Tamara A. Baker, Ph.D

Tamara A. Baker

Tamara A. Baker

Dr. Baker's research agenda has been to establish an original, meaningful and coherent program of research in pain management, health outcomes and behaviors, and domains of health disparities and social determinants of health among diverse race and marginalized populations. Specifically, it is her intent to continue a line of research that provides a knowledge base to understand and explain the experience and management of chronic pain among older minority populations, with an interest in further understanding the influence of social determinants of health. This will be accomplished with continued productivity in developing and testing models identifying clinical and psychosocial factors that influence the pain experience, health behaviors, and outcomes, and by developing and implementing intervention programs leading to optimal pain management in clinic- and community-based settings. She believes this research will have a significant impact on health policy and health care, while addressing the needs and potentially reducing, and possibly eliminating health disparities among underrepresented and marginalized populations.

Associate Professor,

Doctor of Philosophy, Biobehavioral Health, 2001 The Pennsylvania State University
Master of Arts, Community/Clinical Psychology, 1995 Norfolk State University
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Psychology, 1993 North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC

Contact Information


1415 Jayhawk Blvd.
414 Fraser Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045

(785) 864-6528

Research Interests

  • Health disparities
  • Social determinants of health
  • Pain
  • Chronic disease self-management
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Aging

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Baker, T. A., Vasquez, E., & Minahan, J. (in progress). Variability of pain outcomes among a diverse sample of older males: It is more than just race?

Baker, T. A., et al. (in progress). Age differences in satisfaction with pain treatment among older cancer patients.

Baker, T. A., et al. (in review). Identifying factors of psychological distress on the experience of pain and symptoms management among cancer patients.

Baker, T. A., et al. (in progress). Understanding the relation of pain and multiple chronic conditions in older adults.

Walker, J., Thorpe, R., Harrison, T., Baker, T. A., et al. (in revision). The relationship between pain, disability, and gender in African Americans.

Baker, T. A., O'Connor, M., & Krok-Schoen, J. (2016). Pain interference with everyday activities among older Black and White cancer patients: It’s more than just pain severity. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.

Baker, T. A., Roker, R., Collins, H., Johnson-Lawrence, V., Thorpe, R., Mingo, C., & Vasquez, E. (2016). Beyond race and gender: Measuring behavioral and social indicators of pain treatment satisfaction in older Black and White cancer patients. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.

Koss, C., & Tamara, T. A. (2016). Race differences in advance directive completion: The narrowing gap between White and African American older adults. Journal of Aging and Health, 1-19. doi:DOI: 10.1177/0898264316635568

Encyclopedia Entries

Baker, T. A., Atakere, D., & Minahan, J. (in revision). Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development (Chronic Illnesses)

Baker, T. A., & Mingo, C. (2016). Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging (Arthritis)




Atakere, D., Baker, T., et al. (2016). Chronic disease intervention program for Black men: What works? Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy’s 9th Annual Health Disparities conference, New Orleans, LA.

Kramer, N., Baker, T. A., et al. (2016). Depression, active coping, and health management among Black men. Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy’s 9th Annual Health Disparities conference, New Orleans, LA.

Minahan, J., Baker, T. A., et al. (2016). Pain and physical activity among a diverse racial sample of older adult males: Are they more alike than different? Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.


Atakere, D., Baker, T. A., et al. (2016). Intersection of perceived health status and mode of program delivery on participation in disease self-management programs among Black men. SEE/SAW Festival, Lawrence, KS.


Atakere, D., & Baker, T. (2016). But, was it for me?: Disease intervention programs and participation by Black men. Annual University of Kansas' Graduate Research Symposium.

Atakere, D., & Baker, T. (2016). Dying to be a man: Normative beliefs and cancer screening among Nigerian men. 6th Annual KASC Graduate Research Workshop.



Nordhem, L., Hess, R., & Baker, T. (2016, Spring). Developing a self-management program: Why are Black men at risk of Chronic Illness? Undergraduate Psychology Engagement and Research (SUPER), Lawrence, KS.

Turnbow, I., & Baker, T. (2016, Spring). Alcohol, anxiety, and Hispanic males: Patterns of alcohol consumption. Undergraduate Psychology Engagement and Research (SUPER), Lawrence, KS.



Hess, R., & Baker, T. (2016, Spring). Understanding what Black men want in a chronic disease self-management Program. Undergraduate Research Symposium, Lawrence, KS.



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