Dr. Walker is an Assistant Professor in the Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications (ZSAMC) as of 2015. Prior to joining the ZSAMC, Dr. Walker was an Assistant Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. She held a joint position in the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts and the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2014-2015, and in the IU School of Journalism, Indianapolis, previously (2011-2014). Dr. Walker earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communication, with a minor in Public Health at Indiana University, Bloomington (Ph.D., 2009). Prior to earning her doctorate, Dr. Walker worked in public relations at a Midwestern teaching hospital.
Her research focuses on media uses and effects of media messages to promote healthy behaviors and decisions, especially among vulnerable populations. Her work analyzes the ways in which vulnerable groups utilize online support groups for health decisions, how media messages effect health behaviors and decisions, and the impact of health literacy on health behaviors and decision-making.
Publications from her research endeavors have appeared in numerous discipline outlets including Health Communication, Communication in Healthcare, Journal of Pediatric Dentistry, Operative Dentistry, and Journal of Rare Disorders.
Ph.D. Mass Communications (Indiana University, 2009).
M.A.Journalism (Ball State University, 2002)
B.A./B.S. Political Science and Accounting (Anderson University, (1989/1990).