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Jessica Baker

Assistant Professor and Associate Research Director for the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders

PhD

Clinical Associate Professor

Associate Research Director, Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders

Location:

UNC Hospitals – Chapel Hill

Education and Training:

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

Summary Statement:

Dr. Baker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Associate Research Director for the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. Dr. Baker’s research focuses on the biological and genetic vulnerability for eating disorders with a particular focus on: 1) the role of gonadal steroids (e.g., estradiol) in the risk for and maintenance of eating disorders; 2) changes in genetic and biological risk across the lifespan; 3) how these factors predict treatment outcome; and 4) the comorbidity between eating disorders and substance use disorders. As part of her work, Dr. Baker is also interested in college student mental health and examining how the transition to college may increase risk for disordered eating, substance use, or both.

As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Baker also provides treatment for eating disorders. Her expertise is in cognitive behavior therapy for eating disorders and anxiety disorders. Dr. Baker conducts outpatient individual and group therapy in the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, primarily working with adults and college students seeking care. She additionally has clinical expertise and interest in conducting psychological and diagnostic evaluations and assessments.

 

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