Avani C. Modi, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Director, Center for Adherence

Co-Director, New Onset Seizure Clinic

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4336

Fax 513-803-0415

Email avani.modi@cchmc.org


Adjustment and adaptation in pediatric epilepsy


Treatment adherence; health-related quality of life; epilepsy; obesity; cystic fibrosis; sickle cell disease; bariatric surgery

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Avani Modi, PhD, is an associate professor for Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the director of the Center for Adherence and Self Management at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her research lab focuses on adherence to pediatric medical regimens, including the measurement of adherence, identifying barriers to effective disease management, and developing and evaluating family-based interventions to improve adherence, especially within pediatric epilepsy. She also has an interest in the development of health-related quality-of-life outcome measures.

BS: Duke University, Durham, NC, 1998.

MS: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2001.

PhD: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2004.

Internship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.

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Ratcliff M, Zeller MH, Inge TH, Hrovat KB, Modi AC. Feasibility of Ecological Momentary Assessment to Characterize Adolescent Postoperative Diet and Activity Patterns Following Weight Loss Surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2014 Jul-Aug;10(4):705-10.

Wu YP, Follansbee-Junger K, Rausch JR, Modi AC. Parent and Family Stress Factors Predict Health-Related Quality of Life in Pediatric Patients with New-Onset Epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2014 Jun;55(6):866-77.

Aylward B, Rausch JR, Modi AC. An examination of one-year adherence and persistence rates to antiepileptic medication in children with newly diagnosed epilepsy. J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 Mar 19.

Drotar D, Cortina S, Crosby LE, Hommel KA, Modi AC, Pai ALH. Competency-Based Postdoctoral Research Training for Clinical Psychologists: Challenges and Implications. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. 2014 Jun.

Modi AC, Rausch JR, Glauser TA. Early pediatric antiepileptic drug non-adherence is related to lower long term seizure freedom. Neurology. 2014 Feb 25;82(8):671-3.

Painter E, Rausch JR, Modi AC. Changes in Daily Activity Patterns of Caregivers of Children with Newly Diagnosed Epilepsy: A Case Controlled Design. Epilepsy Behav. 2014 Feb;31:1-6.

Guilfoyle SM, Junger K, Modi AC. Development and Preliminary Implementation of a Psychosocial Service into Standard Medical Care for Pediatric Epilepsy. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2013:1(3), 276-288.

Sawhney P, Modi AC, Jenkins TM, Kollar LM, Zeller M, Inge TH. Predictors and Outcomes of Adolescent Bariatric Support group attendance. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2013.

Modi AC, Guilfoyle SM, Rausch JR. Preliminary feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of an innovative adherence intervention for children with newly diagnosed epilepsy. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2013:38, 605-616.

Hilliard ME, Lawrence JM, Modi AC, Anderson A, Crume T, Dolan LM, Merchant AT, Yi-Frazier JP, Hood KK, for the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study Group.Identification of Minimal Clinically Important Difference Scores of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults With Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2013:36(7):1891-1897.

Supporting Treatment Adherence Regimens in Pediatric Epilepsy. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health-Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Apr 2013 - Mar 2018. R01HD073115.

Adolescent Bariatrics: Assessing Health Benefits and Risks. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jul 2006 - Aug 2016. UM1 DK07249301.