Pathways to the Podium Research Project

An investigation of the development of sport expertise

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Joseph Baker

Dr. Joseph (Joe) Baker received his PhD in Applied Exercise Science from Queen’s University (Canada) in 2003 followed by postdoctoral studies in exercise epidemiology.

Currently, Joe is an Associate Professor and head of the Lifespan Health and Performance Laboratory in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, at York University, Canada. He has also held visiting researcher/professor positions in the Carnegie Research Institute at Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom, Victoria University and the Australian Institute of Sport in Australia, and the Institute of Sport Science at Westflische Wilhelms-Universit Münster in Germany.

His research considers the varying influences on optimal human development, ranging from issues affecting athlete development and skill acquisition to barriers and facilitators of successful aging.

Joe is Past President of the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology and the author/editor of 4 books, 2 journal special issues (Baker & Davids, 2007, International Journal of Sport Psychology and Baker & Schorer, 2010, Talent Development and Excellence) and more than 100 peer reviewed articles and book chapters.

More information about his research can be found at He lives in Barrie, Canada with his wife Ann-Marie and is an avid cyclist and runner.

Follow Dr. Baker on Twitter @bakerjyorku.

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