Dr. Lori Barker is a professor in the Department of Psychology and Sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). Dr. Barker received her B.A. in psychology from Yale University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA. After receiving her degree, Dr. Barker spent one additional year at UCLA as a National Institute of Mental Health Post-doctoral Research Fellow. Dr. Barker is the recipient of a number of teaching awards, including two-time Outstanding Advisor, Psi Chi Western Region; Western Psychological Association Outstanding Teaching Award; Outstanding Faculty Member, Cal Poly Pomona, Department of Athletics; Outstanding Advisor, Office of Student Life, Cal Poly Pomona; and Professor of the Year, Psi Chi, Cal Poly Pomona Chapter. Dr. Barker previously taught with Semester at Sea on the Fall 1999 voyage.
Dr. Barker’s primary areas of interest include multicultural psychology and community psychology. She is the co-author of an undergraduate textbook called, Multicultural Psychology: Understanding Our Diverse Communities (Oxford University Press). Her most recent research is on the psychological impact of Obama as the first African American president. She has a book in press on this topic called, Obama on Our Minds: The Impact of Obama on the Psyche of America (Oxford University Press). Her second main area of research is multicultural education and diversity training and the factors that influence the effectiveness of such programs.
Dr. Barker is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Qualified Medical Evaluator with the State of California, Division of Workers Compensation. She has a private practice in Riverside, CA, called The Center for Individual, Family, and Community Wellness. Previous clinical positions include Administrative Director and Director of Clinical Training for the Cal Poly Pomona, Ennis W. Cosby, Child and Family Services Friendmobile. She also worked for 11 years as a part-time staff psychologist and clinical supervisor with Cal Poly Pomona Counseling and Psychological Services.