Kevin A. Hommel, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Director, Center for Health Technology Research

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-0407

Fax 513-803-0415



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

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Dr. Hommel's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. His studies are primarily focused on the use of technology to promote self-management across chronic conditions, developing, testing (via randomized controlled trial), and optimizing behavioral treatments for nonadherence in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as well as migraine headaches, and examining the effects of nonadherence on disease outcomes and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). He is a co-investigator on the PROTECT study, which is a multisite U01 study aimed at defining the rate of corticosteroid-free remission in pediatric patients with ulcerative colitis receiving standardized medical therapy. He also works with the Center for ADHD on a R18 project that involves building behavioral tools into an ADHD patient internet portal.

Dr. Hommel came to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2008 from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He continues to collaborate with investigators at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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.

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Perle J, Hommel K. A proposed parent management training-focused smartphone app: How mHealth can foster improved inter-visit adherence and behavioral monitoring. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science. 2017.

Kroon Van Diest A, Ramsey RR, Kashikar-Zuck SM, Slater SK, Hommel KA, Kroner JW, LeCates S, Kabbouche MA, O’Brien HL, Kacperski J, Allen JR, Hershey AD, Powers S. Adherence to biobehavioral recommendations in pediatric migraine as measured by electronic monitoring: The adherence in migraine (AIM) study. Headache. 2016;56:1137-46.

Aylward BS, Nelson TD, Hommel KA. Perspectives piece: realizing the potential for digital health technology in behavioral medicine. Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine. 2016 Sep;5(3):1-3.

Janicke DM, Hommel KA. Introduction to special section on the cost-effectiveness and economic impact of pediatric psychology interventions. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2016 Sep;41(8):831-4.

Stallings VA, Schall JI, Maqbook A, Mascarenhas MR, Alshaikh BN, Dougherty KA, Hommel K, Ryan J, Elci OU, Shaw WA. Effect of Oral Lipid Matrix Supplement on Fat Absorption in Cystic Fibrosis: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition. 2016 Dec;63(6):676-80.

Leonard MB, Shults J, Long J, Baldassano RN, Brown JK, Hommel K, Zemel BS, Mahboubi S, Whitehead KH, Herskovitz R, Lee D, Rausch J, Rubin CT. Effect of Low Magnitude Mechanical Stimuli on Bone Density and Structure in Pediatric Crohn’s Disease: A Randomized Placebo Controlled Trial. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. 2016 Jun;31(6):1177-88.

McGrady ME, Hommel KA. Targeting health behaviors to reduce health care costs in pediatric psychology: Descriptive review and recommendations. J Pediatr Psychol. 2016 Sep;41(8):835-48.

Hommel KA, Gray WN, Hente E, Loreaux K, Ittenbach RF, Maddux M, Baldassano R, Sylvester F, Crandall W, Doarn C, Heyman MB, Keljo D, Denson LA. The Telehealth Enhancement of Adherence to Medication in Pediatric IBD (TEAM) Trial: Design and Methodology. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2015;43:105-13.

Hommel KA, Modi AC, Piazza-Waggoner C, Myers JD. Topical Review: Translating Translational Research in Behavioral Science. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2015 Nov-Dec;40(10):1034-1040.

Gray WN, Holbrook E, Morgan PJ, Saeed SA, Denson LA, Hommel KA. Transition readiness skills acquisition in adolescents and young adults with IBD: Findings from integrating assessment into clinical practice. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. 2015;21(5):1125-31.

Enhancing Treatment Adherence and Health Outcomes. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 2012-2017.

Predicting Response to Standard Pediatric Colitis Therapy: The PROTECT study. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 2012-2017.

MigraineManager. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 2016-2018.