Scott W. Powers, PhD, ABPP, FAHS

Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Division of Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation Endowed Chair
Scientific Director, Clinical Research and Trials
Co-Director, Headache Center
Director, Center for Child Behavior and Nutrition Research and Training

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-1701

Fax 513-636-7544


Clinical trials; migraine/headache; pediatric pain; adherence medicine; nutrition and behavior; cystic fibrosis

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AB: Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN, 1985.

MS: Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, 1987.

PhD: The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 1991.

Residency: Clinical Psychology, Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI.

Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, Brown University School of Medicine / Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI.

Certification: Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 1992. American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), 2003.

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Kroon Van Diest AM, Ramsey R, Kashikar-Zuck S, Slater S, Hommel K, Kroner JW, LeCates S, Kabbouche MA, O'Brien HL, Kacperski J, Allen JR, Peugh J, Hershey AD, Powers SW. Treatment Adherence in Child and Adolescent Chronic Migraine Patients: Results from the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Amitriptyline Trial. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2017 Jan 21.

Kroner JW, Peugh J, Kashikar-Zuck SM, LeCates SL, Allen JR, Slater SK, Zafar M, Kabbouche MA, O'Brien HL, Shenk CE, Kroon Van Diest AM, Hershey AD, Powers SW. Trajectory of Improvement in Children and Adolescents with Chronic Migraine: Results from the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Amitriptyline Trial. Journal of Pain. 2017 Jan 17.

Powers SW, Coffey CS, Chamberlin LA, Ecklund DJ, Klingner EA, Yankey JW, Korbee LL, Porter LL, Hershey AD, CHAMP Investigators. Trial of Amitriptyline, Topiramate, and Placebo for Pediatric Migraine. New England Journal of Medicine. 2017 Jan 12;376(2):115-124.

Schwarzenberg SJ, Hempstead SE, McDonald CM, Powers SW, Wooldridge J, Blair S, Freedman S, Harrington E, Murphy PJ, Palmer L, Schrader A, Shiel K, Sullivan J, Wallentine M, Marshall BC, Leonard A. Enteral tube feeding for individuals with cystic fibrosis: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation evidence-informed guidelines. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. 2016 Nov;15(6):724-735.

Powers SW, Hershey AD, Coffey CS, Chamberlin LA, Ecklund DJ, Sullivan SM, Klingner EA, Yankey JW, Kashikar-Zuck S, Korbee LL, Costigan ML, Riss HH, Porter LL. The Childhood and Adolescent Migraine Prevention (CHAMP) Study: A Report on Baseline Characteristics of Participants. Headache. 2016 Apr 4.

Lahiri T, Hempstead SE, Brady C, Cannon CL, Clark K, Condren ME, Guill MF, Guillerman RP, Leone CG, Maguiness K, Monchil L, Powers SW, Rosenfeld M, Schwarzenberg SJ, Tompkins CL, Zemanick ET, Davis SD. Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for Preschoolers with Cystic Fibrosis. Pediatrics. 2016 Apr;137(4).

Kroner JW, Hershey AD, Kashikar-Zuck SM, LeCates SL, Allen JR, Slater SK, Zafar M, Kabbouche MA, O’Brien HL, Shenk C, Rausch JR, Kroon Van Diest AM, Powers SW. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy plus Amitriptyline for Children and Adolescents with Chronic Migraine Reduces Headache Days to ≤ 4 per Month. Headache. 2016 Apr;56(4):711-6.

Powers SW, Stark LJ, Chamberlin LA, Filigno SS, Sullivan SM, Lemanek KL, Butcher JL, Driscoll KA, Daines CL, Brody AS, Schindler T, Konstan MW, McCoy KS, Nasr SZ, Castile RG, Acton JD, Wooldridge JL, Ksenich RA, Szczesniak RD, Rausch JR, Stallings VA, Zemel BS, Clancy JP. Behavioral and Nutritional Treatment for Preschool-Aged Children with Cystic Fibrosis: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 May;169(5):e150636.

Powers SW, Kashikar-Zuck SM, Allen JR, LeCates SL, Slater SK, Zafar M, Kabbouche MA, O'Brien HL, Shenk CE, Rausch JR, Hershey AD. Cognitive behavioral therapy plus amitriptyline for chronic migraine in children and adolescents: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2013 Dec 25;310(24):2622-30. (Critical Trials update published in JAMA: Still No Migraine Relief for Kids, Slomski A. 2016;316(24):2589.

Kashikar-Zuck SM, Ting TV, Arnold LM, Bean J, Powers SW, Graham TB, Passo MH, Schikler KN, Hashkes PJ, Spalding S, Lynch-Jordan AM, Banez G, Richards MM, Lovell DJ. Cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of juvenile fibromyalgia: A multisite, single-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial. Arthritis Rheumatology. 2012 Jan;64(1):297-305.

Research Training in Child Behavior and Nutrition. Co-Principal Investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Jul 2003-Jun 2018. T32 DK063929-13.

The Clinical Utility of Urinary Estrogen and Progesterone Metabolites in the Prediction of Headache in Adolescent Female Migraineurs. Co-Investigator. National Headache Foundation. Aug 2011-present.

Cincinnati Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences and Training. Steering Committee; Behavioral Core. National Institutes of Health/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Aug 2016-Mar 2019. 1UL1TR001425-01.

MigraineManager: A Self-Management Health Care Resource for Pediatric Migraine. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. May 2016-Apr 2018. R21NS094476-01.

Improving Dietary Adherence: Translating a Web-intervention into CF Care. Co-Investigator. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Mar 2016-Feb 2018.

Therapeutics Development Center Network – Translational TDN Center. Co-Investigator. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.