About Us

The Headache Center was established in 1996 and organized as a multidisciplinary clinic combining neurologists board certified in Headache Medicine, child psychologist and nurse practitioners to diagnose and treat children with headache disorders.  We are based within a growing academically and clinically based neurology department at Cincinnati Children’s, and we are affiliated with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Since our founding, we have seen nearly 6,000 children with the complaint of headaches. A standardized diagnosis using the International Classification of Headache Disorders, Second Edition, is established using a detailed questionnaire about the child’s headache, and a computer-based database to accumulate medical information as well as response rate was designed and is continually updated. Treatment strategies include acute therapy for individual headache episodes, prophylactic therapy for preventing headache episodes and psychological intervention including biofeedback-assisted relaxation training as well as behavior adjustments. This multidisciplinary approach has been demonstrated to be highly effective, not only in the standard methods of measuring outcome, but also in using tools developed and validated at Cincinnati Children’s to characterize disability and quality of life.

Tell Me a Story: Headache Center Helps Teens Manage Migraines

Jenna spent years battling migraines. She came to the Headache Center at Cincinnati Children's and has drastically reduced the frequency of migraines.

Cutting-Edge Research

The Headache Center has also been designed to develop and expand research into childhood headache disorders by examining new treatment options, improved characterization of childhood headache and response patterns, and understanding the genetic pathophysiology of childhood headaches. Multiple studies and publications have been developed including one of the few NIH-sponsored studies in headache examining genomic expression patterns, as well as an NIH-sponsored study on treatment of chronic daily headache with combined pharmacologic and behavioral treatment.  Education is a key component with the Headache Center, which established the first pediatric fellowship for the study of childhood headaches in the country and is the only pediatric headache fellowship certified by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties.

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For appointments, referrals and general information about the Headache Center, call 513-636-4222. Contact Us