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Kristn D. Currans, PsyD

  • Staff Psychologist IV, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Staff Psychologist IV, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Collaboration and shared decision-making are essential features of my clinical practice.
Kristn D. Currans, PsyD



I am a clinical psychologist specializing in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities (DD). I provide both individual and group outpatient treatment to address a range of difficulties, primarily behavioral challenges. I also provide psychological assessments for children and adolescents with suspected ASD or DD.

I was motivated to pursue further study and training in ASD and DD after experiences providing in-home support to young children with ASD in college. Each of these children and their families was unique and inspiring, and the children and families I work with today continue to inspire me.

In my clinical practice, I strive to use a patient- and family-centered approach. Collaboration and shared decision-making are essential features of my clinical practice. I am also actively engaged in program development and review for both individual and group outpatient services. I have a strong interest in quality improvement (QI) work to enhance our systems and processes for our patients, families, caregivers and staff. I serve as the QI lead for The Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s, which is a member of the Autism Speaks – Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN) and the Autism Learning Health Network (ALHN).

As the safety lead in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, I am very involved in the development of safety processes for the delivery of clinical care for patients, families, caregivers and staff. I am also interested in clinical research. I am fortunate to have opportunities to participate in a range of clinical research projects in ASD/DD as a clinical provider.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and watching my kids’ many games and activities. Running, exercise, being outside and reading are my favorite ways to relax.

PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.

MS: Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, 2002.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2006-2007.

Internship: The Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2005-2006.


Autism spectrum disorders

Services and Specialties

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Autism

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Profile of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex: Results from a Longitudinal, Prospective, Multisite Study. Capal, JK; Williams, ME; Pearson, DA; Kissinger, R; Horn, PS; Murray, D; Currans, K; Kent, B; Bebin, M; Northrup, H; et al. Annals of Neurology. 2021; 90:874-886.

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