The announcement came late Wednesday afternoon that Dr. Jennifer Baker, PsyD, LFMT would be joining the executive administration in a newly created position. Baker is now the Vice President, a position that that puts her in line with Dr. Nedwick, the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dawn Medley, the Vice President of Enrollment Services. Below is the letter sent out by the President.
I am pleased to inform you that after considerable deliberation, consultation
with the School’s trustees and my executive team and discussions with Dr. Baker
– the decision has been made to promote Jennifer Baker, PsyD, LFMT, to Vice
those that don’t know Dr. Baker well – a little background: Dr. Jennifer Baker
is a licensed clinical psychologist, a licensed marriage and family therapist,
Associate Professor, and Director of the Center for Innovation and Community
Health (CICH: Formerly the Center for Professional Solutions - CPS) at The
School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute. Dr. Baker directs Forest
Institute’s Mental Health in Corrections Conference (MHCC), oversees grant
development and administration, administers APA-approved, and other, continuing
education for professionals, and provides training and consultation on
workplace and relationship wellness to the business community. She is also the
founder of Ozarks Marriage Matters (OMM), a community healthy marriage initiative.
Dr. Baker is a valuable member of the Forest President’s Executive Committee
and the President’s Cabinet.
Baker oversees the work of Operation Us, a five-year, $5.2 million project
funded by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to provide healthy
marriage and healthy relationship education to persons living in 29 counties in
southwest Missouri. Over the last four years, this project has served more than
13,000 persons, including adolescents and adults.
to her work with the current Operation Us project, Dr. Baker directed the
Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program at Forest for nine years. During that
time she helped the program to become the only fully accredited MFT program in
Missouri. Also, during that same time period Jennifer and her team developed a
curriculum to train child welfare professionals throughout Missouri, as well as
graduate students in social work and marriage and family therapy at Missouri
State University and Forest, in the importance of healthy marriage to child
wellbeing. This five-year, $1.2 million project was funded through the
Children’s Bureau under ACF.
Through the years Dr. Baker has built strong relationships with individuals and
community and regional agencies and systems. And she is well-known and
sought-out by civic and private organizations – regularly a guest on local
radio and TV stations. This work has had a significant impact in furthering the
mission of Forest and its programs and advancing the local and national
reputation of the school, creating opportunities for faculty, students and
alumni and enriching the lives of our citizens.
join me in congratulating Dr. Baker on this well-deserved promotion.
President, The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute