Associate Research Director
B.S., Psychology, Michigan State University
M.S., Clinical Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Clinical Internship, Minneapolis Veteran’s Hospital
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Baker is Associate Research Director for the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry. Broadly, her research focuses on the biological and genetic vulnerability for eating disorders and how these factors may change across the lifespan and between the sexes. Dr. Baker is currently focusing on defining biological and genetic markers of eating disorder risk and recovery and how these markers may interact with psychological factors, such as anxiety. Ultimately, these findings would be translated to improve and individualize treatment programs. Secondly, Dr. Baker’s research has focused on the comorbidity between eating disorders and substance use disorders, exploring the genetic overlap between the two.
As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Baker has expertise in cognitive behavior therapy for eating disorders and anxiety disorders and conducts group and individual therapy in the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders outpatient program. Dr. Baker is also the onsite coordinator for the Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI).