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Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



My Biography & Research


Stephanie Spear Filigno, PhD, joined Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology as an assistant professor within the UC Department of Pediatrics after completing her research fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s under the mentorship of Drs. Scott Powers and Lori Stark.

During her fellowship she developed and delivered family-based behavior and nutrition treatments for obese preschoolers and young children with cystic fibrosis. She continues to collaborate on these projects, and independently develop quality improvement projects in cystic fibrosis with an early intervention behavior and nutrition focus.

Stephanie also works with the Cystic Fibrosis Center to help families cope with the demands of the cystic fibrosis treatment regimen, reach nutrition recommendations, and improve adherence to treatment.

Clinical Interests

Behavior management in toddlers and preschoolers; adherence to treatment in chronic illness (CF and obesity); coping and adjustment; child anxiety; toileting

Research Interests

Early intervention; adherence to treatment in chronic illness (CF and obesity); development and testing of brief behavioral interventions; quality improvement

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Behavioral Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Cystic Fibrosis, Clinical Psychology

My Locations

My Education

PhD: University of Nevada, Reno, NV, 2007.

Internship: Boystown, Nebraska Internship Consortium of Professional Psychology, Omaha, NE, 2006-2007.

Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2007-2009.

My Publications

Assessing psychosocial risk in pediatric cystic fibrosis. Filigno, SS; Miller, J; Moore, S; Peugh, J; Weiland, J; Backstrom, J; Borschuk, A. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2019; 54:1391-1397.

Are Preschoolers Meeting the Mark? Comparing the Dietary, Activity, and Sleep Behaviors of Preschoolers With Obesity to National Recommendations. Stough, CO; McCullough, MB; Robson, SL; Bolling, C; Filigno, SS; Kichler, JC; Zion, C; Clifford, LM; Simon, SL; Ittenbach, RF; et al. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2018; 43:452-463.

Clinic and Home-Based Behavioral Intervention for Obesity in Preschoolers: A Randomized Trial. Stark, LJ; Filigno, SS; Bolling, C; Ratcliff, MB; Kichler, JC; Robson, SM; Simon, SL; McCullough, MB; Clifford, LM; Stough, CO; et al. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2018; 192:115-121.e1.

Inter professional teamwork: A case study examining the practice patterns and perceptions of pediatric psychologists. Ernst, M; Filigno, SS; Cortina, S; Byars, K; Guilfoyle, S; McClure, J; Smolyansky, B; Kichler, J; Pai, A. 2017; 2:1-9.

Wellness for Families of Children With Chronic Health Disorders. Boat, TF; Filigno, S; Amin, RS. JAMA Pediatrics. 2017; 171:825-826.

Macronutrient intake in preschoolers with cystic fibrosis and the relationship between macronutrients and growth. Filigno, SS; Robson, SM; Szczesniak, RD; Chamberlin, LA; Baker, MA; Sullivan, SM; Kroner, J; Powers, SW. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. 2017; 16:519-524.

Learning about Activity and Understanding Nutrition for Child Health (LAUNCH): Rationale, design, and implementation of a randomized clinical trial of a family-based pediatric weight management program for preschoolers. Stark, LJ; Filigno, SS; Bolling, C; Ratcliff, MB; Kichler, JC; Robson, SL; Simon, SL; McCullough, MB; Clifford, LM; Stough, CO; et al. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2017; 52:10-19.

Web-Based Intervention for Nutritional Management in Cystic Fibrosis: Development, Usability, and Pilot Trial. Stark, LJ; Opipari-Arrigan, L; Filigno, SS; Simon, SL; Leonard, A; Mogayzel, PJ; Rausch, J; Zion, C; Powers, SW. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2016; 41:510-521.

Behavioral Interventions and Anticipatory Guidance. Ryan, JL; Filigno, SS; Stark, LJ. In: Yen EH; Leonard AR, Ed. Nutrition in Cystic Fibrosis: A Guide for Clinicians. New York: Humana Press; 2015.

Quality of life in children with CF: Psychometrics and relations with stress and mealtime behaviors. Driscoll, KA; Modi, AC; Filigno, SS; Brannon, EE; Chamberlin, LA; Stark, LJ; Powers, SW. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2015; 50:560-567.