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Amy J. L. Baker

Dr. Amy J.L. Baker is director of research at the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection of the New York Foundling. She is the author of Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome as well as a forthcoming textbook on child welfare research methods to be published by Columbia University Press. She has authored or co-authored 50 academic articles and has been published in numerous scholarly journals. Areas of research expertise include parent-child attachment, early intervention, parent involvement, mental health of youth, and child welfare.

Baker, who earned her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College of Columbia University, has been quoted and referenced in The New York Times, Women's World, The Washington Post and numerous radio shows and newspapers. She lives in Teaneck, NJ and is the mother of 20-year-old and 3-year-old daughters.

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Amy J. L. Baker

Most Recent Articles

Has your loving and affectionate child suddenly become unrecognizable to you? Does your child make you feel like you are the worst parent in the world?  If so, your former spouse may be turning your child against you. Known as parental alienation…

7 Steps to Combat Parental Alienation

Wednesday, 24 June 2009 20:07
Parental alienation can feel like a hopeless situation. When you find yourself cut off from your child because of your ex's manipluation, you can't help but wonder: "Will I ever reunite with my 'lost' child?" Don't despair. You can regain a loving…

Child Custody During Legal Separation

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 08:45
First, as a newly separating mom, you have three concerns that must be balanced: (1) making things as easy as possible for the children, (2) establishing a collaborative post-marital relationship with your ex, and (3) protecting your parenting…
As a newly separating/divorcing mom, a prime objective is to create a parenting plan/custody arrangement that works for you and your children. As long as your ex is not abusive and shows any interest at all in parenting/co-parenting, your children…
What if you're in an abusive relationship and you need to get out... but you can't bring your kids? Should you stay? Should you leave them behind if you know they're safe?