Nancy Baker, PhD is an Emerita faculty of Fielding. She is a diplomate in Forensic Psychology and maintains a small forensic and consulting practice. Currently she is the President of the Society for General Psychology (APA Div. 1). She is also a former President of the Society for the Psychology of Women and a Past Chair of APA's Committee on Women in Psychology. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, a Fellow of APA, and a Fellow of six divisions of APA.
Prior to earning her doctorate in psychology, she was an activist in the working women's movement. She served on the National Executive Board of the Coalition of Labor Union Women and did work in the areas of sex discrimination and sexual harassment.
Dr. Baker is currently serving as Treasurer on Fielding's Board of Trustees (FY2019.)
Industry Expertise (4)
Training and Development
Areas of Expertise (7)
Law and Ethics
Gender and Violence
Social Justice in Forensics
Feminist and Multicultural Perspectives On Psychological Assessment
Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award (professional)
(2015) Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award from APA Division 35 for Career Service
President of APA's Division (personal)
(2015) President-elect of APA's Division 1 - General Psychology
Laura Brown Award (professional)
(2007) Awarded by the American Psychological Association.
Presidential Citation (professional)
(2004) Awarded by the American Psychological Association.
Diplomate in Forensic Psychology (professional)
(1997) Awarded by the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Exemplary Service Award (professional)
(1991) Awarded by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Outstanding Dissertation Award (professional)
(1989) Awarded by the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program, Los Angeles.
California School of Professional Psychology: PhD, Clinical Psychology 1989
Stanford University: BA, Psychology 1971
- American Academy of Forensic Psychology : Fellow
- American Psychological Association : Fellow
- Society for the Psychology of Women : Fellow
- Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues : Fellow
- Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues : Fellow
- Society for General Psychology : Fellow
- Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues : Fellow
- APA Division of Trauma Psychology : Fellow
- American Psychological Society : Member
- California State Psychological Association : Member
- Association for Women in Psychology : Member
- APA Divisions 5, 12, 18, 41 : Member
- Police and Public Safety Section of APA : Member
Media Appearances (1)
Living in Partnership with Nature
(September, 2014) Every summer my family would drive from our home in rural Kentucky across the country to Wyoming to visit my mother’s family. I loved those big open spaces. One of my most vivid memories is seeing a herd of antelope running across Wyoming’s high desert plains. They were so majestic. I knew too that herds of bison had once roamed these same plains, but were now almost gone...
Event Appearances (5)
Research with Latino/Latina Immigrants: Issues and Results
(2008) Annual Convention of the California Psychological Association CA.
Forensic Evaluation in Employment Discrimination and Harassment
(2006) American Academy of Forensic Psychology Continuing Education Workshops CA.
Feminist Psychology: Engaged or Married
(2005) Division Presidential Address presented at the American Psychological Association Washington, DC.
Forging Common Ground: A Difficult Dialogue
(2005) Symposium Conducted at the American Psychological Association Washington, DC.
Legal and Ethical Issues in Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations
(2005) Symposium Conducted at the Annual Consortium of Police Psychologists Sarasota, FL.
Lessons from examining same-sex intimate partner violenceSex Roles
(2013) Even though scientific and legal recognition of same-sex relationships has increased, same-sex intimate partner violence (IPV) has not been included in the core conceptualization of the research and theorizing about IPV. Because of its inherent ...
Lesbian Women and Leadership: Which Comes First?Women and Leadership: Transforming Visions and Diverse Voices
(2007) This chapter discusses the phenomenon of lesbian leadership. One of the challenges in this discussion involves defining what we mean by lesbian leadership and what makes this kind of leadership different or similar to that of other women who are leaders. Lesbians are a ...
Feminist psychology in the service of women: Staying engaged without getting marriedPsychology of Women Quarterly
(2006) This article, based on the 2005 Society for the Psychology of Women Presidential Address, presents a definition of feminism and evaluates feminist psychology and its current challenges through that lens. The principal theme is the tension between feminist ...
Cognitive appraisals and transformations in delay behaviorJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
(1975) Investigated the effects of different cognitive representations of the rewards (outcomes) in a delay of gratification paradigm on children's ability to wait for these rewards. Subjects were 60 3-5 yr olds in nursery school. It was found that consummatory (arousing) ...