Shanna M. Guilfoyle, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Director, O'Grady Residency Program

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4336


Childhood depression and anxiety; epilepsy management; behavior modification; cognitive-behavioral therapy; family functioning; parenting stress and distress; self-management; adherence
Shanna M. Guilfoyle, PhD, is an associate professor in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the UC College of Medicine. She currently serves as the clinical psychologist within an interdisciplinary team in the Division of Neurology’s New Onset Seizure Clinic. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of psychological comorbidities associated with pediatric epilepsy. Broadly, she has studied child, caregiver, and family functioning and their impact on pediatric chronic disease management and adherence across a variety of pediatric chronic conditions (i.e., obesity, transplant, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes). She has served as a clinical interventionist on multiple NIH-funded randomized clinical trials to promote pediatric self-management and medication adherence. She currently serves as the Director of Teaching for the O’Grady Residency in Pediatrics Psychology.

PhD: Kent State University, 2009.

Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2008-2009.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2009-2011.

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Modi AC, Guilfoyle SM, Mann K, Rausch J. A Pilot Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial to Improve Antiepileptic Drug Adherence in Young Children with Epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2016;57:69-75.

Ryan JL, McGrady ME, Guilfoyle SM, Follansbee-Junger K, Peugh J, Loiselle K, Arnett AD, Modi AM. Quality of Life Changes and Health Care Charges among Youth with Epilepsy. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2015.

Guilfoyle SM. Carolyn S. Schroeder Award for Outstanding Clinical Practice: Program Development, Practice Integration, and Early Career Development. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2016;3:262-269.

Ryan JL, McGrady ME, Guilfoyle SM, Follansbee-Junger K, Arnett AD, Modi AM. Health Care Charges of Youth Newly Diagnosed with Epilepsy. Neurology. 2015;11:490-497.

Wagner J, Guilfoyle SM, Rausch J, Modi AM. Psychometric Validation of the Pediatric Symptom Checklist-17 in a Pediatric Epilepsy Population. Epilepsy & Behavior. 2015;51:112-116.

Guilfoyle SM, Monahan S, Wesolowski C, Modi AC. Depression Screening in Pediatric Epilepsy: Evidence for the Benefit of a Behavioral Medicine Service in Early Detection. Epilepsy & Behavior. 2015;44:5-10.

Guilfoyle SM, Gray W, Maddux M, Hommel KA. Pediatric Parenting Stress Predicts Adolescent Depressive Symptoms in Patient with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Management. European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology. 2014;26:964-71.

Guilfoyle SM, Follansbee-Junger K, Modi AC. Development and Implementation of a Psychosocial Service into Standard Medical Care for Pediatric Epilepsy. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2013;1:276-288.

Modi AC, Rausch J, Guilfoyle SM. Preliminary Feasibility, Acceptability, and Efficacy of an Innovative Adherence Intervention for Children Newly Diagnosed with Epilepsy. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2012;38:605-616.

Guilfoyle SM, Wagner J, Smith G, Modi AC. Early screening of psychological co-morbidities in pediatric epilepsy is necessary. Epilepsy & Behavior. 2012;25(4):495-500.