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Lorraine O. Walker, RN, EdD, MPH, FAAN | Professor

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Phone: 512 232-4751
Fax: 512 471-4910

Office: NUR 4.147 | NUR 3.440
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

Lorraine O. Walker has had a lifelong interest in maternal and infant health and well-being. She received a Master’s degree in nursing education with a specialization in maternity nursing and a doctoral degree in philosophy of education from Indiana University-Bloomington. She also recently received the MPH degree in maternal-child health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She currently holds the Luci B. Johnson Centennial Professorship in Nursing and is Director of the St. David’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations. Her research is in the area of health promotion of childbearing-aged women and infants. Her teaching includes global health, data analysis using SPSS, and theoretical and philosophic aspect of nursing.

Dr. Walker currently is conducting a survey of new mothers to see areas where mothers have health needs that may be unmet. That survey includes mothers’ opinions about how their health needs might be met through technology or in health care.

Dr. Walker’s research focuses on health promotion of childbearing-aged women and infants. That research includes specific topics such as: weight status after childbirth, maternal health behaviors and psychosocial status, and use of print and communication technologies for health promotion.

  • Walker, L. O., & Wilging, S. (2000). Rediscovering the "M" in "MCH": Maternal health promotion after childbirth. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 29, 229-236.
  • Walker, L. O., & Kim, M. (2002). Psychosocial thriving in late pregnancy: Relations to ethnicity, gestational weight gain and birth weight. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 31, 263-274.
  • Walker, L. O., Timmerman, G. T., Kim, M., & Sterling, B. (2002). Relationships between body image and depressive symptoms during postpartum in ethnically diverse, low income women. Women & Health, 36, 101-121.
  • Chou, F.H., Lin, L.L., Cooney, A. T., Walker, L. O., & Riggs, M. W. (2003). Psychosocial factors related to nausea, vomiting, and fatigue in early pregnancy. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 35, 119-125.
  • Walker, L. O., Timmerman, G. M., Sterling, B., Kim, M., & Dickson, P. (2004) Do low-income women attain their pre-pregnant weight by the 6th week of postpartum? Ethnicity and Disease, 14, 119-126.
  • Wilkinson, S., Huang, C., Walker, L. O., Sterling, B. S., & Kim, M. (2004). Physical activity in low income postpartum women. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 36, 109-114.
  • Walker, L. O., Freeland-Graves, J. H., Milani, T., Hanss-Nuss, H., George, G., Sterling, B. S., Kim, M., Timmerman, G. M., Wilkinson, S., Arheart, K. L., & Stuifbergen, A. (2004). Weight and behavioral and psychosocial factors among ethnically diverse, low income women after childbirth. I. Methods and context. Women & Health, 40(2), 1- 17.
  • Walker, L. O., Freeland-Graves, J. H., Milani, T., George, G., Hanss-Nuss, H., Kim, M., Sterling, B. S., Timmerman, G. M., Wilkinson, S., Arheart, K. L., & Stuifbergen, A. (2004). Weight and behavioral and psychosocial factors among ethnically diverse, low income women after childbirth. II. Trends and correlates. Women & Health, 40(2), 19-34.
  • Walker, L. O., Sterling, B. S., & Timmerman, G. M. (2005). Retention of pregnancy-related weight in early postpartum: Implications for women's health services. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. 34, 418-427.
  • Walker, L. O., Sterling, B. S., Kim, M., Arheart, K. L., & Timmerman, G. M. (2006). Trajectory of weight changes in the first 6 weeks postpartum.Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 35, 472-481.
  • Cheng, C. Y., Fowles, E., & Walker, L. O. (2006). Postpartum maternal health care in the United States: A critical review. Journal of Perinatal Education, 15(3), 34-42.
  • Fowles, E. R., & Walker, L. O. (2006). Correlates of dietary quality and weight retention in
  • postpartum women. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 23, 183-197.
  • Mercer, R. T., & Walker, L. O. (2006). A review of nursing interventions to foster becoming a mother. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 35, 568-582.
  • Walker, L. O., & Sterling, B. S. (2007). The structure of thriving/distress among low-income women at 3 months after giving birth. Family & Community Health, 30, S95-S103.
  • Walker, L. O., & Cheng, C. Y. (2007). Maternal empathy, self-confidence and stress as antecedents of preschool children’s behavior problems. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 12, 93-104.
  • Walker, L. O. (2007). Managing excessive weight gain during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 36, 490-500.
  • Walker, L. O., Sterling, B. S., Hoke, M. M., & Dearden, K. A. (2007). Applying the concept of positive deviance to public health data: A tool for reducing health disparities. Public Health Nursing, 24, 571-576.
  • Fowles, E., & Walker, L. (2009). Maternal predictors of toddler health status. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 14, 33-40.
  • Walker, L. O., Hoke, M. M., & Brown, A. (2009, July-August). Risk factors for excessive or inadequate gestational weight gain among Hispanic women in a US-Mexico border state. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 38, 418-429.
  • Sterling, B. S., Fowles, E. R., Garcia, A. A., Jenkins, S. K., Wilkinson, S., Kim, M., Kim, S., Latimer, L., & Walker, L. O. (2009, July). Altered perceptions of personal control about retained weight and depressive symptoms in low-income postpartum women. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 26, 143-157.
  • Walker, L. O. (2009, November-December). Low-income women’s reproductive weight patterns: Empirically based clusters of prepregnant, gestational, and postpartum weights. Women’s Health Issues, 19, 398-405.
  • Walker, L. O., Kim, S., Sterling, B. S., Latimer, L. (2010, March). Developing health promotion interventions: A multisource method applied to weight loss among low-income postpartum women. Public Health Nursing, 27, 188-195.
  • Walker, L. O., & Chesnut, L. W. (2010, May-June). Identifying health disparities and social inequities affecting childbearing women and infants. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 39, 328-338.
  • Walker, L. O., & Fowles, E. R. (2010, May-June). Social justice in maternal-infant care. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 39, 319.(guest editorial)
  • Walker, L. O., & Kirby, R. S. (2010, November). Conceptual and measurement issues in early parenting practices research: An epidemiologic perspective. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 14, 958-970.DOI 10.1007/s10995-009-0532-8.
  • Sterling, B., Fowles, E., Kim, S., Latimer, L., & Walker, L. O. (2011, January). Ethnic-specific perceptions of altered control among American women: Implications for health promotion programs after pregnancy. Health Care for Women International, 32, 39-56.
  • Walker, L. O., Fowles, E. R., & Sterling, B. S. (2011, March-April). The distribution of weight-related risk among low-income women during the first postpartum year. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 40, 198-205.
  • Latimer, L., Walker, L. O., Kim, S., Pasch, K. E., & Sterling, B. S. (2011, July). Self-efficacy scale for weight loss among multi-ethnic women of lower income: A psychometric evaluation. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 43, 279-283.
  • Mackert, M., & Walker, L. O. (2011, September). Cluster analysis identifies subpopulations for health promotion campaign design. Public Health Nursing, 28, 451-457.
  • Walker, L. O., Im, E.-O., & Vaughan, M. W. (2012, March-April). Communication technologies and maternal interest in health promotion information about postpartum weight and parenting practices. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 41, 201-215.
  • Walker, L. O., Sterling, B. S., Latimer, L., Kim, S., Garcia, A., & Fowles, E. (2012, August). Ethnic-specific weight-loss interventions for low-income postpartum women: Findings and lessons. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 34, 654-676.
  • Walker, L. O., Im, E.-O., & Vaughan, M. W. (2012, Dec.). New mothers’ interest in web-based health promotion: Association with health care barriers, risk status, and user characteristics. Telemedicine and e-Health, 18,(10), 785-790.
  • Walker, L. O., Im, E.-O., & & Tyler, D. (in press). Maternal health needs and interest in screening for depression and health behaviors during pediatric visits. Journal of Pediatric Health Care.
  • Walker, L. O., Sterling, B. S., Guy, S. & Mahometa, M. J. (in press). Cumulative poor psychosocial and behavioral health among low-income women at 6 weeks postpartum. Nursing Research.
  • Nellsch, E., Walker, L. O., Xie, B., & Vaughan, M. W. (in press). What new mothers’ favorite websites and features tell us about designing web-based health promotion: A content analysis. Telemedicine and e-Health.