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 April 17 WPUPC conference at SRU features psychology historian 



March 25, 2010

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April 17 WPUPC conference features psychology historian


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - David B. Baker, the Margaret Clark Morgan director of the archives of the History of American Psychology and a professor of psychology at the University of Akron, will be the keynote speaker when Slippery Rock University hosts the 38th Annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference April 17.

Baker will speak at 12:30 p.m. in the University Union.

Conference registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Poster presentations are scheduled for 8:30-10:30 a.m., and paper presentations from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Lunch will be at noon.

          The participation registration deadline is 5 p.m. April 9, but late registrations will be accepted the morning of the conference. The registration fee is $15, including lunch and may be completed online at:

The deadline to submit a paper or poster application is 5 p.m. April 2. Submissions may be completed by visiting:

          Baker received his doctorate in counseling psychology and his master of education degree in school psychology from Texas A&M University. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Millersville University. 

As a historian of psychology, he teaches the history of psychology at the undergraduate and graduate level, and does research and writing on the rise of professional psychology in America during the 20th century. 

          At Akron University he has serves as interim associate provost for teaching, learning and faculty development; director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning; director of Archives of the History of American Psychology; and interim dean of University Libraries, He had formerly served as an assistant, and later, associate professor of psychology in the department of psychology at the University of North Texas, Denton. He has also taught at Texas A&M University.

          A licensed psychologist in private practice, Baker provides individual and family therapy with a specialty in child psychology.

          He was postdoctoral fellow in child clinical psychology at the University Pediatrics in Bryan, Texas and a child clinical/pediatric pre-doctoral intern in the division of child psychiatry and child development at the Stanford University School of Medicine

          He is a fellow in the American Psychological Association and serves as historian for Division 17. He is a member of the American Psychological Society; Cheiron, the International Society for the History of the Social and Behavioral Sciences; and the Society for Research in Child Development 

          Baker has published three books and delivered numerous presentations. He is responsible for nearly $4.5 million in research grants and gifts. 

          He is an editorial consultant to the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, the Journal of Vocational Behavior and Criminal Justice and Behavior.

          From 2002-05 he served as representative to APA Council and serves on the executive committee for the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment and the Voices of the Holocaust Advisory Board.

          Baker received the American Psychological Association Presidential Citation and the Outstanding Service Award presented by the University of North Texas, among other honors.

          For more than 30 years undergraduate researchers interested in the assorted fields of psychology have been presenting at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference. It is estimated that 100 institutions have participated. Since its beginning in 1973 with 44 presenters, WPUPC has hosted more than 100 presenters and more than 200 have attended. 

          The conference is being organized by SRU's Christopher Niebauer, associate professor of psychology, and Linda Veronie, assistant professor of psychology.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.

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