Faculty


Laura Baker

Professor of Psychology

Contact Information
E-mail: lbaker@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-2261
Office: SGM 623

LINKS
Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website
Laura Baker - USC Neuroscience
 

Education

  • B.A. Psychology, University of Kansas, 1978
  • M.A. Psychology, University of Colorado, 1982
  • Ph.D. Psychology, University of Colorado, 1983

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    • Professor, University of Southern California, 01/2009-  
    • Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 09/01/1990-02/01/2009  
    • Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 01/01/1984-08/31/1990  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Professor Baker studies how heredity and the environment affect individual differences in human behavior, including cognitive abilities, personality, and psychopathology. Baker is particularly interested in the roots of aggression and antisocial behavior and their underlying social and biological risk factors. She is Director of the USC Twin Project, which investigates the genetic bases of reading disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and conduct behavior problems in childhood and adolescence. She is currently elected President of the Behavior Genetic Association (2006-2007).
    Research Specialties
    Behavioral genetics; development of conduct problems in youth.

    Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

    • Southern California Twin Project, http://www-rcf.usc.edu/~lbaker/twins.html

    Publications


    Book Chapter
    • Raine, A., Baker, L. A., Liu, J. (2006). Biological risk factors for antisocial and criminal behavior. pp. 83-108. New York: Crime and schizophrenia: Causes and cures./Nova Science Publishers.
    • Baker, L. A. (2006). Methods for understanding genetic and environmental influences in normal and abnormal personality. pp. p 257-282. Differentiating Normal and Abnormal Personality—Second Edition./Springer New York.

    Journal Article
    • Tuvblad, C., Gao, Y., Isen, J., Botwick, T., Raine, A., Baker, L. A. (2011). The Heritability of the Skin Conductance Orienting Response: A Longitudinal Twin Study. Biological Psychology.
    • Bezdjian, S., Raine, A., Baker, L. A., Lynam, D. (2011). Psychopathic Personality in Children: Genetic and Environmental Contributions. Psychological Medicine. Vol. 41, pp. 589-600.
    • Ericson, M., Tuvblad, C., Raine, A., Young-Wolff, K., Baker, L. A. (2011). Heritability and longitudinal stability of schizotypal personality traits during adolescence. Behavior Genetics. Vol. 41 (4), pp. 499-511.
    • Niv, S., Tuvblad, C., Raine, A., Baker, L. A. (2011). Heritability and longitudinal stability of impulsivity in adolescence. Behavior Genetics.
    • Tuvblad, C., Gao, Y., Lozano, D. I., Raine, A., Jacobson, K. C. (2010). Genetics of parasympathetic activation and sympathetic arousal in children. Behavior Genetics. Vol. 40 (4), pp. 452-466. PubMed Web Address
    • Isen, J. D., Raine, A., Baker, L. A., Dawson, M., Lozano, D. I., Bezdjian, S. (2010). Sex-specific association between psychopathic traits and electrodermal reactivity in children. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Vol. 119 (1), pp. 216-225. PubMed Web Address
    • Gao, Y., Tuvblad, C., Raine, A., Lozano, D. I., Baker, L. A. (2009). Genetic and environmental influences on frontal EEG asymmetry and alpha power in 9-10 year old twins. Psychophysiology. Vol. 46 (4), pp. 787-796. PubMed Web Address
    • Isen, J. D., Baker, L. A., Raine, A., Bezdjian, S. (2009). Genetic and environmental influences on the Junior Temperament and Character Inventory in a preadolescent twin sample. Behavior Genetics. Vol. 39 (1), pp. 36-47. PubMed Web Address
    • Baker, L. A., Tuvblad, C., Reynolds, C., Zheng, M., Raine, A. (2009). Resting heart rate and the development of antisocial behavior from age 9-14: Genes and environment. Development & Psychopathology. Vol. 21, pp. 939-960. PubMed Web Address
    • Baker, L. A., Raine, A., Liu, J. H., Jacobson, K. C. (2008). Genetic and environmental influences in reactive and proactive aggreesison in children. Journal of Child Abnormal Psychology. Vol. 36, pp. 1265–1278.
    • Fowler, J., Baker, L. A., Dawes, C. (2008). The genetic basis of political cooperation. American Political Science Review. Vol. 102 (2), pp. 233–234.
    • Baker, L. A., Jacobson, K., Raine, A., Bezdjian, S., Lozano, D. I. (2007). Genetic and environmental bases of antisocial behavior in children: A multi-rater twin study. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Vol. 116 (2), pp. 219-235.
    • Zumberge, A., Baker, L. A., Manis, F. R. (2007). Focus on words: Genetic and environmental influences in reading and inattention. Behavior Genetics/Kluwer Academic Press. Vol. 37, pp. 284-293.
    • Baker, L. A., Barton, M., Fowler, J., Raine, A. (2006). The Southern California Twin Register at the University of Southern California: II. Twin Research and Human Genetics/International Society for Twin Studies. Vol. 9 (6), pp. 933-940.
    • Baker, L. A., Bezdjian, S., Raine, A. (2006). Behavioral Genetics and Crime: The Science of Antisocial Behavior. Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems/Duke University Press. Vol. Volume 69 (1-2), pp. pp 7-46.


    Honors and Awards

    • Past President, Behavior Genetics Association, 2007-2008   
    • President, Behavior Genetics Association, 2006-2007  
    • President-Elect, Behavior Genetics Association, 2005-2006  
    • Elected Treasurer, Behavior Genetics Association, 1990-1993  
    • Helen Putnam Invited Scholar, Radcliffe, 1990-1991  
    • Society for Multivariate Research, Elected member, 1988  

    Service to the Profession


    Editorships and Editorial Boards
    • Editorial board, Behavior Genetics, 1995-2010  
    • Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of Violence in America, 1996-1999  
    • Guest editor, Journal of Counseling and Development, 1990  
    • Consulting Editor, Behavioral Neuroscience, 1987-1989  

    Professional Offices
    • Past President, Behavior Genetics Association, 2007-2008   
    • President, Behavior Genetics Association, 2006-2007   
    • President-Elect, Behavior Genetics Association, 2005-2006   

    Professional Memberships
    • Society for Psychophysiological Research, 2002-  
    • American Society of Human Genetics, 1998-  
    • American Psychological Society, 1990-  
    • Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology, 1988-  
    • American Psychological Association, 1984-  
    • Behavior Genetics Association, 1981-  


  • Department of Psychology
  • University of Southern California
  • SGM 501
  • 3620 South McClintock Ave.
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061