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Medical Director, CHECK Foster Care Center

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


Mary Greiner, MD, MS, completed training as a child abuse pediatrician in 2011 and subsequently established the Comprehensive Health Evaluations for Cincinnati’s Kids (CHECK) Foster Care Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The CHECK Center contracts with Job and Family Services to provide comprehensive medical evaluations and assessments of overall functioning for foster youth at the time of entry into foster care and with each placement change.

Dr. Greiner has used her work with the CHECK Foster Care Center to inform a program of research in health issues for youth in foster care. Current research projects include examining knowledge of health and behavioral issues among foster caregivers; piloting and studying interventions to address identified needs for youth in foster care (including traumatic stress prevention, developmental and behavioral evaluations, and dental care); and examining knowledge of healthcare systems and self-management of health for foster youth preparing to age out of foster care.

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


General and Community Pediatrics, Foster Care, General and Community Pediatrics

My Locations

My Education

MD: Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA, 2005.

Residency: Pediatrics, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, 2008.

Fellowship: Child Abuse, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.

My Publications

Automated patient linking for electronic health record and child welfare databases. Dexheimer, JW; Beal, SJ; Divekar, P; Hall, ES; Patel, V; Greiner, MV. Journal of Technology in Human Services. 2019; 37:286-292.

Clinically occult abusive head trauma: which age group should we screen?. Feldman, KW; Lindberg, DM; Coffman, J; Bretl, D; Harper, N; Deye, K; Laskey, AL; Harris, T; Duralde, Y; Donaruma-Kwoh, M; et al. Pediatric Radiology: roentgenology, nuclear medicine, ultrasonics, CT, MRI. 2019; 49:1378-1379.

Improving Information Sharing for Youth in Foster Care. Greiner, MV; Beal, SJ; Dexheimer, JW; Divekar, P; Patel, V; Hall, ES. Pediatrics. 2019; 144:e20190580-e20190580.

Sharing personal health record data elements in protective custody: Youth and stakeholder perspectives. Dexheimer, JW; Greiner, MV; Beal, SJ; Johnson, D; Kachelmeyer, A; Vaughn, LM. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2019; 26:714-721.

Childhood Adversity and Associated Psychosocial Function in Adolescents with Complex Trauma. Beal, SJ; Wingrove, T; Mara, CA; Lutz, N; Noll, JG; Greiner, MV. Child and Youth Care Forum: an independent journal of day and residential child and youth care practice. 2019; 48:305-322.

Use of Imaging in Children With Witnessed Physical Abuse. Melville, JD; Hertz, SK; Steiner, RD; Lindberg, DM; Coffman, J; Bretl, D; Harper, N; Deye, K; Laskey, AL; Harris, T; et al. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2019; 35:245-248.

The role of shared decision-making in shaping intent to access services for adolescents in protective custody. Beal, SJ; Wingrove, T; Nause, K; Lipstein, E; Mathieu, S; Greiner, MV. Child Care in Practice. 2019; 25:64-78.

Who Speaks for Me?: Addressing Variability in Informed Consent Practices for Minimal Risk Research Involving Foster Youth. Greiner, M; Beal, S; Allen, A; Patel, V; Meinzen-Derr, J; Antommaria, A. 2018; 11:111-131.

Developing a Health Care System for Children in Foster Care. Greiner, MV; Beal, SJ. Health Promotion Practice. 2018; 19:621-628.

Child adult relationship enhancement (CARE): A brief, skills-building training for foster caregivers to increase positive parenting practices. Messer, EP; Greiner, MV; Beal, SJ; Eismann, EA; Cassedy, A; Gurwitch, RH; Boat, BW; Bensman, H; Bemerer, J; Hennigan, M; et al. Children and Youth Services Review. 2018; 90:74-82.