Chris Baker

Christopher Baker, LICSW, is OPG’s Assistant Chief of Clinical Operations. Chris received his undergraduate education at The University of Rhode Island where he double majored in Political Science and Sociology. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Chris pursued a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Rhode Island College where he completed field work at the Rhode Island Public Defender and worked with clients suffering from chronic substance use and other behavioral health disorders. In Providence, Chris completed further clinical training through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Providence VA Medical Center where he studied and was trained in working with individuals suffering from severe and persistent psychiatric diagnoses including, but not limited to, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and Major Depressive Disorder. After graduate school, Chris provided consultation to a private health care company on managing the clinical care of the veteran population within their facilities. While in this position, Chris developed systems processes to coordinate veteran care in a clinically-appropriate and policy-informed manner. Chris has professional experience in inpatient psychiatric settings, partial hospitalization settings, community mental health and most recently as a therapist in private practice. In order to best assist individuals in improving their lives, Chris believes that individual evolution is the product of a collective process. In his work, Chris is a strengths-based and client-centered provider who utilizes treatment modalities that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. When Chris is not fully engaged in his work, he enjoys playing golf, being outdoors and valuing the time that he spends with his family and friends.