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Robert T. Ammerman, PhD, ABPP

  • Staff Psychologist, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
  • Scientific Director, Every Child Succeeds
  • CCRF Endowed Chair
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I’m committed to using psychological science to ensure that all children reach their full potential. My goal is to foster healthy behavioral and emotional development for children. I believe this can only be done by also engaging parents and caregivers.
Robert T. Ammerman, PhD, ABPP



As a pediatric psychologist, I'm committed to using psychological science to ensure that all children reach their full potential. My goal is to foster healthy behavioral and emotional development for children. I believe this can only be done by also engaging parents and caregivers.

My research is focused on early childhood abuse prevention programs, as well as the impact of parental mental health and traumatic experiences on parenting and child development. We seek to develop effective interventions that will support parents so that they can foster healthy behavioral and emotional development in their children.

My colleagues and I have developed an in-home psychological treatment for postpartum depression. This highly effective and accessible approach supports mothers with their recovery from depression, ultimately helping both mothers and their children. Our research has demonstrated that even when mothers are at their lowest point, they have tremendous potential to thrive and provide a nurturing environment for their children. We are all capable of change and growth.

For my contributions to the field, I was named a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. I'm also a Diplomate in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology.

PhD: University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA, 1986.

Internship: Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Pittsburgh, PA, 1986.

Certification: American Board of Professional Psychology, Diplomate in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, 1995; Ohio State Board of Psychology, 1999.


Maternal depression; anxiety disorders.


Early childhood prevention programs and interventions to optimize the development of young children; enhancements of home visiting programs that improve outcomes for mothers and children; development of in-home treatment for postpartum depression; use of motivational interviewing to improve retention in home visiting; strategies to help new mothers and fathers co-parent to foster healthy child development.

Research Areas

Clinical Psychology


Household Health-Related Social Needs in Newborns and Infant Behavioral Functioning at 6 Months. Anyigbo, C; Liu, C; Ehrlich, S; Reyner, A; Ammerman, RT; Kahn, RS. JAMA Pediatrics. 2024; 178.

Expanding Access to Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatment: An Expert-Driven Training Model. McClure, JM; Young, M; Whitehead, M; Scott, AM; Junger, K; Holden, R; Herbst, RB; Esposito, C; Ammerman, RT; Stark, LJ. Evidence-based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2023; ahead-of-print:1-18.

Behavior Problems in Low-Income Young Children Screened in Pediatric Primary Care. Ammerman, RT; Mara, CA; Anyigbo, C; Herbst, RB; Reyner, A; Rybak, TM; McClure, JM; Burkhardt, MC; Stark, LJ; Kahn, RS. JAMA Pediatrics. 2023; 177:1306-1313.

Provider Perspectives on an Integrated Behavioral Health Prevention Approach in Pediatric Primary Care. Rybak, TM; Herbst, RB; Stark, LJ; Samaan, ZM; Zion, C; Bryant, A; McClure, JM; Maki, A; Bishop, E; Mack, A; et al. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 2023; 30:741-752.

Patterns of substance use among adolescents in and out of foster care: An analysis of linked health and child welfare administrative data. Beal, SJ; Greiner, MV; Ammerman, RT; Mara, CA; Nause, K; Schulenberg, J; Noll, JG. Child Abuse and Neglect. 2023; 146:106473.

Neonatal AVPR1a Methylation and In-Utero Exposure to Maternal Smoking. Nidey, N; Bowers, K; Ding, L; Ji, H; Ammerman, RT; Yolton, K; Mahabee-Gittens, EM; Folger, AT. Toxics. 2023; 11:855.

Developmental Epidemiology of Pediatric Anxiety Disorders. Warner, EN; Ammerman, RT; Glauser, TA; Pestian, JP; Agasthya, G; Strawn, JR. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 2023; 32:511-530.

Infant Obesity Prevention Programs for Underrepresented Mothers in a Home Visiting Program: A Qualitative and Community-Engaged Needs Assessment. Stough, CO; Rabin, J; Gates, T; Garr, K; Combs, A; Edwards, ZT; Summer, SS; Woo, JG; Folger, AT; Ammerman, RT; et al. 2023; 2752535X231176730.

Evaluation of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire for Preschoolers in Urban Primary Care. Bignall, WJ R; Mara, CA; Stark, LJ; Taylor, S; Herbst, RB; McClure, JM; Burkhardt, MC; Ammerman, RT. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2023; 32:1304-1317.

Potential paths to suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among high-risk women. Weiss, SJ; Simeonova, DI; Koleva, H; Muzik, M; Clark, KD; Ozerdem, A; Cooper, B; Ammerman, RT. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 2022; 155:493-500.

From the Blog

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Early Behavioral Health Problems Need Earlier Interventions

Robert T. Ammerman, PhD, ABPP10/16/2023

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Trauma-Informed Home Visits Support Mothers and Children

Robert T. Ammerman, PhD, ABPP, Alonzo T. Folger, PhD, MS4/27/2022

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