Ria E. Baker 

Houston Graduate School of Theology

Associate Professor of Counselor Education


Ph.D. from University of Texas at San Antonio

LPC-S

About Dr. Baker

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 joined HGST in 2012 with over 15 years of experience working in clinical, community, ministry, and university settings with diverse populations, addressing various mental health and social service needs. She also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas A & M San Antonio.

In San Antonio, Texas, she took an active role in addressing the needs of resettled refugees and established a non-profit organization, namely the Center for Refugee Services. Dr. Baker’s research interests are driven by her ambition to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others and include developing pedagogy designed to best prepare the counselors-in-training for their work with linguistically, culturally, spiritually, and religiously diverse populations.

Dr. Baker has been married for 31 years to her husband Monzell, and has three children. She enjoys walking, reading, travelling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Publications and Scholarship

Baker, R. E. (2016). Clergy Self-Care: Managing Stress and Preventing Burnout. Houston Metropolitan Baptist Ministers Conference Workshop.

Baker, R. E. (2016). A qualitative exploration of counselors-in-training perspectives on addressing value conflicts towards ethical practice. Presentation accepted for 15th Annual Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference for Research, Action, and Change, February 26-27, 2016, Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah, GA.

Baker, R.E. (in press). Transformational Cultural and Spiritual Experiences in Shuler, M.K., Keller-Dupree, E. A., & Cook, K. (in press). Transformational Learning Experiences: A conversation with counselors about their personal and professional developmental journeys. Lanham, MD: Hamilton Books.

Baker, R. E. (in press, 2016). Women refugees and violence against women. In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Baker, R.E. & Terrill, J. L. (in progress, 2016). Marriage Enrichment. In J. Carlson & S. Dermer (Eds.), Sage Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling. Sage Publications, Inc.

Baker, R. E. & Terrill, J. L. (in progress, 2016). Marriage Encounter. In J. Carlson & S. Dermer (Eds.), Sage Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling. Sage Publications, Inc.

Baker, R. E. & Terrill, J. L. (in progress, 2016). Divorce therapy. In J. Carlson & S. Dermer (Eds.), Sage Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling. Sage Publications, Inc.

Courses Taught

COU 510: Professional Orientation
COU 663: Marriage and Family Dynamics
COU 673: Marriage and Family Therapy
COU 630: Prevention, Intervention, and Consultation
COU 674: Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
COU 665: Counseling Diverse Populations
COU 710: Lifestyle & Career Counseling
COU 799: Integrative Capstone in Counseling
COU 751-753: Counseling Practicum and Internship

Contact Information

Email: rbaker@hgst.edu
Phone: 713-942-9505 ext. 217
Website: Dr. Baker’s Course Page (Password protected)