Biography Dr. Mary Baker-Ericzén is a clinical psychologist, Research Scientist at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, Clinical Faculty at UC San Diego (UCSD), Adjunct Faculty at University of San Diego (USD), Operations Director at Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) and Director of the Intricate Mind Institute (IMI) in San Diego. Her research, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Mental Health and foundations, focuses on improving community services (behavioral health, health and vocational) by increasing the use of evidence-based practices and measurement systems. She also develops and adapts interventions to be implemented within existing community programs and systems. She has developed interventions to improve services and outcomes for children through adults in the areas of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), executive functioning (EF), depression and behavior disorders. She works with community programs through evaluation and service contracts to improve their use of evidence-based practices. Dr. Baker-Ericzén also directs and provides clinical services at a community clinic, Intricate Mind Institute, in San Diego which specializes in autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, tics, anxiety and mood disorders.
Dr. Baker-Ericzén’s research focuses on improving community services for children through adults with neurodevelopmental or mental health conditions. She is a services researcher who tests and develops evidence-based practices within real-world settings.
Current grants include: 1. Developing and testing a combined executive functioning and social skills programs for vocational and behavioral health settings, Supported Employment, Comprehensive Cognitive Enhancement and Social Skills program for adults with ASD (SUCCESS).
2. Testing a new outcome measure, Autism Impact Measure (AIM), for use in community ABA and behavioral health settings,
3. Developing and testing community-based programs for youth, An Individualized Mental Health Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (AIM HI), for mental health settings,
4. Developing and testing executive functioning program for youth, Cognitive “Command and Control” Training for Youth for educational and mental health settings.
Recent past grants include: 1. Study to examine the parent and family contextual factors that are prevalent within community children’s mental health outpatient services and clinical decision making in treatment for children with disruptive behavior problems. 2. Study to develop and test a community intervention to screen and address maternal depression for race/ethnically diverse pregnant women using a telemedicine approach within obstetrics health settings, 3. A large observational study of community-based mental health services for children with behavior problems to examine the use of EBT and non-EBT in usual care, 4. A pilot study examines the impact of EBP training on clinical decision-making (CDM) strategies of pediatric mental health clinicians treating children with autism in usual care community practice
Clinical and Teaching Focus
Dr. Baker-Ericzén is an active clinician in the community. She directs and provides clinical services including diagnostic assessments and treatment at the Intricate Mind Institute,www.intricatemindinstitute.com
, in San Diego. She provides clinical supervision to clinicians at the Intricate Mind Institute and the Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital. She teaches post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduate students from both the University of San Diego and University of California, San Diego through seminars, courses and clinical presentations. She is faculty on the Special Education Advocacy Certificate program at the University of San Diego. She is also involved in community organizations as the Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC), COMPASS family center, local Autism Society of America (ASA) and San Diego Center for Children.
Baker-Ericzén, M. J., Jenkins, M, Park, S & Garland, A. F. (2014). Clinical Decision Making Strategies in Community Children’s Mental Health: Comparing Clinicians with and without Evidence Based Practice Training. Child and Youth Care Forum DOI: 10.1007/s10566-014-9274-x.
- Garland, A. F., Haine-Schlagel, R., Brookman-Frazee, L,
Baker-Ericzén, M., Trask, E. & Fawley-King, K. (2013). Improving community-based mental health care for children: translating knowledge into action, Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 40, 6-22. DOI 10.1007/s 10488-012-0450-8. PMID: 23212902
Baker-Ericzén, M. J. (2013). Early Intervention for Children/Youth with Asperger Syndrome. In DuCharme, R., Gullotta, T. P., & Moyer, S. Asperger Syndrome Volume II: A Guide for Professionals and Families. New York: Springer.
Baker-Ericzén, M. J., Jenkins, M. & Haine, R. (2013). Therapist, Parent, and Youth Perspectives of Treatment Barriers to Family-Focused Community Outpatient Mental Health Child Services, Journal of Child and Family Studies,22, 854-868. August 15 online first-DOI10.1007/s10826-012-9644-7. (NIHMS400000, Publ.ID: 2012-08-10_0002) PMID: 24019737.
Baker-Ericzén, M.J., Connelly, C. D., Hazen, A., Dueñas, C., Landsverk, J. & Horwitz, S. M. (2012). A Collaborative Care Telemedicine Intervention to Overcome Treatment Barriers for Latina Women with Depression during the Perinatal Period. Families, Systems and Health, 30, 224-240. DOI: 10.1037/a0028750. PMID: 22709321
(NIMH) "High School SUCCESS: Vocational Soft Skills Program for Transition-Age ASD Youth"
(National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR) (2018-2020) "Disseminating the Command and Control Cognitive Training to Community Schools"
(Foundation for Developmental Disabilities (FDD) - Program Development Grant) (2018-2020) "Disseminating the College SUCCESS (Supported, Comprehensive Cognitive Enhancement and Social Skills) Program for Individuals with ASD and Developmental Disabilities in College Settings"
(NIMH) "Measuring Health, Function and Social Well-begin in Adults on the Autism Spectrum" (2019-2024)
(PI: Nicolaidis; Consortium PI: Baker-Ericzén)