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Kathleen Kennedy Cianca, OT, Evidence Based Practice Coordinator

Kathleen Kennedy Cianca, OT, Evidence Based Practice Coordinator

Comprehensive Pediatric Feeding Program
Feeding Therapist Team

Occupational Therapy
Research Leader

Contact Information

5700 Perimeter Drive
Suite A
Dublin, OH 43017 [ map ]
PH: (614) 355-9558
FX: (614) 355-8465
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Kathleen Cianca is a senior Occupational Therapist with over 35 years of experience in pediatrics. She has expertise in the evaluation and treatment of children with feeding, neurodevelopmental, sensory processing, and fine motor difficulties. Kathleen is certified in Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment and in administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. She has worked in a wide variety of settings, including home-based early intervention, preschools, elementary school, private practice clinic, and children's hospitals. For 15 years Kathleen was employed as a Clinic Level II therapist at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she co-founded the Interdisciplinary Feeding Team (IFT). At Nationwide Children's Hospital she cofounded the Interdisciplinary Feeding Clinic (IFC) in 2004 and has remained an active team member.


  • Female

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Clinical Interests

  • Oral Motor/Feeding, Video swallow Studies, Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Sensory Processing, Fine Motor, Handwriting, ADL

Research Interests

Areas of Interest:

  • Oral Motor and feeding development, evaluation, and treatment; Combined oral motor and behavioral interventions.

Education and Training

Undergraduate School

  • Miami University
    Date Completed: 06/01/1974


  • Johns Hopkins University
    Date Completed: 09/01/1976

Undergraduate School

  • Oho State University
    Date Completed: 03/01/1977

Undergraduate School

  • University of Cincinnati
    Date Completed: 06/01/1982


  • Clinical Therapies

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

  • 09/06/1998
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000