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Baker, Jason K.

Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Studies

Co-Director, Center for Autism

Child and Adolescent Studies

Office: 657-278-7966

Department: 657-278-8458



Dr. Jason Baker is an associate professor of child & adolescent studies at Cal State Fullerton. He received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and worked for several years in the behavioral treatment of autism before obtaining his doctorate in psychology from Penn State (clinical major, developmental minor). Baker completed his clinical internship at the UCLA Semel Institute with a concentration on the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and families. He held postdoctoral positions at the University of Miami and at the University of Wisconsin, Waisman Center, where he conducted research in autism. Baker serves on the Executive Committee of Division 33 of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is a consulting editor for the APA Journal of Family Psychology. His interests focus on biological and environmental contributions to the development of children with developmental risk and/or disability. Populations of interest include, but are not limited to autism, intellectual disability and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. He is interested in how child (e.g., arousal regulation, neuropsychological factors, developmental challenges) and family factors predict individual differences in child outcomes and how these factors might promote resilience in vulnerable children and families. Related interests include parenting, family systems and the socialization of child emotion.

Areas of Knowledge:
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Parent-Child Interaction
  • Parenting
  • Co-parenting
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Psychophysiology

  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Children's Issues
  • Family Studies
  • Psychology