Melissa Gerstle, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4336



Pediatric neuropsychology; genetic conditions

Dr. Melissa Gerstle is a neuropsychologist in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. After earning her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Dr. Gerstle completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Dr. Gerstle provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations to children and adolescents with acute and chronic medical conditions. She comes to Cincinnati Children’s with experience working with a wide range of medical specialties, including neurology/neurosurgery, oncology, hematology, hepatology and neonatology. She has a particular interest in the neuropsychological implications of various genetic conditions.

PhD: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

Internship: Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

Fellowship: Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

Erickson SJ, Krapf EM, Gerstle M. Adolescent cancer survivors’ posttraumatic stress symptoms: Concordance between self-report and maternal proxy report. Journal of Health Psychology. 2016.

Gerstle M, Beebe DW, Drotar D, Cassedy A, Marino BS. Executive functioning and school performance among pediatric complex congenital heart disease survivors. Journal of Pediatrics. 2016;173:154-159.

Wray AM, Hoyt T, Gerstle M, Leitman B. Examining intimate partner violence types in a diverse sample of court-referred parenting dyads. Journal of Child Custody. 2015;12:248-272.

Wray AM, Hoyt T, Gerstle M. Preliminary examination of a mutual intimate partner violence intervention among treatment-mandated couples. Journal of Family Psychology. 2013;27:664-670.

Hoyt T, Wray AM, Wiggins KT, Gerstle M, Maclean PC. Personality profiles of intimate partner offenders with and without PTSD. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. 2012;51:239-256.

Erickson SJ, Montague EQ, Gerstle MA. Health-related quality of life in children with moderate to severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Dev Neurorehabil. 2010;13(3): 175-81.

Erickson SJ, Gerstle M, Montague EQ. Repressive adaptive style and self-report psychological functioning in adolescent cancer survivors. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2008 Sep;39(3): 247-60.

Erickson SJ, Gerstle M. Investigation of ethnic differences in body image between Hispanic/biethnic-Hispanic and non-Hispanic White preadolescent girls. Body Image. 2007 Mar;4(1): 69-78.

Erickson SJ, Gerstle M. Developmental considerations in measuring children’s disordered eating attitudes and behaviors. Eating Behaviors. 2007;8:224-235.

Erickson SJ, Gerstle M, Feldstein SW. Brief interventions and motivational interviewing with children, adolescents, and their parents in pediatric health care settings: A review. Arch Pediatr Adoles Med. 2005 Dec;159(12): 1173-1180.