A photo of Jareen Meinzen-Derr.

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

  • Director, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, & Research Design Program
  • Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
  • UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, UC Department of Environmental Health



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, broadening the scope of collaborations to a wide-range of populations of children. I serve as the director of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) core of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training at the Academic Health Center of the University of Cincinnati (UC) and Cincinnati Children’s.

As BERD director, I am dedicated to helping ensure the success of researchers across the enterprise. I provide mentorship to junior and mid-career researchers, including K-awardees as well as dissertation committees at UC. I have taught graduate level courses in epidemiology and biostatistics within the Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences, UC College of Medicine, spending over a decade teaching Introduction to Epidemiology.


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.

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. 2021.

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.

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. 2021.

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.

Pattern of head circumference growth following bidirectional Glenn in infants with single ventricle heart disease. Tseng, SY; Anixt, J; Meinzen-Derr, J; Thomas, C; Cooper, DS; Heydarian, HC. Cardiology in the Young. 2021; 31:609-616.

A Technology-Assisted Language Intervention for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Meinzen-Derr, J; Sheldon, R; Altaye, M; Lane, L; Mays, L; Wiley, S. Pediatrics. 2021; 147.