Lindner Center of HOPE, President and Chief Operating Officer; Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Paul R. Crosby, M.D. is Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine.  He serves as President and Chief Operating Officer at the Frances and Craig Lindner Center of HOPE (LCOH), a UC Health Affiliated, Joint Commission accredited, comprehensive mental health center of excellence in Mason, Ohio.

A summa cum laude graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Crosby received his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  During medical school, he worked as an Urban Health Project Intern at Tender Mercies, a housing community in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood for people who are homeless and suffering from mental illness.  He completed his residency training in General Psychiatry at University Hospital, Cincinnati where he received the Resident Teaching Award.  He then completed a second residency in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  Throughout residency, Dr. Crosby worked part time treating veterans at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.  After completing residency, he spent the first years of his career in Traverse City, Michigan treating children and adolescents in rural community mental health and private practice settings.  He was recruited to join the LCOH medical staff for the Center’s opening in 2008.

Dr. Crosby provides outpatient psychiatric consultation to children and families referred from around the country.  He treats the entire range of psychiatric symptoms with particular expertise in the assessment and treatment of ADHD and the conditions that frequently accompany it such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, learning disabilities, and substance use disorders.  In 2010, he founded the Center for Attention Disorders at LCOH to consolidate and coordinate LCOH’s efforts related to this illness.  Over the years, he has provided care in many of LCOH’s service lines, including residential services, inpatient adolescent services, and partial hospital programs.

As a people-first physician leader with expertise in healthcare operations and policy, Dr. Crosby is guided by the values of empathy and excellence.  He drives results by combining his clinical experience with sound business principles.  He played a significant, strategic role in the growth and development of LCOH, taking on more responsibility over time and serving in progressively more complex roles: Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Medical Director of Lindner Center of HOPE Professional Associates, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Clinical Officer, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and now President and COO.  Some of his responsibilities have included oversight of compliance and quality activities; oversight of the medical staff office; oversight of EMR (Epic) modification and optimization, and liaison between Information Technology, Health and Information Management and clinical staff; development and implementation of clinical and strategic initiatives as a member of the executive team; oversight of the Research Institute at LCOH, leading innovation of clinical programs to keep pace with advancing medical science and to maintain viability of business aspects amid rapid changes in the market; establishing and nurturing symbiotic relationships with the other entities within our own academic health system, academic department, and externally with non-UC Health entities; and participation in marketing and fundraising activities.  Dr. Crosby’s leadership brought achievements in clinician recruitment and retention, multiple surveys by regulatory and accrediting bodies, and restructuring of LCOH’s nationally-renowned residential services resulting in increased referrals, increased census, and increased patient and referrer satisfaction.  He led LCOH’s pandemic response including coordination of communications, establishment of safety best practices, rapid conversion to telehealth, and avoidance of staff or provider layoffs/furloughs, pay reductions, or capacity reductions.  He is a recipient of The Healthcare Leadership Award, Venue and LEAD Magazine, Cincinnati.

Dr. Crosby is a mental health advocate who works to reduce stigma and raise awareness.  His many community outreach activities include serving on the professional advisory board for Suburban Cincinnati CHADD, media appearances, educational talks for community members and professionals, and joint pandemic-related webinars with NAMI Southwest Ohio.  He played a leading role in the development and implementation of Start the Conversation an innovative workplace mental health and anti-stigma four-week workshop.  Some of his speaking topics are child and adolescent mental health, ADHD through the age spectrum, anxiety, pediatric suicide, workplace mental health, mental wellness and illness during a crisis/pandemic, and the cost of mental illness to individuals, families, businesses, and communities.

Areas of Specialty and Interest:

  • Psychiatric management of Child and Adolescent mental illness
  • ADD/ADHD and its comorbidities
  • Suicide prevention
  • Performance and motivation, especially as relates to athletes and creative and performing artists.
  • Human nutrition in mental health and disease
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Workplace mental health
  • Destigmatization of mental illness