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Harley Baker

Professor, Psychology

Contact Information


M.A. Psychology, San Jose State University, 1983
M.S. Developmental Psychology, University of California Santa Cruz, 1997
Ed.D. Education, University of San Francisco, 1999


Harley Baker has had a longstanding interest and commitment to teaching and research. His teaching career has spanned every level of instruction from elementary school through doctoral study. Most recently, he taught at the University of San Francisco. He has held senior research positions at the American Institutes for Research, in the Federal Government, and at the University of California. Dr. Baker’s current teaching and research interests include adolescent development, psychoanalysis, the psychology of religion, statistics, psychometrics, and career development.

Dr. Baker completed his BA in psychology at CSU Stanislaus, the MA in psychology at San Jose State University, and the MS in developmental psychology at UC Santa Cruz. He received his Doctor of Education from the University of San Francisco.

Dr. Baker has been the recipient of awards and recognition both for his scholarship and his assistance to educational advocacy organizations. His dissertation, which focused on the relationship between attachment and career development, received the dissertation of the year award from the National Career Development Association.

Harley is part of a family that consists of his wife Connie, his grown children Juanita and Michael, and Lacy, a 19-year-old kitten.

Representative Courses Taught

  • PSY 317 Theories of Personality
  • PSY 445 Adolescent Development
  • PSY 461 Advanced Topics in Child and Adolescent Development



Psychometrics, Attachment Theory and Research, Career Development, Psychology of Christianity