Dr. Veronica Garcia Walker’s work in the area of psychiatric mental health with children and adolescents has spanned over 20 years in a variety of settings including both in-patient and out-patient settings. In 2002, she was hired to manage two psychiatric neurobehavioral units that served adolescents and children at Meridell Achievement Center in Liberty Hill, Texas. Meridell is a specialized residential treatment center for children and adolescents. She has additionally had extensive experience working with adults who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Dr. Garcia-Walker was recruited in 2006 from Meridell to teach mental health nursing courses in the graduate and undergraduate nursing programs at The University of Texas at Austin. At this time she also was invited to be an instructor for a course in health-professional Spanish language that included content on the Hispanic culture. The experiences she gained in her clinical and teaching roles prepared her well for her doctoral study. Dr. Garcia-Walker completed her PhD in Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin. Her current research goals include the study of the life course of individuals who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia.