A photo of Kelly C. Byars.

Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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, Clinical Psychology, Sleep Disorders

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.