Erin Baker

Erin Ruth Baker, Ph.D.

Socio-moral decision-making and behavior outcomes in early childhood and adolescence.

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Erin Ruth Baker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

School of Education
Division of Educational Psychology & Methodology
Department: Educational and Counseling Psychology

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Dr. Erin Baker graduated in 2016 with a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Bowling Green State University. She earned her Master’s degree from Morehead State University in Experimental Psychology, and her undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, in psychology and physics.

Research Interests

Dr. Baker has interests in understanding how the ability to think about social situations influences the way people behave in social situations, given their changing capacity to form judgments and decisions as people grow. In particular, her focus is on behavior outcomes such as aggression and pro-sociality. Dr. Baker examines this within two general age levels: early childhood and adolescence; these are two ages at which thinking of social understanding develops quite rapidly. She is also interested in how parent-child relationships influence this developing decision-making process, and the influence of parenting behaviors on children’s cognition in general.

Additional Information

Dr. Baker has several active research studies at various stages of completion. The first is a follow-up to her work in graduate school, in which she examined how young children’s moral judgment and social thinking influenced children’s and teachers’ perceptions of the child’s socio-moral behaviors. Another project examines how assumptions of others’ intent is related to judgment of moral/immoral behaviors, and justifications of immoral behaviors. Finally, Dr. Baker is also working with colleagues at the University of Maryland on a study which examines how exposure to exclusion - being excluded, compared with being excluded and witnessing another being excluded - influences, and is influenced by children’s preference for types of socio-moral behavior.


Baker, E. R., Tisak, M. S., & Tisak, J. (2016). What can boys and girls do?: Preschoolers’ perspectives regarding gender roles across domains of behavior. Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal. doi: 10.1007/s11218-015-9320-z

Tisak, M. S., Tisak, J., Baker, E. R., & Graupensperger, S. (2016). Relations among victimization, witnessing, and perpetration of aggression: Impact of gender among youth offenders. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260516659658

Tisak, M. S., Tisak, J., Chen, Y., Fang, Q., & Baker, E. R. (in press). Adolescent misconduct behaviors: A cross-cultural perspective of adolescents and their parents. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Baker, E. R., Tisak, M. S., Tisak, J., & Jensen, C. (under review). Understanding the forms and functions of aggression in early childhood: A closer examination of the role of inhibitory control.

Tisak, J., Tisak, M. S., Baker, E. R., & Amrhein, K. (under review). Youth offenders and familial relationships: Gender similarities and differences.

Baker, E. R., Tisak, M. S., & Bordoff, S. (in prep). Theory of mind development and concurrent aggressive expression in early childhood: Successful social navigation for goal acquisition.

Baker, E. R. & Kidwell, S. L. (in prep). Hostile attributions as a mediator between attachment and children’s behavior problems: “But he started it!”

Baker, E. R. & Kidwell, S. L. (in prep). Social information processing and emotion regulation: Mediating relations on attachment and emotional competence in at-risk preschoolers.

Baker, E. R., & Veits, G. (in prep). The developmental impact of race riots in childhood: Aggressive and anxious outcomes in adolescence.

Awards and Honors

Dr. Baker received the 2016 Award for Teaching and Instruction given by the Undergraduate Psychological Association, and the 2015 Freeburne Award for Teaching Excellence, both at Bowling Green State University, for her dedication to undergraduate teaching and learning.

Dr. Baker was a part of team which won the Emerging Scholar Poster Award at the 2016 meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence. Dr. Baker was also a graduate mentor of the team awarded the Outstanding Student Symposium Presentation at the 23rd Annual Symposium on Research in Psychiatry, Psychology, and Behavioral Sciences.