Dr. Dian Baker

Dr. Dian Baker

Title: Professor
Joined School of Nursing: 2001

Office: Folsom Hall Room 2029
Email: dibaker@csus.edu
Office Phone: (916) 278-7243

Mailing Address:
Sacramento State - School of Nursing
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6096


Professional Degrees

  • Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis, 2009
  • Ph.D., Nursing, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2009 
  • M.S.N., California State University, Sacramento, 2005
  • M.A., Childhood Development, California State University, Sacramento, 1988
  • B.S.N., California State University, Chico, 1974

Certifications and Credentials

  • Credential for School Nursing Services, California State University, Sacramento
  • Pediatric Nurse Associate/Practitioner certification program. University of California, Davis, extension
  • Public Health Nurse Certification
  • School Audiometrist
  • Public health disaster response and preparedness certification
  • Multi-hazard response training of trainers certification

Courses & Role

  • College of Continuing Education Coordinator for the Graduate School Nurse Credential Program, Collaborate ADN to BSN Program, and Paramedic Program 
  • NURS 209: Advanced Role Development in Nursing
  • NURS 210: Research as a Foundation for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NURS 213C: School Nursing I
  • NURS 213D: School Nursing II
  • NURS 214B: Education Program Development
  • NURS 215: Community Health and Health Policy
  • NURS 232A: Advanced Pediatric Assessment
  • NURS 293D: School Nursing Practicum
  • NURS 500: Thesis proposal and development

Research Interests

  • Community-Academic Partnership Research
  • International Nursing Education
  • School Health and School Nursing
  • Asian and Pacific Islander American Health
  • Persons with development disabilities
  • Health systems and health policy
  • Hospital-acquired infections
  • Social Justice and Health Care Policy

Professional Activities

  • Member, Sacramento Rescue and Restore Human Trafficking Coalition, 2007-present
  • Member, U.S. Attorney General's Hate Crime Task Force for Northern California. 2004-present


  • Quinn, B., & Baker, D. (2015). Comprehensive oral care helps prevent hospital-acquired nonventilator pneumonia. American Nurse Today, 10(3), 18-23.
  • Baker, D., Hebbeler, K., Davis-Alldritt, L., Anderson, L., & Knauer, H. (2015). School health services for children with special health care needs in California. Journal of School Nursing.
  • Knauer, H., Baker, D., Hebbeler, K., & Davis-Alldritt, L. (2015). The mismatch between children’s health needs and school resources. Journal of School Nursing.
  • Quinn, B., Baker, D. L., Cohen, S., Stewart, J., Lima, C. A., & Parise, C. (2014). Basic nursing care to prevent non-ventilator hospital acquired pneumonia. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 46(1), 11-19.
  • Fang, D., & Baker D. (2013). Barriers and facilitators of cervical cancer screening among women of Hmong origin. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 24(2), 540-555.
  • Selekman, J., Pelt, P., Garnier, S., & Baker, D. (2013). Violence in schools. In J. Selekman (Ed.). School Nursing: A Comprehensive Text. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. 
  • Baker, D., & Niederhauser, V. (2012). Improving immunization rates using a social determinants of health framework. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 10(37), 46-52.
  • Niederhauser, V., & Baker, D. (2011). What’s new in childhood and adolescent immunization? The Journal for Nurse Practitioners,36(10),39-44.
  • Baker D., Ly, M. Y., & Pauza, C. (2011) Hmong nurses in Laos during America’s secret war, 1954-1974. Women’s History Magazine (England), 65 (ISSN 1476-6760), 18-25.
  • Baker, D. (2011). Conceptual Parameters of Acculturation within the Asian and Pacific Islander American Populations: Applications for Nursing Practice and Research. Nursing Forum, 46(2), 83-93.
  • Morris, P., Baker, D., Belot, C., & Edwards, A. (2011). Examination of California’s school preparedness for anaphylaxis: School nurses perspective. Journal of School Health, 81(5), 471-476.
  • Baker, D., Miller, E., Dang, M. T., Yaangh, C. S., & Hansen, R. (2010). Developing culturally responsive approaches to Southeast Asian America families experiencing developmental disabilities. Pediatrics126(S146-150).
  • Baker, D., Dang, M., Ly, M.Y., Diaz, R. (2010). Perception of barriers to immunization among parents of Hmong origin. American Journal of Public Health,100(5), 839-845.
  • Baker, D., Melnikow, J., Ly, M. Y., Shoultz, J., Niederhauser, V., & Diaz, R. (2010). Translation of health surveys using mixed-methods. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 42(4), 430-438.
  • Dang, M. T., Warrington, D., Tung, T., Baker, D., Pan, R. J. (2007). A school based approach to early identification and management of students with ADHD. The Journal of School Nursing, 23(1), 2–12.

Community Reports

  • 2014. Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. Issue Briefs: (1)  Children with special health care needs: Lost at school? (2) Children with special health care needs: Who is caring for them at school? (3)  Children with special health care needs: Underfunding leaves children without services
  • 2013. Baker, D., & Jennings, M.  Regional Assessment Survey on Assisting Victims of Human Trafficking in Sacramento. (Community report available from Sacramento Employment and Training Agency, Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento, CA.)


  • 2014-2015. Investigation of the Effectiveness of Oral Care for Prevention of Pneumonia. Co-Investigator
  • 2014-2015. Care Coordination and the Health Care Home Curriculum Development. American Academy of Pediatrics. Principal Investigator.
  • 2012 to 2015. National Institutes of Health, Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, R-24 grant. Principal Investigator. Improving Hmong Health through Community Based Participatory Research.
  • 2015. Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, UC Davis MIND Institute. Principal Investigator. Project to support research and teaching for Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities.
  • 2012. Dean’s Leadership Circle College of Health and Human Services. Principal Investigator. Diabetes among the Hmong Community.
  • 2012. Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s  Health. Principal Investigator. Schools’ Role in Systems of Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs.


  • 2015. Pathfinder Award for service with the Hmong Community
  • 2013. Quality and Safety Research and Program Award for Non-ventilator Association Hospital-acquired Pneumonia Improvement Project.  Sutter Health Systems.
  • 2013. Outstanding Faculty Award for Scholarly and Creative Activities, California State University, Sacramento
  • 2012. Book of the Year Award. Authored chapter on School Violence. School of Nursing: A Comprehensive Text, 2nd Edition
  • 2010. Outstanding Faculty Award for Community Service, California State University, Sacramento
  • 2010. National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Associates Foundation scholar award.