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Richard F. Ittenbach, PhD

  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



The primary goal of my work is to increase use of modern theory measurement methods in all areas of biomedical research. My research interests include study design, clinical trials, measure and scale development, mixed-methods research and empirical bioethics.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have funded many of my research studies over the years. I have had the pleasure to serve on the Society for Clinical Data Management’s Board of Trustees, Pfizer’s Ethics Fellowship review panel, and as a content area expert for the U.S. Department of Labor. One of the recognitions that I am most proud of in my career is the Cincinnati Children's Hospital's 2014 Service Achievement Award.

My research career spans more than 30 years, and I joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2007. I have authored or co-authored three textbooks and more than 130 peer-reviewed publications within the fields of biomedical and behavioral science. I’ve served on the editorial board of several professional journals and been a reviewer for numerous others.

My research has been published in various leading journals, including Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Bioethics and Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

BS: Butler University, Indianapolis, IN, 1980.

MED: :Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 1984.

PhD: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 1989.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 1989-1991.

MHS: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2001.


Clinical Trials; measurement; scale development; measurement

Research Areas

Biostatistics and Epidemiology


uConsent: Addressing the gap in measuring understanding of informed consent in clinical research. Ittenbach, RF; Gaynor, JW; Dorich, JM; Burnham, NB; Huang, G; Harvey, MT; Corsmo, JJ. Clinical and Translational Science. 2023; 16:2530-2542.

Combined ventricular dysfunction and atrioventricular valve regurgitation after the Norwood procedure are associated with attrition prior to superior cavopulmonary connection. Balsara, SL; Burstein, D; Ittenbach, RF; Kaplinski, M; Gardner, MM; Ravishankar, C; Rossano, J; Goldberg, DJ; Mahle, M; O'Connor, MJ; et al. JTCVS Open. 2023; 16:714-725.

Clinical Characterization of Juvenile Fibromyalgia in a Multicenter Cohort of Adolescents Enrolled in a Randomized Clinical Trial. Lynch-Jordan, AM; Connelly, M; Guite, JW; King, C; Goldstein-Leever, A; Logan, DE; Nelson, S; Stinson, JN; Ting, TV; Wakefield, EO; et al. Arthritis Care and Research. 2023; 75:1795-1803.

From clinical data management to clinical data science: Time for a new educational model. Ittenbach, RF. Clinical and Translational Science. 2023; 16:1340-1351.

Impact of brachial plexus birth injury on health-related quality of life in adulthood: a mixed methods survey study. Dorich, JM; Whiting, J; Plano Clark, VL; Ittenbach, RF; Cornwall, R. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2023; ahead-of-print:1-14.

Shared reading with infants: SharePR a novel measure of shared reading quality. Hutton, JS; Huang, G; Crosh, C; DeWitt, T; Ittenbach, RF. Pediatric Research. 2023; 93:976-984.

FIT Teens RCT for juvenile fibromyalgia: Protocol adaptations in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Kashikar-Zuck, S; Barnett, KA; Williams, SE; Pfeiffer, M; Thomas, S; Beasley, K; Chamberlin, LA; Mundo, K; Ittenbach, RF; Peugh, J; et al. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications. 2022; 30:101039.

Childhood exposures to environmental chemicals and neurodevelopmental outcomes in congenital heart disease. Gaynor, JW; Burnham, NB; Ittenbach, RF; Gerdes, M; Bernbaum, JC; Zackai, E; Licht, DJ; Russell, WW; Zullo, EE; Miller, T; et al. PloS one. 2022; 17:e0277611.

Abstract 12905: Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease in Mid-Life Among Women Who Have Had a Child With Congenital Heart Disease. Colello, S; Ittenbach, R; Klepczynski, B; Burnham, N; Messersmith, A; Gaynor, JW; Lewey, J. Circulation. 2022; 146:a12905.

Examination of the Social Emotional Assets and Resilience Scales (SEARS) Youth Report: Factor Structure, Measurement Invariance, and Validity. Klages, KL; Ittenbach, RF; Long, A; Willard, VW; Phipps, S. Assessment. 2022; 29:1522-1531.

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