Dr. Erin Baker joined the faculty of the division of Educational Psychology and Methodology in 2016. She graduated in 2016 with a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Bowling Green State University, earned her Master’s degree from Morehead State University in Experimental Psychology in 2011, and completed her undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, in psychology, sociology, and physics, in 2009.
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.
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.
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.