A photo of Katherine Junger.

Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

513-636-4336

"I feel very grateful that I get to learn about so many different children and their families and be able to support them during times of triumph as well as times of challenge. My goal is to help each and every child reach their potential."

About Me

Biography

As a pediatric psychologist, I specialize in behavioral and mental health. In my role as the behavioral health administrative director for Cincinnati Children’s, my focus is on improving the behavioral and mental health of all children in southwest Ohio. I’m also involved in research that aims to improve the quality of life in children with epilepsy.

I was inspired to pursue a career in healthcare by my father, who is a doctor. I grew up visiting him at work, and from the time I was little, I knew I wanted to work with children in a hospital setting. I discovered the field of pediatric psychology when I was in college, and I knew right away it would be a great fit.

I feel very grateful that I get to learn about so many different children and their families and be able to support them during times of triumph as well as times of challenge. My goal is to help each and every child reach their potential.

Until recently, I worked with pediatric epilepsy patients to help them manage common problems such as difficulties with learning, mood, attention and behavior. In 2020, I was honored to receive the Ann Moser Compassionate Care Award from my peers at Cincinnati Children’s for my work with these children and adolescents.

When I’m not at work, I love spending time with my husband and children, playing outside, going on adventures, or curling up with a good book or movie. I also love to sew.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric epilepsy; adherence; coping with medical illness; psychogenic non-epileptic spells (PNES); anxiety; depression; ADHD; stress; preschool disruptive behavior

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Behavioral Medicine, Epilepsy



Blog Posts

Kids With Epilepsy More Likely to Have Psychological Challenges

BlogRare and Complex Conditions

Kids With Epilepsy More Likely to Have Psychological Challenges

By Kate Junger, PhD11/28/2018

My Locations

My Education

PhD: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2012.

Residency: O'Grady Residency in Pediatric Psychology, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Fellowship: Center for Adherence and Self-Management, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

My Publications

Establishing clinical cutoffs for the PedsQL™ Epilepsy Module. Junger, KW; Modi, AC; Guilfoyle, SM; Smith, G; Wagner, J; Mucci, GA; Huszti, H; Mara, CA. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2019; 99:106463-106463.

Executive functioning phenotypes in youth with epilepsy. Modi, AC; Gutierrez-Colina, AM; Wagner, JL; Smith, G; Junger, K; Huszti, H; Mara, CA. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2019; 90:112-118.

Quality of Life Changes and Health Care Charges Among Youth With Epilepsy. Ryan, JL; McGrady, ME; Guilfoyle, SM; Follansbee-Junger, K; Peugh, JL; Loiselle, KA; Arnett, AD; Modi, AC. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2016; 41:888-897.

Development of the PedsQL (TM) Epilepsy Module: Focus group and cognitive interviews. Follansbee-Junger, KW; Mann, KA; Guilfoyle, SM; Morita, DA; Varni, JW; Modi, AC. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2016; 62:115-120.