Dr. Tamara A. Baker, PhD
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Tamara A. Baker is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also the Associate Director of Research for the Mental Health Equity Program-Psychiatry at UNC-CH. Dr. Baker received her MA in Clinical/Community Psychology from Norfolk State University, a PhD from Penn State in Biobehavioral Health, and completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health as a Paul B. Cornely Postdoctoral Fellow. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Ethnicity & Health, Editor Emeritus of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, and Editor of the first Handbook of Minority Aging (Springer Publishing). She serves on several editorial boards and is the current Chair of the Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) Behavioral and Social Sciences section, where she is also a GSA Fellow. She is also Dr. Baker is a 2019 Mayday Fellow, which is established to encourage pain experts to assume public leadership and advocacy roles. Dr. Baker was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Geriatric and Gerontology Advisory Committee under the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Washington). Dr. Baker’s scholarly work has been successfully funded by a number of NIH institutions. Her background in Gerontology, Psychology, and Biobehavioral Health has evolved into an active research agenda that focuses on understanding the behavioral and psychosocial predictors and outcomes of chronic pain and symptom management, and health disparities and inequities in pain management among older African Americans.