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CampoJohn

John Campo, MD

Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

I am director of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Wexner Medical Center. Our clinical team delivers excellent services to individuals struggling with mental disorders and addictions. My research interests include the relationship between medically unexplained physical symptoms and emotional disorders, the delivery of evidence-based behavioral health interventions, suicide prevention and the integration of mental health services into primary care settings.

 

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LucasAmanda

Amanda Lucas, MBA

Executive Director, Harding Hospital

I am executive director for the Ohio State Harding Hospital. In 2015, I was named executive director of Clinical Operations for the Wexner Medical Center Neurological Institute. In this role, I will oversee the opening of the new Brain and Spine Hospital in late 2016 and manage operations and finances for all Neurological Institute clinical and hospital locations. In 2011, I came to Ohio State, after serving as administrator for the Behavioral Health Service Line at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Prior to that, I held leadership positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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AltmanSarah

Sarah Altman, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor

AndersenBarbara

Barbara Andersen, PhD

Professor, Psychology Professor, COPH - Health Behavioral and Health Promotion Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Andersen’s current work focuses on biobehavioral aspects of hematologic cancers, biobehavioral interventions for gynecologic oncology patients, training of mental health professionals, and dissemination and implementation of biobehavioral interventions.


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ArnoldEugene

L. Eugene Arnold, MD, MEd

Professor Emeritus, Child and Adolescent

L. Eugene Arnold, MD, MEd, focuses on new drug development, and alternative and complementary treatments for autism and ADHD. His research includes aromatic essential oil therapy for autism spectrum disorder, omega-3 fatty acids for mood disorders, neurofeedback for ADHD, nutrition and mental health, and clinical trials. After undergraduate work at the University of Dayton, Dr. Arnold earned his medical degree at Ohio State and his master’s in education at Johns Hopkins University. He completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Oregon and Johns Hopkins.

 

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AxelsonDavid

David Axelson, PhD

Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children's Hospital

David Axelson, MD, focuses on the phenomenology and treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder, encompassing both psychosocial and psychopharmacological approaches. His phenomenological work has focused on the longitudinal course of pediatric bipolar disorder and the role of subthreshold symptoms of mania in the developmental progression of bipolar disorder. Dr. Axelson received his MD from Duke, completed General and Child Psychiatry residencies at Pittsburgh Medical Center and also a National Institute of Mental Health Clinical Research Fellowship in Child Psychiatry.

 

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BensonBetsey

Betsey Benson, PhD

Associate Professor - Clinical, Psychiatry and Psychology

Betsey Benson, PhD, examines the psychology of intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health and behavioral issues in adolescents and adults with autism, Down syndrome, and intellectual disability. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, and her master’s and PhD from Northern Illinois University. She completed residency training at Chicago-Read Mental Health Center.

 

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BoxleyLaura

Laura Boxley, PhD

Director, Clinical Neuropsychology Training

Laura Boxley, PhD, utilizes a combination of paper and pencil tests, computer tests, and specialized stimuli to evaluate cognition. These results are interpreted in the context of the patient’s medical history and relevant clinical data including neuroimaging and medications. She is involved in ongoing studies in the Departments of Neurology and Neurological Surgery assessing Alzheimer’s dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, and Parkinson’s disease. After undergraduate work at the University of New Mexico, she earned a PhD at Loma Linda University (California).

 

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BridgeJeff

Jeff Bridge, PhD

Principal Investigator, Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Jeff Bridge, PhD, is an epidemiologist and principal investigator in the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He earned a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

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CampoJohn

John V. Campo, MD

Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

John V. Campo, MD, conducts research related to suicide prevention, the delivery of evidence-based behavioral health care, the integration of mental health services into general medical settings, and the relationship between medically unexplained physical symptoms and emotional disorders. After completing undergraduate work at Lafayette College, he earned an MD from the University of Pennsylvania 1982. He completed a residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and residency and fellowship training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

 

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CarminCheryl

Cheryl Carmin, PhD

Director, Clinical Psychology Training

Cheryl Carmin, PhD, focuses on evidence-based assessments and treatment of anxiety disorders. She examines the prevalence of anxiety in coronary heart disease, with the ultimate goal to extend and refine treatment interventions to those individuals with CHD and anxiety. After undergraduate work, she earned a master’s degree from Temple and a PhD from the University of Minnesota.  She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Cognitive Therapy, specializing in anxiety disorders at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine & University Hospitals of Cleveland.

 

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CarpenterKristen

Kristen M. Carpenter, PhD

Director, Women’s Behavioral Health

The primary research focus of Kristen M. Carpenter, PhD, is the identification of risk factors for sexual and psychological maladjustment in gynecologic and breast cancer patients during various stages of diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. After earning her PhD at Ohio State, she completed postdoctoral fellowship training at Ohio State and the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

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ChristianLisa

Lisa Christian, PhD

Principal Investigator, Stress and Health in Pregnancy Research Program

Lisa Christian, PhD, studies behavioral medicine in pregnancy, with an emphasis on effects of psychological stress on immune function. After undergraduate work at the University of Missouri, she earned a master’s and a doctoral degree from Ohio State.

 

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DawsonErica

Erica Dawson, PhD

Director, Neuropsychology Clinic

Erica Dawson, PhD, conducts research that broadly pertains to cognition and everyday functioning in adults with neurologic and/or major medical conditions. After undergraduate work, she earned a master’s and a doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati and completed an internship and postdoctoral residency at the University of Michigan.

 

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DucheminAnneMarie

Anne-Marie Duchemin, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

FontanellaCynthia

Cynthia Fontanella, PhD

Assistant Professor - Clinical

Cynthia Fontanella, PhD, conducts research on mental health services for children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances, especially disadvantaged populations. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and holds a master’s degree from Bryn Mawr College. She also completed a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral research fellowship at Rutgers University.

 

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ForandNicholas

Nicholas Forand, PhD

Assistant Professor - Clinical of Psychiatry; Assistant Professor of Psychology

Nicholas Forand, PhD, seeks to develop cost-effective, predictive tools to identify individuals who would benefit from cognitive behavioral psychotherapy for depression. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from American University. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

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FristadMary

Mary Fristad, PhD, ABPP

Director, Research and Psychological Services of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Mary Fristad, PhD, focuses on ways to improve the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder) in children. Most recently, this has included nutritional interventions in combination with family-based psychosocial treatment. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Catherine and then a master’s degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Kansas.

 

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GurTamar

Tamar Gur, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, SBS-Neuroscience, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Gur earned her MD and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her clinical work at Ohio State focuses on perinatal and postnatal depression and anxiety, which dovetails with her research interest on the effect of maternal mental illness and its treatment on the developing organism. The Gur Lab seeks to understand how maternal mental illness contributes to psychiatric outcomes in offspring.


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HavercampSusan

Susan Havercamp, PhD

Director, Health Promotion and Healthcare Parity Program at the Nisonger Center

Susan Havercamp, PhD, focuses on physical and mental health issues in people with disabilities. She provides disability training for healthcare providers and serves as the disability issue representative to the Group on Diversity and Inclusion at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Dr. Havercamp directs a program to increase the state’s capacity to promote health, prevent chronic disease, and improve emergency preparedness and quality of life for Ohioans with disabilities. After undergraduate work at the University of Iowa, she earned a master’s degree and a PhD at Ohio State.

 

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KielcoltGlaserJanice

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD

Director, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD, examines the ways in which stress and depression alter metabolic responses to meals and how physical fitness affects inflammation, a robust and reliable predictor of all-cause mortality in older adults. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a PhD from the University of Miami. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

 

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KowatchRobert

Robert Kowatch, MD, PhD

Professor, Psychiatry

Robert Kowatch, MD, PhD, focuses his research on adolescent mental health, narcolepsy and sleep health, stem cells, and mania. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern, earned his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School, and received a PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas. After internship and residency training at the University of Pennsylvania, he completed a fellowship at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia.

 

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MuenksElizabeth

Elizabeth Muenks, PhD

Assistant Professor - Clinical, Psychiatry

Elizabeth Muenks, PhD, works on research in the area of oncology, specifically psychological adjustment in bone marrow transplant patients as well as diversity and multicultural issues. After undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, she earned a master’s degree fropm Washburn University (Topeka, Kansas) and a PhD from Saint Louis University, St. Louis. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine(Saint Louis, Missouri).

 

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PyterLeah

Leah Pyter, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Neuroscience; Assistant Professor, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research

Dr. Pyter seeks to understand the basic mechanisms underlying cancer-induced changes in inflammatory processes in the brain and periphery. She studies the immune-mediated effects of peripheral tumors in rodent breast and oral cancer models. Areas of focus include cognitive/affective-like behavior and associated changes in brain structure and physiology, as well as dermal and mucosal tissue repair. The mission of the Pyter Laboratory is to improve the mental and bodily health of patients with cancer and cancer survivors.

 

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ReevesKevin

Kevin Reeves, MD

Assistant Professor - Clinical, Psychiatry

Kevin Reeves, MD, investigates new therapies for patients with brain injuries and mental health disorders. He earned his medical degree from Ohio State and completed residency training at Ohio State as well.

 

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WellsDiGregorioSharla

Sharla Wells-Di Gregorio, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Internal Medicine; Clinical Psychologist, Psychosocial Oncology

Sharla Wells-Di Gregorio, PhD, specializes in outpatient psychosocial oncology and palliative medicine. Her research focuses broadly on symptom management and communication for patients and families living with advanced cancer. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and a PhD from Northwestern University Medical School. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (Los Angeles, California) and Ohio State.

 

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WitwerAndrea

Andrea Witwer, PhD

Assistant Professor - Clinical, Psychiatry

Andrea Witwer, PhD, studies admission trends for young children with developmental disabilities. and attitudes of those who care for them in inpatient psychiatric hospitals. She holds bachelor’s, master’s degrees from Ohio State as well as a PhD in Intellectual and Developmental Disability Psychology. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

 

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Staff

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Meghan Ackley, CNP

Joel Barcalow, PCC

Jeff Barnett, BA

Clinical Research Assistant

Marcie Baroske, CNP

Jessica Besler, CNP

Joyce Cahill, CNP

Erin Casey

Clinical Research Coordinator

Joanne Engels, CNP

Jason Feinberg

Clinical Research Assistant

Violet Fowler, PCC

Melissa Kleis

Clinical Research Assistant

Douglas Kramer, PsyD

Charleen Lewis, LISW

Gretchen Luidens, LISW

Maureen Maher-Bridge, LISW

Matthew Onorato, LISW

Patrice Rancour, CNS

Nichole Storey, MSHS, CCRP

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Sabrina Sykes, PhD

Lisa Wahoff, CNP

Michele Whaley, CNP

Alexandra Zaleta, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

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