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Lisa Baker, Ph.D., associate professor in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Social Work, has been appointed associate editor of the journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Baker is the first social worker to be appointed as an associate editor.
Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is the first comprehensive and authoritative journal emphasizing public health preparedness and disaster response for all health care and public health professionals globally. The purpose of the journal is to translate science into practice and integrate medical and public health perspectives. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is published on behalf of the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.
Baker joined UAB in 2011 and pursues evidence-based disaster research as she studies ways to improve preparedness in families of children with special health care needs. She co-wrote her first book, “Vulnerable Populations and Disasters: An Evidence-based Approach for the Helping Professions,” in 2015. She is the immediate past president of the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers. The NAPSW helps individuals, families and communities respond to psychosocial issues that emerge during the period from pre-pregnancy through an infant’s first year of life.