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Director, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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My Biography & Research

Biography

My areas of clinical practice include autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and developmental-behavioral conditions associated with complex congenital heart disease (CHD).

During my residency, I enjoyed working with patients in my primary care clinic who had learning difficulties and ADHD. After residency, I decided to pursue a fellowship in research and public health through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. I chose a project that looked at adolescents' perceptions of having ADHD growing up.

Caring for this population excited me, so I decided to do a developmental and behavioral pediatrics fellowship. During my fellowship, and when I started my work at Cincinnati Children's, I had the opportunity to work more with children with ASD. I found that diagnosing children and supporting them and their families long-term throughout childhood and adolescence was extremely rewarding. I love seeing children make progress and learn new skills.

On the research side, I’m interested in quality improvement (QI) projects that improve the quality of life (QoL), developmental outcomes, health and well-being of children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. This work includes improving developmental outcomes for children with CHD at risk for developmental delays. I also study shared decision-making (SDM). My goal is to optimize the treatment of behavioral conditions by better aligning medications and therapies to best fit family preferences, values and priorities.

My research interests are informed by the practical, everyday challenges I see in my clinical practice. This work aims to identify and manage behavioral conditions in children and support and inform families about treatment options to choose the best fit. I strive to improve care practices to optimize the developmental outcomes for children with ASD and other behavioral conditions. I want patients to consistently receive the highest standard of care to reach their full potential.

I was listed in Cincinnati Magazine's "Top Doctors" (2019, 2020). I am an associate editor for the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. I also received the Morris Y. Krosnick, MD Award from Yale University Department of Pediatrics — awarded to the senior resident who most exemplifies a caring, compassionate and dedicated pediatrician.

In addition, I serve as an improvement advisor for two learning health networks: Autism Learning Health Network (supported by Autism Speaks) and the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC QIC). In these organizations, I lead a developmental screening initiative to improve the identification of developmental delays and referrals to early intervention services. I’m certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in General Pediatrics (2004) and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (2011).

Clinical Interests

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD); attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); developmental outcomes in children with congenital heart disease (CHD); medication management of ADHD in children with CHD.

Research Interests

Interventions to improve care and outcomes for children with ASD, including Shared Decision Making; developmental outcomes in children with CHD; use and safety of stimulant medication to treat ADHD in children with CHD.

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD, Autism

Research Divisions

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD



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My Education

BS : Haverford College, Haverford, PA, 1996.

MD: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2001.

Residency: Pediatrics, Yale New-Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT, 2004.

Fellowship: Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2006; Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 2008.

Certification: General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 2004; Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 2011.

My Publications

Improving behavior challenges and quality of life in the autism learning health network. Anixt, JS; Murray, DS; Coury, DL; Kuhlthau, KA; Eskra, D; Seide, J; Kelly, A; Hess, A; Lipkin, PH; Law, JK; et al. Pediatrics. 2020; 145:S20-S29.

Improving Access to Diagnostic Assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder Using an Arena Model. Williams-Arya, P; Anixt, J; Ehrhardt, J; Manning-Courtney, P. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2019; 40:406-406.

Identifying Associations Among Co-Occurring Medical Conditions in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Neumeyer, AM; Anixt, J; Chan, J; Perrin, JM; Murray, D; Coury, DL; Bennett, A; Farmer, J; Parker, RA. Academic Pediatrics. 2019; 19:300-306.

Ambient ozone and fine particulate matter exposures and autism spectrum disorder in metropolitan Cincinnati, Ohio. Kaufman, JA; Wright, JM; Rice, G; Connolly, N; Bowers, K; Anixt, J. Environmental Research. 2019; 171:218-227.

Improving Access to Diagnostic Assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder Using an Arena Model. Williams-Arya, P; Anixt, J; Kuan, L; Johnson, H; Kent, B; Bing, N; Ehrhardt, J; Manning-Courtney, P. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2019; 40:161-169.

Transforming an Autism Pediatric Research Network into a Learning Health System: Lessons Learned. Murray, DS; S Anixt, J; Coury, DL; Kuhlthau, KA; Seide, J; Kelly, A; Fedele, A; Eskra, D; Lannon, C. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2019; 4:e152-e152.

Evidenced-Based Interventions for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Will, MN; Currans, K; Smith, J; Weber, S; Duncan, A; Burton, J; Kroeger-Geoppinger, K; Miller, V; Stone, M; Mays, L; et al. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. 2018; 48:234-249.

Characteristics of Treatment Decisions to Address Challenging Behaviors in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Anixt, JS; Meinzen-Derr, J; Estridge, H; Smith, L; Brinkman, WB. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2018; 39:282-291.

Comparing Treatments for Children With ADHD and Word Reading Difficulties: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Tamm, L; Denton, CA; Epstein, JN; Schatschneider, C; Taylor, H; Arnold, LE; Bukstein, O; Anixt, J; Koshy, A; Newman, NC; et al. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 2017; 85:434-446.

High burden of genetic conditions diagnosed in a cardiac neurodevelopmental clinic. Goldenberg, PC; Adler, BJ; Parrott, A; Anixt, J; Mason, K; Phillips, J; Cooper, DS; Ware, SM; Marino, BS. Cardiology in the Young. 2017; 27:459-466.