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Sara Williams

Current University: Cincinnati Children's Hospital; University of Cincinnati
Location: US
Discipline: Psychology
Research Supervisor: Graduate: Lynn Walker, PhD
PICH Mentor: Carl von Baeyer, PhD
Member since: September 2008

About me/my research:

My background and training is in the field of pediatric pain psychology, with a particular interest in parent-child interaction in a pediatric chronic pain population. Current clinical and research interests include a) the role of sleep in functional abdominal pain, b) development and evaluation of interventions for parents of children with chronic pain conditions, c) parents’ attribution of children’s health symptoms, and d) the role of catastrophizing by parents and children on children’s chronic pain outcomes. // Became a PICH graduate: June 1, 2010


Representative Publications:
Walker, L. S., Williams, S. E., Smith, C. A., Garber, J., Van Slyke, D. A., Lipani, T. A. et al. (2006). Validation of a symptom provocation test for laboratory studies of abdominal pain and discomfort in children and adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 31, 703-713.

Walker, L. S., Williams, S. E., Smith, C. A., Garber, J., Van Slyke, D. A., Lipani, T. A. (2006). Parent attention versus distraction: Impact on symptom complaints by children with and without chronic functional abdominal pain. Pain, 122, 43-52.

Williams, S. E., Smith, C. A., Bruehl, S. P., Gigante, J., & Walker, L. S. (2009). 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, 146, 283-92.

Williams, S. E., Blount, R. L., Walker, L. S. (2010). Children’s pain threat appraisal and catastrophizing moderate the impact of parent verbal behavior on children’s symptom complaints. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36, 55-63.

Sieberg, C. B., Williams, S., Simons, L. E. (2011). Do parent protective responses mediate the relation between parent distress and child functional disability among children with chronic pain? Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36, 1043-51.

Logan, D. E., Williams, S. E., Carullo, V. P., Claar, R. L., Bruehl, S., & Berde, C. (2013). Children and adolescents with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: More psychologically distressed than other children in pain? Pain Research and Management, 18, 87-93.

Birnie, K. A., Caes, L., Wilson, A., Williams, S. E., Chambers, C. T. (2014). A practical guide and perspectives on use of experimental pain modalities with children and adolescents. Pain Management, in press.