Joe Baker


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., Cobley, S., Schorer, J. & Wattie, N. (2017). The Routledge handbook of talent identification and athlete development. London: Routledge.

2.       Baker, J. & Farrow, D. (2015). The Routledge handbook of sport expertise. London: Routledge.

3.       Baker, J., Fraser-Thomas, J., & Safai P. (2015) Health and elite sport: Is high performance sport a healthy pursuit? London: Routledge.

4.      Baker, J., Schorer, J., Lemez, S. & Wattie, N. (2019). Understanding high achievement: The case for eminence. Frontiers in Psychology: Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 10, 1927. 

5.      Baker, J., Wattie, J., Schorer, J. (2019). A proposed conceptualization of talent in sport: The first step in a long and winding road. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 43, 27-33. 

6.      Gayman, A. M., Fraser-Thomas, J., Dionigi, R. A., Horton, S., & Baker, J. (2017). Is sport good for older adults? A systematic review of psychosocial outcomes of older adults' sport participation. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 10, 164-185.

7.      Johnson, K., Wattie, N., Schorer, J., & Baker, J. (2018). Talent identification in sport: A systematic review. Sports Medicine, 48, 97-109. 

8.      Reinhoff, R., Strauss, B., Baker, J., & Schorer, J. (2016). The 'Quiet Eye' and motor performance:  A systematic review based on Newell's constraints-led model. Sports Medicine, 46, 589-603.

9.      McCardle, L., Young, B. & Baker, J. (2019). Self-regulated learning and expertise development in sport: Current status, challenges, and future opportunities. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 12, 112-138.

10.    Baker, J., Schorer, J., & Wattie, N. (2018). Compromising talent: Issues in identifying and selecting talent in sport. Quest, 70, 48-63. 

11.    Baker, J., Young, B., & Mann, D. (2017). Advances in athlete development: Understanding conditions of and constraints on optimal practice. Current Opinion in Psychology, 16, 24-27. 

12.    Lemez, S., Wattie, N., & Baker, J. (2018). The end game: Mortality outcomes in North American professional athletes. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 26, 1722-1730. 


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

Service/Community Activities

Canadian Paralympic Committee

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
Skill Acquisition Advisor

Wheelchair Basketball Canada


Paper of the Year - Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly - 2017

International Award of Excellence - Journal of Sport and Soceity - 2011

Visiting Professorship - University of Muenster, Germany - 2011

President - Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology - 2008

Visiting Research Fellow - Leeds Metropolitan University - 2006

Visiting Scholar - Australian Institute of Sport - 2007

Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award - 2000


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.