Brief Biography

dr-clarkPrevious Roles

  • Acting Head of Psychology, Department of Psychology, B.C. Children’s Hospital and Women’s Health Centre
  • Director of Training, Department of Psychology, B.C. Children’s Hospital and Women’s Health Centre
  • Sessional Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • Instructor, Department of Psychology, Langara College

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • Clinical Associate, Department of Psychology, Clinical Psychology Centre, Simon Fraser University

Committee Work

  • Canadian Council Of Professional Psychology Programs (2006-2012, Past President)
  • Canadian Psychological Association, Accreditation Panel (2010-present, Chair)
  • College of Psychologists of British Columbia, Quality Assurance Committee (2012-present)
  • PHSA Mental Health Promotion Project – Steering Committee (2010-2012)

Past and Present Areas of Research

  • Caregiver Experiences In the Surgical Waiting Room
  • Evaluating Stress on Families Whose Surgeries Have Been Cancelled – A Quality of Care Inititiave
  • Effectiveness of Group Cognitive-Behavioural Treatment for Children with Anxiety Disorders
  • Evaluation of a Brief Training Model for Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Childhood Anxiety Disorders
  • Vancouver Primary Prevention Program:  Controlled Trial Prevention Groups in Schools
  • Investigation of Language Problems in Children with Selective Mutism


  • Clark, S.L. & Garland, E. J. (2018). Integrating Play and Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions to Treat Childhood Worries and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. In Play-Based Interventions for Childhood Anxieties, Fears, and Phobias.  Edited by A. Drewes & C.E. Schaefer , Guilford Press.
  • Clark, S.L.  (2002). Taming Worry Dragons:  Practical Applications for Individual or Group Therapy, DVD or VHS.  BC Children’s Hospital.
  • Clark, S.L.  (2000).  Tools for Taming and Trapping Worry Dragons: Children’s Workbook.  BC Children’s Hospital.
  • Clark, S.L.  (2000).  Facilitator’s Manual:  Coping Skills for Children with Anxieties – Taming  Worry Dragons. BC Children’s Hospital.
  • Clark, S.L. & Garland, E.J. (2004).  The Kid’s Guide to Taming Worry Dragons, BC Children’s Hospital.
  • Clark, S.L. & Garland, E.J., & Short, C. (2004).  Taming Worry Dragons:  Classroom Manual, A Psychoeducational Group Program for Prevention of Anxiety, BC Children’s Hospital.
  • Garland, E.J., & Clark, S.L. (2002). Worry Taming for Teens. BC Children’s Hospital.
  • Garland, E.J., & Clark, S.L. (1996, Revised 2000). Taming Worry Dragons: A Manual for Children, Parents, and other Coaches. BC Children’s Hospital.
  • Howe, M.L., Brainerd, C.J., & Clark, S.L. (1992). Forgotten but not gone: Evaluating the ups and downs of “normal forgetting”.  Unpublished manuscript, Department of Psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland.
  • Howe, M.L., Kelland, A., Bryant-Brown, L., & Clark, S.L.  (1992).  Measuring the development  of children’s amnesia and hypermnesia. In  M.L. Howe, C.J. Brainerd, & V.F. Reyna  (Eds.), Development of long-term retention.  New York: Springer-Verlag.
  • Miller, L., Short, C., Garland, J., & Clark, S.L.  (2010).  The ABC’s of CBT:  Evidence-Based Approaches to Child Anxiety in Public School Settings.  Journal of Counselling & Development, 88(4), 2010.


Dr. Clark has presented extensively at local and national conferences, for School Board Professional Development Days, for Parent Advisory Councils, among others.   Here is a sampling of the topics she presents on:

  • Anxiety Disorders:  Identification and Treatment Issues
  • Anxiety in Children and Youth in the School Context
  • Anxiety in Children:  Understanding and Using Taming Worry Dragons
  • Anxiety in Children:  What to Do!  (for Parents)
  • Issues in Clinical Supervision
  • Issues in Diversity
  • Joint CPA/CCPPP Internship Fair/Presentation on Preparing for Your Predoctoral Internship
  • Professional Issues:  Special Issues When Working with Children and Families
  • Selective Mutism:  An Overview including Assessment and Treatment Issues