A photo of Jareen Meinzen-Derr.

Director, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, & Research Design Program; Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training

Professor, UC Department of PediatricsUC Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, UC Department of Environmental Health



Biography & Affiliation


Dr. Meinzen-Derr has a prolific publication background in the areas of health outcomes and clinical care for children who are deaf / hard of hearing and developmental disabilities. She is focused specifically on understanding the mechanisms behind language and functional outcomes in the subset of children with hearing loss who also have an additional developmental disability. In addition to hearing and deafness research, Dr. Meinzen-Derr collaborates on clinical research regarding premature infants. She currently teaches courses as part of the Clinical Research Training Program at the University of Cincinnati, Department of Environmental Health and supports the educational curricula for fellow research education within the Divisions of Neonatology, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and Pediatric Otolaryngology. She contributes to the biostatistics and epidemiology modules of the Pediatrics Fellowship Core curriculum and leads the experimental design lectures in neonatology and developmental and behavioral pediatrics. She has developed an online curriculum for the graduate program in biostatistics and epidemiology in the Department of Environmental Health and for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training.

Research Interests

Deafness; hearing loss; language development; developmental disabilities

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Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of PediatricsUC Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, UC Department of Environmental Health



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PhD: Epidemiology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.

MPH: Epidemiology emphasis, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 1997.


Timing of Initial Posttracheostomy Surveillance Endoscopy in Pediatric Patients. Smith, MM; de Alarcon, A; Meinzen-Derr, J; Cohen, AP; Born, H; Wilcox, LJ; Benscoter, DT; Hart, CK. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2020; 162:362-366.

The impact of a post-operative clinical care pathway on head and neck microvascular free tissue transfer outcomes. Mhawej, R; Harmych, BM; Houlton, JJ; Tabangin, ME; Meinzen-Derr, J; Patil, YJ. Journal of Laryngology and Otology. 2020; 134:150-9.

Emergency department utilization among pediatric spina bifida patients. Riddle, S; Meinzen-Derr, J; Tabangin, M; Woodward, J; Wiley, S. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. 2019; 12:375-381.

Open Versus Endoscopic Surgery of Zenker’s Diverticula: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Howell, RJ; Giliberto, JP; Harmon, J; Masch, J; Khosla, S; Postma, GN; Meinzen-Derr, J. Dysphagia. 2019; 34:930-938.

Smart pumps improve medication safety but increase alert burden in neonatal care. Melton, KR; Timmons, K; Walsh, KE; Meinzen-Derr, JK; Kirkendall, E. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 2019; 19.

Enhancing language in children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing using augmentative and alternative communication technology strategies. Meinzen-Derr, J; Sheldon, RM; Henry, S; Grether, SM; Smith, LE; Mays, L; Riddle, I; Altaye, M; Wiley, S. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2019; 125:23-31.

Characterization of Children with Septic Shock Cared for by Emergency Medical Services. Depinet, HE; Eckerle, M; Semenova, O; Meinzen-Derr, J; Babcock, L. Prehospital Emergency Care (Edición Española). 2019; 23:491-500.

Adherence to Guidelines for Screening Polysomnography in Children with Down Syndrome. Knollman, PD; Heubi, CH; Meinzen-Derr, J; Smith, DF; Shott, SR; Wiley, S; Ishman, SL. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2019; 161:157-163.

Development of a State-Wide Database of Early Intervention and Educational Outcomes for Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Folger, AT; Wiley, S; Van Horn, A; Grove, W; DeDino, N; Minter-Mohr, M; Sa, T; Meinzen-Derr, J. 2019; 4:28-35.

Who Speaks for Me?: Addressing Variability in Informed Consent Practices for Minimal Risk Research Involving Foster Youth. Greiner, M; Beal, S; Allen, A; Patel, V; Meinzen-Derr, J; Antommaria, A. 2018; 11:111-131.