MPH, Johns Hopkins University, 1968
BA, Cornell University, 1951
An epidemiologist specializing in injury prevention, Professor Baker was the first director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. Her research includes motor vehicle occupant and pedestrian deaths among children and adults; fatalities related to aviation, motorcycles, and heavy trucks; carbon monoxide poisoning; drowning; childhood asphyxiation; housefires; falls in the elderly; homicide; suicide; fatal occupational injuries; and injury severity scoring. She is well known for developing the widely used Injury Severity Score and for authoring the Injury Fact Book. She is a licensed private pilot. She served on the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board in 1996-2000. She held joint appointments at the School of Medicine, in the Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine.
Professor Baker is an ardent advocate of policy changes that will prevent injuries. Much of her teaching and research is designed to influence the legislators, administrators, media representatives, and others whose decisions can determine the likelihood of injury for thousands of people.
Honors and Awards
Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) President 1974-75; Named "Bad Guy of the Month" by Road Rider Magazine for efforts promoting motorcycle helmet laws.
American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Honorary Fellow, 1988-.
Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health and Higher Education, 1989;
Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1994-95;
The Johns Hopkins University, Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1996;
Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998.
American Public Health Association Award for Excellence, 1999;
Fellow, Aerospace Medical Association, 2000
President, Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Stebbins Medal for contributions to teaching programs,2006;
Doctor of Humane Letters, Johns Hopkins University, 2016.