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Liza M. Suarez PhD

Liza M. Suarez
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Director, Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorders Clinic
  • Co-Director, Urban Youth Trauma Center
Contact Information
  • lmsuarez [at]
  • (312) 413-4628
  • (312) 413-7757
  • Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR)
    1747 W. Roosevelt Rd.
    Chicago IL 60612
  • Room #:192

Liza Suarez, Ph. D., is the co-director of the Urban Youth Trauma Center (UYTC), a Treatment Service Adaptation Center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. UYTC aims to improve the lives of youth and families affected by community violence who are experiencing traumatic stress and co-occurring conditions, including substance abuse and disruptive behavior problems. Dr. Suarez is adapting and evaluating an integrated intervention targeting traumatic stress and substance abuse problems in adolescents. At UIC, Dr. Suarez develops research and treatment programs for urban children within the Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorders Clinic.

  • psychiatry

    Adolescent traumatic stress and substance abuse, community violence, community mobilization, dissemination and implementation of evidence based practices, treatment for anxiety disorders among urban youth, youth and family engagement in mental health treatment.

  • Affrunti, N., Suarez, L.M., & Simpson, D. (in press). Community violence and posttraumatic stress symptoms in urban youth: The moderating influence of friend and parent support. Journal of Community Psychology

    Simpson, D., Suarez, L.M , Cox, L., & Connolly, S. (in press). The role of coping strategies in understanding the relationship between parental social support and psychological outcome in anxious youth. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

    Wagner-Simmons, S. & Suarez, L.M. (2016). Trauma and substance abuse, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics, 25, 723–734.

    Connolly, S. D., Suarez, L. M., Victor, A. M., Zagaloff, A. D., Bernstein, G. F. (2016). Anxiety Disorders,  M. In M. Duncan (Ed.). Duncan’s Texbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Second Edition.  American Psychiatric Publishing: Arlington, VA

    Ellis, B.H & Suarez, L,M. (2015).  Beyond Trauma Treatment: How to help traumatized children move into a better future. In Saxe, G., Ellis, H., & Brown, A. Trauma Systems Therapy for Children and Teens, Second Edition, Guilford Press.

    Suárez, L., Ellis, B.H., & Saxe, G.N. (2013). Integrated Treatment of Traumatic Stress and Substance Abuse Problems among Adolescents, In Ehrenreich-May, J. & Chu, B. Transdiagnostic Treatments for Children and Adolescents, Guilford Press. Pp 339-332

    Beidas, R.S., Suárez, L., Simpson, D., Read, K., Wei, C., Connolly, S & Kendall, P. (2012). Contextual factors and anxiety in minority and Caucasian youth presenting for treatment across two urban university clinics. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 26, 544-554.PMID: 22410093. PMCID: PMC3319261

    Suárez, L., Belcher, H., Briggs-King, E., & Titus, J. (2012). Supporting the Need for an Integrated System of Care for Youth with Co-occurring Traumatic Stress and Substance Abuse Problems. American Journal of Community Psychology, 49, 430-440DOI: 10.1007/s10464-011-9464-8, Url:

    Suárez, L., Polo, A. J., & Chen, C., & Alegría, M. (2009). The prevalence, course, and correlates of childhood-onset anxiety disorders among Latinos and Non-Latino whites in the United States. Psicología Conductual, 17, 90-109.

    Suárez, L., Barlow, D., Bennett, S., & Golsdstein, C. (2008) Understanding anxiety disorders from a “triple vulnerability” framework.  In M. M. Anthony and M.B. Stein (Eds.), Oxford handbook of anxiety and related disorders. Oxford University Press, New York.

    Suárez, L. & Baker, B. (1997).  Child externalizing behavior and parents’ stress: The role of social  support. Family Relations, 46, 373-381.

Title Description Investigator(s) Category Status
Risk and Protective Factors Study Examine factors associated with childhood anxiety within an urban clinic population. Urban Youth Trauma Center On-going
Urban Youth Trauma Center SAMHSA 1U79SM080017-01 Treatment Service and Adaptation Center for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network aiming to provide services, training and resources focusing on the impact of urban community violence on youth and families experiencing traumatic stress and co-occurring substance abuse and disruptive behavior problems. Urban Youth Trauma Center On-going

*System-generated list from psychiatry research website.