My approach to care is based on my training in cognitive behavioral therapy, which emphasizes a collaborative approach to goal-setting and interventions, working together with families and the broader treatment team.

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Biography

As a psychologist, I’ve worked in several areas during my more than 20 years at Cincinnati Children’s. My current focus is on developing clinical interventions and programs to help children and families across the mental health care continuum. I’m looking for ways to increase family access to preventative care and early intervention behavioral health services in primary care settings.

My interest in prevention and program development in primary care began when I worked with families in an outpatient setting. I saw the challenges they experienced when their children struggled with behavioral health symptoms for months and even years before they saw me. I wanted to find opportunities to reach families earlier — before symptoms emerged or as they first started to develop.

My work focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy specifically for anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression and behavioral issues. I also enjoy working in prevention and early intervention and program development. My approach to care is based on my training in cognitive behavioral therapy, which emphasizes a collaborative approach to goal-setting and interventions, working together with families and the broader treatment team.

Throughout my career, I have contributed to the field through presentations and publications. I am particularly proud of my book designed to help providers implement effective behavioral health strategies in the context of brief interactions. It is titled CBT Express: Effective 15-Minute Techniques for Treating Children and Adolescents.

When I’m not helping patients, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, jogging and working out.

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Publications

Integrated Behavioral Health Increases Well-Child Visits and Immunizations in the First Year. Ammerman, RT; Herbst, R; Mara, CA; Taylor, S; McClure, JM; Burkhardt, MC; Stark, LJ. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2022; 47:360-369.

A novel behavioral health program for family caregivers of children admitted to a transitional chronic ventilator unit. Borschuk, AP; Williams, SE; McClure, JM; Kendall, M; Mack, L; Coleman, M; Gurbani, N; Benscoter, D; Amin, R; Stark, LJ. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2021; 56:1635-1643.

Four innovations: A robust integrated behavioral health program in pediatric primary care. Herbst, RB; McClure, JM; Ammerman, RT; Stark, LJ; Kahn, RS; Mansour, ME; Burkhardt, MC. Families, Systems and Health. 2020; 38:450-463.

Treatment of Maternal Depression in Pediatric Primary Care. Herbst, RB; Ammerman, RT; Perry, SP; Zion, CE; Rummel, MK; McClure, JM; Stark, LJ. Clinical Pediatrics. 2019; 58:1436-1439.

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