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Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Biography & Affiliation


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.

Research Interests

Clinical Trials; measurement; scale development; measurement

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Research Divisions

Biostatistics and Epidemiology


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.


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. 2021.

Randomized Trial of a Mobile App Introduced During Well-Visits to Enhance Guidance for Reading With Young Children. Hutton, JS; Huang, G; Wiley, C; DeWitt, T; Ittenbach, RF. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2021.

Deep hypothermic circulatory arrest in cyanotic piglets is associated with increased neuronal necrosis. Petko, M; Myung, RJ; Volk, LE; Judkins, AR; Ittenbach, RF; Gaynor, JW. Cardiology in the Young. 2021; 31:769-774.

Randomized clinical trial of Fibromyalgia Integrative Training (FIT teens) for adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia - Study design and protocol. Kashikar-Zuck, S; Briggs, MS; Bout-Tabaku, S; Connelly, M; Daffin, M; Guite, J; Ittenbach, R; Logan, DE; Lynch-Jordan, AM; Myer, GD; et al. Controlled Clinical Trials. 2021; 103.

Validation of The Reading House and Association With Cortical Thickness. Hutton, JS; Dudley, J; Huang, G; Horowitz-Kraus, T; DeWitt, T; Ittenbach, RF; Holland, SK. Pediatrics. 2021; 147.

Decreasing Interstage Mortality After the Norwood Procedure: A 30-Year Experience. Kaplinski, M; Ittenbach, RF; Hunt, ML; Stephan, D; Natarajan, SS; Ravishankar, C; Giglia, TM; Rychik, J; Rome, JJ; Mahle, M; et al. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2020; 9.

Outcomes for the superior cavopulmonary connection in children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome: a 30-year experience. Hunt, ML; Ittenbach, RF; Kaplinski, M; Ravishankar, C; Rychik, J; Steven, JM; Fuller, SM; Nicolson, SC; Spray, TL; Gaynor, JW; et al. European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery. 2020; 58:809-816.

A novel, composite measure of screen-based media use in young children (ScreenQ) and associations with parenting practices and cognitive abilities. Hutton, JS; Huang, G; Sahay, RD; DeWitt, T; Ittenbach, RF. Pediatric Research. 2020; 87:1211-1218.

Changes in diet quality and home food environment in preschool children following weight management. Robson, SM; Ziegler, ML; McCullough, MB; Stough, CO; Zion, C; Simon, SL; Ittenbach, RF; Stark, LJ. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2019; 16.

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.