Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Faculty of Medicine
UBC – BC Children’s Hospital
Description of Research Program
I am interested in understanding the patterns of computer and gaming station use in youth with psychiatric disorders. Previous research suggests that overuse is associated with psychiatric symptoms, but we know little about use in youth with psychiatric disorders. I want to know how much time youth are spending on the computer/gaming-station; how many youth have problem or "addictive" use; and whether use is associated with problems in their daily functioning. I would also like to understand the long term effects of excessive "screen time" on child development.
Mental Illness / Substance
Anxiety disorders, Movement disorders
Area of Research
Computer and gaming-station use in youth with psychiatric disorders
Internet addiction, Videogames
View Complete List of Publications
Weiss, M. D., Baer, S., Allan, B., Saran, K. and Schibuk, H. The Screens Culture: Impact on ADHD. ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders, in press.
Baer, S., Bogusz, E. and Green, D. A. Stuck on Screens: Patterns of Computer and Gaming-station Use in Youth Seen in a Psychiatric Clinic.Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2011, 20(2), 86-94.
Freeman, R. D., Soltanifar, A. and Baer, S. Stereotypic Movement Disorder: Easily Missed. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 2010, 52(8),733-738.
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.
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.