Joseph R Baker

Associate Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

338 BC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 22361

Locations / Contact Info:

338 BC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 20553

Email address(es):

Web site(s):

Joe Baker's Website

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


PhD - 2003
Queen's University

Selected Publications

1.      Baker, J., Horton, S., & Weir, P. (2010). The masters athlete: Understanding the role of sport and exercise in optimizing aging. Routledge.

2.      Baker, J., Schorer, J., Cobley, S., Schimmer, G., & Wattie, N. (2009). Circumstantial development and athletic excellence: The role of birth date and birth place European Journal of Sports Sciences.

3.      Baker, J., Cobley, S. & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2009). What do we know about early sport specialization? Not much! High Ability Studies, 20, 77-90.

4.      Baker, J., Meisner, B., Logan, J. Kungl, A.M., & Weir, P. (2009). Physical activity and successful aging in Canadian seniors. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 17, 223-235.

5.      Cobley, S., Wattie, N. Baker, J. & McKenna, J. (2009). A meta-analytical review of relative age effects in sport: The emerging picture. Sports Medicine, 39, 235-256.

6.      Cobley, S., Schorer, J., & Baker, J. (2008). Relative age effects in elite German soccer: A historical analysis. Journal of Sports Sciences, 26, 1531-1538.

7.      Dogra, S., Meisner, B., & Baker, J. (2008). Psychosocial predictors of physical activity in older aged asthmatics. Age and Ageing, 37, 449-454.

8.      Horton, S., Baker, J., & Schorer, J. (2008). Expertise and aging: Maintaining skills through the lifespan. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 5, 89-96.

9.      Horton, S., Baker, J., Pearce, G.W., & Deakin, J.M. (2008). On the malleability of performance: Implications for seniors. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 27, 446-465.

10.  Schorer, J. & Baker, J. (2009). Aging and perceptual-motor expertise in handball goalkeepers. Experimental Aging Research, 35, 1-19.

11.  Horton, S., Baker, J., & Deakin, J. (2007). Popular stereotypes of aging and their effect on the health of seniors in North American society. Educational Gerontology, 33, 1021-1035.

12.  Farrow, D. Baker, J., & MacMahon, C. (2009) Developing elite sports performers: Lessons from theory and practice. Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

13.  Schorer, J., Baker, J., Fath, F., & Jaitner, T. (2007). Identification of inter- and intro-individual movement patterns in varying expertise levels. Journal of Motor Behavior, 39, 409-421.

14.  Wattie, N., Cobley, S., Macpherson, A., Howard, A. Montelpare, W.J. & Baker, J. (2007). Injuries in Canadian youth ice hockey: The influence of relative age. Pediatrics, 120, 142-148.

15.  Baker, J., Horton, S. Pearce, W., & Deakin, J. (2007). Maintenance of skilled performance with age: A descriptive examination of professional golfers. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 15, 300-317.


American Psychological Association

Association for Psychological Science

Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology

International Society for Sport Psychology

North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity


Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award - 1999
Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

My research focuses on optimal human development, primarily in two main areas.  The first is the development and maintenance of expert performance across the lifespan.  My previous research in this area has considered various psychosocial and genetic factors influencing skill development in athletes across a range of sports.  Currently, I am examining the development and maintenance of skilled sports performance in a range of sports such as handball, ice hockey, and golf.  These studies contribute to our understanding of how someone gets to, and stays at, the highest levels of performance.

The second area considers the psychosocial factors influencing involvement in physical activity throughout the lifespan.  In the past, my research into youth sport experiences supported the notion that early involvement in sport should take the form of a variable involvement rather than a specialized involvement where a single sport is played.  While I continue to be interested in youth experiences in sport and physical activity, more recently I have focused on the factors influencing physical activity involvement in seniors.  In particular, I am trying to determine the role that societal stereotypes about growing older may play in promoting a disengagement from physical activity and sport involvement thereby perpetuating and accentuating the decline in physical and cognitive abilities we typically see as we grow older.  This research will add significantly to knowledge regarding the interaction between social environment, physical activity involvement and physical/emotional health.