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Susan Baker

Faculty and Staff

​Susan Baker, MA, PhD (Ottawa); Postdoctoral Fellowship (Queensland); assistant professor

Office: AS342

Phone: 709-639-2557



Teaching Interests: I primarily teach courses in introductory and social psychology, child and adolescent/adult development and data analysis.  I have also taught courses in learning and research methodology.


Research Interests: My area of research interest focuses on the social-developmental perspectives of language and communication.  My research aims to apply theories of intergroup communication to investigate second language learning, heritage language maintenance and doctor-patient communication.  In my research, I investigate how personal (age, gender, ethnicity, attitudes, motivation) and situational (communicative context) characteristics influence language use and communication.   


Recent/Representative Publications

 MacIntyre, P.D., Baker, S.C., & Sparling, H. (accepted). Heritage passions, cognitions and the rooted L2 self: Music and Gaelic language learning in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Modern Language Journal.

Baker, S.C., Watson, B., & Gallois, C. (in press).  Exploring intercultural communication problems in health with a communication accommodation competence approach. Handbook of International and Intercultural Communication.


Baker, S.C. & Watson, B., (2015). How patients perceive their doctors' communication: Implications for patient willingness to communicate. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 34, 621-639.


Baker, S.C. & Watson, B. (2015).  Understanding the health communication process: Advancing the research agenda to improve health care interactions and patient care.  Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 34, 599-603.


Vandergrift, L., & Baker, S.C. (2015).  Learner variables in second language listening comprehension: An exploratory path analysis. Language Learning, 65 (2), 392-418.


Baker, S.C., Gallois, C., Smith, A., Driedger, M., & Santesso, N. (2011). Communication

Accommodation and Managing Musculoskeletal Disorders: Doctors' and Patients' Perspectives. Health Communication, 26 (4), pp. 379-388.

Chair, Psychology

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: AS335
Phone: (709) 639-2504