Dr. David Baker

Dr. David P. Baker is IMPAQ's Executive Vice President of IMPAQ Health. He provides oversight for IMPAQ’s health projects and is responsible for aligning IMPAQ’s work with our corporate business strategy while promoting the utilization and sharing of best practices.


Dr. Baker is a nationally recognized expert in team performance, training, and measurement, and the critical roles teams play in high-risk industries like healthcare, the military, and aviation. This work has involved conducting national surveys, developing training programs, designing assessment instruments, evaluating program effectiveness, and identifying best practices. He is known for his work on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) TeamSTEPPS® program, which has been implemented in healthcare organizations throughout the world (


Dr. Baker has twenty years of experience working with a wide range of clients including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, TriCARE Management Activity, Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Departments of Defense, Education, and the Navy, and the NASA Ames Research Center. He has also consulted with a number of hospitals within the U.S. and abroad on issues related to teamwork and care delivery. Finally, he has worked extensively with various domestic airlines on teamwork, simulation-based training, and team performance measurement issues.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Baker was Director of the Heath Services Research Institute at Carilion Clinic. He also held appointments as an Associate Professor on the founding faculty of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, as a Principal Research Scientist at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and a Research Psychologist with the U.S. Navy.


Dr. Baker earned his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 1991. He is a fellow of Division 14 of the American Psychological Association. He has published and/or presented more than 100 papers on his work.

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Baker, D. (2017, April). How to Train Teams in High Reliability Organizations. Webinar hosted by Madinah Institute of Leadership and Entrepreneurship.

Baker, D.P. (2015, October). Implementation and Dissemination of TeamSTEPPS® in Ambulatory Settings. Presentation at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Research Conference, Arlington, VA.

Baker, D.P. (2015, April). Training patients for safer care. Presentation at the 30th Annual Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Baker, D.P. & Amodeo, A. (2015, April). Training program evaluation: Real world applications and real world challenges. Presentation at the 30th Annual Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Weinberg, D., Kahn, K., Baker, D., Mendel, P. & Battles, J. (2012, June). Development of a Baseline for Healthcare-Associated Infections in the United States. Presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Baker, D. P. (2014, May). Patient evaluation of resident performance survey. Paper presentation at the 29th Annual Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Honolulu, HI.

Kahn, K. L., Mendel, P. & Baker, D. P. (2014). Lessons learned and future directions: the national response for preventing healthcare-associated infections. Medical Care, 52(2 Supplement 1), S97-S100.

Baker, D.P., Capella, J., Smith, S., Philp, A., Putnam, T., Gilbert, C., Fry, W., Harvey, E., Wright, A., Henderson, K., Ranson, S. & ReMine, S. ​(2010). Teamwork training improves the clinical care of trauma patients. Journal of Surgical Education, 67(6), 439-443.

Baker, D.P., Amodeo, A., Krokos, K., Slorium, A. & Herrera, Heidi. (2010). Assessing teamwork attitudes in healthcare: Development of the TEAMSTEPPS teamwork attitudes questionnaireQuality Safety Health Care, 19(49), 1-4.

Baker, D. P., Capella, J., Gallo, J. & Hawkes, C. (2011). Development of the Trauma Team Performance Observation Tool. Poster presentation at the 26th Annual Conference for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL.

Baker, D. P. (2011). Stay or Go: Value of a Master’s in Applied Settings. Panel presentation at the 26th Annual Conference for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL.

Baker, D. P. (2011). The Golden Gate: Building Bridges Between Research and Operations. Panel presentation at the 26th Annual Conference for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL.

Amodeo, A., Kurtessis, J. N., Bhupatkar, A., Baker, D. P. & Gallo, J. R. (2011, April). Is there a big 5 of teamwork? Poster presentation at the 26th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL.

Coleman, N. E., Baker, D.P., Gallo, J. & Slonim, A. D. (2012). Critical outcomes: Clinical and team performance across acute illness scenarios in emergency departments of critical access hospitals. Journal of Healthcare Quality, 34(3), 7-15.

Baker, D.P., Salas, E., Battles, J. & King, H. (2011). The relation between teamwork and patient safety. In P. Carayon (Ed). Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care and Patient Safety. (185-198). Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Baker, D.P. & Gallo, J.R. (2013). Measuring and diagnosing team performance. In E. Salas, K. Frush, D.P. Baker, J. Battles, H. King., R. Wears (Eds). Improving patient safety through teamwork and team training. (234-238). Oxford: Oxford University Press.