Dennis D. Drotar, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Center for Adherence and Self-Management

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4336

Fax 513-803-0415



Assessment of treatment adherence and Interventions to improve self-management and treatment adherence in pediatric chronic illness.


Identifying best methods to help families follow prescribed treatment (adherence) and to manage their treatment at home (self-management); understanding the factors that influence psychological outcomes of children and teens with chronic physical illness, including diabetes, asthma and cancer

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Dennis Drotar, PhD, is a professor in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children's within the UC Department of Pediatrics.

A nationally recognized leader and teacher, Dr. Drotar is a past president of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP) and Society of Developmental Pediatrics (SDBP) and is currently editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology (JPP). Among his many professional honors, Dr. Drotar has received the Distinguished Service Award, and the Martin P. Levin Mentorship Award from the SPP.

Dr. Drotar’s research focuses on understanding the factors, including innovative that influence psychological outcomes of children and teens with chronic physical illness, including cystic fibrosis, diabetes, asthma, and cancer. He is currently the principal investigator of several NIH-funded studies and is the author of more than 200 publications, including several books, such as "Psychological Interventions in Childhood Chronic Illness" (2006).

PhD: University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1970.

MA: University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1968.

BA: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1966.

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Moore M, Kirchner HL, Drotar D, Johnson N, Rosen C, Redline S. Correlates of adolescent sleep time and variability in sleep time: the role of individual and health related characteristics. Sleep Med. 2011 Mar;12(3):239-45.

Marino BS, Tomlinson RS, Wernovsky G, Drotar D, Newburger JW, Mahony L, Mussatto K, Tong E, Cohen M, Andersen C, Shera D, Khoury PR, Wray J, Gaynor JW, Helfaer MA, Kazak AE, Shea JA; Pediatric Cardiac Quality of Life Inventory Testing Study Consortium. Validation of the pediatric cardiac quality of life inventory. Pediatrics. 2010 Sep;126(3):498-508.

Hazen RA, Eder M, Drotar D, Zyzanski S, Reynolds AE, Reynolds CP, Kodish E, Noll RB; Multi-Site Intervention Study to Improve Consent Research Team. A feasibility trial of a video intervention to improve informed consent for parents of children with leukemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2010 Jul 15;55(1):113-8.

Hood KK, Rohan JM, Peterson CM, Drotar D. Interventions with adherence-promoting components in pediatric type 1 diabetes: meta-analysis of their impact on glycemic control. Diabetes Care. 2010 Jul;33(7):1658-64.

McNally K, Rohan J, Pendley JS, Delamater A, Drotar D. Executive functioning, treatment adherence, and glycemic control in children with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2010 Jun;33(6):1159-62.

Pai AL, Drotar D. Treatment adherence impact: the systematic assessment and quantification of the impact of treatment adherence on pediatric medical and psychological outcomes. J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 May;35(4):383-93.

Hart CN, Raynor HA, Jelalian E, Drotar D. The association of maternal food intake and infants' and toddlers' food intake. Child Care Health Dev. 2010 May;36(3):396-403.

Rohan J, Drotar D, McNally K, Schluchter M, Riekert K, Vavrek P, Schmidt A, Redline S, Kercsmar C. Adherence to pediatric asthma treatment in economically disadvantaged African-American children and adolescents: an application of growth curve analysis. Pediatr Psychol. 2010 May;35(4):394-404.

Marino BS, Uzark K, Ittenbach R, Drotar D. Evaluation of quality of life in children with heart disease. Progress in Pediatric Cardiology. 2010;29:131 – 138.

Cortina S, de Alarcon A, McGraw K, Ahrens A, Rothenberg ME, Drotar D. Psychological impact of pediatric eosinophil-associated gastrointestinal disorders. Children’s Health Care. 2010;39:266 – 278.