A photo of Richard F. Ittenbach.

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Biography & Affiliation


Dr. Ittenbach has authored or co-authored more than 90 peer-reviewed publications in the behavioral and biomedical sciences. He has been funded as a co-investigator and biostatistician on a number of NIH / CDC grants. He currently serves on the editorial board of four journals and reviews for several others. Dr. Ittenbach is a certified professional statistician (PStat) through the American Statistical Association and remains active in the American Statistical Association’s Section on Statistical Consulting. Areas of current professional interest include measure and scale development, mixed methods designs, as well as empirical bioethics.

Research Interests

Clinical Trials; measurement; scale development; measurement

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics




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.


Grasty MA, Ittenbach RF, Knightly C, Solot CB, Gerdes M, Bernbaum JC, Wernovsky G, Spray TL, Nicolson SC, Clancy RR, Licht DL, Zackai E, Gaynor JW, Burnham N. Hearing loss after cardiac surgery in infancy: the unintended consequences of life-saving care. J Peds. 2018;92:144-151.

Miller EM, Hinton RB, Czosek R, Lorts A, Parrott A, Shikany A, Ittenbach RF, Ware SM. Genetic testing in pediatric left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy. Circ-Cardiovasc Gene. 2017;10(6).

Stark LJ, Filigno SS, Bolling C, Ratcliff MG, Kichler JC, Robson SL, Simon SL, McCullough MB, Clifford LM, Stough CO, Zion C, Ittenbach RF. Clinic and home-based behavioral intervention of obesity in preschoolers: A randomized trial. J Pediatra. 2017;192:115-223.

Gaynor JW, Parry S, Moldenhauer JS, Simmons RA, Rychik J, Ittenbach RF, Russell WW, Zullo EW, Nicolson SC, Spray TL, Johnson MP. The Impact of the Maternal/Fetal Environment on Outcomes of Surgery for Congenital Heart Disease in Neonates. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2018.

Gaynor JW, Ittenbach RF, Calafat AM, Burnham NB, Bradman A, Bellinger DC, Henretig FM, Wehrung EE, Laurenson J, Russel WW, Spray TL. Perioperative Exposure to Suspect Neurotoxicants from Medical Devices in Newborns with CHD. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018. 

Schultz A, Ittenbach RF, Gerdes M, Jarvik G, Wernovsky G, Bernbaum J, Solot C, Clancy RR, Nicolson SC, Spray TL, McDonald-McGinn D, Zackai E, Gaynor JW. Effect of congenital heart disease on 4 year neurodevelopment within multiple gestation births. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017;154(1):273-281.

Stark L, Filigno S, Ratcliff M, Bolling C, Kichler J, Robson S, Simon S, McCullough M, Clifford L, Stough C, Zion C, Ittenbach RF. Learning about Activity and Understanding Nutrition for Child Health (LAUNCH): Rationale, Design, and Implementation of a Randomized Clinical Trial of a Family-based Pediatric Weight Management Program for Preschoolers. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017;52:10-19.

Weber DR, Stark LJ, Ittenbach RF, Stallings VA, Zemel BS. Building better bones in children: A randomized controlled study to test the efficacy of a dietary intervention program to increase calcium intake. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2017;71(6):788-794.

Lipstein EA, Lovell DJ, Denson LA, Kim SC, Spencer C, Ittenbach RF, Britto MT. High levels of decisional conflict and decision regret when making decisions about biologics. J Pediatr Gastr Nutr. 2016;63(6):e176-181.

Diaz LK, Gaynor JW, Koh SJ, Ittenbach RF, Gerdes M, Bernbaum JC, Zackai EH, Clancy RR, Rehman MA, Pennington JW, Burnham N, Spray TL, Nicolson SC. Increasing cumulative exposure to volatile anesthetic agents is associated with poorer neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016;152(2):482-489.