A photo of Jareen Meinzen-Derr.

Jareen K. Meinzen-Derr, PhD, MPH, FACE


  • co-Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Science & Training
  • co-Director, Faculty Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
  • UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, UC Department of Environmental Health

About

Biography

My research focuses on understanding and optimizing developmental outcomes of children who are deaf / hard of hearing so that all children can reach their full potential.

This research direction began with identifying appropriate outcomes and expectations for children who are deaf/hard of hearing with developmental disabilities. It was through this line of research that we identified a high rate of language deficits and the significant functional impact of these deficits in the broader community of deaf / hard of hearing children.

All children deserve opportunities to achieve their own success. Language and communication are foundational elements across all levels of ability. I have worked with an interdisciplinary team for more than 15 years. Our work together has been geared towards defining what individual “success” might look like. Over time, it became apparent that we needed to shift our focus from observational studies to developing novel interventional approaches. Everything we do is guided by the understanding that when given the tools and strategies, children who are deaf / hard of hearing (as all children) can reach their full potential.

We completed a small randomized trial (funded by NIDILRR) focused on leveraging augmentative and alternative communication technology (via iPads) as a tool to enhance language development. Our results indicate that children who received the technology-assisted language intervention had improved spoken language development. We have since initiated a larger National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded trial to expand this study to a larger population with multiple sites. More information is available by accessing our blog: Utilizing Technology to Aid in Speech Development. All children deserve opportunities to make their mark in this world, and we hope our research can help children while supporting their families.

In addition to my focused research, I have long-standing collaborative relationships with faculty in divisions across Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, broadening the scope of collaborations to a wide range of populations of children. I serve as the co-director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training at the Academic Health Center of University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s. As such, I am dedicated to helping ensure the success of researchers and their science across the enterprise. I provide mentorship to junior and mid-career researchers, including K-awardees as well as dissertation committees at the University of Cincinnati. I have taught graduate level courses in epidemiology and biostatistics within the Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, spending over a decade teaching Introduction to Epidemiology.

Publications

Does the History of Tracheoesophageal Fistula Repair Alter Outcomes of Laryngeal Cleft Repair?. Nebor, I; Katz Kadosh, O; Tabangin, ME; Hart, CK; Myer, CM; Smith, MM; Meinzen-Derr, JK; Rutter, M; de Alarcón, A. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2022.

Factors Associated with Early Intervention Intensity for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Meinzen-Derr, J; Tabangin, ME; Altaye, M; Ehrhardt, J; Wiley, S. Children. 2022; 9.

A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Daily Living Skills Intervention for Adolescents with Autism. Duncan, A; Meinzen-Derr, J; Ruble, LA; Fassler, C; Stark, LJ. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2022; 52:938-949.

Association of Age of Enrollment in Early Intervention with Emergent Literacy in Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Meinzen-Derr, J; Altaye, M; Grove, W; Folger, AT; Wiley, S. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2022; 43:104-110.

The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Time to Decannulation Among Children With Tracheostomies. Smith, MM; Hart, CK; Benscoter, DT; Epperson, M; de Alarcon, A; Born, H; Meinzen-Derr, J. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2021; 165:876-880.

Comparison of children receiving emergent sepsis care by mode of arrival. Lloyd, J; Depinet, H; Zhang, Y; Semenova, O; Meinzen-Derr, J; Babcock, L. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2021; 47:217-222.

Sociodemographic characteristics and patient and family experience survey response biases. Brinkman, LN; Saeed, MS; Beck, AF; Ponti-Zins, MC; Unaka, NI; Burkhardt, MC; Meinzen-Derr, J; Hanke, SP. Patient Experience Journal. 2021; 8:18-25.

Sleep Architecture in Children With Down Syndrome With and Without Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Heubi, CH; Knollman, P; Wiley, S; Shott, SR; Smith, DF; Ishman, SL; Meinzen-Derr, J. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2021; 164:1108-1115.

The Impact of Primary Mentors and Career Development Committees on Junior Faculty Productivity in a Pediatric Academic Health Center. Hackworth, JM; Meinzen-Derr, J; DePalma, M; Hostetter, M; Klein, M; O'Toole, JK; Kahn, J. Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 232:4-8.e1.

Demographic and Clinical Characteristics Associated With Adherence to Guideline-Based Polysomnography in Children With Down Syndrome. Knollman, PD; Heubi, CH; Wiley, S; Smith, DF; Shott, SR; Ishman, SL; Meinzen-Derr, J. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2021; 164:877-883.