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


Pediatric psychology; pain management; cardiac condition; dermatology conditions; differences of sexual development


Quality improvement; clinical effectiveness; pain management; differences of sexual development

Michelle M. Ernst, PhD, came to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2005 to develop the inpatient Behavioral Medicine Consultation-Liaison service. In 2013 she moved into outpatient clinical service provision and in 2014 she became the psychologist for the Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD) team. Dr. Ernst is also on the Cincinnati Children's Ethics Committee.

Her clinical interests include working with patients with pain, cardiac, dermatologic or DSD concerns, as well as patients with anxiety, OCD or depression. She works with young children up to young adults.

PhD: SUNY, Buffalo, NY, 2000.

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

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Ernst MM, Mellon MW. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to foster resilience in pediatric chronic illness. In M. Ferrari & C. DeMichelis (Eds.), Handbook on promoting resilience of children in a medical context. New York, NY: Springer Publishing. 2016.

Ernst MM, O’Brien H, Powers SW. Cognitive-behavioral therapy: How medical providers can increase patient and family openness and access to evidence-based multimodal therapy for pediatric migraine. Headache. 2015 Nov-Dec;55(10):1382-96.

Shaw KN, Cortina SC, Ernst MM, Kichler J. Psoriasis in childhood: Effective strategies to improve adherence. Psoriasis: Targets and Therapy. 2015;5:43-54.

Ernst MM, Piazza-Waggoner C, Chabon B, Murphy M, Carey J, Roddenberry A. Hospital based consultation and liaison service. In C. M. Hunter, R. Kessler and C. L. Hunter (Eds.), Handbook of clinical psychology in medical settings: Evidence-based assessment and intervention. New York, NY: Springer Publishing. 2014.

Piazza-Waggoner C, Roddenberry A, Yeomans-Maldonado G, Noll J, Ernst MM. Inpatient pediatric psychology consultation-liaison program development: 5 year practice patterns and implications for trends in health care. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2013;1:28-41.

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.