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Kelli C. Dominick, MD, PhD

  • Psychiatrist, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Board Certified



Kelli Dominick, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor for the Division of Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center who specializes in the clinical care and research in neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Fragile X Syndrome. Dr. Dominick received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology at Transylvania University. She then earned her MD and PhD degrees at Boston University School of Medicine where she was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship (F30 NRSA) from the National Institutes of Health. She completed a combined residency program in pediatrics, adult and child psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Dominick’s research interests include the use of neuroimaging to examine neural development, early identification and treatment of autism spectrum disorder and Fragile X Syndrome.

MD, PhD: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 2011.

Residency: Pediatrics/Adult Psychiatry/Child Psychiatry, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2016.

Certification: Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics.

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Reliability of resting-state electrophysiology in fragile X syndrome. Liu, R; Pedapati, EV; Schmitt, LM; Shaffer, RC; Smith, EG; Dominick, KC; DeStefano, LA; Westerkamp, G; Horn, P; Sweeney, JA; et al. Biomarkers in Neuropsychiatry. 2023; 9:100070.

A sensitive and reproducible qRT-PCR assay detects physiological relevant trace levels of FMR1 mRNA in individuals with Fragile X syndrome. Straub, D; Schmitt, LM; Boggs, AE; Horn, PS; Dominick, KC; Gross, C; Erickson, CA. Scientific Reports. 2023; 13:3808.

Genetic syndromes are prevalent in patients with comorbid neurodevelopmental disorders and catatonia. Shillington, A; Zappia, KJ; White, L; Fosdick, C; Erickson, CA; Lamy, M; Dominick, KC. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A. 2023; 191:2716-2722.

Systematic Review: Emotion Dysregulation in Syndromic Causes of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Shaffer, RC; Reisinger, DL; Schmitt, LM; Lamy, M; Dominick, KC; Smith, EG; Coffman, MC; Esbensen, AJ. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2023; 62:518-557.

Brief Report: Telehealth Satisfaction Among Caregivers of Pediatric and Adult Psychology and Psychiatry Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disability in the Wake of Covid-19. Rosen, V; Blank, E; Lampert, E; Dominick, K; Will, M; Erickson, C; Pedapati, E; Lamy, M; Shaffer, R. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2022; 52:5253-5265.

Optimization, validation and initial clinical implications of a Luminex-based immunoassay for the quantification of Fragile X Protein from dried blood spots. Boggs, AE; Schmitt, LM; McLane, RD; Adayev, T; LaFauci, G; Horn, PS; Dominick, KC; Gross, C; Erickson, CA. Scientific Reports. 2022; 12:5617.

Neocortical localization and thalamocortical modulation of neuronal hyperexcitability contribute to Fragile X Syndrome. Pedapati, EV; Schmitt, LM; Ethridge, LE; Miyakoshi, M; Sweeney, JA; Liu, R; Smith, E; Shaffer, RC; Dominick, KC; Gilbert, DL; et al. Communications Biology. 2022; 5:442.

14.3 Training Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows to Care for Youths With Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Dominick, K. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2022; 61:s298.

1.45 Increasing Access to ASD Research: The Significance of Home Visits in Enrollment of Disadvantaged Groups. Kang, S; Kanoute, O; Harrell, E; Polanco, JA; Lampert, E; Shaffer, RC; Dominick, K. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2022; 61:s155-s156.

Children with ASD establish joint attention during free-flowing toy play without face looks. Yurkovic-Harding, J; Lisandrelli, G; Shaffer, RC; Dominick, KC; Pedapati, EV; Erickson, CA; Yu, C; Kennedy, DP. Current Biology. 2022; 32:2739-2746.e4.

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