Kari F. Baber, PhD

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Kari F. Baber, PhD, is a psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Pediatric disorders of gut-brain interaction (DGBI) including functional abdominal pain, Irritable bowel syndrome, Chronic constipation, Rumination syndrome, Symptom-related anxiety
Locations: Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training


Psychology - Nemours / Alfred I DuPont Hospital, Wilmington, DE


Clinical Psychology - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Clinical Psychology - Tidewater Child Development Clinic, Norfolk, VA

Undergraduate Degree

BS in Psychology - Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Graduate Degree

PhD in Clinical Child Psychology - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
MS in Clinical Psychology - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Titles and Academic Titles


Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services




Apple, D. E., Lett, E., Wood, S., Freeman Baber, K., Chuo, J., Schwartz, L. A., ... & Dowshen, N. (2021). Acceptability of telehealth for gender-affirming care in transgender and gender diverse youth and their caregivers. Transgender Health.

Wood, S. M., Pickel, J., Phillips, A. W., Baber, K., Chuo, J., Maleki, P., ... & Schwartz, L. A. (2021). Acceptability, Feasibility, and Quality of Telehealth for Adolescent Health Care Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Cross-sectional Study of Patient and Family Experiences. JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting, 4(4), e32708.


Psihogios, A. & Baber, K. (2017). “Stop my pain, but don’t send me to school!” A pediatric case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and school absenteeism. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 5(2):186–191.


Waters, A.M., Schilpzand, E., Bell, C., Walker, L.S. & Baber, K. (2013). Functional gastrointestinal symptoms in children with anxiety disorders. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41(1):151-63.


Beck, A.T., Haigh, E.A.P & Baber, K.F. (2012). Biological underpinnings of the cognitive model of depression: A prototype for psychoanalytic research. The Psychoanalytic Review, 99, 515-537.


Beck, J.E., Lipani, T. A., Baber, K.F., Dufton, L., Garber, J., Smith, C.A. & Walker, L.S. (2011). Attentional bias to pain and social threat in pediatric patients with functional abdominal pain and pain-free youth before and after performance evaluation. Pain, 152(5), 1061-1067.


Claar, R.L., Baber, K.F., Simons, L.E., Logan, D.E. & Walker, L.S. (2008). Pain coping profiles in adolescents with chronic pain. Pain, 140(2), 368-375.

Baber, K.F., Anderson, J., Puzanovova, M. & Walker, L.S. (2008). Rome II versus Rome III classification of functional gastrointestinal disorders in pediatric chronic abdominal pain. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, 47(3), 299-302.

Walker, L.S., Baber, K.F., Garber, J. & Smith, C.A. (2008). A typology of pain coping strategies in pediatric patients with chronic abdominal pain. Pain, 137, 266-275.


Greco, L.A., Freeman, K.E., & Dufton, L.M. (2007). Overt and relational victimization among children with frequent abdominal pain: links to social skills, academic functioning and health service use, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 32(3), 319-327.


Browne, M.N., Freeman, K.E. & Williamson, C.L. (2000). The importance of critical thinking for student use of the Internet. College Student Journal, 34, 391-198.

Browne, M.N. & Freeman, K.E. (2000). Distinguishing features of critical thinking classrooms. Teaching in Higher Education, 5(3), 301-309.




Baber, K.F. & Rodriguez, K.A. (2019). Cognitive behavior therapy for functional abdominal pain disorders. In R.D. Friedberg & J.K. Paternostro (Eds.), Cognitive behavior therapy for coping with pediatric medical conditions (pp. 201-217). New York: Springer.

Posters and Presentations


Hale, A., Jerson, B. & Baber, K.F. (2021). Neuroscience metaphors, functional goals, and measurable outcomes: ACT for gastrointestinal disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. Workshop presented at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science World Conference (virtual conference)

Miller, J., Fussner, L., Baber, K., Wesley, K., Webster, J. & Rodriguez, K. (2021). Group intervention for pediatric patients with functional constipation: telehealth as an opportunity for increased access and engagement. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (virtual conference)


Jerson, B., Hale, A. & Baber, K.F. (2020). Beyond butterflies: Delivering CBT for children and adolescents with gastrointestinal symptoms. Mini workshop presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy Annual Convention (virtual conference)

Wood, S.M., Schwartz, L., Baber, K., Petsis, D., Apple, D.E., Faust, H., Chuo, J. & Dowshen, N. (2020). Feasibility and acceptability of a rapidly scaled telehealth program for adolescent subspecialty care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health (virtual conference)

Invited Lectures


Freeman, KE. Caring for Youth with IBS-D: Applying evidence-based psychological treatment. Best Practices in Pediatric Psychogastroenterology Lecture Series. APA Division 54, Pediatric Gastroenterology Special Interest Group. March 2021.


Freeman, KE. Unique Concerns of Pediatric Patients and Caregivers and Key Communication Strategies Basic Skills Training in Psychogastroenterology Workshop, Rome Foundation Psychogastroenterology Section. August 2020.

Awards and Honors

2019, Citizenship Award Awarded by Graduating Fellows in the Department of Pediatrics/Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
2002, Phi Beta Kappa

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

2017-present, Editorial Board, Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology

Academic and Institutional Committees

2020-present, Clinical Care Committee, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
2019-present, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry/Post-Pediatric Portal Training Faculty, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
2018-present, Behavioral Health Population Health Workgroup
2016-present, Psychology Training Advisory Committee, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2020-present, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
 - 2022-present, Professional Education Committee
2019-present, Rome Foundation Gastropsych Section
 - 2022-present, Co-Chair, Training Committee
2010-present, American Psychological Association
 - APA Division 53: Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
 - APA Division 54: Society of Pediatric Psychology
 - APA Division 54 Pediatric Gastroenterology Special Interest Group
 - 2022-present, NASPGHAN Liaison