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Janet Walker
Janet Walker



 Research Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. from The University of Chicago, 1997, Psychology/Human Development
  • M.A from The University of Chicago,1992, Psychology/Human Development
  • Adv. Cert. from The American University in Cairo (Egypt), 1984, Arabic Language 
  • B.A. from Harvard University, 1983, Economics (Phi Beta Kappa)
PSU History

 Arrived in 1998

Academic/Research Focus

 My work has two main goals. The first is to improve outcomes for children, youth, and young adults with serious mental health conditions through rigorous research and program evaluation. The second is to improve competency and job satisfaction among providers who work with young people and families. My work focuses on developing and evaluating interventions based on principles of positive development and recovery, and on improving organizational and system capacity to implement and sustain effective interventions through workforce development and the use of fidelity and quality assurance tools. My research and related activities are guided by a commitment to collaborating with stakeholders, particularly including young people who have received services and supports intended to meet their mental health and related needs; and the families of these young people. Working at the RRI has been a great fit for me, since the organizational culture here is very consistent with my own goals and values.

Personal Interests

 Family, dog, tennis, meditation, books