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Lisa Baker

Lisa Baker

Lisa Baker

Office: (269) 387-4484

3754 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5439

Mailing address
Department of Psychology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5439 USA

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1989
B.A., State University of New York Oswego, 1984

Dr. Lisa Baker, professor of psychology, is a member of the Behavior Analysis Graduate Program Committee and director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory. Dr. Baker received her B.A. in 1984 from the State University of New York at Oswego and her Ph.D. in 1989 from Vanderbilt University. She completed two years of postdoctoral training in behavioral pharmacology at the University of South Carolina prior to joining the WMU psychology faculty in 1991. She is a member of several professional societies, including the Society for Neuroscience, Behavioral Pharmacology Society, and the Society for Stimulus Properties of Drugs. Dr. Baker is an associate member of the WMU BRAIN (Brain Research and Interdisciplinary Neurosciences) laboratory in the College of Health and Human Services, devoted to investigating brain-behavior connections with a variety of populations. She is actively involved in public outreach and directs the annual Southwest Michigan Brain Bee for local high school students.

Teaching Interests

  • Physiological psychology
  • Drug Use and Abuse
  • Behavioral pharmacology
  • History of psychology

Research Activities

  • Behavioral pharmacology of addictive drugs
  • Preclinical screening of addictive drugs for abuse liability including drug discrimination, conditioned place preference, and behavioral sensitization procedures
  • Preclinical screening of novel psychiatric medications for pharmacotherapeutic potential.

Area of Expertise

  • Behavior Analysis
    Behavioral pharmacology of addictive drugs; the use of neuropharmacological and behavioral assays including drug discrimination, conditioned place preference and in vivo microdialysis to assess the behavioral and neuropharmacological effects of abused drugs in nonhuman models.