Nerissa S. Bauer, MD, MPH

Nerissa S. Bauer, MD, MPH

Associate Professor


317-278-0552 (office)
317-278-0456 (fax)

Children's Health Services Research
Health Information and Translational Sciences Building (HITS)
410 West 10th Street, Suite 1000
Indianapolis, IN 46202



Behavioral Pediatrics

Areas of Interest

  • Early identification of postpartum depression to improve maternal and child outcomes
  • Use of group visits in primary care
  • Use of children's books to improve parent-child interactions
  • Development and evaluation of brief interventions to support mental health management in primary care practice

Dr. Nerissa San Luis Bauer is an assistant professor of pediatrics. She received her MD at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She completed pediatric residency training at University of California, San Diego and pursued and additional clinical year focusing on developmental-behavioral pediatrics. She completed a Masters in Public Health at the University of Washington while starting a foster care clinic at Harborview Medical Center and conducting research examining childhood bullying.

In 2006, Dr. Bauer joined the faculty at Indiana University. From 2006 through 2011, she served as the director for the developmental-behavioral pediatrics rotation. She adapted an evidence-based parenting program to teach residents basic child behavior management strategies that can be used in primary care practice. She is conducting several research studies aimed at improving the identification and management of postpartum depression, parenting issues and ADHD in pediatric primary care.

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1996 B.A., Psychology, University of Nevada
2000 M.D., University of Nevada School of Medicine
2006 M.P.H., University of Washington

Honors & Awards

1996 Magna Cum Laude, University of Nevada
2005-2007 NIH Extramural Pediatric Loan Repayment Award (merit-based)
June 2003 Outstanding Resident in Community Pediatrics
October 2000 Intern of the Month AAP Chapter 3 Award
2013-2015 Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., Regional Top Doctor, Pediatrics


Provider Clinics

Parent Child Connection Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic at Riley Child Development Center (Indianapolis, IN)


Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
705 Riley Hospital Drive, Room 1601
Indianapolis, IN 46202

317-944-4846 (appointments)
317-948-0126 (fax)

Research & Grants


Dr. Bauer's long-term research objective is to improve the social-emotional health of young children through early identification of psychosocial risk factors, such as maternal depression, poverty, and interpersonal violence. She has interest in developing and evaluating brief interventions to support busy general pediatricians in identifying developmental-behavioral issues and providing parenting support in primary care. She has additional interest in high quality early childhood education. In particular, Dr. Bauer is interested in shared-decision making, physician-family communication, health information technology, and the group visit model to improve upon current care.


Comparative Effectiveness of Primary-Care Based Interventions for Pediatric ADHD
Role: Project PI
Academic Pediatric Association Young Investigator Award
Promoting Healthy Parent-Child Relationships in Pediatric Primary Care
Role: PI
Indiana University School of Medicine Biomedical Research Grant
Follow up of Postpartum Depression Identified in Pediatric Practice
Role: PI
Computer Assisted Autism Care
Role: Co-Investigator
Improving Anxiety Detection in Pediatrics Using Health Information Technology
Role: PI

Representative PublicationsView All Publications

Bauer NS, Szczepaniak D, Sullivan PD, et al. Group Visits to Improve Pediatric Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Chronic Care Management. J Dev Behav Pediatr. Oct 2015;36(8):553-561.
Bauer NS, MD, MPH, et al. Children’s books as a brief intervention for parents with depressive symptoms and parenting stress. J Behav Health. 2013;2(4):318-325.
Carroll AE, Bauer NS, Dugan TM, Anand V, Saha C, Downs SM. Use of a computerized decision aid for ADHD diagnosis: a randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics. Sep 2013;132(3):e623-629.
Bauer NS, Sturm LA, Carroll AE, Downs SM. Computer Decision Support to Improve Autism Screening and Care in Community Pediatric Clinics. Infant Young Child. 2013;26(4):306-317.
Bauer NS, Carroll AE, Downs SM. Understanding the acceptability of a computer decision support system in pediatric primary care. J Am Med Inform Assoc. Jan-Feb 2014;21(1):146-153.
Bauer NS, Gilbert AL, Carroll AE, Downs SM. Associations of early exposure to intimate partner violence and parental depression with subsequent mental health outcomes. JAMA Pediatr. Apr 2013;167(4):341-347.
Bauer NS, McHenry MS, Carroll AE, Downs SM. A pilot study to determine if pediatricians will use a multimedia parenting program. J Behav Health. 2012;1(1):28-34.
Bauer NS, Sullivan PD, Hus AM, Downs SM. Promoting mental health competency in residency training. Patient Educ Couns. Dec 2011;85(3):e260-264.
Bauer NS, Webster-Stratton C. Prevention of behavioral disorders in primary care. Curr Opin Pediatr. Dec 2006;18(6):654-660.