Jessica C. Kichler, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4336



Pediatric psychology; congenital heart disorders; diabetes


Child and family adjustment and coping with chronic illness; adherence; neurodevelopmental and psychosocial outcomes from chronic illness

Dr. Jessica C. Kichler, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist, who specializes in working with chronically medically ill children and their families. She is also a certified diabetes educator (CDE). She provides individual, family, and group therapy for all ages of children and their families. In addition, she engages in research, education, and training in the areas of adjustment and coping, adherence, and the psychosocial outcomes of chronic illness in children and families.

PhD: Kent State University, Kent, OH, 2003.

Residency: Clinical Psychology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

Fellowship: Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI.

Certification: Certified Diabetes Educator, 2008; Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 2011.

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Nabors LA, Kichler JC, Burbage ML, Swoboda CM, Andreone TL. Children’s Learning and Goal Setting at a Diabetes Camp. Diabetes Spectrum. 2014 Nov 27;4:257-63.

Alemzadeh R, Kichler J. Gender differences in the association of insulin resistance and high-sensitivity c-reactive protein in obese adolescents. Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders. 2014;13.

Corathers S, Kichler J, Yayah Jones NH, Houchen A, Jolly M, Morwessel N, Crawford P, Dolan L, Hood K. Systematic Depression Screening for Adolescents: An Example from Type 1 Diabetes. Pediatrics. 2013;132:e1395-e1402.

Tran S, Salamon K, Hainsworth K, Kichler J. Pain reports in children and adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM). Journal of Child Health Care. 2013 Aug 12.

Nabors L, Bartz J, Kichler J, Sievers R, Elkins R, Pangallo J. Play as a mechanism of working through medical trauma for children with medical illnesses and their siblings. Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing. 2013;36(3) 212-224.

Crouse J, Kichler J, Kaugars A, Baumler M, Gleason M. Glycemic index, glycemic load and blood glucose outcomes in adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition. 2013;5(6), 361-367.

Levin L, Kichler J, Polfus M. The Relationship Between Hemoglobin A1C in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes and Chaos in the Family Household. Diabetes Educator. 2013;39(5) 696-704.

Kichler JC, Kaugars A, Marik P, Nabors L, Alemzadeh R. Adjustment and Self-Management Intervention Groups for Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and their Parents. Journal of Health Psychology. 2013.

Nabors LA, Kichler JC, Bush A, Thakkar S, Bartz J, Van Wassenhove B, Lundy H. Factors Related to Parent Anxiety and Coping with a Child’s Chronic Illness. Families, Systems and Health. 2013;31(2), 171-180.

Salamon KS, Brouwer AM, Olson KA, Fox M, Fleischman KA, Hains AA, Davies WH, Kichler JC. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) Experiences: Qualitative Analysis of Adolescents’ Concept of Illness, Adjustment and Motivation to Engage in Diabetes Self-Care Behaviors. Diabetes Educator. 2012;38 (4), 543-551.