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Aria E. Fiat, PhD, NCSP

  • Pediatric Psychologist, Integrated Behavioral Health Program, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I care about helping all children and families learn and develop tools to prevent emotional and behavioral health difficulties before they arise or worsen.
Aria E. Fiat, PhD, NCSP



I'm a pediatric psychologist in the Integrated Behavioral Health Program. I focus on universal prevention for children from birth to 5 years of age. I care about helping all children and families learn and develop tools to prevent emotional and behavioral health difficulties before they arise or worsen.

No matter who you are and what your treatment goals, I look forward to working with you. I create a safe place to discuss your goals and concerns for yourself and your child.

I was inspired to do this kind of work because we live in an increasingly complex world. Behavioral health care is needed to help parents and children navigate these complexities and our emotional responses.

I am passionate about integrated behavioral health in primary care because I believe everyone deserves access to behavioral health care—people shouldn't have to go to a specialty clinic to meet with a provider.

My care philosophy is to provide culturally respectful care to all patients and their families. I emphasize creating a safe space for them to talk openly about their challenges and what gives their lives meaning, in a nonjudgmental environment.

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all treatment. I'm trained in various evidence-based interventions and modalities and tailor my approach based on families' presenting concerns and unique goals for treatment.

As a researcher, I want to understand how to improve the systems in which we provide behavioral health care to better meet the needs of patients and families and make behavioral health care more accessible and sustainable. I also focus on supporting the well-being of caregivers and medical providers in the context of ongoing stressors.

When I'm not at work, I enjoy yoga, hiking, cooking, gardening, learning new languages and looking at art. I have an adorable dog, and we love spending time together outdoors.

BS: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2013.

PhD: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2020.

Residency: University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 2020.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2021.


Universal prevention; wellness promotion; early intervention; school-based supports; LGBTQIA+ youth and families; culturally and linguistically diverse families

Services and Specialties

Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology


Integrated systems of service delivery; organizational wellbeing; implementation science; culturally-responsive intervention delivery; caregiver mental health

Research Areas

Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Psychology

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Integrated Behavioral Health Prevention for Infants in Pediatric Primary Care: A Mixed-Methods Pilot Study. Ammerman, RT; Rybak, TM; Herbst, RB; Mara, CA; Zion, C; Patel, MA; Burstein, E; Lauer, BA; Fiat, AE; Jordan, P; Burkhardt, MC; McClure, JM; Stark, LJ. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2024; 49:298-308.

Exploring the Relationship Between Parent Mental Health and Children’s Academic Coping. Fiat, AE; Thayer, AJ; Miller, FG; Thibodeau, EL; Cook, CR. School Mental Health. 2023; 15:913-926.

NIH Toolbox executive function measures with developmental extensions: Reliability and validity with preschoolers in emergency housing. Distefano, R; Fiat, AE; Merrick, JS; Slotkin, J; Zelazo, PD; Carlson, SM; Masten, AS. Child Neuropsychology. 2021; 27:709-717.

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