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Joseph Fredrick, PhD

  • Clinical Psychologist, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I strive to build a strong relationship with my patients and provide psychological services to meet the needs of each family.



I'm a child psychologist specializing in assessing and treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents. I provide therapy to children and adolescents with ADHD and various behavioral and emotional concerns. I also lead our Academic Success for Young Adolescents and Understanding and Managing ADHD Parent treatment groups. Finally, I am the lead psychologist for our new cognitive disengagement syndrome (CDS) specialty service, previously referred to as sluggish cognitive tempo. The CDS service provides comprehensive assessment and treatment services for children and adolescents with CDS.

My approach to patient care is to provide evidence-based psychological care collaboratively with the child and family. Specifically, my therapeutic approaches include behavioral parent training, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, sleep treatment and organization and time management. I strive to build a strong relationship with my patients, and I am committed to tailoring psychological services to meet the needs of each family. When a child leaves my office, my goal is for them and their family to feel more confident and hopeful.

Ever since I could remember, I have always wanted to be in a field where I could work with people. Initially, I thought this interest would lead me to the field of business. However, during a summer camp experience for children with behavioral difficulties, I soon found my passion for helping children and adolescents with mental health concerns. As I entered the field of psychology, I realized how attention, behavioral and emotional difficulties impact nearly all areas of a child's life. My goal as a child psychologist is to identify these concerns and provide the best treatment to improve the well-being of children and their families.

In addition to helping patients, I'm involved in research. My research focuses on understanding how ADHD and CDS impact areas of daily living like academics, sleep, peer relationships and symptoms of anxiety and depression. I am also a certified therapist in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based treatment to address disruptive behaviors in children ages two to seven.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our twin boys, golfing, exercising and watching sports.

BA: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2015.

MA: Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2017.

PhD: Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2021.

Internship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2021.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2022.



ADHD; cognitive disengagement syndrome (sluggish cognitive tempo); anxiety; depression; sleep

Services and Specialties

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD


ADHD; academics; cognitive disengagement syndrome (sluggish cognitive tempo); depression; peer relations; sleep

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A multi-method examination of sluggish cognitive tempo in relation to adolescent sleep, daytime sleepiness, and circadian preference. Fredrick, JW; Yeaman, KM; Yu, X; Langberg, JM; Becker, SP. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines. 2022; 63:1658-1667.


Low School Support Exacerbates the Association between Peer Difficulties and Sluggish Cognitive Tempo in Adolescents. Fredrick, JW; Becker, SP; Langberg, JM. Journal of clinical child psychology. 2022; 51:1024-1038.


Differential diagnoses of irritability and temper loss in a 6-year-old. Fredrick, JW; Rodriguez, B; Lynch, JD; Loren, RE A; Tamm, L. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2022; 27:1263-1276.


Coping with COVID-19: Longitudinal Impact of the Pandemic on Adjustment and Links with Coping for Adolescents with and without ADHD. Dvorsky, MR; Breaux, R; Cusick, CN; Fredrick, JW; Green, C; Steinberg, A; Langberg, JM; Sciberras, E; Becker, SP. 2022; 50:605-619.


"My mom calls it Annaland ": A Qualitative Study of Phenomenology, Daily Life Impacts, and Treatment Considerations of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo. Becker, SP; Fredrick, JW; Foster, JA; Yeaman, KM; Epstein, JN; Froehlich, TE; Mitchell, JT. Journal of Attention Disorders. 2022; 26:915-931.


Disentangling the effects of attentional difficulties on fears of social evaluation and social anxiety symptoms: Unique interactions with sluggish cognitive tempo. Fredrick, JW; Becker, SP; Kofler, MJ; Jarrett, MA; Burns, GL; Luebbe, AM. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 2020; 131:39-46.


Sluggish cognitive tempo and ADHD symptoms in relation to task-unrelated thought: Examining unique links with mind-wandering and rumination. Fredrick, JW; Kofler, MJ; Jarrett, MA; Burns, GL; Luebbe, AM; Garner, AA; Harmon, SL; Becker, SP. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 2020; 123:95-101.

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