• Baer, Susan


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

    Degrees / Designations
    Primary Area of Research
    Brain, Behaviour & Development
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    PO Box 141
    4500 Oak Street
    Vancouver, BC  V6H 3N1

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety disorders, including social anxiety and selective mutism
    • Computer and gaming-station use in youth with psychiatric disorders
    I am interested in studying the treatment anxiety disorders in children and youth and particularly in evaluating the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy.  Current research projects include evaluating a behavioral treatment for selective mutism, which is a debilitating anxiety disorder where children have difficulty talking in social situations, typically at school and in community settings.

    Other research interests include understanding the patterns of computer and gaming station use in youth with psychiatric disorders.  Key findings have been that youth with psychiatric disorders spend almost twice as much time per day on screens compared to youth in the general population; however, rates of “addictive” use are similar in the two populations.  Children with externalizing disorders, including ADHD, are particularly prone to spending large amounts of time video-gaming.  Interestingly, problems in day to day functioning are associated with addictive features of use, but not with time spent using (after controlling for addiction).  This finding suggests that there is a difference between youth who are simply “filling” their time with screens, and those who use is more driven and problematic.
    Current Projects
    Selected Publications

    Manassis K, Lee TC, Bennett K., Zhao XY, Mendlowitz S, Duda S, Saini M,  Wilansky P, Baer S, Barrett P, Bodden D, Cobham V, Dadds MR, Flannery-Schroeder E, Ginsburg G, Heyne D, Hudson J,  Kendall P, Liber J, Masia Warner C, Nauta M, Rapee R, Silverman W, Siqueland L, Spence S, Utens E, Wood J, “Types of parental involvement in CBT with anxious youth: a preliminary meta-analysis,” J Consult Clin Psychol, 2014, 82(6):1163-72. PMID: 24841867

    Bennett K., Manassis K, Walter S, Cheung A, Wilansky-Traynor P, Diaz-Granados N, Duda S, Rice M, Baer S, Barrett P, Bodden D, Cobham V, Dadds MR, Flannery-Schroeder E, Ginsburg GS, Heyne D, Hudson J,  Kendall P, Liber J, Masia Warner C, Mendlowitz S, Nauta M, Rapee R, Silverman W, Siqueland L, Spence S, Utens E, Wood J, “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Age Effects in Child and Adolescent Anxiety:  An Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis,” Depress Anxiety, 2013, 30(9);829-41. PMID: 23658135

    S. Baer, K. Saran, I Hong, and D. A. Green "Electronic media use and addiction among youth in psychiatric versus school populations," Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 2012, 57(12):728-735. PMID: 23228231

    S. Baer, K. Saran, and D. A. Green, "Computer/Gaming-station use in youth:  Correlations between use, addiction, and functional impairment," Paediatrics & Child Health 2012, 17(8):427-31. PMID: 24082802

    M. D. Weiss, S. Baer, B. Allan, K. Saran, and H. Schibuk, “The Screens Culture: Impact on ADHD,” Atten Defic Hyperact Disord. 2011, 3(4):327-34. PMID: 21948003

    S. Baer, E. Bogusz, and D. A. Green, “Stuck on Screens:  Patterns of Computer and Gaming-station Use in Youth Seen in a Psychiatric Clinic,” J Can Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2011, 20(2):86-94. PMID: 21541096

    Freeman, R. D., Soltanifar, A. and Baer, S. Stereotypic Movement Disorder: Easily Missed. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 2010, 52(8),733-738.
    Hadjipavlou G, Baer S., Lau, A. and Howard, A. Selective Sound Intolerance and Emotional Distress: What Every Clinician Should Hear. Psychosomatic Medicine, 2008, 70, 737-740. PMID: 18596245

    Baer, S. and Garland, E.J. A Pilot Study of Community-based Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy for Adolescents with Social Phobia. J. Amer. Acad. Child and Adol. Psychiatry, 2005, 44(3), 258-264. PMID: 15725970
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