Dr. Baker obtained her M.S.W. and Ph.D. in social work from Ohio State University in 1984 and 1995, respectively. Her research interests focus on gerontology and health care, the effects of forgiveness on health and mental health, minority perspectives and service delivery to vulnerable populations. Dr. Baker was named Social Worker of the Year in 2001 by the National Association of Social Workers for both the Dayton Region and the state of Ohio; being the first WSU social work faculty member to receive this honor. She serves as a member on six different boards at the local, state, and national levels, and is a member of seven professional associations.