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Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Associate Director, Research in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology 

Director, Center for Adherence

Co-Director, New Onset Seizure Clinic

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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My Biography & Research

Biography

Avani Modi, PhD, is a 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.

Clinical Interests

Adjustment and adaptation in pediatric epilepsy

Research Interests

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

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Departments

Behavioral Medicine, Epilepsy, Clinical Psychology, Adherence and Self-Management

Cincinnati Children's Blog

Review of Epilepsy and Seizure Tracking Apps

BlogRare and Complex Conditions

Review of Epilepsy and Seizure Tracking Apps

By Avani Modi, PhD3/29/2016

My Locations

My Education

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.

My Publications

Selected Publication

The Stability and Influence of Barriers to Medication Adherence on Seizure Outcomes and Adherence in Children With Epilepsy Over 2 Years. Ramsey, RR; Zhang, N; Modi, AC. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2018; 43:122-132.

Pattern of executive functioning in adolescents with epilepsy: A multimethod measurement approach. Modi, AC; Vannest, J; Combs, A; Turnier, L; Wade, SL. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2018; 80:5-10.

Adherence barriers in pediatric epilepsy: From toddlers to young adults. Gutierrez-Colina, AM; Smith, AW; Mara, CA; Modi, AC. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2018; 80:229-234.

Adherence to antiepileptic drugs in adolescents with epilepsy. Smith, AW; Mara, CA; Modi, AC. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2018; 80:307-311.

Antiepileptic drug behavioral side effects and baseline hyperactivity in children and adolescents with new onset epilepsy. Guilfoyle, SM; Follansbee-Junger, K; Smith, AW; Combs, A; Ollier, S; Hater, B; Modi, AC. Epilepsia. 2018; 59:146-154.

Validation of the PedsQL Epilepsy Module: A pediatric epilepsy-specific health-related quality of life measure. Modi, AC; Junger, KF; Mara, CA; Kellermann, T; Barrett, L; Wagner, J; Mucci, GA; Bailey, L; Almane, D; Guilfoyle, SM; et al. Epilepsia. 2017; 58:1920-1930.

Implementation of psychological clinical trials in epilepsy: Review and guide. Modi, AC; Wagner, J; Smith, AW; Kellermann, TS; Michaelis, R. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2017; 74:104-113.

Development of a web-based executive functioning intervention for adolescents with epilepsy: The Epilepsy Journey. Modi, AC; Schmidt, M; Smith, AW; Turnier, L; Glaser, N; Wade, SL. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2017; 72:114-121.

The impact of nonadherence to antiseizure drugs on seizure outcomes in an animal model of epilepsy. Thomson, KE; Modi, AC; Glauser, TA; Rausch, JR; White, HS. Epilepsia. 2017; 58:1054-1062.

Preliminary feasibility and efficacy of text messaging and application-based adherence interventions in adolescents with epilepsy. Modi, AC; Mann, KA; Urso, L; Peugh, J. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2016; 63:46-49.