After earning a bachelor’s degree in English and comparative literature from UK in 1964, Walker completed his first master’s degree in divinity at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass., in 1972. He completed a second master’s degree in social work at UK in 1979.
Walker continuously makes scholarly contributions to the social work field at both national and international levels on issues including intimate partner violence, substance abuse, child custody, and head injury. Walker has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics in such top journals as Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Journal of Family Violence, Violence and Victims, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Psychiatric Services , and Hospital and Community Psychiatry. Recently, he and other UK faculty completed a comprehensive book titled, “Victimization, Mental Health, and Substance Use Among Women: Contributing Factors, Treatment, and Implications.”
Walker has been a major force in shaping Central Kentucky and the state’s mental health service delivery. From 1979 to 1998, he was Center Director for the Bluegrass East Comprehensive Care Center. In this capacity, he was responsible for over 40 programs and approximately 300 staff in residential, personal care, outpatient, intensive outpatient, day programs, prevention, and case management services. Among Walker’s various accomplishments was developing a domestic violence offender program, an intensive supervision program for probationers with drug dependencies, and services for those in detention.
Walker has impacted numerous mental health therapists through his training manuals on risk assessment, evaluation in forensic cases, and biopsychosocial evaluation. He has also provided specialized training in over 180 different presentations or in-services within the state.