Michelle M. Ernst, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4336

Fax 513-636-7756

Email michelle.ernst@cchmc.org


Inpatient consultation-liaison; coping with medical illness and procedures; stress management / relaxation 



Clinical effectiveness research promoting use of evidence-based care with pediatric inpatients 


Michelle M. Ernst received her PhD in clinical psychology from SUNY-Buffalo in 2000, where she conducted research on pediatric obesity. She did her internship training in the O’Grady Residency in psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1999-2000. She returned to Cincinnati Children's in 2005 as an assistant professor within the UC Department of Pediatrics to develop the inpatient Behavioral Medicine Consultation-Liaison Service. Her clinical interests include coping with medical illness and procedures, pain and loss of functioning, anxiety/stress management and parent support. She conducts clinical effectiveness research promoting use of evidence-based care with pediatric inpatients.

PhD: SUNY, Buffalo, NY, 2000.

Residency: O'Grady Residency in Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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Ernst MM, Johnson MC, Stark LJ. Developmental and psychosocial issues in cystic fibrosis. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2010 Apr;19(2):263-83, viii. Review.

Ernst MM, Wooldridge JL, Conway E, Dressman K, Weiland J, Tucker K, Seid M. Using quality improvement science to implement a multidisciplinary behavioral intervention targeting pediatric inpatient airway clearance. J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Jan-Feb;35(1):14-24.

Streicher RP, Arnold JE, Ernst MK, Cooper CV. Development of a novel derivatization reagent for the sampling and analysis of total isocyanate group in air and comparison of its performance with that of several established reagents. Am Ind Hyg Assoc J. 1996 Oct;57(10):905-13.