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Froehlich Named New Director for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Cincinnati Children’s has named nationally prominent developmental-behavioral pediatrician and ADHD expert Tanya Froehlich, MD, MS, as its new director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP).

Froehlich will begin her role effective July 1, 2023. She succeeds Susan Wiley, MD, who wishes to step down as division director after 10 years leading the division.

Most recently, Froehlich served as director of research for DDBP. She joined Cincinnati Children’s faculty in 2006, after earning her medical degree in 1999 from the Yale University School of Medicine, completing her Pediatrics internship and residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and her Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and National Research Service Award fellowships at Cincinnati Children’s. She also earned a master’s degree in epidemiology in 2007 from the University of Cincinnati.

Froehlich is a nationally influential leader in treating children whose ADHD coexists with developmental-behavioral conditions such as Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, learning disorders, anxiety, and depression. In fact, she served on a national guidance panel that developed new guidelines for treating complex ADHD, which were issued Jan. 30, 2020, by the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP).

In addition, Froehlich has been a strong advocate for addressing healthcare disparities for individuals with developmental-behavioral concerns.

She takes on the role of leading one of the nation’s largest groups of pediatric specialists in this field. Under Wiley’s leadership, DDBP has grown to include 22 faculty members who received more than $3.7 million in research grants in fiscal 2022 (up from 18 and $1.9 million in fiscal 2015). The division’s work is helping to improve outcomes for children dealing with autism, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, spina bifida, and other developmental disorders.

“Dr. Froehlich has been working at the forefront of the fast-evolving field of attention deficit disorders and the many issues and impairments that can occur when children with developmental and behavioral disorders also have ADHD. We look forward to how she will use her experiences to build collaborations across disciplines, develop innovative models of care and education, and serve the needs of children and families,” says Tina Cheng, MD, MPH, chair of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation, and chief medical officer for Cincinnati Children’s. “We thank Dr. Wiley for her incredible service and are gratified that she will continue to see patients in DDBP.”

  • Currently director of research for the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and associate director of the division’s fellowship program
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
  • Her NIH-funded research work includes 80 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and other publications, including articles in JAMA, JAMA Pediatrics, Pediatrics, and the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.
  • Named to Cincinnati Magazine’s “Best Doctors” list for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
  • Served on committees that authored the American Academy of Pediatrics ADHD Clinical Practice Guideline (2019) and the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Complex ADHD Clinical Practice Guideline (2020).
  • Current president of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and immediate past treasurer of the American Professional Society for ADHD and Related Disorders.
  • Co-leads division and national presentations on promoting DEI in developmental-behavioral pediatrics clinical care, teaching/training, and research.
  • Serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and as a standing member of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Biobehavioral and Behavioral Sciences subcommittee/study section.
  • Chairs the ADHD Research Node and serves on the Executive Committee for the Maternal Child Health Bureau-funded National Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet).