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Pediatric Psychologist, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


My Biography & Research


Danielle M. Graef, PhD, is an assistant professor in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the UC Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Graef is a pediatric psychologist who specializes in behavioral assessment and intervention to enhance outcomes of children and adolescents with acute and chronic medical conditions. Her primary role involves evaluation and treatment of pediatric sleep disorders within the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic. Dr. Graef’s other clinical interests include anxiety disorders and adherence to pediatric medical regimens.

Dr. Graef’s has published research focused on several pediatric illness groups (i.e., cancer, obesity, and inflammatory bowel disease), most of which have focused on sleep disturbance and daytime functioning. Her current research efforts are focused on behavioral assessment and treatment strategies for children and adolescents with sleep disorders.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric behavioral sleep medicine; adherence; adjustment and coping with medical illness; anxiety and related disorders

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Behavioral Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Disorders, Clinical Psychology

My Locations

My Education

BA: University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO, 2009.

MS: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2011.

PhD: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2014.

Residency: Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE, 2014.

Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, 2014-2016.

Certification: Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 2016.

My Publications

Utility of the Sleep Disorders Inventory for Students in Clinically Referred Youth With Insomnia: Risk Identification and Relationship With Polysomnographic Measures. Graef, DM; Byars, KC. Behavioral Sleep Medicine. 2020; 18:249-261.

Topical Review: A Biopsychosocial Framework for Pediatric Narcolepsy and Idiopathic Hypersomnia. Graef, DM; Byars, KC; Simakajornboon, N; Dye, TJ. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2020; 45:34-39.

Sleep and mood during hospitalization for high-dose chemotherapy and hematopoietic rescue in pediatric medulloblastoma. Graef, DM; Crabtree, VM; Srivastava, DK; Li, C; Pritchard, M; Hinds, PS; Mandrell, B. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer. 2018; 27:1847-1853.

Brain tumors. Graef, DM; Crabtree, VM L. Sleep Disorders in Adolescents: A Clinical Casebook. : Springer International Publishing; Springer International Publishing; 2017.

Sleep and Pain in Pediatric Illness: A Conceptual Review. Allen, JM; Graef, DM; Ehrentraut, JH; Tynes, BL; Crabtree, VM. CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics. 2016; 22:880-893.

Sleepiness, Fatigue, Behavioral Functioning, and Quality of Life in Survivors of Childhood Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant. Graef, DM; Phipps, S; Parris, KR; Martin-Elbahesh, K; Huang, L; Zhang, H; Crabtree, VM. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2016; 41:600-609.

Health-Related Quality of Life in Youth With Crohn Disease: Role of Disease Activity and Parenting Stress. Gray, WN; Boyle, SL; Graef, DM; Janicke, DM; Jolley, CD; Denson, LA; Baldassano, RN; Hommel, KA. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2015; 60:749-753.