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Spring 2023: Asian, African, and European Exploration

Lori Barker

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Two of Dr. Lori Barker’s favorite things are travel and teaching, so when she heard about Semester at Sea, she knew it was a perfect fit. Spring 2023 will be her third voyage. She previously sailed in Fall 1999 and Spring 2017. As a psychologist, one of the most beautiful things about Semester at Sea for Dr. Barker is to engage with students throughout the voyage as they transform into global citizens.

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 several 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’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). She is also the editor and author of a book on the psychological impact of Obama as the first African American president titled, Obama on Our Minds: The Impact of Obama on the Psyche of America (Oxford University Press). Other areas of research include the measurement of multicultural attitudes and the effectiveness of multicultural education and diversity training 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, California, called The Center for Individual, Family, and Community Wellness. As a therapist, she specializes in providing culturally inclusive, sensitive, and responsive therapy. She also serves as a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant and trainer for educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and corporations. 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.