Abigail L. Matthews, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Director, Outpatient Eating Disorders

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-9435

Email abigail.matthews@cchmc.org


Pediatric eating disorders; anxiety disorders; self-injurious behavior.


Illness perception in family-based treatment of eating disorders.

Abigail L. Matthews, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of pediatric eating disorders. She is the associate director of the Eating Disorders Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She provides individual and family therapy for children and adolescents struggling with eating disorders. In addition, she is the primary supervisor for the eating disorders postdoctoral fellowship and conducts research and training in this area.

PhD: State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY, 2009.

Residency: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2009.

Fellowship: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, 2011.

Certification: Clinical Psychology, 2011.

Cui H, Moore J, Ashimi S, Mason B, Drawbridge J, Han S, Hing B, Matthews A, McAdams C, Darbo B, Pieper A, Waller D, Xing C, Lutter M.  Eating disorder predisposition is associated with ESRRA and HDAC4 mutations. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2013;123(11),4706-4713.      

Sim L, Matthews A. The role of maternal illness perceptions in family functioning in adolescent girls with anorexia nervosa. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2012;4, 1-10.

Sim L, Lisy L, Matthews A, Adrian M, Zeman J, Erdley C. Family conflict and internalizing symptoms in adolescent girls: The mediating role of specific emotional regulation skillsReport on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth. 2011;6,91-96.

Hallquist M, Deming A, Matthews A, Lynn SJ. Hypnosis for medically unexplained symptoms and somatoform disorders. In S. J. Lynn, J. W. Rhue, & , I. Kirsch (Eds.), Handbook of clinical hypnosis (2nd ed) (pp. 615-639). Washington, D.C:  American Psychological Association. 2010.

Lynn SJ, Barnes S, Matthews A. Hypnosis and forensic   science: Legal decisions and opinions.  In C. Edwards (Ed.), Handbook of forensic science.  New York: Wiley. 2009.

Lynn S J, Matthews A, Barnes S. Hypnosis and memory:  From Bernheim to the present.  In K. Markman, W. Klein, & J. Suhr (Eds.), Handbook of imagination and mental simulation (pp. 103-118). New York: Psychology Press.  2009.

Matthews A, Lynn SJ. Subclinical bulimia vs. depression in an interpersonal context. Eating Behaviors. 2008; 9, 509-512.

Lynn SJ, Matthews A, Williams J, Hallquist M, Lilienfeld SO. Some forms of psychopathology are partly socially constructed. In S.O. Lilienfeld, & W. O’Donohue (Eds.), The great ideas of clinical science: 17 principles that every mental health practitioner should understand (pp. 347-373). New York: Brunner-Taylor. 2007.

Lynn SJ, Matthews A, Fraioli S, Rhue JW, Mellinger D. Hypnosis and the treatment of dysphoria: The 5-Finger Technique. In M. Yapko (Ed.), Hypnosis and treating depression: Advances in clinical practice (pp. 71-94). New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis. 2006.