I am a clinical neuropsychologist and researcher with a special interest in sleep medicine, adolescent health and finding ways to help children reach their highest potential. I have particular expertise in the evaluation and care of children who have chronic medical and neurological conditions, as well as those who have brain injuries.
I became interested in research through my interactions with patients and colleagues, which sparked my curiosity. As director of the Neuropsychology Program at Cincinnati Children’s, I use research to learn how best to serve children and families. As a sleep researcher, I have been fascinated by the many ways in which sleep quantity, quality, and timing seem to affect health and health-related behaviors.
My research in the Beebe Research Lab has two components. On the neuropsychology side, I am trying to both quantify the value of our clinical services and to lead the field in achieving greater quality and value for our patients and their families. On the sleep medicine side, I want to better understand how poor sleep impacts children and how we might leverage improved sleep to improve pediatric health.
I’m also interested in the development of junior-level clinical neuropsychologists to become future leaders of the field. I am the training director for the postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Cincinnati Children’s, and I enjoy mentoring young professionals both within and outside of the subdiscipline.
I am president-elect of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, where I have served on the board of directors for many years. I have also served on committees of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, Sleep Research Society and International Neuropsychological Society. I am an associate editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and am on the editorial boards of Child Neuropsychology, SLEEP and Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
Outcome and development of children with brain injuries; outcome and development of children with neurodevelopmental disorders; sleep and neurobehavioral functioning; professional development of emerging leaders
Impact of childhood sleep pathology on neuropsychological functioning; experimental sleep manipulation in adolescents; impact of shortened sleep on adolescent mood, cognition, executive functioning, driving safety, dietary intake, and physical activity; quality improvement in neuropsychological care delivery and reports
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics