Sarah Reid

Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

Dr. Sarah Reid is a pediatric emergency physician at CHEO. She is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Her major academic interest lies in improving the emergency care of children seen outside of pediatric hospitals. She is the Editor and Ontario Lead for Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids ( which develops clinical resources for common and important PEM topics and has taught emergency medicine audiences across Canada. Her other research interests include pediatric concussion and mental health.

Research Projects

  1. Pediatric emergency department physicians’ perceptions of virtual mental health assessments for urgent needs


    While many physicians agreed that there is a potential benefit of the ED virtual care platform for urgent mental health assessments, time constraints and lack of confidence in providing satisfactory virtual mental health care with minimal mental health support limited its acceptability. These findings can inform the future implementation of mental health services using an innovative virtual ED platform.

  2. Building Resilience and Attachment in Vulnerable Adolescents: A Pilot Trial of a Brief Group Intervention for Adolescents with Mild to Moderate Suicidal Ideation and their Caregivers


    Study results demonstrate that the BRAVA intervention has the potential to reduce SI among adolescents who present to hospital services in crisis. Further studies are required to establish BRAVA's efficacy in a randomized controlled trial.

  3. Is early activity resumption after paediatric concussion safe and does it reduce symptom burden at 2 weeks post injury? The Pediatric Concussion Assessment of Rest and Exertion (PedCARE) multicentre randomised clinical trial.


    PA is a promising concussion treatment. Post-concussion symptoms at 2weeks did not differ significantly between children/ youth with acute concussion randomised to initiate PA at 72 hours post injury versus those instructed to rest-until-asymptomatic.

  4. Parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic: The sociodemographic and mental health factors associated with maternal caregiver strain


    Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new stressors for parents (“caregivers”) that may affect their own and their child’s mental health (MH). We explored self-reported levels of caregiver strain (parents’ perceived ability to meet parenting demands), and the MH and sociodemographic factors of caregivers to identify predictors of strain that can be used to guide MH service delivery for families.

  5. The HEADS-ED: Evaluating the Clinical Use of a Brief, Action-Oriented, Pediatric Mental Health Screening Tool


    Results support the HEADS-ED's use by PED physicians to help guide the assessment and referral process and for discussing the clinical needs of patients among health care providers using a common action-oriented language.