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Barbara Walker, Ph.D.

Professor, Clinical Health Psychology

Email: Barbara Walker
Office Location: North Classroom 5002K
Phone: (303) 352-3564
Fax: (303) 556-3520
Office hours: By appointment
Areas of Expertise:
Clinical Health Psychology, Chronic Pain, Integrated Primary Care

Education and degrees

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Pre-doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship, Lafayette Clinic, Detroit, Michigan
M.A., Clinical Psychology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
B.A., Psychology, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana


Dr. Walker has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 1983 and serves as Coordinator of Clinical Activities in the Clinical Health Psychology program. She is an elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Behavioral Medicine and serves as Associate Editor of the journal Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research. She is also a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Her main interests within health psychology are in chronic pain, coping with chronic illness, integrated primary care and evidence-based practice. She has published extensively and presented numerous workshops across the country focusing on these topics.

Select Publications

Walker, B.B., Mowery, E., Collins, C. Evidence-Based Practice in Health Psychology. In Hunter, C.; Hunter, C. & Kessler, R. (Eds.) Handbook of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, Springer Press, in press.

Thorn, B.E. & Walker, B.B. (2011) Chronic pain: Closing the gap between evidence and practice. In H.S. Friedman (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology, New York: Oxford University Press, 379-396.

Thorn, B.E., McConley, R. & Walker, B.B. (2009) Group therapy in the management of chronic pain. Bonica's Management of Pain, 4th edition. Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.

Walker, B.B. & Collins, CA. (2009) Developing an integrated primary care practice: Strategies, techniques, and a case illustration. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 65, 268-280.

Walker, B.B. & London, S. (2007) Novel tools and resources for evidence-based practice in psychology, Journal of Clinical Psychology, 63 (7), 633-642.

Walker, B.B., Seay, S., Solomon, A., & Spring, B. (2006) Treating chronic migraine headache: An evidence-based practice approach. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, 62, 1367-1378.

Spring, BB. & Walker, B.B. (Guest Editors), (2007) Evidence-based practice in clinical psychology: Education and training issues. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 63 (7).

Courses Taught

Advanced Psychopathology