Elaine Walker

Elaine Walker is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at Emory University.   She leads a research laboratory that is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health  to study risk factors for major mental illness.  Her research is focused on child and adolescent development and the brain changes that are associated with adolescence.   She has published over 200 scientific articles and six books dealing with  mental health and neuroscience.  Dr. Walker also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at Emory. 

Dr. Walker graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri in 1979.   In 1978-1979, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Southern California,  and in 1980 she joined the faculty of Cornell University where she began her career in research and teaching.   In 1985, Dr. Walker accepted a faculty position in the Department of Psychology at Emory University.  Dr. Walker is the recipient of awards for her research, including a WT Grant Faculty/Scholar Award, two Career Development awards from the National Institute of mental Health, the Zubin Memorial Award from the New York Psychiatric Institute, the Gralnick Award from the American Psychological Society, the Cattell Foundation Award, the Joseph Zubin Award for life time achievement in research, and the Scholar-Teacher award from Emory University.