We are led by remarkable physicians and scientists. Learn about our leaders and their programs.
John Campo, MD
Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
I am the chair of Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. 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.
Amanda Lucas, MEd, 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 and manage operations and finances for all Neurological Institute clinical and hospital locations.
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.
L. Eugene Arnold, MD, MEd
Professor Emeritus, Child and Adolescent
Dr. Arnold 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.
David Axelson, PhD
Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Dr. Axelson 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.
Cady Block, PhD
Clinical Neuropsychologist; Clinical Assistant Professor; Director of Research, Neuropsychology Clinic
Dr. Block's primary clinical and research interests include adult medical neuropsychology, with specific interests in the intersection of complex medical and neurological disorders, pre/post-surgical evaluations and neurotrauma. She is also involved with the training and education of medical students.
Laura Boxley, PhD
Director, Clinical Neuropsychology Training
Laura Boxley, PhD, completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship specializing in neuropsychology at the Veterans Health Administration Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. Clinically, Dr. Boxley evaluates cognition and everyday functioning in adults with neurologic and/or major medical conditions. She is also actively involved in education and research.
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.
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.
Cheryl Carmin, PhD
Director, Clinical Psychology Training
Dr. Carmin focuses on evidence-based assessments and treatment of anxiety disorders. She examines the prevalence of anxiety in coronary heart disease (CHD), with the ultimate goal to extend and refine treatment interventions to those individuals with CHD and anxiety.
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.
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.
Erica Dawson, PhD
Director, Neuropsychology Clinic
Dr. Dawson evaluates cognition and everyday functioning in adults with neurologic and/or major medical conditions. She is also actively involved in education and administrative efforts.
Anne-Marie Duchemin, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
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.
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.
Tamar Gur, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, SBS-Neuroscience, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Gur's 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.
Susan Havercamp, PhD
Director, Health Promotion and Healthcare Parity Program at the Nisonger Center
Dr. Havercamp 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. Dr. Havercamp directs a program to increase the state’s capacity to promote health, prevent chronic disease, and improve emergency preparedness for Ohioans with disabilities.Learn More
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.
Robert Kowatch, MD, PhD
Robert Kowatch, MD, PhD, focuses his research on adolescent mental health, narcolepsy and sleep health, stem cells, and mania.
Kristin Kuntz, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Assistant Professor of Psychology
Kristin Kuntz, PhD, helps patients manage the psychological and psychosocial aspects that often accompany a medical condition and specializes in the assessment and care of organ transplant patients. Her research focuses on the relationship between chronic illness or transplant and psychological aspects, such as depression, anxiety and quality of life.
Lawrence Needleman, PhD
Director, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Training
Lawrence Needleman, PhD, specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) assessment and treatment of adults with anxiety disorders. He has extensive expertise in using empirically-supported CBT protocols and works to assess and treat patients who have severe psychopathology after they are discharged from inpatient or partial hospital settings.
Leah Pyter, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and 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.Learn More
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.
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.
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.
Joel Barcalow, PCC
Clinical Research Coordinator
Violet Fowler, PCC
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