Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
Ph.D. from University of Texas at San Antonio
As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor (LPC-S) with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Dr. Ria E. Baker has over 15 years of experience working in clinical, community, ministry, and international university settings with children, adolescents, adults, and families, addressing various mental health and social service needs. She has recently served as Director of Clinical Services for a non-profit agency that addresses the needs of individuals with life-long illnesses, in particular HIV/AIDs, and has been adjunct faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas A & M San Antonio.
A native of Aruba, a Dutch Caribbean Island, she has had the opportunity to travel and to work in parts of the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In San Antonio, Texas, she has taken an active role in addressing the needs of refugees and established a non-profit organization, namely the Center for Refugee Services. Dr. Baker has been married for 27 years to her husband Monzell, and has a daughter, a son-in-law, and two sons in college. She enjoys walking, reading, travelling, spending time with her family and friends, and loves music from around the world.
COU 674: Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
COU 665: Cross Cultural Counseling
COU 710: Lifestyle & Career Counseling