A photo of Sara Williams.

Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


My Biography & Research


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.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric chronic pain; pediatric psychology; cognitive behavioral therapy

Research Interests

Psychosocial factors affecting pediatric chronic pain; parent-child interaction


Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Psychology, Pain Management, Headache Medicine

My Locations

My Education

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.

My Publications

Tran ST, Guite JW, Pantaleao A, Pfeiffer M, Myer GD, Sil S, Thomas SM, Ting TV, Williams SE, Edelheit B, Ounpuu S. Preliminary outcomes of a cross‐site cognitive‐behavioral and neuromuscular integrative training intervention for juvenile fibromyalgia. Arthritis Care & Research. 2017;69(3):413-420.

Tran ST, Thomas SM, DiCesare C, Pfeiffer M, Sil S, Ting TV, Williams SE, Myer GD, Kashikar-Zuck S. A pilot study of biomechanical assessment before and after an integrative training program for adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia. Pediatric Rheumatology. 2016;14:43.

Kashikar-Zuck S, Tran ST, Barnett K, Bromberg MH, Strotman D, Sil S, Thomas SM, Joffe N, Ting TV, Williams SE, Myer GD. A qualitative examination of a new combined cognitive-behavioral and neuromuscular training intervention for juvenile fibromyalgia. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2016;32:70-81.

El-Chammas K, Williams SE, Miranda A. Disaccharidase Deficiencies in Children with Chronic Abdominal Pain. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2015.

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 Management. 2014;4(2):97-111.

Wojtowicz A, Greenley R, Gumidyala A, Rosen A, Williams SE. Pain severity and pain catastrophizing predict functional disability in youth with IBD. Journal of Crohn’s & Colitis. 2014;8:1118-24.

Kovacic K, Miranda A, Chelimsky G, Williams S, Simpson P, Li BUK. Chronic idiopathic nausea of childhood. Journal of Pediatrics. 2014;164:1104-9.

Logan DE, Williams SE, Carullo VP, Claar RL, Bruehl S, Berde C. Children with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: More psychologically distressed than other children in pain? Pain Research and Management. 2013;18:87-93.

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? Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2013;57:311-15.