The Volunteers in Medicine national office is pleased to welcome Barbara Walker to the board of directors. Barbara is a clinical health psychologist who has been treating patients, teaching, and doing research in health psychology for over 30 years. Her primary focus has been on chronic disease management and models of integrated care.
She received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University and spent over 20 years in the Brown University School of Medicine serving as Director of Behavioral Medicine. She later joined the faculty at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where she helped start the Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County Clinic and led efforts there to integrate behavioral health services into primary care.
In 2011, she was recruited by the University of Colorado to start a new doctoral program in Clinical Health Psychology that was accredited in 2016. She served as Director of Clinical Training and the Psychology Clinic in that program until she moved to Burlington, Vermont in 2017 to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She is currently Professor Emeritus at University of Colorado in Denver.