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Co-Director, Innovations in Community Research, Division of Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Co-Director, CCTST, Community Engagement Core
Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychologist

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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"I chose to do research because I wanted to help as many children and families as I could. With my research, I strive to learn the best ways for the medical team and patients and families to work together to improve treatment and the family's quality of life."

My Biography & Research

Biography

I am a clinical psychologist and researcher. In my patient care, I specialize in treating adolescents and young adults with conditions such as chronic pain and sickle cell disease. I seek to help them with managing their disease, treatment adherence and transitioning to adult healthcare.

I am the co-director of Innovations in Community Research in Cincinnati Children’s Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. I also co-direct Cincinnati Children’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Community Engagement Core where I help the community and researchers work together on health projects.

I was inspired to work with young people after I lost a childhood friend to cancer. I chose to do research because I wanted to help as many children and families as I could. With my research, I strive to learn the best ways for the medical team and patients and families to work together to improve treatment and the family's quality of life.

My areas of research interest include self-management, treatment adherence, healthcare transition, recruitment and retention of minorities in research, integrating design thinking into research, implementation science and community engagement.

I hope to find answers to a number of questions with my research, including:

  • How do we engage adolescents and young adults with sickle cell disease in managing their condition?
  • How can we facilitate shared decision-making between providers and families of youth with sickle cell disease?
  • How can we make it easier for youth to follow their medical regime?
  • How can patients, families and advocacy groups partner with academic researchers to solve health challenges?
  • How do bias and other systemic factors impact care and outcomes for vulnerable or underserved populations?
  • How can we integrate technology so we can reach more individuals/communities?

Engaging patients and communities allows us to develop innovative and feasible solutions to health challenges.

I am proud to be an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and to have received their Division 54 Diversity Award. I’m also a committee member for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s effort titled Addressing Sickle Cell Disease: A Strategic Plan and Blueprint for Action.

Clinical Interests

Adolescents and young adults; sickle cell disease; transition to adult care; chronic pain; migraines; diversity and inclusion

Research Interests

Community-engaged research; self-management; quality improvement; sickle cell disease; health disparities; patient centered outcomes; shared decision making; health services research

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Behavioral Medicine

Research Divisions

Clinical Psychology, Adherence and Self-Management

My Locations

My Education

PsyD: Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 1995.

Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Fellowship: Clinical Psychology, INTERACT Behavioral Healthcare Services Inc, Columbus, OH, 1995-1996.

My Publications

A Virtual Reality Resident Training Curriculum on Behavioral Health Anticipatory Guidance: Development and Usability Study. Herbst, R; Rybak, T; Meisman, A; Whitehead, M; Rosen, B; Crosby, LE; Klein, MD; Real, FJ. 2021; 4.

Neurodevelopmental and psychosocial interventions for individuals with CHD: a research agenda and recommendations from the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative. Cassidy, AR; Butler, SC; Briend, J; Calderon, J; Casey, F; Crosby, LE; Fogel, J; Gauthier, N; Raimondi, C; Marino, BS; et al. Cardiology in the Young. 2021; 1-12.

Engaging Caregivers and Providers of Children With Sickle Cell Anemia in Shared Decision Making for Hydroxyurea: Protocol for a Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial. Hood, AM; Strong, H; Nwankwo, C; Johnson, Y; Peugh, J; Mara, CA; Shook, LM; Brinkman, WB; Real, FJ; Klein, MD; et al. JMIR Research Protocols. 2021; 10.

Mobile health use predicts self-efficacy and self-management in adolescents with sickle cell disease. Hood, AM; Nwankwo, C; Walton, A; McTate, E; Joffe, N; Quinn, CT; Britto, MT; Peugh, J; Mara, CA; Crosby, LE. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2021.

Weight status and health behaviors of adolescents and young adults with sickle cell disease: The emerging risk for obesity. Strong, H; Harry, O; Westcott, E; Kidwell, KM; Couch, SC; Peairs, A; Britto, MT; Crosby, LE. Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. 2021; 38:265-271.

Assessment of Competency-Based Behavioral Health Anticipatory Guidance Skills Among Pediatric Residents: the Role of Virtual Reality. Real, FJ; Whitehead, M; Rosen, BL; Meisman, A; Crosby, LE; Klein, MD; Herbst, RB. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science. 2021; 1-10.

Pain-Related Injustice Appraisals in Youth with Sickle Cell Disease: A Preliminary Investigation. Miller, MM; Rumble, DD; Hirsh, AT; Vervoort, T; Crosby, LE; Madan-Swain, A; Lebensburger, J; Hood, AM; Trost, Z. Pain Medicine. 2021.

Perceptions of a self-management intervention for adolescents with sickle cell disease. Crosby, LE; Joffe, NE; Kidwell, KM; Harry, O; McTate, EA; Nwankwo, C; Hood, AM. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2021.

Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the PROMIS Pediatric Pain Intensity Measure in Children and Adolescents with Chronic Pain. Mara, CA; Kashikar-Zuck, S; Cunningham, N; Goldschneider, KR; Huang, B; Dampier, C; Sherry, DD; Crosby, L; Farrell Miller, J; Barnett, K; et al. Journal of Pain. 2021; 22:48-56.

Feasibility and acceptability of an innovative adherence intervention for young adults with childhood-onset systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Harry, O; Crosby, LE; Mara, C; Ting, TV; Huggins, JL; Modi, AC. Pediatric Rheumatology. 2020; 18.