Breanna Winder-Patel, Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Breanna Winder-Patel, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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Pediatric Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Locations and Contact

UC Davis MIND Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute
2825 50th St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Winder-Patel's research focuses on the clinical and behavioral manifestation of anxiety in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. She's interested in the specialty areas of identifying distinct areas of anxiety more often found in individuals with autism and identifying anxiety in individuals with autism and intellectual disability.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Winder-Patel is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at the MIND Institute and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. She has a strong interest in the assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, pediatric anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Dr. Winder-Patel began an anxiety treatment clinic upon joining the MIND Institute to continue her passion of providing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Habit Reversal Training (HRT) to children and adolescents.


General Pediatrics

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis MIND Institute
UC Davis Children's Hospital

Undergraduate School

B.A., Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, West Chester University, West Chester PA 2001

Other School

M.A., Psychology, Boston University, Boston MA 2003

Other School

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr PA 2013


Predoctoral Internship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA 2012-2013


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA 2013-2014

UCLA PEERS Program Research Training Scholarship, 2011

Research and Development Grant Award, Zumba Fitness for Children with ASD, 2010

Hold the Door Person Award, Hold the Door for Others, 2008

Pre-doctoral Research and Training Fellowship, Autism Speaks, 2007

Distinguished Alumni Recognition, West Chester University, 2005

Andrews DS, Aksman L, Kerns CM, Lee JK, Winder-Patel BM, Harvey DJ, Waizbard-Bartov E, Heath B, Solomon M, Rogers SJ, Altmann A, Nordahl CW, Amaral DG. Association of Amygdala Development With Different Forms of Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Biol Psychiatry. 2022 Jun 1;91(11):977-987. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2022.01.016. Epub 2022 Feb 2. PMID:35341582.

Winder-Patel B, Tudor ME, Kerns CM, Davis K, Nordahl CW, Amaral DG, Solomon M. Often Undiagnosed but Treatable: Case Vignettes and Clinical Considerations for Assessing Anxiety Disorders in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability. Evid Based Pract Child Adolesc Ment Health. 2022;7(1):24-40. doi:10.1080/23794925.2021.1923090. Epub 2021 Oct 12. PMID:35284637.

Kerns CM, Winder-Patel B, Iosif AM, Nordahl CW, Heath B, Solomon M, Amaral DG. Clinically Significant Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Varied Intellectual Functioning. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2021 Nov-Dec;50(6):780-795. doi:10.1080/15374416.2019.1703712. Epub 2020 Jan 23. Erratum in: J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2020 Mar 27;:i. PMID:31971849.

Hessl D, Libero L, Schneider A, Kerns C, Winder-Patel B, Heath B, Lee J, Coleman C, Sharma N, Solomon M, Nordahl CW, Amaral DG. Fear Potentiated Startle in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Association With Anxiety Symptoms and Amygdala Volume. Autism Res. 2021 Mar;14(3):450-463. doi:10.1002/aur.2460. Epub 2020 Dec 29. PMID:33372389.

Nordahl CW, Iosif AM, Young GS, Hechtman A, Heath B, Lee JK, Libero L, Reinhardt VP, Winder-Patel B, Amaral DG, Rogers S, Solomon M, Ozonoff S. High Psychopathology Subgroup in Young Children With Autism: Associations With Biological Sex and Amygdala Volume. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2020 Dec;59(12):1353-1363.e2. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2019.11.022. Epub 2020 Jan 20. PMID:31972262.

Paterson SJ, Wolff JJ, Elison JT, Winder-Patel B, Zwaigenbaum L, Estes A, Pandey J, Schultz RT, Botteron K, Dager SR, Hazlett HC, Piven J; IBIS Network. The Importance of Temperament for Understanding Early Manifestations of Autism Spectrum Disorder in High-Risk Infants. J Autism Dev Disord. 2019 Jul;49(7):2849-2863. doi:10.1007/s10803-019-04003-2. PMID:30993502.

Rescorla LA, Winder-Patel BM, Paterson SJ, Pandey J, Wolff JJ, Schultz RT, Piven J. Autism spectrum disorder screening with the CBCL/1½-5: Findings for young children at high risk for autism spectrum disorder. Autism. 2019 Jan;23(1):29-38. doi:10.1177/1362361317718482. Epub 2017 Sep 20. PMID:28931307.

Oswald TM, Winder-Patel B, Ruder S, Xing G, Stahmer A, Solomon M. A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of the ACCESS Program: A Group Intervention to Improve Social, Adaptive Functioning, Stress Coping, and Self-Determination Outcomes in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2018 May;48(5):1742-1760. doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3421-9. PMID:29234931.

Winder BM, Wozniak RH, Parladé MV, Iverson JM. Spontaneous initiation of communication in infants at low and heightened risk for autism spectrum disorders. Dev Psychol. 2013 Oct;49(10):1931-42. doi:10.1037/a0031061. Epub 2012 Dec 10. PMID:23231694.