Tag "Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology"

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is one of those conditions that is often mislabeled. ODD is a behavior disorder characterized by uncooperative, defiant, negativistic, and annoying behaviors towards parents, teachers and other authority figures.  It most commonly shows up in the › Continue Reading

Issues of racism that plague our society have been brought to the world stage in response to recent events. With racial unrest at its peak, it is important for parents and caregivers to provide nurturing support and guidance for kids › Continue Reading

We’ve been sheltering-in-place and managing our lives around the new coronavirus, COVID-19, for quite some time now. As a child psychologist, I figured that eventually our mental health would be impacted by it. Recently I saw a statistic that confirmed › Continue Reading

To say that parents are stressed and overwhelmed right now is an understatement. There’s so much uncertainty. Many parents have lost their jobs or are facing the potential. Our social outlets have been reduced to online interactions. Those who are › Continue Reading

Taking care of your family’s mental health is just as important as taking care of their physical health.  During this time of stress and uncertainty related to COVID-19, now is a great time to teach children how to do this!  › Continue Reading

Many of our patients face an increased risk from the broad impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). Because of this, we are providing our families with the following tips and strategies to help them mentally cope at home.  Ways That Patients Can › Continue Reading

New things and situations are anxiety producing, and COVID-19 is no exception. So much is unknown about the disease, and things seem to be changing quickly. This can be worrisome for both adults and kids. Parents may be wondering how › Continue Reading

Praising kids comes easily for most parents. We want them to feel good about themselves and what they’re doing, so we tell them they’ve done a great job. The only issue with this is that we haven’t told them what › Continue Reading

It’s a common (and sometimes hilarious) scenario: a preschooler walks into the room with chocolate all over her face and claims that she didn’t eat a cookie. While it can be funny and at the same time disconcerting to hear › Continue Reading

Has your child been diagnosed with a conversion disorder, functional gastrointestinal or neurological disorder, chronic pain, or syncope? All of these diagnoses have something in common: somatic symptoms. Somatic symptoms are caused by disruptions in how the brain and the › Continue Reading

A recent attack on a high school student from Butler County is highlighting the dangers of some social media apps. In June, the teenage girl used an app called Whisper to get a ride home from summer school. Whisper is › Continue Reading

Getting too little sleep in early childhood is linked to cognitive and behavioral problems years later, a U.S. study suggests. Parents and teachers reported more problems in 7-year-olds who didn’t get enough sleep during their toddler and preschool years, compared › Continue Reading

Hannah Moore walks down the halls of Walton-Verona High School in Northern Kentucky with an extra confidence and bounce, thanks in part to a team or caregivers at Cincinnati Children’s. To read more about the teen’s journey with fibromyalgia and › Continue Reading

Drew Barzman, MD and Yizhao Ni, PhD are working on a new way to identify and help young people who may be contemplating committing an act of violence at school. They recently developed an assessment model that identifies young patients › Continue Reading

Kids and Stress

Lynne Merk, PhD, staff psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, discusses stress in kids and when parents should be concerned. Some of the signs that a child is experiencing a lot of stress include sleep issues, changes in diet, concentration, › Continue Reading

An online data tracking tool called Orchestra Project is helping families and care teams accurately track patients’ health to better incorporate patient-reported outcomes into clinical care. “It allows both the patient and clinician to see information in real time, both › Continue Reading

Julie Bemerer, PsyD, staff psychologist II, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, discusses how to talk to kids about school shootings. According to Bemerer, it is important to address the child’s fears and normalize their feelings. “I would run through names › Continue Reading

Psychologist Julie Bemerer shares tips on how to talk to kids about the recent terrorist attacks. Some of Bemerer’s tips include following the child’s lead in the conversation, telling children what adults are doing to keep them safe, teaching coping › Continue Reading

A new Cincinnati Children’s study shows that abused or neglected girls are more likely to become teenage mothers. Teen childbirth rates are more than 20 percent for abused and neglected teens, compared to the national teen childbirth rate of about › Continue Reading

As a follow up to her recent study about the online and offline behavior of teenage girls, Jennie Noll, PhD, director of research in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s, appeared today on Anderson Live. During the program, › Continue Reading