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Diana Walker

Diana Walker

Department Chair
  • Department Chair
    Applied Behavior Analysis Department

  • The Chicago School Chicago
Department
Applied Behavior Analysis
Address
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Location
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.
Email
DWalker@thechicagoschool.edu
Website
Biography

Diana Walker received her PhD in Psychology (Behavior Analysis specialization) from the University of Florida in 1996, where she conducted basic laboratory research with nonhumans and treatment research with adults with intellectual disabilities and severe problem behavior. She then spent ten years conducting NIH-funded research on analgesic, reinforcing, and other behavioral effects of drugs in humans at The University of Chicago. In 2004 Dr. Walker joined The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Department as an adjunct professor. She became full-time departmental faculty in ABA in 2006 and Chair of the department in 2011. Her current research interests include developing feasible, cost-effective behavior-analytic interventions that can be used by the general public or by agencies that have little in the way of economic resources and staff expertise; establishing healthier lifestyles by establishing or reducing habits, such as increasing exercise and decreasing smoking; and the reduction of simple habits like nail biting. Dr. Walker has a strong commitment to diversity and to increasing diversity awareness within the field of behavior analysis. She has served as faculty advisor to two students who applied for and received a Diversity Fellowship award from TCSPP’s Center for Multicultural and Diversity Studies.

Education
  • BS, Psychology, University of Florida
  • MS, Psychology-Behavior Analysis specialization, University of Florida
  • PhD, Psychology-Behavior Analysis specialization, University of Florida
Licensure(s)
  • Board-Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D)
Areas Of Expertise

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Behavior Analysis International 
  • Past President of Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis 
  • Past Program Co-chair for American Psychological Association, Division 28-Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse

Select Presentations

  • Hammond, N., Walker, D. J., Eshleman, J. W., & Herbst, S. A. (2014, May). Generalization of core vocabulary by children with autism using an augmentative communication device. Paper presented at the meeting of Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Watts, I. N., Cihon, T., Walker, D. J., & Ramirez, K. (2011, October). The effects of a mechanical bridging stimulus on sea otter behavior established using a vocal bridging stimulus. Poster presented at the meeting of the Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis, Bloomingdale, Illinois. 

  • Fulcher, R. M., Walker, D. J., Klapatch, J., & Smagner, J. P. (2011, May). Contingency management for maintaining abstinence with adults who have recently quit smoking cigarettes. Poster presented at the meeting of Association for Behavior Analysis International, Denver, Colorado. 

  • Walker, D. J. (2011, May). Implications of schedule arrangements in translational research: Choice behavior and variability (Symposium discussion). Paper presented at the meeting of Association for Behavior Analysis International, Denver, Colorado. 

  • Salimi, T., & Walker, D. J. (2010, October). Decreasing nail biting and cuticle picking in adults using “clicker” awareness training and a competing response. Poster presented at the meeting of Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

  • Hopkins, L., Eshleman, J. W., & Walker, D. J. (2010, May). The differential effects of SAFMEDS and practice sheets on math facts acquisition and physiological measures equated to test anxiety. Poster presented at the meeting of Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Antonio, Texas. 

  • Kazaoka, K., Walker, D. J., Morrell, L. S., & Cihon, T. (2010, May). Effects of teacher expectation on teacher-learner interactions and learner performance. Poster presented at the meeting of Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Antonio, Texas. 

  • Waz, J. L., Kettering, T. L., & Walker, D. J. (2010, May). Compliance with and effectiveness of self-selected, low-cost behavioral interventions. Poster presented at the meeting of Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Antonio, Texas. 

  • Kazaoka, K., Klapatch, J., Weingarten, K. A., Juntunen, T. L., Tybor, M. J., Cihon, T. M., & Walker, D. J. (2009, May). The wall o’ data: Self-management projects at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Poster presented at the meeting of Association for Behavior Analysis International, Phoenix, Arizona.

Select Publications

  • Hirsh, J. L., Stockwell, F., & Walker, D. (2014). The effects of contingent caregiver imitation of infant vocalizations: A comparison of multiple caregivers. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 30, 20-28.

  • Kangas, B. D., & Walker, D. J. (2008). An adjusting-dose procedure for assessing the reinforcing effects of nitrous oxide with humans. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 91, 104-108. 

  • Walker, D. J., & Zacny, J. P. (2003). Bitonic dose-response functions for reinforcing and self-reported effects of nitrous oxide in humans. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 74, 851-857. 

  • Walker, D. J., & Zacny, J. P. (2002). Analysis of the reinforcing and subjective effects of different doses of nitrous oxide using a free-choice procedure. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 66, 93-103. 

  • Branch, M. N., Walker, D. J., & Brodkorb, G. W. (1999). Attenuation of cocaine-induced response-rate increases during repeated administration despite increases in rate of reinforcement. Psychopharmacology, 141, 413-420. 

  • Walker, D. J., & Zacny, J. P. (1999). Subjective, psychomotor, and physiological effects of cumulative doses of opioid µ agonists in healthy volunteers. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 289, 1454-1464. 

  • Walker, D. J., & Branch, M. N. (1998). Effects of variable-interval value and amount of training on stimulus generalization. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 70, 139-163. 

  • Walker, D. J., & Branch, M. N. (1998). Response suppression during cumulative dosing: A role for Pavlovian conditioning. Behavioural Pharmacology, 9, 255-271. 

  • Walker, D. J., & Branch, M. N. (1996). Effects of cocaine on briefly signaled versus completely signaled delays to reinforcement. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 65, 375-388.

Community Involvement

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) member, The University of Chicago, 2005-2006 
  • Board of Editors, The Behavior Analyst, 2004-2010; Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 2000-2002 
  • Guest reviewer, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Psychopharmacology, Addiction, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, Anesthesiology