Deena J. Chisolm, Ph.D. :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

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The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
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Columbus, Ohio 43205 [ map ]
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Dr. Chisolm is a Principal Investigator in the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. She is a Health Services Epidemiologist whose research is focused on measuring and improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of pediatric health care.

Much of her current research is focused on the role of health care technology in improving pediatric health care quality. She is also interested in research investigating the factors associated with use of e-health services by at-risk youth. In addition, Dr. Chisolm serves as a resource to Nationwide Children’s Hospital clinical researchers on issues including: the use of clinical and administrative data in research, cost-effectiveness analysis, and quality indicator development.

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  • Female

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Research Interests

Research Center:

Areas of Interest:

  • Health equity
  • Adolescent health and transition
  • Minority health
  • Health literacy/eHealth literacy
  • Children with special health care needs/children with medical complexity

Research Funding*:

  • Grant #1R01DA034619-01
  • Grant #5R01DA26312-02
  • Improving Care coordination for children with Disabilities through and Accountable Care Organization 2014-2017, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • Health Literacy - Disparities and transitions in teens with special healthcare needs, Grant #1R01MD007160-01A1

Education and Training

Post Doctoral

  • The Ohio State University School of Public Health
    Date Completed: 06/30/2003

Professional Experience


  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


  • Principal Investigator, Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


  • Assistant Professor, Division of Health Services Management and Policy, The Ohio State University College of Public Health, Columbus, OH


  • Chisolm DJ, Sarkar M. 2014. E-health use in African American Internet Users: Can new tools address old disparities?.  Telemedicine and E-health. Vol. ePub ahead of print, no. December: e..
  • Fitzgerald-Butt,Sara,M; Klima,Jennifer; Kelleher,Kelly; Chisolm,Deena; McBride,Kim,L. 2014. Genetic Knowledge and Attitudes of Parents of Children with Congenital Heart Defects.  AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL GENETICS PART A. Vol. 164A, no. 12. (December): 3069-3075.
  • Chisolm,Deena,J; Manganello,Jennifer,A; Kelleher,Kelly,J; Marshal,Michael,P. 2014. Health literacy, alcohol expectancies, and alcohol use behaviors in teens.  PATIENT EDUCATION AND COUNSELING. Vol. 97, no. 2. (November): 291-296.
  • Cha,Stephen,D; Chisolm,Deena,J; Mahan,John,D. 2014. Essential pediatric hypertension: defining the educational needs of primary care pediatricians.  BMC MEDICAL EDUCATION. Vol. 14, no. July: e154.
  • Klima,Jennifer; Fitzgerald-Butt,Sara,M; Kelleher,Kelly,J; Chisolm,Deena,J; Comstock,R,Dawn; Ferketich,Amy,K; McBride,Kim,L. 2014. Understanding of informed consent by parents of children enrolled in a genetic biobank.  Genetics in medicine. Vol. 16, no. 2. (February): 141-148.
  • Burton,Chad,M; Marshal,Michael,P; Chisolm,Deena,J. 2014. School absenteeism and mental health among sexual minority youth and heterosexual youth.  Journal of school psychology. Vol. 52, no. 1. (February): 37-47.
  • Cegala,Donald,J; Chisolm,Deena,J; Nwomeh,Benedict,C. 2013. A communication skills intervention for parents of pediatric surgery patients.  PATIENT EDUCATION AND COUNSELING. Vol. 93, no. 1. (October): 34-39.
  • Chisolm,Deena,J. 2013. Capsule Commentary on Bauer et al., Health Literacy and Antidepressant Adherence Among Adults with Diabetes: Implications for Future Research.  JOURNAL OF GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE. Vol. 28, no. 9. (September): 1223-1223.
  • Marshal,Michael,P; Burton,Chad,M; Chisolm,Deena,J; Sucato,Gina,S; Friedman,Mark,S. 2013. Cross-Sectional Evidence for a Stress-Negative Affect Pathway to Substance Use among Sexual Minority Girls.  CTS-CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE. Vol. 6, no. 4. (August): 321-322.
  • Wallace LS, Chisolm DJ, DeVoe JE, Adbel-Rasoul M, Wexler, RK. 2013. Survey Mode Matters: Adults’ Self-Reported Statistical Confidence, Ability to Obtain Health Information, and Perceptions of Patient-Healthcare Provider Communication.  Journal of Health Psychology. Vol. 18, no. 8. (August): 1036-45.
  • Burton,Chad,M; Marshal,Michael,P; Chisolm,Deena,J; Sucato,Gina,S; Friedman,Mark,S. 2013. Sexual minority-related victimization as a mediator of mental health disparities in sexual minority youth: a longitudinal analysis.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Vol. 42, no. 3. (March): 394-402.
  • Keenum,Amy,J; DeVoe,Jennifer,E; Chisolm,Deena,J; Wallace,Lorraine,S. 2012. Generic medications for you, but brand-name medications for me.  RESEARCH IN SOCIAL & ADMINISTRATIVE PHARMACY. Vol. 8, no. 6. (November): 574-578.
  • Cegala,Donald,J; Chisolm,Deena,J; Nwomeh,Benedict,C. 2012. Further examination of the impact of patient participation on physicians' communication style.  Patient Education and Counseling. Vol. 89, no. 1. (October): 25-30.
  • McAlearney,Ann,Scheck; Robbins,Julie; Kowalczyk,Nina; Chisolm,Deena,J; Song,Paula,H. 2012. The Role of Cognitive and Learning Theories in Supporting Successful EHR System Implementation Training: A Qualitative Study.  Medical Care Research and Review. Vol. 69, no. 3. (June): 294-315.
  • Kopp B, Wang W, Chisolm DJ, Kelleher K, McCoy K. 2012. Inpatient healthcare trends among adult cystic fibrosis patients in the U.S.  Pediatric Pulmonology. Vol. 47, no. 3. (March): 245-251.
  • Chisolm DJ, Hardin DS, McCoy KS, Johnson LD, McAlearney AS, Gardner, W. 2011. Health Literacy and Willingness to Use Online Health Information by Teens with Asthma and Diabetes.  Telemedicine and E-health. Vol. 17, no. 9. (November): 676-682.
  • O’Brien SH, Klima J, Reed S, Chisolm DJ, Schwarz EB, Kelleher KJ. 2011. Hormonal contraception use and pregnancy in adolescents with sickle cell disease: analysis of Michigan Medicaid claims.  Contraception. Vol. 83, no. 2. (February): 134-137.
  • Chisolm DJ, Johnson LD, McAlearney AS. 2011. What makes teens start using and keep using health information websites? A mixed model analysis of teens with chronic illnesses.  Telemedicine and E-health. Vol. 17, no. 5. (January): 324-328.
  • Bollinger LM; Nire KG; Rhodes MM; Chisolm DJ; O'Brien SH. 2011. Caregivers' perspectives on barriers to transcranial Doppler screening in children with sickle-cell disease.  Pediatric Blood & Cancer. Vol. 56, no. 1. (January): 99-102.
  • McAlearney,Ann,Scheck; Song,Paula,H; Robbins,Julie; Hirsch,Annemarie; Jorina,Maria; Kowalczyk,Nina; Chisolm,Deena. 2010. Moving from good to great in ambulatory electronic health record implementation.  Journal for healthcare quality : official publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality. Vol. 32, no. 5. (September): 41-50.
  • Gardner W, Klima J, Chisolm D, Feehan H, Bridge J, Campo J, Cunningham N, Kelleher K. 2010. Screening, triage, and referral of patients who report suicidal thought during a primary care visit.  Pediatrics. Vol. 125, no. 5. (May): 945-52.
  • Chisolm DJ. 2010. Does online health information seeking act like a health behavior?: a test of the behavioral model.  Telemedicine Journal And E-Health: The Official Journal Of The American Telemedicine Association. Vol. 16, no. 2. (March): 154-60.
  • Chisolm,Deena,J. 2010. Does online health information seeking act like a health behavior?: a test of the behavioral model.  Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association. Vol. 16, no. 2. (March): 154-160.
  • Chisolm DJ, Purnell TS, Cohen D, McAlearney AS,. 2010. Clinician perceptions of an electronic medical record during the first year of implementation in emergency services.  Pediatric Emergency Care. Vol. 26, no. 2. (February): 107-110.
  • Bollinger,Lindsay,M; Rhodes,Melissa,M; Nire,Kidan,G; Chisolm,Deena,J; O'Brien,Sarah,H. 2009. Caregivers' Perspectives on Barriers to Transcranial Doppler Screening in Children with Sickle Cell Disease.  BLOOD. Vol. 114, no. 22. (November): 975-975.
  • Chisolm DJ; Klima J; Gardner W; Kelleher KJ. 2009. Adolescent behavioral risk screening and use of health services.  Administration And Policy In Mental Health. Vol. 36, no. 6. (November): 374-80.
  • Chisolm DJ; Mulatu MS; Brown JR. 2009. Racial/ethnic disparities in the patterns of co-occurring mental health problems in adolescents in substance abuse treatment.  Journal Of Substance Abuse Treatment. Vol. 37, no. 2. (September): 203-10.
  • Chisolm DJ; Scribano PV; Purnell TS; Kelleher KJ. 2009. Development of a computerized medical history profile for children in out-of-home placement using Medicaid data.  Journal Of Health Care For The Poor And Underserved. Vol. 20, no. 3. (August): 748-55.
  • Stevens J, Klima J, Chisolm DJ, Kelleher KJ. 2009. A trial of telephone services to increase adolescent utilization of health care for psychosocial problems.  Journal of Adolescent Health. Vol. 45, no. 6. (January): 564-570.
  • Penfold RB; Chisolm DJ; Nwomeh BC; Kelleher KJ. 2008. Geographic disparities in the risk of perforated appendicitis among children in Ohio: 2001-2003.  International Journal Of Health Geographics. Vol. 7, no. November: e56.
  • Stevens J, Kelleher KJ, Gardner W, Chisolm DJ, Julian T, McGeehan J, Pajer K, Buchanan L. 2008. Trial of computerized screening for adolescent behavioral concerns.  Pediatrics. Vol. 121, no. 6. (June): 1099-1105.
  • Chisolm DJ, Gardner W, Julian T, Kelleher KJ. 2008. Adolescent Satisfaction with Computer-Assisted Risk Screening in Primary Care.  Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Vol. 13, no. 4. (January): 163-168.
  • Lo W, Zamel K, Ponnappa K, Allen A, Chisolm DJ, Tang M, Kerlin B, Yeates KO. 2008. The cost of pediatric stroke care and rehabilitation.  Stroke. Vol. 39, no. 1. (January): 161-165.
  • McAlearney AS, Chisolm DJ, Schweikhart S, Medow MA, Kelleher K. 2007. The story behind the story: Physician skepticism about relying on clinical information technologies to reduce medical errors.  International Journal of Medical Informatics. Vol. 76, no. 11-12. (November): 836-842.
  • Wrona,Sharon; Chisolm,Deena,J; Powers,Michael; Miler,Veronica. 2007. Improving processes of care in patient-controlled analgesia: the impact of computerized order sets and acute pain service patient management.  Pediatric Anesthesia. Vol. 17, no. 11. (November): 1083-1089.
  • Chisolm DJ, Buchanan L. 2007. Measuring adolescent functional health literacy: a pilot validation of the Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults.  Journal of Adolescent Health. Vol. 41, no. 3. (September): 312-314.
  • Julian TW, Kelleher K, Julian DA, Chisolm DJ. 2007. Using technology to enhance prevention services for children in primary care.  The Journal of Primary Prevention. Vol. 28, no. 2. (March): 155-165.
  • Chisolm DJ; Pritchett CV; Nwomeh BC. 2006. Factors affecting innovation in pediatric surgery: hospital type and appendectomies.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 41, no. 11. (November): 1809-1813.
  • McAlearney AS, Chisolm DJ, Veneris S, Rich D, Kelleher KJ. 2006. Utilization of Evidence-Based Computerized Order Sets in Pediatrics.  INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INFORMATICS. Vol. 75, no. 7. (July): 501-512.
  • Chisolm DJ; Kelleher KJ. 2006. Admission to acute care hospitals for adolescent substance abuse: a national descriptive analysis.  SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT PREVENTION AND POLICY. Vol. 1, no. July: e17.
  • Kaisar E, Chisolm DJ, Seltman H, Greenhouse J, Kelleher K. 2006. The role of care location in diagnosis and treatment of pediatric psychosocial conditions.  JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL PEDIATRICS. Vol. 27, no. 3. (June): 219-225.
  • Chisolm DJ; McAlearney AS; Veneris S; Fisher D; Holtzlander M; McCoy KS. 2006. The role of computerized order sets in pediatric inpatient asthma treatmentThe role of computerized order sets in pediatric inpatient asthma treatment.  PEDIATRIC ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY. Vol. 17, no. 3. (May): 199-206.
  • Nwomeh BC; Chisolm DJ; Caniano DA; Kelleher KJ. 2006. Racial and socioeconomic disparity in perforated appendicitis among children: where is the problem?.  Pediatrics. Vol. 117, no. 3. (March): 870-875.
  • Chisolm DJ; Young RR; McAlearney AS. 2005. Implementation of a touch-screen new patient registration system: a case study.  The Journal of medical practice management : MPM. Vol. 21, no. 3. (November): 159-162.
  • Pathak D, Chisolm DJ, Weis K. 2005. Functional Assessment in Migraine (FAIM) questionnaire: Development of an instrument based upon the WHO's International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health.  Value In Health. Vol. 8, no. 5. (September): 591-600.
  • Chisolm DJ, Pathak D. 2003.  American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. Vol. 19, no. 57. (January): 1812-1813.
  • Marshal MP, Burton CM, Chisolm DJ, Sucato GS, Friedman MS. Cross-Sectional Evidence for a Stress-Negative Affect Pathway to Substance Use among Sexual Minority Girls.  Clinical and Translational Science.
  • Dotson JL, Kappelman MD, Chisolm DJ. Racial Disparities in Readmission, Complications, and Procedures in Hospitalized Children and Adolscents with Crohn's Disease.  Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
  • Kelleher KJ, Deans K, Chisolm DJ. How Federal Policy Can Support Improvements in Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Surgery Services.  Seminars in Pediatric Surgery.

Awards, Honors and Organizations

  • Health Policy Institute of Ohio, Health Policy Research Paper of the Year - Nwomeh BC, Chisolm DJ, Caniano DA, Kelleher KJ. (2006) Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Perforated Appendicitis in Children: Where is the Problem? Pediatrics 117(3):870-875.
  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, 2003
  • Listed, Who's Who in Black Columbus

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