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Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

My Biography & Research


Kelly C. Byars, PsyD, is a professor of clinical pediatrics for Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center within the UC Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Byars is a pediatric behavioral psychologist who specializes in behavioral assessment and treatment of children with acute and chronic medical conditions. His primary areas of interest are pediatric sleep disorders, pediatric dysphagia and pediatric elimination disorders. Dr. Byars directs the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at Cincinnati Children's. He is also involved in the clinical training of postdoctoral fellows and residents.

Dr. Byars' research interests are closely tied to his clinical practice. Dr. Byars has published research focusing on a number pediatric illness groups including feeding disorders, cardiac illness, cancer, sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis and insulin-dependent diabetes. Dr. Byars collaborates with other investigators at Cincinnati Children's. His current research efforts are focused on improving behavioral assessment and treatment strategies for children with sleep and feeding disorders.

Dr. Byars received his PsyD from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta, GA. He completed an internship in pediatric psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Cincinnati Children's. Dr. Byars joined the faculty of Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in July 2000.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric behavioral sleep medicine

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Behavioral Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Disorders, Clinical Psychology

My Locations

My Education

PsyD: Georgia School of Professional Psychology, Atlanta, GA, 1998.

Residency: Clinical Psychology / Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, The Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2000.

Certification: Licensure in Psychology, State of Ohio, 2000; National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, 2001; Certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, June 2005.

My Publications

Links between sleep and daytime behaviour problems in children with Down syndrome. Esbensen, AJ; Hoffman, EK; Beebe, DW; Byars, KC; Epstein, J. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 2018; 62:115-125.

Inter professional teamwork: A case study examining the practice patterns and perceptions of pediatric psychologists. Ernst, M; Filigno, SS; Cortina, S; Byars, K; Guilfoyle, S; McClure, J; Smolyansky, B; Kichler, J; Pai, A. 2017; 2:1-9.

American Academy of Pediatrics 2016 Safe Sleep Practices: Implications for Pediatric Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Byars, KC; Simon, SL. Behavioral Sleep Medicine. 2017; 15:175-179.

Validation of a Brief Insomnia Severity Measure in Youth Clinically Referred for Sleep Evaluation. Byars, KC; Simon, SL; Peugh, J; Beebe, DW. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2017; 42:jsw077-jsw077.

Use of Sleep Evaluations and Treatments in Children with Down. Esbensen, AJ; Beebe, DW; Byars, KC; Hoffman, EK. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2016; 37:629-636.

Behavioral Treatments for Non-Rapid Eye Movement Parasomnias in Children. Simon, SL; Byars, KC. Current Sleep Medicine Reports. 2016; 2:152-157.

Sluggish cognitive tempo in children referred to a pediatric Sleep Disorders Center: Examining possible overlap with sleep problems and associations with impairment. Becker, SP; Garner, AA; Byars, KC. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 2016; 77:116-124.

Behavioral treatment of pediatric sleep disturbance: Ethical considerations for pediatric psychology practice. Byars, KC; Simon, SL. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2016; 4:241-248.

Advancing a Biopsychosocial and Contextual Model of Sleep in Adolescence: A Review and Introduction to the Special Issue. Becker, SP; Langberg, JM; Byars, KC. Journal of Youth and Adolescence: a multidisciplinary research publication. 2015; 44:239-270.

Convergent validity of the Child Behavior Checklist sleep items with validated sleep measures and sleep disorder diagnoses in children and adolescents referred to a sleep disorders center. Becker, SP; Ramsey, RR; Byars, KC. Sleep Medicine. 2015; 16:79-86.