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

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Biography & Affiliation

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, 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.

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

Research Divisions

Biostatistics



Blog Posts

Education

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

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

Publications

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.