Jennifer Baker (she/her) is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology M.A. program at CSUDH. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2022 from CSUDH. Currently, Jennifer works for the Long Beach School District as a Special Education Instructional Aide, where she provides support for kindergarten and first grade students with behavioral challenges and learning difficulties. Jennifer is experienced in implementing various modalities used in early intervention for toddler-aged children with developmental delays and neurodevelopmental disorders, including training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (A.B.A.) and the Jasper Method.
Jennifer's current research interests include adverse childhood experiences, community violence, cognitive flexibility, maternal sensitivity, neurodiversity, and psychedelic-assisted therapy. She hopes to collaborate with researchers and community partners who are committed to investigating these topics from a multidisciplinary approach. After completing her M.A., Jennifer is interested in applying to Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology. Her long-term career goals include conducting research to design trauma-informed interventions for young children that can be implemented in educational and medical settings, providing clinical services for children and families, and teaching and providing research training for undergraduate students. In particular, Jennifer is a firm believer in the power of early intervention for children under two years old and in designing programs to help struggling parents cultivate mindfulness and practices to improve their self-regulation and resilience. She hopes to improve the caregiver-child relationship and better serve families within her community who struggle with accessing diagnostic assessments and mental health services. She is committed to using her work to support systemic changes in health care policies and systems of mental health care while also fighting to improve the inequalities children with developmental disabilities face within the educational setting.