A photo of Kevin A. Hommel.

Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Director, Center for Health Technology Research

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Biography & Affiliation


I am a pediatric psychologist and researcher, with a special interest in the use of health technology to improve self-management of pediatric chronic conditions. I’m also interested in improving access to care and enhancing care provision through the use of technology. I joined the Cincinnati Children’s team in 2008.

I became interested in health technology research early in my career, when I saw that while our interventions were helping our patients and families, many families could not take advantage of them. These families had barriers to care such as living too far from the hospital. This led us to find new and innovative ways to reach our patients so their needs could be met.

In my research, we develop and evaluate innovative technologies to help children and their families meet the demands of managing a chronic condition effectively. We are also using these technologies to improve the data clinicians can access to better inform patient care.

Our successes include licensing our “Migraine Manager” technology to Pear Therapeutics. This program provides evidence-based self-management assessment and intervention for adolescents with migraine.

We have also developed and continue to optimize the SMART IBD mobile app for use in iOS and Android operating systems. This app provides evidence-based self-management care for adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease.

Finally, we have developed a working prototype of an electronic adherence monitoring device for use across chronic conditions.

I’m honored that my colleague, Dr. Meghan McGrady, and I received the 2018 Journal of Pediatric Psychology Most Cited Paper Award for our article “Targeting Health Behaviors to Reduce Health Care Costs in Pediatric Psychology: Descriptive Review and Recommendations.” I am also a fellow in the American Psychological Association (APA), and I received the APA Division 54, Society of Pediatric Psychology 2008 Routh Early Career Award in Pediatric Psychology.

Clinical Interests

Promotion of treatment adherence; self-management in pediatric chronic conditions

Research Interests

Use of technology to promote self-management in chronic conditions; adherence and self-management assessment methodology; behavioral treatment of nonadherence; promotion of self-management behavior; impact of adherence and self-management on health outcomes; quality of life in pediatric chronic conditions

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Clinical Psychology, Adherence and Self-Management, Health Technology


BA: University of Central Oklahoma, 1996.

MS: Oklahoma State University,1999.

PhD: Oklahoma State University, 2002.

Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2002.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2004.


The Contributions of Illness Stigma, Health Communication Difficulties, and Thwarted Belongingness to Depressive Symptoms in Youth with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Roberts, CM; Gamwell, KL; Baudino, MN; Grunow, JE; Jacobs, NJ; Tung, J; Gillaspy, SR; Hommel, KA; Mullins, LL; Chaney, JM. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2020; 45:81-90.

Shared decision making in IBD: A novel approach to trial consent and timing. Schuler, CL; Dodds, C; Hommel, KA; Ittenbach, RF; Denson, LA; Lipstein, EA. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications. 2019; 16:100447-100447.

A Systematic Evaluation of Asthma Management Apps Examining Behavior Change Techniques. Ramsey, RR; Caromody, JK; Voorhees, SE; Warning, A; Cushing, CC; Guilbert, TW; Hommel, KA; Fedele, DA. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology-In Practice. 2019; 7:2583-2591.

Evaluation of a Novel Educational Tool in Adolescents With Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The NEAT Study. Vaz, KK H; Carmody, JK; Zhang, Y; Denson, LA; Hommel, KA. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2019; 69:564-569.

Longitudinal non-adherence predicts treatment escalation in paediatric ulcerative colitis. Carmody, JK; Plevinsky, J; Peugh, JL; Denson, LA; Hyams, JS; Lobato, D; LeLeiko, NS; Hommel, KA. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2019; 50:911-918.

Examination of the uses, needs, and preferences for health technology use in adolescents with asthma. Ramsey, RR; Carmody, JK; Holbein, CE; Guilbert, TW; Hommel, KA. Journal of Asthma (Informa). 2019; 56:964-972.

Adherence to nutritional supplementation in cystic fibrosis. Hommel, KA; Rausch, J; Towner, EK; Schall, J; Maqbool, A; Mascarenhas, M; Stallings, V. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 2019; 47:18-22.

Clinical and biological predictors of response to standardised paediatric colitis therapy (PROTECT): a multicentre inception cohort study. Hyams, JS; Thomas, SD; Gotman, N; Haberman, Y; Karns, R; Schirmer, M; Mo, A; Mack, DR; Boyle, B; Griffiths, AM; et al. The Lancet. 2019; 393:1708-1720.

Content and Usability Evaluation of Medication Adherence Mobile Applications for Use in Pediatrics. Carmody, JK; Denson, LA; Hommel, KA. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2019; 44:333-342.

A pilot investigation of a mobile phone application and progressive reminder system to improve adherence to daily prevention treatment in adolescents and young adults with migraine. Ramsey, RR; Holbein, CE; Powers, SW; Hershey, AD; Kabbouche, MA; O'Brien, HL; Kacperski, J; Shepard, J; Hommel, KA. Cephalalgia: an international journal of headache. 2018; 38:2035-2044.