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Tamara A. Baker, PhD

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Tamara A. Baker, PhD

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Education And Training
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, 2004 - Anesthesiology
  • Research Fellow, University of Michigan, 2004 - Ethnicity Culture and Health
  • PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, 2001 - Biobehavioral Health
  • MA, Norfolk State University , 1995 - Community/Clinical Psychology

Dr. Baker’s research agenda focuses the behavioral and psychosocial predictors and outcomes of chronic pain and disease in older adults from diverse racial and ethnic populations. She also has a particular interest in examining health disparities and disparities in chronic pain management across the age continuum among clinic-based and community-dwelling adults in general, and older Black adults in particular. She recently received funding to focus on cancer pain and pain management among older Blacks and Whites receiving outpatient services. This two phase project is designed as a feasibility study examining the effectiveness of an education-based intervention among older adult oncology patients. The project similarly examines identified psychological, social, and cultural factors influencing cancer pain management.


  • Brown CS, Baker TA, Mingo CA, Harden JT, Whitfield K, Aiken-Morgan AT, Phillips KL, Washington T. A review of our roots: blacks in gerontology. Gerontologist. 2014 Feb;54(1):108-116. Pubmedid: 24022695.
  • Baker TA, O'Connor ML, Krok JL. Experience and Knowledge of Pain Management in Patients Receiving Outpatient Cancer Treatment: What Do Older Adults Really Know about Their Cancer Pain?. Pain Med. 2014 Jan;15(1):52-60. Pubmedid: 24118873.
  • Baker TA, Whitfield KE. Sleep behaviors in older african american females reporting nonmalignant chronic pain: understanding the psychosocial implications of general sleep disturbance. J Women Aging. 2014;26(2):113-126. Pubmedid: 24713051.
  • Baker TA, O'Connor ML, Roker R, Krok JL. Satisfaction with pain treatment in older cancer patients: Identifying variants of discrimination, trust, communication, and self-efficacy. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2013 Dec;15(8). Pubmedid: 24363611.
  • Krok J, Baker T. The influence of personality on reported pain and self-efficacy for pain management in older cancer patients. J Health Psychol. 2013 Jun. Pubmedid: 23744717.
  • Grubert E, Baker TA, McGeever K, Shaw BA. The role of pain in understanding racial/ethnic differences in the frequency of physical activity among older adults. J Aging Health. 2013 Apr;25(3):405-421. Pubmedid: 23271728.
  • Baker TA, Buchanan NT, Spencer TR. Disparities and social inequities: is the health of African American women still in peril?. Ethn Dis. 2010;20(3):304-309. Pubmedid: 20828107.
  • Baker TA, Buchanan NT, Corson N. Factors influencing chronic pain intensity in older black women: examining depression, locus of control, and physical health. J Womens Health. 2008 Jun;17(5):869-878. Pubmedid: 18537488. Pmcid: PMC2942750.
  • Baker TA. Chronic pain in older Black Americans: the influence of health and psychosocial factors. Ethn Dis. 2005;15(2):179-186. Pubmedid: 15825962.
  • Baker TA. For the patient. How chronic pain affects African Americans. Ethn Dis. 2005;15(2):353. Pubmedid: 15825986.
  • Green CR, Ndao-Brumblay SK, Nagrant AM, Baker TA, Rothman E. Race, age, and gender influences among clusters of African American and white patients with chronic pain. J Pain. 2004 Apr;5(3):171-182. Pubmedid: 15106130.
  • Green CR, Baker TA, Ndao-Brumblay SK. Patient attitudes regarding healthcare utilization and referral: a descriptive comparison in African- and Caucasian Americans with chronic pain. J Natl Med Assoc. 2004 Jan;96(1):31-42. Pubmedid: 14746352. Pmcid: PMC2594747.
  • Baker TA. For the patient. Exploring factors to aid in pain and arthritis management. Ethn Dis. 2003;13(4):549. Pubmedid: 14632280.
  • Baker TA. Arthritis symptoms as indicators of pain in older African Americans. Ethn Dis. 2003;13(4):513-520. Pubmedid: 14632271.
  • Baker TA, Whitfield KE, Edwards CL. Heritability of arthritis in African American twins: findings from the Carolina African American Twins Study of Aging. J Natl Med Assoc. 104(9-10):436-440. Pubmedid: 23342817.
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