Lisa Baker

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Lisa Baker
Professor of Psychology
(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
Teaching interests: 
  • Physiological psychology
  • Drug Use and Abuse
  • Behavioral pharmacology
  • History of psychology
Research interests: 
  • 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

Dr. Lisa Baker is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University, a member of the behavior analysis graduate program committee and director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory.

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. 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. She is also serving as faculty adviser to WMU's Psi Chi chapter.

Some of her concentrations are:

  • Behavioral Pharmacology and Behavioral Toxicology
  • Preclincial Screening of Addictive Drugs and Neuropsychiatric Medications
  • Drug discrimination
  • Conditioned Place Preference
  • Behavioral Sensitization
  • Microdialysis