Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Program
The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Program is a multi-disciplinary practice specializing in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of children and adolescents with developmental and behavioral disorders, including collaboration with families, schools, physicians, and other clinicians.
The program specializes in working with children and families struggling with:
- Adolescent adjustment disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Attentional difficulties/Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Behavioral challenges
- Developmental disorders
- Learning difficulties/disabilities
- School problems
- Sleep disturbances
- Tic disorders
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- Neurodevelopmental evaluations/Medical consultations
- Behavioral evaluations to assess child and family strengths and needs surrounding common pediatric problems including, but not limited to, adjustment difficulties, challenging behaviors, sleep disturbances, and toileting.
- Medical follow-up
- Medication management
- Behavioral therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Collaborative problem solving
- Family therapy and parent education/training
Jara Johnson, DO, MPH
Jara Johnson, DO joined the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Program at Rochester General Hospital in 2013. She earned her medical degree at the University of New England, then went on to complete both her Pediatric residency training and a subsequent fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Rochester. Dr. Johnson completed an additional fellowship in Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND), as well as a Master's Degree in Public Health, both at the University of Rochester. She is board-certified in both General Pediatrics and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.
Dr. Johnson's professional interests include positive parenting and self-regulation, as well as evaluation of complex developmental and behavioral presentations including, but not limited to, learning difficulties, ADHD, anxiety, developmental disorders, and behavioral dysregulation.
Jessica Moore, PhD
Pediatric Family Psychologist
Jessica Moore, PhD, joined the Behavioral Pediatrics Program at Rochester Regional Health in 2015. Dr. Moore received her PhD in Clinical Psychology, with a focus on children and adolescents, from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and completed internship on the Child and Adolescent Track at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Dr. Moore then stayed on at URMC as a postdoctoral fellow, first in Child and Adolescent Psychology with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders, and then on the Primary Care Psychology (Pediatrics) Track focusing on integrated primary care, family systems, and medical family therapy. Dr. Moore specializes in working with youth and families around issues such as chronic illness, developmental and behavioral needs, parenting, and advocacy. Her interests for teaching, clinical work, and research focus on collaboration and integrated care.
Michelle Swanger-Gagne, PhD
Child and Family Psychologist
Michelle Swanger-Gagne, PhD, joined the Behavioral Pediatrics Program at Rochester General Hospital in 2011. Dr. Swanger-Gagne received her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and completed specialty training in pediatric school psychology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She completed an internship focused in family therapy at the Kennedy Krieger Institute of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in primary care-family psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She specializes in working with children and adolescents with academic and behavioral concerns in school, such as learning disabilities, ADHD, and school anxiety. She also teaches and supervises trainees in family therapy and has been published in School Mental Health and School Psychology Journals.
Roger Yeager, PhD
Clinical Child Psychologist
Roger Yeager, PhD, has been with the Developmental –Behavioral Pediatrics Program since it was founded in 1992. Dr. Yeager attended Purdue University where he earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Yeager specializes in behavioral interventions and parenting management strategies. He has special training in 1, 2, 3 Magic and Collaborative Problem solving. He specializes in work with children and families where behavioral assistance is needed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Tourette Syndrome, sleep difficulties, preschool behavior problems, or with rigid/inflexible children.
Cathy Ernsthausen, PNP, RN
Cathy Ernsthausen, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, returned to the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Program in December 2014 after previously working in the program from 1996 until 2004. She has many years of pediatric nursing experience. Cathy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Ohio State University in 1983. She worked in both maternal child and pediatric nursing at Strong Memorial Hospital until completing her Masters of Science degree in Primary Care Pediatrics at the University of Rochester, School of Nursing in 1989. She has worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in several other settings, including primary care offices and the Gates-Chili school district. In the past she has taught courses in pediatric nursing, physical assessment, and nursing leadership at Roberts Wesleyan College.
MaryAnne Stickel, RN
Maryanne Stickel joined the Behavioral Pediatric Program in March 2010. Maryanne graduated from Keuka College with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She spent most of her career as a pediatric/psychiatric nurse at a local agency that specializes in youth with at risk behaviors. She has a wealth of experience working with adolescents and family members that struggle with difficult issues including behavioral, mental and physical health disabilities. Maryanne enjoys traveling with her husband, participating in dog rescue, and is actively involved with her church.