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2020 Scholars

Ariel Williamson PhD, DBSM


Assistant Professor
University of Pennsylvania

Ariel Williamson is a clinical psychologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Perelman School of Medicine. She is interested in leveraging modifiable factors that can be targeted to promote positive development and prevent behavior disorders in multiple ecological settings. Specifically, her research focuses on (1) understanding health disparities in susceptibility for and the adverse outcomes of pediatric sleep problems (2) behavioral approaches to promote pediatric sleep health and treat sleep problems in primary care and in partnership with community organizations, including the Philadelphia-area Beds for Kids program ( She is currently funded by a K23 award from NICHD (K23HD094905) focused on adapting and evaluating a behavioral intervention for young children of lower socioeconomic status with sleep problems in urban primary care.