Academic Faculty

Susan Baker, Ed.D.

Susan Baker, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Extension Specialist EFNEP

102 Gifford Building | (970) 491-5798 | susan.baker@colostate.edu


Personal Statement:

Design, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs targeting limited-resource audiences; Training and staff development of paraprofessionals; Breastfeeding promotion and support; Community-based nutrition education programs


Education:

  • 2003 Ed.D., Adult & Community College Education, North Carolina State University
  • 1994 M.Ed., Adult & Community College Education, North Carolina State University
  • 1980 B.S., Home Economics/ Food & Nutrition, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

Positions and Honors:

  • 2015 - Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior Best GEM award. Recognition for Best GEM (Great Educational Materials) manuscript of the year. Pittsburg, PA, July, 2015.
  • 2015 – Present Professor/Extension Specialist EFNEP and RNECE, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University.
  • 2010 - 2015 Present Associate Professor/Extension Specialist EFNEP and SNAP-Ed, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University, Fort Collins.
  • 2004 - 2009 Assistant Professor and EFNEP Coordinator (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program)- Extension Specialist, Dept. of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Colorado State University.
  • 1998 - 2004 EFNEP Coordinator, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, NC State University, Raleigh
  • 1997 - 1998 Interim EFNEP Coordinator, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, NC State University, Raleigh
  • 1995 - 1997 Extension Associate, Food & Nutrition Special Projects, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, NC State University, Raleigh
  • 1989 - 1995 Extension Supervising Agent-EFNEP, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, Wake County, Raleigh, NC
  • 2015 Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior Gold Author Recognition Award. Recognition for high frequency of publication of excellent manuscripts in the Journal during the last 10 years. Presented February, 2015.
  • 2013 Baker, S., McGirr, K., Lindau, J., Watson, D., Scharf, W., Powell, J., McDonnell, B., Lucero, M., Betts, E. ESP Team Award. Colorado State University Extension, Fort Collins, CO. November 5, 2013.
  • 2013 Epsilon Sigma Phi Distinguished Service Award. Western Regional Recipient. Presented at the National Recognition Program at the Joint Council of Extension Professionals Galaxy IV Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 18, 2013.
  • 2013 Epsilon Sigma Phi Administrative Leadership. Western Regional Recipient. Presented at the National Recognition program at the Joint Council of Extension Professionals Galaxy IV Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 18, 2013.
  • 2013 College of Applied Human Sciences Outstanding Engagement Award: Susan Baker, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University, March 2, 2013
  • 2012 FA Anderson Distinguished Service Award. Colorado State University Extension, Fort Collins, CO. November 5, 2012.
  • 2012 Epsilon Sigma Phi Administrative Leadership Award. Epsilon Sigma Phi, Zeta Chapter, Fort Collins, CO. November 5, 2012.
  • 2012 Epsilon Sigma Phi Visionary Leadership Award. Epsilon Sigma Phi, Zeta Chapter, Fort Collins, CO. November 5, 2012.
  • 2012 Epsilon Sigma Phi Distinguished Service Award. Epsilon Sigma Phi, Zeta Chapter, Fort Collins, CO. November 5, 2012
  • 2012 Baker, S., Sutherland, B., McGirr, K. Eating Smart • Being Active Cookbook. Winner of the 2012 Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX) award.
  • 2010 Baker, S., Sutherland, B., McGirr, K., & Mitchell, R. First Place National Winner: Curriculum Package/Communication Award. National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association in Portland, Maine, September 20-24, 2010.
  • 2010 Baker, S., Sutherland, B., McGirr, K., & Mitchell, R. First Place Regional Winner: Curriculum Package/Communications Award. Western Region Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences. Presented at the Colorado State University Extension Annual Forum in Fort Collins, Colorado. September 27-30, 2010.

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications:

  • 2015 Natker E., Baker S., Auld G., McGirr K., Sutherland B., Cason K. Formative Evaluation of EFNEP Curriculum: Ensuring the Eating Smart – Being Active Curriculum is Theory-based. Journal of Extension.
  • 2014 Horodynski M., Baker S., Olson B., Van Egeren L., Brophy-Herb H., Auld G. Efficacy of a Community-Based Home-Visitation Intervention to Reduce the Risk of Infant Obesity in Low-Income Populations: Preliminary Results. The Western Journal of Nursing Research.
  • 2014 Auld G., Baker S., Conway L., Dollahite J., Lambia M., McGirr K. Outcome Effectiveness of a Widely Adopted EFNEP Curriculum. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
  • 2014 Baker, S., Kendall, P., Frey, K., McGirr, K., Schroeder, M., Buffer-Pealer, J., Medeiros, L. Healthy Baby Healthy Me Food Safety Curriculum. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46(6), 629-631.
  • 2014 Koszewski, W., Hlavacek, M., Yerxa, K., Procter, S., Auld, G., Baker, S., Misner, S. Positive Quality of Life Factors Identified from EFNEP Participant Stories. Journal of Extension 52 (4). Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2014august/a7.php.
  • 2014 Horodynski, M., Baker, S., Van Egeren, L., Olson, B., Brophy-Herb, H., Auld, G. Healthy Babies Curriculum. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46 (2) 151–152.
  • 2011 Baker, S., Auld, G., Burdock, L., Biever, E., McGirr, K., & Banman, N. Recruiting EFNEP Agency Partners-Process and Materials. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 43(6), 548-554.
  • 2011 Horodynski, M., Baker, S., Coleman, G., Auld, G., & Lindau, J. The Healthy Toddlers Trial: An Intervention to Reduce Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity in Economically and Educationally Disadvantaged Populations. BMC Public Health, 11:581.
  • 2011 Coleman, G., Byrd-Bredbenner, C., Baker, S., & Bowen, E. Best Practices for Extension Curriculum Review. Journal of Extension, 49(2).
  • 2011 Weddig, J., Baker, S., & Auld, S. Perspectives of Hospital-Based Nurses on Breastfeeding Initiation Best Practices. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 40(2).
  • 2011 Diker, A., Walters, L.M., Cunningham-Sabo, L., & Baker, S. (2011). Factors Influencing Adoption and Implementation of an Experiential School-Based Nutrition Education Curriculum: Cooking With Kids. Journal of Extension, 49(1).
  • 2010 Baker, S. & Pearson, M. (2010). Speaking the same language in paraprofessional staff development. Journal of Extension, 48(5).
  • 2010 Serrano, E., McFerren, M., Lambur, M., Ellerbock, M., Hosig, K., Franz, N., Townsend, M., Baker, S., Muennig, P., & Davis, G. Cost-Effectiveness Model for Youth EFNEP Programs: What Do We Measure and How Do we Do It? Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 43(4), 295-302.

Non-peer-reviewed Publications (last 5 years):

  • 2011 Olson, B., Baker, S., McGirr, K. Sutherland, B., & Mitchell, R. (2011). Feeding Your Baby Solid Foods lesson. Colorado State University Extension (EFNEP). Colorado State University and Department of Nutrition, University of California-Davis, Copyright 2008, 60 pages. www.eatingsmartbeingactive.com
  • 2010 Olson, B., Baker, S., Sutherland, B., McGirr, K., & Mitchell, R. (2010). Eating Smart and Being Active During Pregnancy lesson. Colorado State University Extension (EFNEP), Colorado State University and Department of Nutrition, University of California-Davis, Copyright 2008, 64 pages. www.eatingsmartbeingactive.com
  • 2010 Olson, B., Baker, S., Sutherland, B., McGirr, K., & Mitchell, R. (2010). Feeding Your New Baby lesson. Colorado State University Extension (EFNEP), Colorado State University and Department of Nutrition, University of California-Davis, Copyright 2008, 60 pages. www.eatingsmartbeingactive.com
  • 2010 Olson, B., Baker, S., Sutherland, B., McGirr, K., & Mitchell, R. (2010). Feeding Your Baby Solid Foods lesson. Colorado State University Extension (EFNEP), Colorado State University and Department of Nutrition, University of California-Davis, Copyright 2008, 53 pages. www.eatingsmartbeingactive.com

Research Support:

Externally-Funded Projects as PI
  • 2014-2016 The Western Region Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Center of Excellence. (Barale, K. Co-PI). USDA-NIFA-OP-004574 (CSU Project #53-14026). $428,125.
Externally-Funded Projects as Co-PI (last 5 years)
  • 2015-2020 Use of Engaging Online Videos in Conjunction with New Feeding Content to Enhance a Current EFNEP Program in the Prevention of Childhood Obesity (Hughes, S., PI, Power, T., Co-PI) USDA-NIFA-AFRI-004492 $4,840,957 CSU Subcontract $1,359,816.
  • 2012-2017 Cooking with Kids 2.0: Plus Parents and Play. (Cunningham-Sabo, L., PI). USDA/NIFA 2012-68001-19603 $2,494,909.