Andrea Witwer, Ph.D.

Director of Training and Community Outreach for the Nisonger Center, LEND Co-Associate Director, IDD Psychology Faculty, Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Developmental Clinics, IDD Psychology, LEND

(614) 685-8721
andrea.witwer@osumc.edu

Biography:

Discipline(s):

Psychology

Education

Andrea Witwer graduated from The Ohio State University with a Ph.D. in Psychology. She then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, with an emphasis on Developmental Disabilities. She also has a Competency-Based Clinical Certification in Dual Diagnosis from NADD.

Research

Dr. Witwer has extensive experience providing interdisciplinary clinical services and conducting research in the field of intellectual and developmental disability (IDD). Dr. Witwer has published research related to co-occurring emotional, behavioral and psychiatric disorders in those with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities as well as assessment of autism spectrum disorders. She is currently an investigator on the Nisonger Center Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Health and Function for People with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities. The goal of her project is to identify promising practices in the treatment of psychiatric disorders in individuals with intellectual disability and to provide a research framework for future research in this area. She is also a co-investigator for the National Training Initiative to support children impacted by the opioid crisis (Project SCOPE) and in actively involved in the curriculum development and implementation of this project.

 

Education and Service

Dr. Witwer a faculty member of the Intellectual and Developmental Disability Psychology Doctorate Program at Ohio State University and the Associate Director of the Nisonger Center’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities Training Program (LEND). Within these roles she provides ongoing interdisciplinary graduate training related to the assessment and treatment of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Clinically, Dr. Witwer is the lead psychologist of the interdisciplinary training clinics at the OSU Nisonger Center serving children, adolescents and young adults with a range of developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Witwer supervises psychology graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and provides supervision in the Nisonger Clinics.

Recent Publications

Kamara, D.,* Walton, K., & Witwer, A. N. (2019). Socioemotional and Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening for Toddlers in Early Intervention: Agreement Among Measures. Journal of Early Intervention, doi 1053815119880607.

Benninger, T*. & Witwer, AN (2017). Psychometric Properties of Two Measures of Crisis and   Distress in Parents of Children With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Journal       of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 10(1).

Havercamp, S., Witwer, A.N., Jaydeokar, S., McCarthy, J. (2016) Learning Disorders. In            Fletcher, R.J., Loschen, E., Stavrakaki, C., First, M. (Eds).   Diagnostic Manual –     Intellectual Disability:  A Textbook of Diagnosis of Mental Disorders in Persons with    Intellectual Disability. Kingston, NY National Association for the Dually Diagnosed.

Havercamp, S., Witwer, A.N., Jaydeokar, S., McCarthy, J. (2016) Learning Disorders. In            Fletcher, R.J., Loschen, E., Stavrakaki, C., First, M. (Eds). Diagnostic Manual –       Intellectual Disability: A Clinical Guide for Diagnosis of Mental Disorders in Persons             with Intellectual Disability. Kingston, NY National Association for the Dually Diagnosed

Witwer, A.W., Lawton, K., & Aman, M.G. (2014).  Intellectual Disabilities. In E.J. Mash  & R.A. Barkley (Eds). Child Psychopathology (pp.593-625). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Witwer, A.N., Lecavalier, L. Norris, M. (2012). Reliability and Validity of the Children’s Interview for Psychiatric Syndromes-Parent Version in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism Spectrum Disorders, DOI 10.1007/s10803-012-1442-y.

Witwer, A.N. & Lecavalier, L. (2010). Validity of comorbid psychiatric disorders in youngsters with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. 22, 367-380.

Witwer, A.N. & Lecavalier, L. (2008). Psychopathology in children with intellectual disability: Risk markers and correlates. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 1, 75 – 96. Witwer, A.N. & Lecavalier, L. (2008). Examining the validity of autism spectrum disorder subtypes. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 1611-1624.

*Student/mentee