Claire M. Aarnio-Peterson, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4336


Pediatric eating disorders; dialectical behavioral therapy; LGBTQ population
Claire M. Aarnio-Peterson, PhD, is an assistant professor in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. She is currently a clinical psychologist within the multi-disciplinary eating disorders team. She specializes in the assessment and evidence-based treatment of eating disorders including family-based therapy (FBT) for anorexia nervosa. She is also trained in DBT and has recently piloted a DBT skills group. Her research interests include personality traits, self-harm, and eating disorders, the treatment of eating disorders within the context of chronic illness (e.g., type 1 diabetes), eating disorders within the transgender population, and evaluating treatment interventions to improve outcomes in adolescents with eating disorders.

BA: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2005.

MA: University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 2007.

PhD: University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2014.

Internship: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2014.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2015.