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Ashley Baker

Professional Title: 
Health Psychology
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Ashley received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Southern Oregon University and is a current doctoral candidate in the Health Psychology program working with Drs. Jan Wallander and Deborah Wiebe. Broadly, her research centers on social relationships and health among youth (i.e., youth with chronic illnesses, diverse racial/ethnic groups). For her master's degree at UCM, her thesis examined the roles that providers and parents play in early emerging adults' type 1 diabetes management at the transfer from pediatric care to adult care. Her current research interests revolve around health-risk behaviors among adolescents and young adults, and how they contribute to differences in health outcomes across racial/ethnic groups. In particular, she is interested in examining self-harm behaviors (i.e., non-suicidal self-injury, suicide attempts) in the context of social relationships among diverse youth. More recently, Ashley has begun to investigate the influence that parents, peer, schools, and the community have on the decision-making and outcomes of self-harm behaviors across development, particularly when examined within the framework of social-ecological models.