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Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Scientific Director, Every Child Succeeds

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

Biography & Affiliation


Robert T. Ammerman, PhD, ABPP, is a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and scientific director of Every Child Succeeds.

Dr. Ammerman received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and completed an internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is certified in cognitive and behavioral psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Clinical Interests

Maternal depression; anxiety disorders.

Research Interests

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.

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Clinical 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.


Effect of a Motivational Interviewing-Based Intervention on Initiation of Mental Health Treatment and Mental Health After an Emergency Department Visit Among Suicidal Adolescents: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Grupp-Phelan, J; Stevens, J; Boyd, S; Cohen, DM; Ammerman, RT; Liddy-Hicks, S; Heck, K; Marcus, SC; Stone, L; Campo, JV; et al. JAMA Network Open. 2019; 2:e1917941-e1917941.

Treatment of Maternal Depression in Pediatric Primary Care. Herbst, RB; Ammerman, RT; Perry, SP; Zion, CE; Rummel, MK; McClure, JM; Stark, LJ. Clinical Pediatrics. 2019; 58:1436-1439.

Interpersonal trauma and suicide attempts in low-income depressed mothers in home visiting. Ammerman, RT; Scheiber, FA; Peugh, JL; Messer, EP; Van Ginkel, JB; Putnam, FW. Child Abuse and Neglect. 2019; 97:104126-104126.

Intergenerational effects of maternal early life adversity on infant DNA methylation of NR3C1. Bowers, K; Ji, H; Ding, L; Ammerman, R; Van Ginkel, J; Yolton, K; Folger, AT. Annals of Epidemiology. 2019; 28:656-656.

Parents’ PTSD symptoms and child abuse potential during the perinatal period: Direct associations and mediation via relationship conflict. Fredman, SJ; Le, Y; Marshall, AD; Garcia Hernandez, W; Feinberg, ME; Ammerman, RT. Child Abuse and Neglect. 2019; 90:66-75.

Neonatal NR3C1 Methylation and Social-Emotional Development at 6 and 18 Months of Age. Folger, AT; Ding, L; Ji, H; Yolton, K; Ammerman, RT; Van Ginkel, JB; Bowers, K. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 2019; 13.

A randomized controlled field trial of iBsafe-a novel child safety game app. Dixon, CA; Ammerman, RT; Johnson, BL; Lampe, C; Hart, KW; Lindsell, CJ; Mahabee-Gittens, EM. 2019; 5:3-3.

Maternal distress and hair cortisol in pregnancy among women with elevated adverse childhood experiences. Bowers, K; Ding, L; Gregory, S; Yolton, K; Ji, H; Meyer, J; Ammerman, RT; Van Ginkel, J; Folger, A. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2018; 95:145-148.

Treatment of Maternal Depression With In-Home Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Augmented by a Parenting Enhancement: A Case Report. Messer, EP; Ammerman, RT; Teeters, AR; Bodley, AL; Howard, J; Van Ginkel, JB; Putnam, FW. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. 2018; 25:402-415.

Shared Reading and Television Across the Perinatal Period in Low-SES Households. Hutton, JS; Lin, L; Gruber, R; Berndsen, J; DeWitt, T; Van Ginkel, JB; Ammerman, RT. Clinical Pediatrics. 2018; 57:904-912.