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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, RN, EdD, MPH, has had a lifelong interest in maternal and infant health and well-being. She received a BSN from the University of Dayton, as well as 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 received the MPH degree in maternal-child health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and completed post-doctoral study in educational psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. She currently holds the Luci B. Johnson Centennial Professorship in Nursing. Her teaching includes global health, data analysis using SPSS, and theoretical and philosophic aspect of nursing. Her research focuses on health promotion of childbearing-aged women and infants. Dr. Walker is a leading expert in nursing on women’s weight gain during pregnancy and postpartum period. She also has extensive expertise in the areas of behavioral and psychosocial health of childbearing women and new mothers, the motherhood transition, and its implications for maternal and infant health.

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.

Selected Maternal and Child Health Publications


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