Raymond C. Baker, Ph.D
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

A counseling practice treating general psychological issues while specializing in 

Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology 

About Dr. Baker's Practice

Research Based

Dr. Baker’s scientific research on weight management  has been:

Published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including:

•Health Psychology
•Behavior  Therapy
•The  Behavior Therapist  

Referenced  in numerous scientific journal articles, such as:

•The  New England Journal of Medicine
•The Annual Review of Nutrition
•Journal of the American Dietetic Association
•International Journal of Obesity

Highlighted in over 35 scholarly books, including:  

•The  Healthy Obsession Program: Smart Weight Loss Instead of Low-Carb Lunacy
•The  Nine Truths about Weight Loss
•Weight Loss Through  Persistence: Making Science Work for You
•Losing  Control: How and Why People Fail at Self-Regulation     
•The  Prevention Get Thin, Get Young Plan
•10  Steps to Your Perfect Weight  and

Featured in many newspapers and magazines, such as:

•The  New York Times
•Men’s Health   
•Family  Life
•Weight  Loss

Click here for a selected    bibliography of Dr. Baker's published research on weight control. 

True Patient-Centered Care

Healthcare practitioners are too frequently caught in a system that males it difficult for them to spend the amount of time they would like with each patient.  Double-booking and long wait times have almost become the norm.

However, Dr. Baker's practice is set up so that the patient is the number 1 priority.

In order to provide each patient the attention and specialized treatment they deserve, Dr. Baker sees only a limited number of patients.  Too often counselors and mental health practices focus on the quantity of patients they see rather than the quality of the treatment they provide.

Privacy and confidentiality are paramount in Dr. Baker's practice.  There is no receptionst or secretary involved in making appointments, obtaining patient information or dealing with insurance companies; all communication occurs directly between Dr. Baker and the patient.

Because Fr. Baker's practice has no office staff, he is the only one person privy to your clinical and personal information beyond what is necessary for insurance purposes.  

Collaboration is the Key

Research clearly demonstrates the importance of a collaborative relationship between a patient and their healthcare provider.

Pastient's self-knowledge and understanding of their unique life situation, coupled with trust and confidence in their healthcare provider is paramount in achieving treatment success.

Treatment is based on the best practice approach while incorporating the latest empirically-based research findings.

More About Dr Baker

While in Peoria

Dr. Baker is originally from the Peoria area.  He attended Bradley University and  graduated with honors in 1983 with his bachelors degree in Psychology.  Rather than choosing a minor field of study, he earned    enough hours to twice major in Psychology.  

After graduation, Dr. Baker began his Master's program in the Psychology program  at Bradley, completing his coursework in 1984.  Following completion of his coursework, he completed his master's internship working in a community outpatient mental health program which included general outpatient counseling with special emphasis on relationship counseling and crisis intervention services.  

In 1986, Dr. Baker worked in a community based outpatient mental health stress management and biofeedback program where he worked with individuals with anxiety disorders (panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety) mood disorders (depression), and stress-related medical issues (eg, migraine headaches).  

It was during this time that Dr. Baker also began working in the field eating disorders, treating patients at the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Eating Disorder Program (1986 to 1987).

The Chicago Years

Chicago Based 

In 1987, Dr. Baker began his PhD program in Clinical Psychology in the APA approved program at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. During his rigorous training as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Baker received additional specialized  training in the fields of Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology.  

As  a doctoral student, Dr. Baker was a research assistant at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for 4 years working on the Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for Stance and Ambulation project with spinal cord injured patients and also studied the association between alcohol and drug use in spinal cord injured patients.  In 1989, he presented research on the Psychological Outcomes of FES at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA) in New Orleans, LA.  He was also a research assistant at Children's Memorial Hospital studying the    incidence of left-handedness in children with scoliosis.. 

During his doctoral training, Dr. Baker returned to his clinical interest in eating disorders in 1988 when he received additional specialized training while working in the People at Risk (PAR) program in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University Medical School  for 3 years (1988-1991), a sister program to the eating disorders program, under the direction of Dr. Daniel Kirshenbaum.  

After completing his doctoral coursework in 1991, Dr. Baker completed his APA approved clinical internship at the University of Chicago Hospitals (1991-1992).  During this year of intensive training, he received specialized training in treating the psychological, emotional, and behavioral  aspects of medically related issues through his completion  of a year-long rotation in the Neuropsychology Program and a six-month rotation in the Oncology Program.  He also completed six-month rotations in the Sex and Marital Therapy Program and the Inpatient Group Psychotherapy Program for patients with concomitant psychiatric and medical issues (e.g. Parkinson related dememtia).   

Back to Peoria

Dr. Baker returned to Peoria after completing his Internship at the University    of Chicago and earning his Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology, to be    the Clinical Director of the newly developing    Health By Design (HBD) program at Associated    Internal Physicians of Illinois, which later joined the OSF Saint Francis    Medical Center. 

This program helped people with medical conditions that    are caused and/or exacerbated by lifestyle issues (e.g., obesity, type 2    diabetes, and  hypercholesterolemia) achieve improvement in their    health.  Click  here to    see data regarding the efficacy of this program. During these seven years, he published    several research articles that have been widely cited in numerous scholarly    journals, including the New England Journal of    Medicine,     The Annual Review of Nutrition, The Journal  of the American Dietetic Association, and  the International  Journal of Obesity.  (Click  here to see    these articles). 

This body of research has also been cited in over 35    books and many newspapers and magazines and has been presented at annual    meetings of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Association for    the Advancement of Behavior Therapy.  

While at OSF    Saint Francis, Dr. Baker was an adjunct instructor at his alma mater, teaching    Human Sexuality,  a course he taught at Bradley from    1992 until 2004.

Returning Back to the Hilltop

 In 1999, Dr.    Baker left OSF Saint Francis Medical Center to direct the Center for    Wellness and Counseling (CWC) at Bradley University.      During that time, he developed the Center for Wellness & Counseling's "CWC    Wellness Web" which offered over 150 wellness and health topics as well as    confidential and anonymous psychological tests for issues like anxiety, depression,    alcohol, eating disorders, and post traumatic stress. Wile    directing the CWC, Dr. Baker taught additional courses in the Psychology    Department including: Abnormal Psychology,    Health Psychology, Human Behavior in the Environment, a    Seminar on Understanding Obesity and Eating Disorders, and    Introductory Psychology

Research during this time........

Establishing an Independent Practice In Peoria

 In 2004, Dr.    Baker pursued his desire to establish an independent Clinical Psychology    practice in Peoria Heights, where he has a general counseling practice    treating anxiety disorders, depression, and stress management, while also    specializing in  in the treatment of obesity/weight management, eating    disorders, chronic illness, pain management, fibromyalgia, sexuality    issues, and trauma.  He also works with couples on relationship    issues 

Pertinent History

Prior to establishing a full-time independent practice, Dr. Baker was clinical  director of the "Health By Design" program at OSF - Saint Francis Medical Center  from 1992-1999. This program addressed lifestyle issues that contribute to  health problems such as: Obesity; Type II Diabetes; Hypercholesterolemia;  Hypertension; and Psychological Impediments to Exercise. 

During this time, Dr.  Baker  authored and/or co-authored four highly cited  peer-reviewed  research articles.

From August 1999 to June 2004, Dr. Baker was the Director for the Center for  Wellness and Counseling at Bradley University.  During that time he developed the Center for Wellness & Counseling's "CWC  Wellness Web" which offered over 150 wellness and health topics as well as  confidential and anonymous psychological tests for anxiety, depression, alcohol, post traumatic stress, etc.   

New Patients

Dr. Baker is currently accepting new patients.  Please call if you    are interested in speaking with Dr. Baker to schedule an appointment or to    arrange a consultative appointment. 

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Raymond C. Baker, PhD

4617 N. Prospect Rd., IL 61611, USpecd

(309) 681-0182


Hours by Appointment Only