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Kevin A. Hommel, PhD

  • Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
  • Director, Center for Adherence and Self-Management
  • Director, T32 Fellowship Training Program
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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.

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.


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


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

Research Areas

Clinical Psychology, Adherence and Self-Management, Health Technology


Feasibility pilot trial of a tailored medication adherence-promotion intervention for adolescents and young adults with cancer: Study design and protocol. McGrady, ME; Ketterl, TG; Webster, RT; Schwartz, LE; Brock, MY; Szulczewski, L; Burke, M; Hommel, KA; Pai, AL H; Mara, CA; Steele, AC; Regan, GG; Norris, RE. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2024; 139:107483.

Self-Management assistance for recommended treatment (SMART) IBD app randomized control trial in adolescents with IBD: Design and methodology. Roberts, CM; Plevinsky, JM; Gamwell, KL; Noser, AE; Denson, LA; Hommel, KA. 2024; 2:100031.

Children with uncontrolled asthma from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods: Needs assessment and the development of a school-based telehealth and electronic inhaler monitoring system. Ramsey, RR; Noser, A; McDowell, KM; Sherman, SN; Hommel, KA; Guilbert, TW. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2023; 58:2249-2259.

The microbiome in adolescents with irritable bowel syndrome and changes with percutaneous electrical nerve field stimulation. Castillo, DF; Denson, LA; Haslam, DB; Hommel, KA; Ollberding, NJ; Sahay, R; Santucci, NR. Neurogastroenterology and Motility. 2023; 35:e14573.

Use of Behavior Change Techniques and Quality of Commercially Available Inflammatory Bowel Disease Apps. Noser, AE; Lancaster, BD; Hommel, KA; Roberts, CM; King, JA; Alt, E; Fredericks, EM; Ramsey, RR. Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 2023; 68:2908-2920.

Technology-Assisted Stepped-Care to Promote Adherence in Adolescents with Asthma: A Pilot Study. Ramsey, RR; Plevinsky, JM; Guilbert, TW; Carmody, JK; Hommel, KA. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 2023; 30:415-424.

Examining the Unified Theory of Behavior Change Constructs Among Adolescents Taking Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Medicine: A Longitudinal Study. Berset, AE; Epstein, JN; Hommel, KA; Brinkman, WB. Academic Pediatrics. 2023; 23:762-772.

Psychological Aspects of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children and Adolescents. Plevinsky, JM; Hommel, KA. Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease. : Springer Nature; Springer Nature; 2023.

Digital Therapeutic Self-Management Intervention in Adolescents With Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Hommel, KA; Ramsey, RR; Gray, WN; Denson, LA. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2023; 76:38-42.

Digital headache self-management interventions for patients with a primary headache disorder: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Noser, AE; Gibler, RC; Ramsey, RR; Wells, RE; Seng, EK; Hommel, KA. Headache. 2022; 62:1105-1119.

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