Diana Walker



Diana Walker

Affiliate Faculty

  • Roles:

  • Adjunct Faculty Member

  • Dissertation/Thesis Advisor

  • Campus:
  • Downtown Chicago
Applied Behavior Analysis
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Address Map of 325 N Wells St Chicago IL 60654
Office 730
325 N Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60654

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. Dr. Walker is now an adjunct professor in the department and provides crisis-intervention services to people with intellectual disabilities and mental illness in her full-time position. 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 using a radical-behaviorist approach to addressing social and cultural problems such as racism and gun violence. 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 History
Degree Institution Year
BS Psychology University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 1990
MS Psychology-Behavior Analysis specialization University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 1994
PhD Psychology-Behavior Analysis specialization University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 1996
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member Association for Behavior Analysis International
Past President Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis
Member Past Program Co-chair for American Psychological Association, Division 28-Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse
Board-Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D)
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Member Mayor's Commission for a Safer Chicago, 2014-present
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Member The University of Chicago, 2005-2006
Board of Editors The Behavior Analyst, 2004-2010
Board of Editors Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 2000-2002
Guest Reviewer Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Psychopharmacology, Addiction, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, Anesthesiology
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Autism Spectrum / Developmental Disorders
Applied Behavior Analysis Intellectual Disabilities
Problem Behavior Reduction
Diversity Cultural Issues

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 ยต 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.

Professional Skills
Applied behavior analysis, Developmental disabilities/autism, Diversity issues, Cultural analysis, Radical behaviorism, Experimental analysis of behavior, Single-subject research design, Behavioral pharmacology/psychopharmacology