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, Pain Management, Headache Medicine, Clinical Psychology

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

Parenting in the Context of Children's Chronic Pain: Balancing Care and Burden. Guite, JW; Russell, BS; Homan, KJ; Tepe, RM; Williams, SE. Children. 2018; 5.

Pilot Randomized Trial of Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Neuromuscular Training for Juvenile Fibromyalgia: The FIT Teens Program. Kashikar-Zuck, S; Black, WR; Pfeiffer, M; Peugh, J; Williams, SE; Ting, TV; Thomas, S; Kitchen, K; Myer, GD. Journal of Pain. 2018; 19:1049-1062.

Parent Attributions of Ambiguous Symptoms in Their Children: A Preliminary Measure Validation in Parents of Children with Chronic Pain. Heathcote, LC; Williams, SE; Smith, AM; Sieberg, CB; Simons, LE. Children. 2018; 5:76-76.

Pros and cons of social interaction during intensive pediatric pain treatment. Williams, SE; Wallace, DP. 2017; 19:31-37.

Disaccharidase Deficiencies in Children With Chronic Abdominal Pain. El-Chammas, K; Williams, SE; Miranda, A. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2017; 41:463-469.

Preliminary Outcomes of a Cross-Site Cognitive-Behavioral and Neuromuscular Integrative Training Intervention for Juvenile Fibromyalgia. Tran, ST; Guite, JW; Pantaleao, A; Pfeiffer, M; Myer, GD; Sil, S; Thomas, SM; Ting, TV; Williams, SE; Edelheit, B; et al. Arthritis Care and Research. 2017; 69:413-420.

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

A Qualitative Examination of a New Combined Cognitive-Behavioral and Neuromuscular Training Intervention for Juvenile Fibromyalgia. Kashikar-Zuck, S; Tran, ST; Barnett, K; Bromberg, MH; Strotman, D; Sil, S; Thomas, SM; Joffe, N; Ting, TV; Williams, SE; et al. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2016; 32:70-81.