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Cynthia Fontanella, PhD


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1670 Upham Dr
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: (614) 293-6440

Email: fontanella.4@osu.edu

 

Current OSU Appointment

Assistant Professor-Clinical, Psychiatry

 

Biographical

Cynthia Fontanella received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and Master's degree from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work. Prior to coming to Ohio State University, she was a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. Her research focuses on two substantive areas within children's mental health: (1) understanding how various components of the service system― organization, financing, health policies and resources ― impact delivery of care and outcomes for children and adolescents and; (2) examining how services are delivered in clinical settings and how to improve quality of care. Dr. Fontanella’s research has been supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as well as the Center for Health Care Strategies. She has published papers in highly regarded journals such as: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Children and Youth Services Review, Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, Annals of Pharmacotherapy, and Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research.

Degrees

1991 B.S., Villanova University

1993 None Indicated, Bryn Mawr College

2003 Ph.D., University of Maryland

 

Honors

2004 - 2006 NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in Mental Health Services Research. Rutgers Institute of Health, Health Care Policy and Aging.
 

Journal Articles

Zuravin, S. J; Fontanella, C. "The relationship between child sexual abuse and major depression among low-income women: A function of growing up experiences?." Child Maltreatment. Vol. 4, no. 1. (January 1999.): 3-12.

Zuravin SJ; Fontanella C. "Parenting behaviors and perceived parenting competence of child sexual abuse survivors.." Child Abuse & Neglect. Vol. 23, no. 7. (July 1999.): 623-.

Fontanella, C; Harrington, D; Zuravin, SJ. "Gender differences in the characteristics and outcomes of sexually abused preschoolers." Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. Vol. 9, no. 2. (January 2000.): 21-40.

Fontanella CA; Zuravin SJ; Burry CL. "The effect of a medicaid managed care program on patterns of psychiatric readmission among adolescents: evidence from Maryland.." The Journal Of Behavioral Health Services & Research. Vol. 33, no. 1. (January 2006.): 39-.

Warner LA; Fontanella CA; Pottick KJ. "Initiation and change of psychotropic medication regimens among adolescents in inpatient care.." Journal Of Child And Adolescent Psychopharmacology. Vol. 17, no. 5. (October 2007.): 701-.

Fontanella,Cynthia,A. "The Influence of Clinical, Treatment, and Healthcare System Characteristics on Psychiatric Readmission of Adolescents." American Journal of Orthopsychiaty. Vol. 78, no. 2. (April 2008.): 187-198.

Fontanella,CA;Early TJ; Phillips G. "Need or availability? Modeling aftercare decision-making for psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents." Children and Youth Services Review. Vol. 30, no. 7. (January 2008.): 758-773.

Fontanella CA; Bridge JA; Campo JV. "Psychotropic medication changes, polypharmacy, and the risk of early readmission in suicidal adolescent inpatients." The Annals of Pharmacotherapy. Vol. 19, no. 43. (December 2009.): 1939-1947.

Fontanella,CA; Pottick KJ; Warner LA; Campo, JV. "Effects of medication management and discharge planning on early readmission of psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents." Social Work in Mental Health. Vol. 8, (January 2010.): 117-133.

Fontanella, C.A., Bridge, J., Marcus, S., & Campo, J.V.. "Factors associated with antidepressant adherence for Medicaid enrolled children and adolescents." The Annals of Pharmacotherapy. Vol. 45, no. 7-8. (June 2011.): 889-909.

Joyce,D. H., Fontanella, C.A., & Phillips. G.,. "Continuity of care and adherence to antidepressant treatment among Medicaid-covered youth.." Social Work in Mental Health. Vol. 11, (April 2013.): 267-287.

Fontanella, C.A., Guada, J., Phillips, G., Ranbom, L., & Fortney, J. "Individual and contextual- level factors associated with continuity of care for adults with schizophrenia.." Administrative and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. Vol. 41, no. 5. (September 2014.): 572-587.

Fontanella, C.A., Warner, L.A., Phillips,G.S., Bridge, J., & Campo, J.V. "Trends in psychotropic polypharmacy among youth in Ohio Medicaid, 2002-2008." Psychiatric Services. Vol. online, (July 2014.): 4-.

Bridge, J.A., Horowtiz, L.M., Fontanella, C.A., Grupp-Phelan, & Campo, J. V.. "Prioritizing research to reduce suicide and suicidal behavior." American Journal of Preventive Medicine.. Vol. 47, no. 3S2. (August 2014.): S229-S234.

Fontanella, C.A., Hiance, D., Phillips, G., Bridge, J., & Campo, J. V.. "Trends in psychotropic medication use among Medicaid-enrolled preschoolers." Journal of Child and Family Studies. Vol. 23, no. 4. (May 2014.): 632-640.

Fontanella, C. A., Hiance, D. L., Gilchrest, R., Bridge, J., Weston, D., & Campo, J.V.. "Quality of care among youths with bipolar disorder." Administrative and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. -.

Mendenhall, A., Fontanella, C. A., Hiance, D. L., & Frauenholtz, S.. "Factors associated with treatment attrition for Medicaid-enrolled youth with serious emotional disturbances.." Children and Youth Services Review. -.

 

Presentations

"The impact of Maryland's Medicaid managed care reforms on patterns of psychiatric readmission among adolescents." Presented at 17th Annual Research Conference-A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base, Tampa, FL, US|USA. (January 2003)

"Rates and correlates of psychiatric readmission among adolescents." Presented at Grand Rounds: Sheppard Pratt Health System, Baltimore, MD, US|USA. (January 2004)

"Patterns and correlates of psychotropic medication use among adolescents." Presented at Academy Health Annual Research Conference, Boston, MA, US|USA. (January 2005)

"Psychiatric re-hospitalization among adolescents: The influence of service delivery factors, organizational, and health care system characteristics." Presented at Society for Social Work Research, Annual Conference, Miami, FL, US|USA. (January 2005)

"Modeling aftercare decision-making for hospitalized adolescents." Presented at 19th Annual Research Conference-A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base, Tampa, FL, US|USA. (January 2006)

"Suicidal adolescents at risk for early readmission: The effect of psychotropic medication changes and polypharmacy." Presented at Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), Honolulu, HI, US|USA. (January 2009)

"Do stabilization strategies prevent early readmission? Opportunities for improvement in hospital-based psychiatric care for adolescents." Presented at Society for Social Work Research, Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, US|USA. (January 2009)

"Trends in pediatric psychotropic polypharmacy in Ohio Medicaid." Presented at Quality of Mental Health Care Among Children in Ohio Medicaid, Columbus, OH. (March 2010)

"The influence of individual and contextual level factors on continuity of care for adults with schizophrenia." Presented at 2nd Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference, IT|ITA. (April 2010)

"Factors associated with continuity of anti-depressant treatment among Medicaid covered." Presented at Society of Social Work and Research, Washington, US|USA. (January 2012)

"Trends in psychotropic medication use among Medicaid-enrolled preschoolers." Presented at American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, San Francisco, CA, US|USA. (October 2012)

"Antidepressant exposure in youth is associated with increased risk for fracture." Presented at American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Orlando, FL, US|USA. (October 2013)

"Trends in psychotropic polypharmacy among youth in Ohio Medicaid, 2002-2008." Presented at American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Orlando, FL, US|USA. (October 2013)

"Rural and urban differences in suicide trends among youth ages 10-24 in the United States, 1996-2010." Presented at 61st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), San Diego, CA, US|USA. (October 2014)

"Multiple Disparities in Quality of ADHD Care Exist for African American Youths." Presented at 61st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry(AACAP), San Diego, CA, US|USA. (October 2014)

 

Technical Reports

Fontanella, CA. Psychiatric Readmission of Adolescents in the Public Mental Health System. Lawrenceville, NJ: Center for Health Care Strategies. (January 2004).

Fontanella, CA., Hiance, D.L., Bridge, JA., Campo, JV., Seiber, E, & Guo, J. Profiling children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances: part I service utilization. Columbus, OH, US|USA: The Ohio State University College of Medicine Government Resource Center. (April 2013).

Fontanella, CA, Hiance, DL., Bridge, JA., Campo, JV., Seiber E., & Guo, J.. Profiling children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances: part II quality assessment. Columbus, OH, US|USA: The Ohio State University College of Medicine Government Resource Center. (April 2013).