Judith Baer, Ph.D. received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the University of Houston. She is Associate Professor of Social Work at Rutgers University and an affiliate of the Institute for Social and Psychiatric Initiatives, Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine.
Dr. Baer's research foci include study of the transitional stages of adolescent development, familismo and acculturative processes in Latino adolescents, faculty and student relationships, and the nosology of mental disorders. Dr. Baer teaches in the M.S.W. and doctoral programs in the areas of advanced clinical practice, theory development, and meta-analysis.
Prior to entering academia, Dr. Baer was Director of Social Services at Seven Acres Jewish Geriatric Center in Houston, Texas, Acting Director of Social Services at The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, and psychiatric social worker for Harris County Hospital. Additionally, she was a consultant to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services as well as President of the Houston Gerontological Society.
Selected Recent Publications:
Wakefield, J.C., Schmitz, M.F. & Baer, J.C. (2010). Does the DSM-IV clinical significance criterion for major depression reduce false positives? Evidence from the NCS-R. American Journal of Psychiatry. published online January 15, 2010; doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2009.09040553
Wakefield, J.C. & Baer, J.C
. (2010). The cognitivization of psychoanalysis: Toward an integration of psychodynamic and cognitive theories. In William Bordon (Ed.), Reshaping theory in contemporary social work: Toward a critical pluralism in clinical practice. New York: Columbia University Press (pp. 51-80).
Wakefield, J.C. & Baer, J.C.
(2008). Levels of meaning: A plea for integration. Social Work Now
(New Zealand Journal) Special issue honoring Sharon Berlin. April, 21-28.
Holden, G., Thyer, B.A., Baer, J.C.
, Delva, J., Dulmus, C.N., Williams-Shanks, T. (2008). Suggestions to improve social work journal editorial and peer-review processes: The San Antonio response to the Miami statement. Research on Social Work Practice
, 18, 66 - 71.
& Schmitz, M. F. (2007). Ethnic differences in trajectories of family cohesion for Mexican-American and Non-Hispanic White adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence
, 36 (4), 583 ? 592. Baer, J.C.
& Martinez, C.D. (2006). Child maltreatment and insecure attachment. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
, 24 (3) 187-197.
Schilling, R., Baer, J.C.
, Barth, R., Fraser, M., Hurman, D., Holden, G., MacNeil, G., Maccio, E., Marsh, J.C., Nichols-Casebolt, A., Proctor, E.K., Robinson-Roberts, D., Williams Shanks, T.R., Tucker, D.J. (2005). Peer Review and Publication Standards in Social Work Journals: The Miami Statement. Social Work Research
, 29 (2), 119-121. Baer, J.C.
, Prince, J.D., Velez, J. (2004). Fusion or familialism: A construct problem in studies of Mexican American adolescents. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
26 (3), pp. 263-274. Baer, J.
, & Maschi, T. M. (2003). Random acts of delinquency: Trauma and self-destructiveness in juvenile offenders. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal
, 20(2) pp. 85-99. Baer, J.
(2002). Is family cohesion a risk or protective factor during adolescent development? Journal of Marriage and Family
, 64, 668-675. Baer, J.
(2001). Evaluating practice: Assessment of the therapeutic process. The Journal of Social Work Education
, 37 (1), 127-135.
Schmitz, M.F., & Baer, J. C.
(2001). The vicissitudes of measurement: A confirmatory factor analysis of the Emotional Autonomy Scale. Child Development
72 (1), 207-219.