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Staff Psychologist III, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics


"Collaboration and shared decision-making are essential features of my clinical practice."

About Me


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.

Clinical Interests

Autism spectrum disorders

Clinical Divisions

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Autism

My Locations

My Education

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.

My Publications

Evidenced-Based Interventions for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Will, MN; Currans, K; Smith, J; Weber, S; Duncan, A; Burton, J; Kroeger-Geoppinger, K; Miller, V; Stone, M; Mays, L; et al. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. 2018; 48:234-249.