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Staff Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology


About Me


Dr. Neeraja "Neej" Ravindran comes to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center with extensive training and clinical and research experience in child clinical psychology and developmental disabilities. She has served in a variety of inter-disciplinary clinical settings, as well as inpatient and outpatient therapeutic settings, specializing in areas such as childhood anxiety disorders, parent education and training, developmental assessments for toddlers and children below age six, and working with children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities. In particular, Dr. Ravindran has a long-standing commitment to and passion for working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. While her approach to therapy and case conceptualization is primarily guided by developmental, ecological, and cognitive-behavioral frameworks, her work with individuals with ASD and their families, including parent training, is largely shaped by cognitive behavioral and TEACCH approaches and strategies. Dr. Ravindran is one of three TEACCH-certified Professional Practitioners in the state of Ohio. She also completed specialized fellowships in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) during her doctoral training and post-doctoral fellowship, and is passionate about collaborative and interdisciplinary team approaches in her work. In her current role as a staff psychologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Ravindran’s work is mostly focused on interdisciplinary diagnostic and developmental assessments of children with ASD and other developmental disabilities.

Additional Languages

Hindi, Tamil

Clinical Interests

Assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities; parent training; cognitive behavior therapy; TEACCH certified practitioner

Research Interests

Cultural influences on beliefs and practices regarding health, illness, and disability; cross-cultural understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder; autism in India

Clinical Divisions

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

My Locations

My Education

PhD: Clinical Child and Developmental Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2012.

APA-accredited Predoctoral Internship: The University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, NC, 2011-2012.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at The UNC School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, NC, 2012-2013.

Licensure: Ohio State Board of Psychology, 2019; Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Psychology, 2013.

Certification: TEACCH Certified Professional Practitioner, TEACCH Autism Program, The UNC School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, NC, 2014.

My Publications

Selected Publication

Beliefs and Practices Regarding Autism in Indian Families Now Settled Abroad. Ravindran, N; Myers, BJ. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. 2013; 28:44-53.

Cultural Influences on Perceptions of Health, Illness, and Disability: A Review and Focus on Autism. Ravindran, N; Myers, BJ. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2012; 21:311-319.

Moral Emotions, Emotion Self-Regulation, Callous-Unemotional Traits, and Problem Behavior in Children of Incarcerated Mothers. Lotze, GM; Ravindran, N; Myers, BJ. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2010; 19:702-713.