Erica P. Messer, PsyD

Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4336

Fax 513-636-0204


Children and families exposed to domestic violence; children in foster care
Dr. Erica Pearl Messer is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor of Pediatrics. She began her career at Cincinnati Children’s in 2004 where she and her colleagues formed the Trauma Treatment Training Center. She specializes in treating children, particular those considered at-risk who have experienced child abuse and neglect. Dr. Messer is a certified Level II trainer for Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) International, and she co-developed and conducts research on Child Adult Relationship Enhancements, a trauma-informed training to assist adults in improving relationships and managing challenging behaviors. As the training director of the Mayerson Center for Safe & Healthy Children, her mission is to conduct research and disseminate evidence-based treatments for families exposed to trauma and violence, maternal depression and children in foster care.

BA: Ohio University, Athens, OH, 1999.

PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

Predoctoral Internship: UC Davis Children's Hospital, Sacramento, CA, 2003-2004.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Childhood Trauma and Maltreatment, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004-2005.

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Gurwitch RH, Messer EP, Masse J, Olafson E, Boat BW, Putnam FW. Child–Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE): An evidence-informed program for children with a history of trauma and other behavioral challenges. Child abuse & neglect. 2016;53:138-145.

Pearl E, Thieken L, Olafson E, Boat B, Connelly L, Barnes J, Putnam F. Effectiveness of community dissemination of parent-child interaction therapy. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 2012;4(2):204-213.

Boat BW, Dixon CA, Pearl E, Thieken L, Bucher SE. Pediatric dog bite victims: a need for a continuum of care. Clinical pediatrics. 2012;51(5):473-477.

Boat B, Pearl E, Barnes J, Richey L, Crouch D, Barzman D, Putnam F. Childhood cruelty to animals: Psychiatric and demographic correlates. J Aggres Maltreat Trauma. 2011.

Pearl ES. Parent management training for reducing oppositional and aggressive behavior in preschool children. Aggression and Violent Behavior. 2009;14:295-305.

Pearl ES. Parent-child interaction therapy with an immigrant family exposed to domestic violence. Clinical Case Studies. 2008;7(1):25-41.