpatient Attending Physician, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Assistant Professor

    UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

    Phone: 513-636-4788

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    Specialties

    Inpatient psychiatric care; substance use disorders

    Education and Training

    MD: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

    Residency: Family Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship: Child Psychiatry, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.


    Logan K. Wink, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Email: logan.wink@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Autism spectrum disorders; Angelman syndrome.

    Visit the Erickson/Wink lab website.

    Biography

    Dr. Logan Wink is an assistant professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Wink is a child and adolescent psychiatrist involved in clinical research and clinical care of individuals with developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders and Angelman Syndrome. 

    Her primary research focus is improving clinical care of individuals with developmental disabilities through better understanding the pathology of these disorders and improving pharmacologic treatment.

    Education and Training

    MD: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN.

    Residency: Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN.

    Fellowship: Child Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN.

    Fellowship: Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Characterization of Angelman Syndrome. Site Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jan 2006 - Jun 2016.

    A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of D-Cycloserine for the Enhancement of Social Skills Training in Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Co-Investigator. Department of Defense. Mar 2010 - Feb 2014.

    A Trial of Levodopa in Angelman Syndrome. Site Investigator. United States Food and Drug Administration Office of Orphan Products Development. Jul 2010 - Jun 2014.

    Extracellular Signal-Related Kinase Biomarker Development in Autistic Disorder. Co-Investigator. Simons Research Foundation SFARI PILOT AWARD. Sep 2012 - Aug 2014.

    A randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled crossover study to evaluate riluzole for treatment of drug-refractory irritability in autism spectrum disorder. Primary Investigator. Pilot Research Award, Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training. University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center. Jul 2013 - Jun 2014.

    Acamprosate in Autistic DisorderCo-Investigator. Autism Speaks. Jan 2013 - Dec 2015. 

    Acamprosate in Fragile X SyndromeCo-Investigator. John Merck Fund Translational Research Program Award. Jan 2013 - Dec 2016. 

    FRAGILE X CLINICAL AND RESEARCH CONSORTIUM FORWARD REGISTRY AND DATABASECo-Investigator. National Fragile X Foundation/Centers for Disease Control. Sep 2012 - Dec 2014.

    A Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled Phase III trial of evaluating the Efficacy, Safety, and Tolerability of STX209 in the Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome in youthCo-Investigator. Seaside Therapeutics. Oct 2012 - Oct 2013.

    A Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled Phase II trial of evaluating the Efficacy, Safety, and Tolerability of RO4917523 in the Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome in adolescents and adultsCo-Investigator. F. Hoffmann LaRoche. Sep 2012 - Sep 2013. 

    AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER GENE EXPRESSION ANALYSIS (STORY) STUDYPrimary Investigator. SynapDx. CCHMC Site.

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    Heidi A. Bunker
    Clinical Counselor, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    513-636-1748

    heidi.bunker@cchmc.org

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    Stephanie N. Eggert, MSN, PMHCNS-BC
    Graduate Intern, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

    513-636-0800

    stephanie.eggert@cchmc.org

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    Stephanie N. Eggert, MSN, PMHCNS-BC

    Graduate Intern, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

    Phone: 513-636-0800

    Email: stephanie.eggert@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Child/adolescent psychiatry; autism spectrum disorders; developmental delays

    Education and Training

    BSN: University of Cincinnati, 2000.

    MSN: University of Cincinnati, 2013.


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    Tiffany Fread, LISW-S
    Social Worker, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    513-636-2780

    tiffany.fread@cchmc.org

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    Brooks R. Keeshin, MD
    Child Abuse Pediatrician and Child Psychiatrist, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

    513-636-0037

    brooks.keeshin@cchmc.org

    Brooks R. Keeshin, MD

    Child Abuse Pediatrician and Child Psychiatrist, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

    Phone: 513-636-0037

    Email: brooks.keeshin@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Trauma; posttraumatic stress disorder; child abuse

    Biography

    Brooks Keeshin, MD, is a child abuse pediatrician and child psychiatrist. As a child abuse clinician-researcher, his primary academic interest is the acute and long-term medical and psychological sequelae of child abuse. Dr. Keeshin has researched neuroendocrine alterations among recently sexually abused teenage girls with and without PTSD and his current research involves assessing both risk factors and interest in child abuse prevention services among families who were concerned about possible abuse, but whose abuse concerns were deemed unsubstantiated. Dr. Keeshin is currently a Doris Duke Fellow for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, an interdisciplinary fellowship for individuals interested in the prevention of child abuse.

    Education and Training

    BA: Spanish, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2001.

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 2005.

    Residency: Pediatrics/Adult and Child Psychiatry combined program, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, 2010.

    Fellowship: Child Abuse Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2013.

    Publications

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    Erin R. Laffrey, LISW-S
    Social Worker, Division of Psychiatry

    513-636-7606

    erin.laffrey@cchmc.org

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    Brett C. Larsen, MA, LPCC-S, NCC
    Clinical Counselor, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    513-636-4124

    brett.larsen@cchmc.org


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    Chandra L. Pester, APRN
    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    513-636-4611

    chandra.pester@cchmc.org

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    Chandra L. Pester, APRN

    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Email: chandra.pester@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    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

    Biography

    Chandra L. Pester, APRN, is an advanced practice registered nurse in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She has extensive pediatric experience which includes acute care, school health, outpatient mental health and early childhood mental health. She is currently in the Division of Developmental and Behavior Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's and is providing parent/child counseling and medication management. Special interests include early childhood mental health; trauma and attachment issues; parenting and development.

    She has been recognized for her work by Pro Kids, Southwestern Ohio Educational Regional Resource Center and the Patricia Ryan Whal Award in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Cincinnati. She was also awarded the Johnson & Johnson the School Nurse Fellowship Program at Duke University and attended Rutgers University for the New Jersey Summer School for Alcohol and Drug Studies.

    Education and Training

    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.

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    Rena J. Sorensen, PhD
    Staff Psychologist II, Division of Child Psychiatry

    513-636-4788

    rena.sorensen@cchmc.org

    Rena J. Sorensen, PhD

    Staff Psychologist II, Division of Child Psychiatry

    Phone: 513-636-4788

    Email: rena.sorensen@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    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

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications


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    Sandra S. Szczygiel, MS, PCC-S
    Clinical Manager, Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    513-803-4743

    sandra.szcygiel@cchmc.org

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    Cathy Van Horn, LISW-S
    Social Worker, Division of Child Psychiatry

    513-636-7790

    cathy.vanhorn@cchmc.org