Shanna M. Guilfoyle, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Director, O'Grady Residency Program

Academic Affiliations

Assistant 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 assistant professor in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the UC Department of Pediatrics. She currently serves as the clinical psychologist within a multi-disciplinary 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.

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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Karazsia BT, Guilfoyle SM, Langkamp D, Wildman BG. The mediating role of child behavior on sex differences in pediatric injury risk. Child Care Health Dev. 2011.

Hilliard ME, Guilfoyle SM, Dolan LM, Hood KK. Diabetes-specific family conflict predicts adolescents’ glycemic control one year later. Arch Ped Adolesc Medi. 2011.

Guilfoyle SM, Crimmins NA, Hood KK. Blood glucose monitoring and glycemic control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes: Meter downloads versus self-report. Pediatric Diabetes. 2011.

Guilfoyle SM, Denson LA, Baldassano RN, Hommel KA. Pediatric parenting stress in inflammatory bowel disease: Application of the Pediatric Inventory for Parents. Child Care Health Dev. 2011.

Zeller MH, Guilfoyle SM, Reiter-Purtill J, Ratcliff MB, Inge TH, Long JD. Adolescent bariatric surgery: Caregiver and family functioning across the first post-operative year. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011;Mar-Apr;7(2):145-50.

Guilfoyle SM, Goebel JW, Pai ALH. Efficacy and flexibility impact perceived adherence barriers in pediatric kidney post-transplantation. Fam Sys Health. 2011 Mar;29(1):44-54.

Modi AC, Guilfoyle SM, Morita DA, Glauser TA. Development and reliability of a correction factor for parent-reported adherence to pediatric antiepileptic drug therapy. Epilepsia. 2011 Feb;52(2):370-6.

Guilfoyle SM, Zeller MH, Modi AC. Parenting stress impacts obesity-specific health-related quality of life in a pediatric obesity treatment-seeking sample. J Dev Behav Ped. 2010 Jan;31(1):17-25.

Lynch-Jordan AM, Kashikar-Zuck S, Crosby L, Lopez W, Smolyansky B, Parkins I, Luzader C, Hartman A, Guilfoyle SM, Powers S. Applying quality improvement methods to implement a measurement system for chronic pain-related disability. J Ped Psych. 2010;35:32-41.

Book Chapters

Modi AC, Guilfoyle SM. Adherence to Anti-Epileptic Drug Therapy Across the Developmental Life-Span. In J. Pinikahana & C. Walker (Eds). Social and Psychological Correlates of Epilepsy. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2011.