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Faculty and Staff Profile

Anna Baker

Assistant Professor

Office: 321-C Brackett

Phone: 864-656-8563


Educational Background

Postdoctoral Fellowship: John’s Hopkins School of Medicine
Internship: University of Mississippi Medical Center/Sonny Montgomery VA

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
Louisiana State University 2014

M.A. Psychology
New York University 2009

B.S. Psychology
University of Florida 2007

Courses Taught

Health Psychology
Abnormal Psychology

Research Interests

Dr. Baker’s research program aims to improve adherence at both the system and patient level by investigating how to re-engage patients with the medical system through communication strategies, identifying barriers, and matching patient-centered interventions to address barriers. She is also interested in community based programs/interventions to facilitate and improve patient access and interactions with the health care system. Her expertise is in anxiety and she is particularly interested in the role of anxiety in medical decision making/adherence and how to prioritize and harness patient values and goals to improve outcomes. Another line of work focuses on the transition to self-management and the transfer of care adolescents with chronic illness must navigate.

Research Publications

1. Baker, A. M., Tolwinski, K., Atondo, J., Davis, D., Goehringer, J., O’Brien, C., Jones, L., Williams, J., Pisiecko, C., Sturm, A. Rahm, A., Buchanan, A., (2022) Understanding the patient experience of receiving actionable genomic results from the MyCode Community Health Initiative, a population-based genomic screening initiative. Journal of Personalized Medicine, 12(9), 1511.
2. *Covert, E., Baker, A. M, Gilani, O. (2022) Evaluating clinical and demographic influences on health perception: A translation of the SF-12 for use with NHANES. SSM-Population Health, 18
3. Baker, A. M., *Johnston J., *Davis, L., Lockard, A. (2021) Medical transition to a university setting for students with chronic illness. accepted at Journal of College Student Development, 62(6): 731-735.
4. *Johnston, J. D., *Roberts, E. I., *Brenman, A., *Davis, L., Lockard, A., Baker, A. M. (2021) Psychosocial functioning and adjustment to university settings: Comparing students with chronic illness to healthy peers. Accepted for publication in Journal of American College Health.
5. Whiteside, S. P. H., O'Dell, S. M., Baker, A. M., Leffler, J. M., Sim, L. A., Harrison, N. L., Bieber, E. D., Kosmach, J. J., & Geske, J. R. (2021). From the laboratory to the office: Implementation and sequencing of evidence-based treatment components for newly diagnosed childhood psychiatric disorders in a large health system. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 52(2), 156–164.
6. Yohannes, A. M, Eakin, M. N., Holbrook, J. T., Sugar, E. A., Henderson, R., Baker, A. M., Casper, A. S., Kaminsky, D. A., Rea, A. L., Mathews, A. M., Que, L. G., Ramsdell, J. W., Gerald, L. B., Wise, R. A., Hanania, N. A., (2020) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease related with increased risk of mild cognitive impairment. Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine, 15, 153-159.
7. Ingram, W. M., Baker, A. M., Bauer, C. R., Brown, J. P., Goes, F. S., Larson, S., Zandi, P. P. (2020) Defining major depressive disorder cohorts using the EHR: Multiple Phenotypes based on ICD-9 codes and medication orders. Neurology, Psychiatry, and Brain Research, 36, 18-26. doi:
8. Baker, A. M., Holbrook, J. T., Yohannes, A. M., Eakin, M. N., Sugar, E. A., Henderson, R., Casper, A. S., Kaminsky, D. A., Rea, A., Mathews, A., Que, L. G., Ramsdell, J., Gerald, L. B., Wise, R. A., & Hanania, N. A. (2018) Test performance characteristics of the AIR, GAD-7 and HADS screening questionnaires for anxiety in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201708-631OC.
9. Karlson, C. W., May, A., Bromberg, M. H., Elkin, T. D., Majumdar, S., & Palermo, T. M. (2016) Pain in pediatric sickle cell disease: Daily use of behavioral prevention strategies. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 42. 335-344.
10. Baker, A. M., Riekert, K. A., Sawicki, G., & Eakin, M. N. (2015) CF RISE: Implementing a clinic-based transition program. Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology, 28, 250-254. doi:10.1089/ped.2015.0594.
11. Baker, A. M., Raiker, J. S., Elkin, T. D., Palermo, T. M., & Karlson, C. (2015) Internalizing symptoms mediate the relationship between sleep disturbances and pain symptoms in a pediatric hematology/oncology sample. Children’ Health Care. doi:10.1080/02739615.2015.1124326
12. Raiker, J. S., Manning, E., Harrington, B., May, A. C., Leist-Haynes, S., Graves, P. & Karlson, C. (2015) Brief neurocognitive screening in youth with brian tumours: A preliminary investigation of the Lebby-Asbell Neurocognitive Screening Examination (LANSE). Brain Injury, 29, 1192-1198.
13. Schaumberg, K., Mota, N., Dixon, L., Sippel, L., Jackson, M. Vinci, C., May, A., Schumacher, J. A., & Coffey, S. (2015) The Paper Chase: Reflections on an experiment in collaborative scientific writing. Behavior Therapist.
14. Sippel, L. M., Jones, R. E., Bordieri, M. J., Dixon, L. J., May, A. C., Malkin, M. L., Schumacher, J. A., & Coffey, S. F. (2015) Moderating effects of anxiety sensitivity and emotion regulation on PTSD symptoms in PTSD substance dependence. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 245-252. doi:10.1007/s10608-014-9648-2.
15. May, A. C., Rudy, B. M., Jenkins, W. S., Whiting, S. E., Davis, III, T. E., Reuther, E. (2014). Somatic symptoms in those with performance and interaction anxiety versus performance or interaction anxiety alone. Journal of Health Psychology, 19, 1400-1409. doi: 10.1177/1359105313490773.
16. Rudy, B. M., May, A. C., Whiting, S. E., Davis, III, T. E., Jenkins, W. S., & Reuther, E. (2014). Differentiating among singular and comorbid obsessive-compulsive disorder and social phobia symptomatology. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 43,111-121. doi:10.1080/16506073.2013.859170.
17. Whiting, S. E., May, A. C., Rudy, B. M., & Davis, T. E. (2014). Strategies for the control of unwanted thoughts in adolescents: The Adolescent Thought Control Questionnaire (TCQ-A). Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 36, 276-287. doi: 10.1007/s10862-013-9369-y.
18. Whiting, S. E., Jenkins, W. S., May, A. C., Rudy, B. M., Davis, III, T. E., & Reuther, E. (2014). The role of intolerance of uncertainty in social anxiety subtypes. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 70, 260-272. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22024.
19. Davis, III, T. E., Reuther, E., May, A. C., Rudy, B., Munson, M., Jenkins, W. S., & Whiting, S. E. (2013). The Behavioral Avoidance Task Using Imaginal Exposure (BATIE): Correlates and Comparisons with In Vivo Behavioral Avoidance Tasks. Psychological Assessment, 25, 1111-1119. doi:10.1037/a0033157.
20. Reuther, E. T., Davis, T. E., Rudy, B. M., Jenkins, W. S., Whiting, S. E., & May, A. C. (2013). Intolerance of uncertainty as a mediator of the relationship between perfectionism and obsessive-compulsive symptom severity. Depression and Anxiety, 30, 773-777. doi:10.1002/da.22100.
21. Tureck, K., Matson, J. L., May, A., Whiting, S. E., & Davis III, T. E. (2013). Comorbid Symptoms in Children with Anxiety Disorders Compared to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. doi: 10.1007/s10882-013-9342-4.
22. Tureck, K., Matson, J. L., May, A., & Turygin, N. (2013). Externalizing and tantrum behaviours in children with ASD and ADHD compared to children with ADHD. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 16, 52-57. doi:10.3109/17518423.2012.719245.
23. Tureck, K., Matson, J. L., May, A., Davis III, T. E., & Whiting, S. E. (2013). Investigation of the rates of comorbid symptoms in children with ADHD compared to children with ASD. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 25, 405-417. doi:10.1007/s10882-012-9320-2.
24. May, A. C., Rudy, B. M., Davis, III, T. E., & Matson, J. L. (2013). Evidence-based behavioral treatment of dog phobia with young children: Two case examples. Behavior Modification, 37, 143-160. doi:10.1177/0145445512458524.
25. Rudy, B. M., May, A. C., Matthews, R.A., & Davis, III, T. E. (2012). Youth’s negative self-statements as predictor of social self-efficacy among differing relationships: A model. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 35, 106-112. doi:10.1007/s10862-012-9319-0.
26. Rieske, R. D., Matson, J. L., May, A. C., & Kozlowski, A. M. (2012). Anxiety in children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders: Significant differences and the moderating effect of social impairments. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 24, 167-180. doi:10.1007/s10882-011-9264-y.
27. Hattier, M. A., Matson, J. L., May, A. C., & Whiting, S. E. (2012). Repetitive/restricted behaviors and interests in children with cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorders. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 15, 178-184. doi:10.3109/17518423.2012.657306.
28. Davis, T. E., May, A., & Whiting, S. E. (2011). Evidence-based treatment of anxiety and phobia in children and adolescents: Current status and effects on the emotional response. Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 592-602. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2011.01.001.


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