Sara E. Williams, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4336



Pediatric chronic pain; pediatric psychology; cognitive behavioral therapy


Psychosocial factors affecting pediatric chronic pain; parent-child interaction


Sara E. Williams, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment, treatment, and research of pediatric chronic pain. She is the clinical director of the Functional Independence Restoration program for inpatient pediatric chronic pain rehabilitation. She also practices as a pain psychologist in the Headache Center and Pain Management Clinic. 

Dr. Williams’ research interests focus on psychosocial factors affecting children’s and parents’ experience of pediatric chronic pain conditions. She is a study therapist for an NIH funded clinical trial investigating exercise and behavioral interventions for adolescents with fibromyalgia.

PhD: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2007.

Internship: University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2006-2007.

Fellowship: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2008-2010.

Certification: Licensed Clinical Psychologist.

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Wojtowicz A, Greenley RN, Gumidyala AP, Rosen A, Williams SE. Pain severity and pain catastrophizing predict functional disability in youth with inflammatory bowel disease. J Crohns Colitis. 2014 Mar 11.

Birnie KA, Caes L, Wilson A, Williams SE, Chambers CT. A practical guide and perspectives on use of experimental pain modalities with children and adolescents. Pain Manag. 2014 Mar;4(2):97-111.

Kovacic K, Williams S, Li B, Chelimsky G, Miranda A. High Prevalence of nausea in children with pain-associated functional gastrointestinal disorders: Are Rome criteria applicable? J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Sep;57(3):311-15.

Logan DE, Williams SE, Carullo VP, Claar RL, Bruehl S, Berde C. Children and adolescents with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: More psychologically distressed than other children in pain? Pain Res Manag. 2013 Mar-Apr;18(2):87-93.

Sieberg CB, Williams S, Simons LE. Do parent protective responses mediate the relation between parent distress and child functional disability among children with chronic pain? J Pediatr Psychol. 2011 Oct;36(9):1043-51.

Williams SE, Blount RL, Walker LS. Children’s pain threat appraisal and catastrophizing moderate the impact of parent verbal behavior on children’s symptom complaints. J Pediatr Psychol. 2011 Jan;36(1):55-63.

Williams SE, Smith CA, Bruehl SP, Gigante J, Walker LS. Medical evaluation of children with chronic abdominal pain: Impact of diagnosis, physician practice orientation, and maternal trait anxiety on mothers’ responses to the evaluation. Pain. 2009 Dec;146(3):283-92.

Little CA, Williams SE, Puzanovova M, Rudzinski ER, Walker LS. Multiple somatic symptoms linked to positive screen for depression in pediatric patients with chronic abdominal pain. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2007 Jan;44(1):58-62.

Walker LS, Williams SE, Smith CA, Garber J, Van Slyke DA, Lipani TA, Greene JW, Mertz H, Naliboff BD. Validation of a symptom provocation test for laboratory studies of abdominal pain and discomfort in children and adolescents. J Pediatr Psychol. 2006 Aug;31(7):703-13.

Walker LS, Williams SE, Smith CA, Garber J, Van Slyke DA, Lipani TA. Parent attention versus distraction: Impact on symptom complaints by children with and without chronic functional abdominal pain. Pain. 2006 May;122(1-2):43-52.