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Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Center for ADHD

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

513-636-4336

Board Certified

"My approach to helping parents and children is investigative. I work to find the accurate diagnosis and provide parents with specific options for treatment that are effective at home and at school."

My Biography & Research

Biography

I’m a clinical psychologist with a special interest in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. I offer ADHD evaluations and evidence-based group treatments, and I co-direct the ADHD Summer Treatment Program.

I knew early in life that I wanted to help others and to work with children. During graduate school, I became interested in assisting parents in managing their child’s difficult behaviors.

My approach to helping parents and children is investigative. I work to find the accurate diagnosis and provide parents with specific options for treatment that are effective at home and at school. Though I see children of all ages, I specialize in evaluating and diagnosing preschool children.

In addition to seeing patients, I also conduct research that evaluates treatments for children with ADHD and their families. I hope to adapt current evidence-based treatments for use in preschool and young children.

Outside the hospital, I like to be active and work out regularly, and I am a co-leader for the fitness group Project Cincy. I also enjoy time with my pets, fostering for Ohio Alleycat Resource, traveling, knitting and reading.

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Behavioral Medicine, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD

Research Divisions

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD



Blog Posts

5 Tips for Talking to Teachers About ADHD

BlogChild Development and Behavior

5 Tips for Talking to Teachers About ADHD

By Heather Ciesielski, PhD8/19/2019

My Education

PhD: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL.

Internship: Centerstone, Inc., Bloomington, IN.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

My Publications

Behavioral Parent Training for ADHD Reduces Situational Severity of Child Noncompliance and Related Parental Stress. Ciesielski, HA; Loren, RE A; Tamm, L. Journal of Attention Disorders. 2020; 24:758-767.

Academic Skills Groups for Middle School Children With ADHD in the Outpatient Mental Health Setting: An Open Trial. Ciesielski, HA; Tamm, L; Vaughn, AJ; Cyran, JE M; Epstein, JN. Journal of Attention Disorders. 2019; 23:409-417.

Behavioral Parent Training Groups for ADHD in Clinical Settings: Does Offering a Concurrent Child Group Add Value?. Loren, RE A; Ciesielski, HA; Tamm, L. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2017; 5:221-231.

Does Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Fit Within a Bi-Factor Model of ADHD?. Garner, AA; Peugh, J; Becker, SP; Kingery, KM; Tamm, L; Vaughn, AJ; Ciesielski, H; Simon, JO; Loren, RE A; Epstein, JN. Journal of Attention Disorders. 2017; 21:642-654.

Slow sluggish cognitive tempo symptoms are associated with poorer academic performance in children with ADHD. Tamm, L; Garner, AA; Loren, RE A; Epstein, JN; Vaughn, AJ; Ciesielski, HA; Becker, SP. Psychiatry Research. 2016; 242:251-259.