Questions About the Program?

Department Chair Dr. David Pollio is here to answer your questions about the UAB Social Work program. He takes walk-ins every second and fourth Monday from 10:00 a.m. through noon, and you can set up appointments with him on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Call (205) 975-4938 or email for an appointment or to learn more about the walk-in schedule.
Lisa Baker. Associate Professor
Humanities Building 302
(205) 996-5145

Research and Teaching Interests: Maternal and child health, disaster preparedness and response, evidence-based practice

Office Hours: By appointment

  • BA, University of Georgia
  • MSW, Florida International University, Concentration in Child & Families
  • PhD, University of Georgia

Lisa Baker's research interests closely align with her practice experience in medical and disaster mental health social work. She began her social work career as a perinatal social worker working with families experiencing difficult pregnancies, medically complex deliveries, special needs infants, and infant loss. She worked as a disaster mental health volunteer before and after Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Baker currently serves as the President of the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers, an International organization promoting education, support, and research for social workers employed in maternal and infant health settings. She also pursues evidence-based disaster research as she studies ways to improve preparedness in families of children with special healthcare needs. She has recently co-authored her first book, Vulnerable Populations and Disasters: An Evidence-based Approach for the Helping Professions (Springer Publishing, 2015).

She enjoys online teaching, seeking new and innovative ways to engage students, and creating a sense of community. In her classes, Dr. Baker encourages her students to consider the use of social media as an academic and professional tool by exploring the use of Pinterest, podcasts, and YouTube. Social work is an extremely satisfying career; she believes it is a privilege to offer help to families in crisis and hopes that students consider the many faces of social work, including medical, military, school-based, government, clinical, and international services.

In her spare time Dr. Baker enjoys spending time with her family and observing the antics of her beagle (LuLu) and rescue dog (Kasey).

Curriculum Vitae

  • SW 208: Disaster Preparedness and Response
  • SW 305: Social Work in Perinatal Settings
  • SW 313: Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
  • SW 320: Introduction to Research Methods
  • Lisa Baker and Loretta Cormier, Vulnerable Populations and Disasters: Evidence-based Practice for the Helping Professions (Springer Publishing, 2015).
  • Lisa Baker, "Stress Management and Healthcare Workers," in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior and Society, William Cockerham, Robert Dingwall, and Stella R. Quah, eds. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).
  • Lisa Baker and Loretta Cormier, "Disaster preparedness and families of children with special needs: A geographic comparison," Journal of Community Health 38 (No. 1, 2013): 106-12.
  • Mark Baker, Lisa Baker, and Lee Anne Flagg, "Preparing Families of Children with Special Healthcare Needs for Disasters: An Education Intervention," Social Work in Health Care 51 (No. 5, 2012): 417-29.
  • Lisa Baker, David Pollio, and Ashley Hudson, "Assessing Student Perception of Practice Evaluation Knowledge in an Introductory Research Methods Course," Journal of Social Work Education 47 (No. 3, 2011): 555-64.