I am a pediatric psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of pediatric chronic pain. I partner with patients and their families to create practical, meaningful ways to have a functional life and develop coping skills to handle chronic pain.
I am the primary pain psychologist in the Cincinnati Children’s Pain Management Clinic and also work with a team of pain psychologists in the Headache Center. I direct the Outpatient Behavioral Pain Management Service in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology.
I’ve always enjoyed working with children and adolescents because they are resilient, still developing, and open to ideas and input. The brain-body connection among people this age is powerful and compelling to me. It is illustrated in the complexity of how chronic pain affects biological, psychological and social aspects of life.
In my practice, I like to foster self-management and independent self-care in children and adolescents with chronic pain. My goal is to help them discover and develop a variety of nonmedical tools to help cope with their symptoms and emotions. My down-to-earth approach and communication style can help diffuse the stress of coping with chronic health problems..
I was honored to receive two meaningful awards in 2015. I received the O’Grady Residency in Pediatric Psychology Teaching Award, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology, for outstanding teaching in our pediatric internship program. I was also named as a finalist in the Cincinnati Children’s Making A Difference Award for Clinical Service.
In addition to helping patients, I conduct research into the best ways to measure different aspects of chronic pain. This includes the psychosocial factors associated with functional disability in chronic pain as well as the parenting variables associated with having a child with chronic pain. I am also interested in using quality improvement methods to enhance clinical practice.
I serve as the mental health safety officer on a large, multisite National Institutes of Health clinical trial investigating combined behavioral and neuromuscular interventions for juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome.
In my spare time, I enjoy being in nature, gardening and hiking. I love artistic endeavors such as photography and drawing, but I spend most of my time involved in the arts and athletic activities of my two daughters.
Pediatric psychology; child and adolescent clinical psychology; behavioral pain management
Psychosocial factors associated with pediatric chronic pain; child pain behaviors; parenting behaviors
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Behavioral Medicine, Epidermolysis Bullosa EB, Pain Management, Headache Medicine, Pancreas Care, Clinical Psychology