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Tanya E. Froehlich, MD, MS, FAAP

  • Director of Research, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Associate Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
  • Board Certified



I specialize in diagnosing and treating developmental and behavioral conditions in preschoolers, school-age children and adolescents. I love working with families to ensure that their children learn and grow emotionally in order to live their best and fullest lives.

Working in developmental-behavioral pediatrics is priceless to me because it’s a chance to change each child’s life trajectory by improving functioning at home, in school and with peers. Since my mother was a high school teacher and my father was a social worker, developmental-behavioral pediatrics is a natural fit for me.

My research focuses on interventions for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other developmental-behavioral issues, including predictors and treatment response correlations. I’m particularly interested in complex ADHD, which is ADHD in complicated circumstances, such as in the setting of coexisting conditions (like learning, neuro-genetic, autism spectrum, anxiety or other disorders) or psychosocial challenges/adversity.

For me, the field of ADHD is incredibly compelling and important because of the vast effect appropriate treatment can have on patients. ADHD, especially when unrecognized and untreated, is linked to higher rates of many adverse outcomes, such as school failure, low occupational achievement, family strife, substance abuse and suicidality.

On the other hand, individuals with ADHD who receive appropriate treatment can thrive at school, at home and on the job. I’m investigating the effects of medication and behavioral interventions on individuals with ADHD and other developmental-behavioral challenges. In particular, I am interested in identifying predictors of treatment benefits as well as side effects. I am working to understand how treatments may work differently for individuals with complex ADHD compared to those with uncomplicated ADHD.

I’m the director of research for the Cincinnati Children’s Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and associate director for the Cincinnati Children’s Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship. I’ve been named to Cincinnati Magazine’s “Best Doctors” list for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (2019, 2020 and 2021). I was given the Jack H. Rubinstein Award for embodying the mission and vision of Cincinnati Children’s Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (2018). I served on the committees that developed the American Academy of Pediatrics ADHD Clinical Practice Guideline (2019) and the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Complex ADHD Clinical Practice Guideline (2020).

Currently, I serve on the board of directors for the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and as the treasurer of the American Professional Society for ADHD and Related Disorders. I’m also on the editorial board for the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and a standing member of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Biobehavioral and Behavioral Sciences subcommittee/study section. Additionally, I chair the ADHD Research Node for the Maternal Child Health Bureau-funded National Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet).

I graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University and graduated with honors from Yale University School of Medicine. I completed a fellowship in developmental-behavioral pediatrics and a National Research Service Award fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s.

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Child Protective Custody Placement for Children with Developmental Disorders. Lapin, JE; Beal, SJ; Adams, RE; Ehrhardt, J; Pedapati, E; Froehlich, TE. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2022; 43:418-426.

Report of a Work Group on Sluggish Cognitive Tempo: Key Research Directions and a Consensus Change in Terminology to Cognitive Disengagement Syndrome. Becker, SP; Willcutt, EG; Leopold, DR; Fredrick, JW; Smith, ZR; Jacobson, LA; Burns, GL; Mayes, SD; Waschbusch, DA; Froehlich, TE; et al. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2022.

Predictors of Stimulant Medication Continuity in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Kamimura-Nishimura, K; Brinkman, W; Epstein, J; Zhang, Y; Altaye, M; Froehlich, T. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2022; 43:311-319.

Breastfeeding Initiation and Continuation Among Women with Substance and Tobacco Use During Pregnancy: Findings from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System 2016-2018. Nidey, N; Groh, K; Agnoli, A; Wilder, C; Froehlich, TE; Weber, S; Kair, LR. Breastfeeding Medicine. 2022; 17:544-549.

"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.

Co-occurring medical and behavioural conditions in children with Down syndrome with or without ADHD symptom presentation. Esbensen, AJ; Vincent, LB; Epstein, JN; Kamimura-Nishimura, K; Wiley, S; Angkustsiri, K; Abbeduto, L; Fidler, D; Anixt, JS; Froehlich, TE. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 2022; 66:282-296.

Substance Use and Utilization of Prenatal and Postpartum Care. Nidey, N; Kair, LR; Wilder, C; Froehlich, TE; Weber, S; Folger, A; Marcotte, M; Tabb, K; Bowers, K. Journal of Addiction Medicine. 2022; 16:84-92.

Comparison of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Typically Developing Children and Children with Down Syndrome. Esbensen, AJ; Epstein, JN; Vincent, LB; Kamimura-Nishimura, K; Wiley, S; Angkustsiri, K; Abbeduto, L; Fidler, D; Froehlich, TE. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2022; 43:1-8.

Association between perinatal depression and risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among children: a retrospective cohort study. Nidey, NL; Momany, AM; Strathearn, L; Carter, KD; Wehby, GL; Bao, W; Xu, G; Scheiber, FA; Tabb, K; Froehlich, TE; et al. Annals of Epidemiology. 2021; 63:1-6.

Striving for Structure and Stability in Cincinnati's Family Homeless Shelters: A Community-Based Participatory Research Approach. Williams-Arya, P; Vaughn, LM; Nidey, N; Sawyer, M; Porter, K; Froehlich, TE. Family and Community Health. 2021; 44:282-291.

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