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Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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My Biography & Research

Biography

Anna Esbensen is an assistant professor of psychology in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She studies the lifespan development of individuals with Down syndrome and provides clinical services through the Thomas Center. She also studies the mental health of individuals with intellectual disability.

Clinical Interests

Behavior management; depression

Research Interests

Lifespan development of down syndrome; health care of individuals with down syndrome; development of depressive symptomatology among individuals with intellectual disability

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Departments

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Down Syndrome, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

My Locations

My Education

PhD: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2004.

MA: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2001.

BScH: Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada, 1997.

My Publications

Selected Publication

Contributions to Racial Disparity in Mortality among Children with Down Syndrome. Santoro, SL; Esbensen, AJ; Hopkin, RJ; Hendershot, L; Hickey, F; Patterson, B. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2016; 174:240-246.e1.

Reliability of Informant-Report Measures of Executive Functioning in Children With Down Syndrome. Esbensen, AJ; Hoffman, EK; Shaffer, R; Chen, E; Patel, L; Jacola, L. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 2019; 124:220-233.

Adapted Dance Improves Motor Abilities and Participation in Children With Down Syndrome: A Pilot Study. McGuire, M; Long, J; Esbensen, AJ; Bailes, AF. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 2019; 31:76-82.

Reliability of parent report measures of behaviour in children with Down syndrome. Esbensen, AJ; Hoffman, EK; Shaffer, R; Chen, E; Patel, L; Jacola, L. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 2018; 62:785-797.

Impact of sleep on executive functioning in school-age children with Down syndrome. Esbensen, AJ; Hoffman, EK. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 2018; 62:569-580.

Convergent validity of actigraphy with polysomnography and parent reports when measuring sleep in children with Down syndrome. Esbensen, AJ; Hoffman, EK; Stansberry, E; Shaffer, R. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 2018; 62:281-291.

Links between sleep and daytime behaviour problems in children with Down syndrome. Esbensen, AJ; Hoffman, EK; Beebe, DW; Byars, KC; Epstein, J. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 2018; 62:115-125.

Co-occurring medical conditions in adults with Down syndrome: A systematic review toward the development of health care guidelines. Capone, GT; Chicoine, B; Bulova, P; Stephens, M; Hart, S; Crissman, B; Videlefsky, A; Myers, K; Roizen, N; Esbensen, A; et al. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A. 2018; 176:116-133.

Autism Behavior Inventory: A Novel Tool for Assessing Core and Associated Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Bangerter, A; Ness, S; Aman, MG; Esbensen, AJ; Goodwin, MS; Dawson, G; Hendren, R; Leventhal, B; Khan, A; Opler, M; et al. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 2017; 27:814-822.

Introduction to the Special Issue on the Development of People With Down Syndrome Throughout the Lifespan (Part 2). Esbensen, AJ. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 2017; 122:287-288.