Izabela Milaniak, PhD

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Izabela Milaniak, PhD, is a psychologist with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Anxiety disorders, Social anxiety disorder, Separation anxiety disorder, Generalized anxiety disorder, Panic disorder, Phobias, Obsessive compulsive disorder, Trauma and stress-related disorders, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Locations: Center for Advanced Behavioral Healthcare
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training


Psychology - Nemours Children’s Hospital, Wilmington, DE


Psychology - Nemours Children’s Hospital, Wilmington, DE

Undergraduate Degree

BA in Psychology - The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

Graduate Degree

PhD in Clinical Psychology - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
MA in Clinical Psychology - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Psychologist

Departments and Services




Williamson, A. A., Milaniak, I., Watson, B., Cicalese, O., Fiks, A. G., Power, T. J., Barg, F. K., Beidas, R. S., Mindell, J. A., & Rendle, K. A. (2020). Early childhood behavioral sleep intervention in urban primary care: Perspectives from caregiver and clinician stakeholders. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 45(8), 933-945.


Milaniak, I. & Jaffee, S.R. (2019). Childhood socioeconomic status and chronic inflammation: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 78, 161-176.

Segerstrom, S. C. (2019). What’s the meaning of this? Childhood socioeconomic status, inflammation, and meta-analysis. Editorial in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.


Milaniak, I., Cecil, C.A.M., Relton, C., Guant, T., McCardle, W., Barker, E.D. & Jaffee, S.R. (2017). Oxytocin Receptor gene (OXTR) DNA methylation and resilience to prenatal environmental risk. Developmental Psychopathology, 29(5), 1663-1674.

Feiring, C., Milaniak, I., Simon, V. A., & Clisura, L. (2017). Gender and negative emotion during narratives about romantic conflict: Links to conflict strategies. Journal of Relationships Research, 8, e7.


Milaniak, I.,* Watson, B.,* Jaffee, S.R. (2015). Gene-environment interplay and substance use: A review of recent findings. Current Addiction Reports, 4(2), 1-8.

Milaniak, I., & Widom, C.S. (2015). Does child maltreatment increase risk for perpetrating multiple types of violence? Psychology of Violence, 5(3), 246-255.

Posters and Presentations


Carroll, I., LePage, A., Senior, C., Radcliff, Z., Milaniak, I., Flatley, C., Donati, M., Lewis, A., Cutuli, J., Hughes-Reid, C., & Hatchimonji, D. (2022, August 4-6). Racial/ethnic congruence: Pediatric integrated primary care and Black/African American families. [Poster presentation]. American Psychological Association, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Senior, C., Carroll, I., LePage, A., Hughes-Reid, C., Cutuli, J. J., Lewis, A., Flatley, C., Milaniak, I., & Hatchimonji, D. (2022, April). Examining access and engagement of Spanish-speaking families in pediatric integrated primary care [Poster presentation]. Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ, United States.


Milaniak, I. (July 2021). Using Chart Review for Quality Improvement Projects in Primary Care. Current. Lecture for Department of Integrated Behavioral Health at Nemours Children’s Hospital.

Milaniak, I. (June 2021). Current Trends and Experience in the Clinical Job Market. Lecture for psychology pre-doctoral psychology interns at Nemours Children’s Hospital.

Milaniak, I. (May 2021). Is there BetterHelp? Ethical Implications of Therapy Apps. Lecture for psychology postdoctoral fellows at Nemours Children’s Hospital.


Milaniak, I. (July 2020). Quality Improvement Possibilities in Adolescent Medicine: Screening for Suicidal Risk. Lecture for psychology interns at Nemours Children’s Hospital.

Awards and Honors

2020, Diane J. Willis Award for Outstanding Article in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology
2018, Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation’s Student Education Award; Matthew Small Education Award
2018, Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union; Graduate Student Award
2016, Pulaski Scholarship for Advanced Studies Program
2015, Kosciuszko Foundation Graduate Scholarship
2012, Psychology Departmental Honors
2012, The College of New Jersey Honors Program
2011, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
2011, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
2010, Psi Chi Honor Society
2010, Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union; Undergraduate Award
2008, Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar Award

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

Ad hoc reviewer

Aggression and Violent Behavior
Scientific Reports
Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

Family Partners Program, Co-Clinical Director
American Psychological Association (APA)
Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Division 53 of APA
Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (ABCT)