Birgitta   Baker 
Assistant Professor
Bachelor's Degree(s): Human Kinetics, emphasis Health and Fitness, University of British Columbia, 2001.
Master's Degree: Youth and Family Recreation, Brigham Young University, 2004.
PhD: Leisure Studies, Minor in Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 2008.
Phone: 225-578-9232
Fax: 225-578-3680
Office: 79A Huey P. Long Field House


Dr. Baker joined the faculty in the School of Kinesiology in 2008 after receiving her PhD from Pennsylvania State University with a specialization in leisure studies and a minor in human development and family studies. Dr. Baker’s research focuses on psychological, family, community, and built environment predictors of physical activity behaviors. Her research is facilitated through partnerships with schools and park and recreation agencies.

Selected Publications

Baker, B. L. & McGregor, A.  (2013). Moovin’ and Groovin’ in the Bayou: Summer Camps Increase Youth Physical Activity through Intentional Design. In R. Pate, A. Kleinfelter, & D. Buchner (Eds.), Implementing Physical Activity Strategies (pp. 159 -165). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.


Garn, A. C., Baker, B. L., Beasley, E. K., & Solmon, M. A. (2012). What are the benefits of a commercial exergaming platform for college students? Examining physical activity, enjoyment, and future intentions. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9, 311-318.


Baker, B. L. & Davison, K. K. (2011). I know I can: A longitudinal examination of precursors and outcomes of perceived athletic competence among adolescent girls. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8, 192-199.


Mowen, A.J. & Baker, B. L.  (2009). Park, recreation, fitness, and sport sector recommendations for a more physically-active America: A white paper for the United States National Physical Activity Plan. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6(S2), S236–S244.


Selected Presentations


Goudeau, S. M. & Baker, B. L.  School based physical activity clubs. Presented at the Research Consortium Conference of the AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition, St. Louis, MO: April 2014.

Baker, B. L. & Clopton, A. C. Exploring physical activity and social capital in the context of parks. Presented at the Research Consortium Conference of the AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition, Charlotte, NC: April 2013

Garn, A. G., Baker, B. L., & Solmon, M. A. (2012). Teachers' attitudes toward a mandated fitness testing program. Presentation at the Research Consortium Conference of the AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition, Boston, MA: March 2012.

Baker, B. L., Mowen, A. J., & Son, J. S. (2011). Exploring the meaning of physical activity and exercise identity. Presentation at the Australian and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies (ANZALS) Dunedin, NZ: December 2011


Selected Grants/Funded Projects

  1. Examining Physical Activity as an Enhancement to Traditional Treatment for Children with Anxiety Disorders, Louisiana Board of Regents Research Competitiveness Subprogram. Funded $78,038
  2. Balancing Community Parks' Potential to Facilitate Social Capital and Physical Activity, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Funded $7, 426
  3. Fitness assessments of Louisiana School Children--Funded 2009: $35,000; 2010: $28,000



Curriculum Vitae