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Jillian E. Austin, PhD, BCBA

  • Pediatric Psychologist, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Dr. Jillian Austin joined the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology as a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Austin earned her master’s degree in Behavior Analysis and doctoral degree in Health Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received pre-doctoral training in clinical child and pediatric psychology at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She then completed a two-year pediatric psychology post-doctoral fellowship at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care in Jacksonville, Florida.

Dr. Austin is passionate about helping children, adolescents, and their families improve their overall quality of life and day-to-day functioning. Dr. Austin works with families to develop a toolbox for success so they can navigate normal developmental issues, work through difficult transitions, and overcome unexpected challenges. As a pediatric psychologist, Dr. Austin specializes in helping families and children with common childhood topics, such as falling and staying asleep, eating enough food to support healthy weight gain and growth, tackling toileting problems such as accidents or constipation, adjusting to a chronic illness diagnosis, adhering to medical regimens, and learning to cope with acute or chronic pain. In addition, Dr. Austin can help children manage general mood and behavior problems such as anxiety, depression, tantrums, and non-compliance.

PhD: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, 2017.

Pre-doctoral Training: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2015-2017.

Post-doctoral Fellowship: Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, FL, 2017-2019.


Adjustment, adherence, and coping with medical illness including type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and pain disorders; behavioral therapy for feeding, toileting, and sleep problems; habit reversal training for tic and other habit disorders; pain management; program development; early intervention; health promotion; and integrated behavioral healthcare

Services and Specialties

Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology


Curriculum development and delivery of professional training on evidenced-based treatment; integrated behavioral healthcare; adherence; community mental health concerns; health disparities; technology-aided interventions; reducing mental health stigma; and illness disclosure

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Student Concerns Regarding School-based Weight Measurement: Implications for Policy. Igler, EC; Everhart, SA; Austin, JE; Lang, AC; Davies, WH. Health behavior and policy review. 2022; 9:903-917.

Adolescent Experiences with Self-Asphyxial Behaviors and Problematic Drinking in Emerging Adulthood. Austin, JE; Lang, AC; Nacker, AM; Wallace, AL; Schwebel, DC; Brown, BB; Davies, WH. Global Pediatric Health. 2021; 8:2333794X211037985.

Friendship changes following a friend's school absence after serious illness or injury. Igler, EC; Sejkora, EK D; Austin, JE; Davies, WH. Journal of Child Health Care. 2020; 24:233-245.

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