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The Thomas Center for Down Syndrome 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.
Jennifer J. Bekins, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist II, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 513-636-0520 firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna J. Esbensen, PhD email@example.com
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Behavior management; depression
Anna Esbensen is an assistant professor of psychology in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She studies the lifespan development of individuals with Down syndrome and provides clinical services through the Thomas Center. She also studies the mental health of individuals with intellectual disability.
PhD: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2004.
MA: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2001.
BScH: Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada, 1997.
Esbensen AJ. Health conditions associated with aging and end of life of adults with Down syndrome. Int Rev Res Ment Retard. 2010;39(C):107-126.
Esbensen AJ, Bishop S, Seltzer MM, Greenberg JS, Taylor JL. Comparisons between individuals with autism spectrum disorders and individuals with Down syndrome in adulthood. Am J Intellect Dev Disabil. 2010 Jul;115(4):277-90.
Esbensen AJ, Greenberg JS, Seltzer MM, Aman MG. A longitudinal investigation of psychotropic and non-psychotropic medication use among adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2009 Sep;39(9):1339-49.
Esbensen AJ, Seltzer MM, Lam KS, Bodfish JW. Age-related differences in restricted repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2009 Jan;39(1):57-66.
Esbensen AJ, Seltzer MM, Krauss MW. Stability and change in health, functional abilities, and behavior problems among adults with and without Down syndrome. Am J Ment Retard. 2008 Jul;113(4):263-77.
Esbensen AJ, Seltzer MM, Greenberg JS. Factors predicting mortality in midlife adults with and without Down syndrome living with family. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2007 Dec;51(Pt 12):1039-50.
Serovich JM, Esbensen AJ, Mason TL. Disclosure of positive HIV serostatus by men who have sex with men to family and friends over time. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2007 Jul;21(7):492-500.
Esbensen AJ, Benson BA. An evaluation of Beck's cognitive theory of depression in adults with intellectual disability. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2007 Jan;51(Pt 1):14-24.
Rojahn J, Esbensen AJ, Hoch TA. Relationships between facial discrimination and social adjustment in mental retardation. Am J Ment Retard. 2006 Sep;111(5):366-77.
Esbensen AJ, Benson BA. A prospective analysis of life events, problem behaviours and depression in adults with intellectual disability. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2006 Apr;50(Pt 4):248-58.
Kelsey M. Snyder, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 513-636-0520 firstname.lastname@example.org
Katherine R. Thoman-Godshalk, MSN, APRN, CNP Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 513-636-4611 email@example.com
Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
BS: University of Cincinnati, OH, 2003.
BSN: University of Cincinnati, OH, 2005.
MSN: University of Cincinnati, OH, 2007.
Krystin Turner, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist II, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy 513-636-4651 firstname.lastname@example.org
Melinda Wendland, RD, LD
Registered Dietician, Cerebral Palsy 513-636-4611 email@example.com
Emily A. Wickert, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist I, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy 513-636-4651 firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan E. Wiley, MD Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 513-636-4611 email@example.com
Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Fellowship Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery
Pediatric hearing loss; dual sensory impairment; deaf/hard of hearing plus; children with neurodevelopmental disabilities
Dr. Wiley has served on state and national organizations to improve the early hearing detection and intervention activities across the United States. She served as the faculty chair on Improving Hearing Screening and Information Systems Initiative for the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (2011-2013) and is a taskforce member with the American Academy of Pediatrics to identify strategies to improve linkage of Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) to the medical home.
MD: University of Cincinnati, OH, 1994.
Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati, OH.
Fellowship: Developmental Pediatrics, Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders, Cincinnati, OH.
Certification: Pediatrics, 1997.
Certification: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, 2002.
Meinzen-Derr J, Wiley S, Grether S, Phillips J, Choo D, Hibner J, Barnard H. Functional communication of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2014 Apr;35(3):197-206.
Wiley S, Gustafson S, Rozniak J. Needs of parents of children who are deaf/hard of hearing with autism spectrum disorder. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2014 Jan;19(1):40-9.
Meinzen-Derr J, Wiley S, Bishop S, Manning-Courtney P, Choo D, Gustafson S, Murray D. Autism spectrum disorders in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2014 Jan;78(1):112-8.
Wiley S, Meinzen-Derr J. Use of the ages and stages questionnaire in young children who are deaf/hard of hearing as a screening for additional disabilities. Early Hum Dev. 2013 May;89(5):295-300.
Wiley S, Meinzen-Derr J,Stremel-Thomas K, Schalock M, Bashinksi S, Ruder C. Outcomes for children with deaf-blindness with cochlear implants: a multisite observational study. Otol Neurotol. 2013 Apr;34(3):507-15.
Wiley S, Arjmand E, Jareenmeinzen-Derr, Dixon M. Findings from Multidisciplinary Evaluation of Children with Permanent Hearing Loss. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2011 Aug;75(8):1040-4.
Meinzen-Derr J, Wiley S, Grether S, Choo DI. Children with cochlear implants and developmental disabilities: a language skills study with developmentally matched hearing peers. Res Dev Disabil. 2011 Mar-Apr;32(2):757-67.
Meinzen-Derr J, Wiley S, Choo DI. Impact of Early Intervention on Expressive and Receptive Language Development among Young Children with Permanent Hearing Loss. Am Ann Deaf. 2011 Winter;155(5): 580-91.
Wiley S, Meinzen-Derr J. Access to cochlear implant candidacy evaluations: who is not making it to the team evaluations. Int J Audiol. 2009 Feb;48(2):74-9.
Wiley S, Choo D, Meinzen-Derr J, Hilbert L, Greinwald J. GJB2 mutations and additional disabilities in a pediatric cochlear implant population. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2006 Mar;70(3):493-500.
Network of 12 academic sites to promote collaborative research in the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics Funding Source: Maternal and Child Health Research Program. Site Principal Investigator. Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet). 2013–2016. UA3MC20218.
Early Language and Functional Expectations (LIFE) Study of Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss. Co-Investigator. March of Dimes. Ohio Department of Medicaid/Ohio Medicaid Technical Assistance Policy Program (MEDTAPP) Healthcare Access Initiative. 2014–2015.
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