Cameron graduate student elected as student represent for state organization

Cameron University graduate student Jennifer Baker has been elected as the student representative to the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (OKAMFT). OKAMFT is the state MFT professional organization and is a division of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists. Baker, a resident of Lawton, is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy.

photo of jennifer baker"I feel very honored and blessed to have been elected to serve as the state student representative,” Baker says. “It is my hope that the field of marriage and family therapy will continue to grow and receive more attention, as I believe marriage and family therapists have so much to offer every person and every family. As I continue my academic and professional pursuit in this field, I look forward to working with individuals and families and to see growth and healing in their lives."

Baker was elected by the organization’s voting student membership. The organization membership categories include Clinical, Associate, Student, and Affiliate and total approximately 250 professionals. In her role as OKAMFT student representative, she will select the site for OKAMFT’s annual New Professional and Student Conference, will assist with organizing the fall event and will attend OKAMFT board meetings.

“We are very proud of Jennifer’s election as the OKAMFT student representative and believe she will represent not only the MFT students of Cameron University, but all MFT students throughout the state with confidence, integrity, and professionalism,” says Dr. Joanni Sailor, Associate Professor of Psychology. “She has a passion for the profession of marriage and family and for the people of Oklahoma. Jennifer has repeatedly demonstrated her desire to contribute to our field. She will now have the opportunity to do even more as the state student representative.”

After earning her Master’s, Baker plans to pursue a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Her research interest is attachment theory and the influence of childhood experiences on future relationships, specifically romantic relationships, in adulthood.



January 12, 2012