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Pediatric Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

About Me


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.

Clinical Interests

Early intervention; health promotion; integrated behavioral healthcare; adherence and coping with medical illness; feeding; toileting; sleep; tic disorders; pain management; inflammatory bowel disease; type 1 diabetes; cystic fibrosis

Research Interests

Integrated behavioral healthcare; health promotion; adherence; community mental health; health disparities; technology-aided interventions; reducing mental health stigma

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

My Locations

My Education

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.

My Publications

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.

Using Technology to Teach Parents to Create a Safe Infant Sleep Space. Austin, JE; Doering, JJ; Davies, WH. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2018; 6:211-222.

Evaluating Parental Autism Disclosure Strategies. Austin, JE; Galijot, R; Davies, WH. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2018; 48:103-109.

Prevention Messages in Parent-Infant Bed-Sharing: Message Source, Credibility, and Effectiveness. Austin, JE; Nashban, CJ; Doering, JJ; Davies, WH. Global Pediatric Health. 2017; 4.

Influencing Perception About Children with Autism and their Parents Using Disclosure Cards. Austin, JE; Zinke, VL; Davies, WH. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2016; 46:2764-2769.