Wayne State University

Deborah Walker, Ph.D., CNM, WHNP-BC, FNP-BC, FACNM, FAAN

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Deborah

Office Address

248 Cohn

Office Hours

  •     By appointment

Education

  •     Ph.D. - University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  •     M.S. (Nursing) - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  •     B.S.N. -  Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
  •     ADN - San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA

Research Interests

  •     Health promotion in pregnancy and postpartum
  •     Translation of research into practice
     

Clinical Area(s) of Expertise

  •     Certified Nurse-Midwife
  •     Family Nurse Practitioner
  •     Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner

Selected Publications

Scholarly Books/Monographs Published - Co-Authored:

  • Walsh, L.V., Schorn, M., & Walker, D.S. (1993).  Nurse-midwifery research, 1990-1992:  An annotated bibliography.  Washington DC:  American College of Nurse-Midwives, DOR.


Chapters Published - Authored

  •     Walker, D.S. (2015). Nursing care of the family during labor and birth. In: Maternity and Women's Health Care (11th Ed.) St. Louis: Mosby.
  •     Walker, D.S.  (2001). Challenges through time. In: Opportunities to Care: The Pfizer Guide to Careers in Nursing. New York: Pfizer, Inc.


Editorships of Brooks/Proceedings  

  •     Guest editor of the November/December, 2003 issue of the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 48 (6)


Referred Journals (* indicates a data based article)

  • Walker, D.S., Edwards, E. & Herrington, C. (2016). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Prevention, identification and referral. The Nurse Practitioner Journal, 41(8), 29-35.
  • Walker, D.S., Lannen, B.J. & Rossie, D. (2014). Midwifery education and practice: Current challenges and opportunities. The OJIN: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, Vol. 19, No. 2, Manuscript 4.                                                                                                                                        
  • *Motyka, C., Nies, M., Walker, D.S. & Schim, S. (2010). Improving the quality of life of African Americans receiving palliative care. Home Health Care Management and Practice.
  • Walker, D.S., Visger, J., & Rossie, D. (2009).  Contemporary childbirth education models. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 54(6), 469-76.
  • Walker, D.S., Bieda, J., Lewis, M., & Wery, J. (2008).  Nurse-midwifery practice at Hutzel Women's Hospital, Detroit, Michigan: A quarter century of success. Michigan Journal of Public Health 2(2), 9-18. 
  •     *Walker, D.S., Visger, J. & Levi, A. (2008). Midwifery data collection: Options and opportunities.  Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 53 (5), 421-429.
  •     Walker, D.S. & Worrell, R. (2008). Promoting healthy pregnancies through perinatal groups: A comparison of CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care and childbirth education classes. Journal of Perinatal Education, 17 (1), 27-34.
  •     Walker, D.S., Bieda, J., Lewis, M., & Wery, J. (2007). Back Page: Midwifery in action. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 52 (2), 180.
  •     *Walker, D.S. (2007). Midwifery models: Students' conceptualization of a midwifery philosophy in clay. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 52(1), 63-66.
  •     Schim, S., Benkert, R., Bell, S.E., Walker, D.S. & Danford, C.  (2007). Social Justice: Added metaparadigm concept for urban health nursing. Public Health Nursing, 24 (1), 73-80.
  •     *Walker, D.S., Darling Fisher, C., Sherman, A., Wybrecht, B., & Kyndely, K. (2005). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders prevention: an exploratory study of women's use of, attitudes toward, and knowledge about alcohol. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 17(5), 187-93.
  •     Walker, D.S., & Rising, S.S. (2004/2005).  Revolutionizing prenatal care: New evidence-based prenatal care delivery models. Journal of the New York State Nurses Association, 2004 Fall-2005 Winter, 18-21.
  •     *Walker, D.S., Schmunk, S.B., & Summers, L. (2004). Do birth certificate data accurately reflect the number of CNM-attended births: An exploratory study. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 49 (5), 443-448.
  •     *Currier, C., Smith, D.G., Wheeler, J.R.C., Hirth, R.A., & Walker, D.S. (2004). The effects of preferred provider organizations on costs and utilization of hysterectomy. Nursing Economics, 22(1), 14-20.
  •     *Walker, D.S., & Pohl, J. M. (2003). Web-based data collection in midwifery clinical education. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 48(6), 437-443.
  •     Lichtman, R., & Walker, D. (2003). Supporting innovations in midwifery education. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 48(6), 389-390.
  •     *Anderson, C., & Walker, D.S. (2003).  Prenatal screening in Canadian and United States midwifery practices. Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research & Practice, 2(1), 21-26.
  •     *Walker, D.S., Day, S., Lirette, H., Mooney-Hescott, C, McCully, L., & Vest V. (2002). Reduced frequency prenatal visit in midwifery practice:  Attitudes and use.  Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 47(4), 269-277.
  •     *Walker, D.S., Lee, W.Y., Skov, N., Berger, C., & Athey, B. (2002).  Investigating users' requirements:  Computer-based anatomy learning modules for multiple user test beds.  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 9(4), 311-319.
  •     *Walker, D.S., Shunkwiler, S., Supanich, J., Williamsen, J., & Yensch, A. (2001). Labor and delivery nurses' attitudes toward intermittent fetal monitoring.  Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 46(6), 374-380.
  •     Walker, D.S., McCully, L., & Vest, V(2001).  Evidence-based prenatal care visits:  When less is more.  Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 46(3), 146-151.
  •     Guthrie, B., Billings, S., Martyn, K., Oakley, D., & Walker, D.S. (2001). Using cognitive theory to improve nurse practitioners' anticipatory guidance with contraceptive pill users.  Journal of Community Health Nursing, 18(4), 223-234.
  •     Vincent, D, Oakley, D., Pohl, J., & Walker, D.S. (2000).  Cost  effectiveness analysis:  An essential tool for practice management.  The Nurse Practitioner:  The American Journal of Primary Health Care, 25 (9), 95-96.
  •     Vincent, D., Oakley, D., Pohl, J., & Walker D.S. (2000).  Survival of nurse-managed centers:  The importance of cost analysis. Outcomes Management for Nursing Practice, 4(3), 124-128.
  •     *Walker, D.S., & Koniak-Griffin, D. (1997).  Evaluation of a reduced frequency prenatal visit schedule for low-risk women at a free-standing birthing center.  Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 42(4), 295-303.
  •     *Koniak-Griffin, D., Walker, D.S., & de Traversay, J. (1996). Predictors of depression symptoms in pregnant adolescents.  Journal of  Perinatology, 16(1), 69-76.

Non-Refereed Journals:
 

  •     Walker, D.S. (2003) March of Dimes Preventing Prematurity Campaign. Quickening, 34(1).
  •     Walker, D.S. (1993).  Shalala calls for changes of state regulations. Quickening, 24(3):24.


Papers Published in Conference Proceedings - Non Refereed
 

  •     Walker, D.S. (1993). Timing and frequency of prenatal care:  An alternative approach. Caring for Women throughout the Reproductive Cycle (A national conference for advanced practice clinicians and nurses), San Diego, CA


Abstract Publications (Refereed unless otherwise noted):
 

  •     Walker, D.S., Johnson, T., Holley, S., Karsnitz, D.,Low, L., Nacht, A. & Slager, J. (Accepted). Promoting Safe Health Care for Every Woman through Interdisciplinary Partnerships. ACNM 60th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
  •     Walker, D.S., Simon-Burrell, M., Yarandi, H., & Jenuwine, L. (2015). The Magical Hour Study: Barriers and facilitators to implementation of skin-to-     skin contact. Wayne State University College of Nursing Research Day, Detroit, Mi.
  •     Chiodo, L., Hannigan, J.H., Mehta, S.H., Janisse, J., Delaney-Black, V.,     Walker, D., & Sokol, R.J. (2014). Implementing staff-administered Tacer-3 alcohol screening in an antenatal clinic. 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
  •     Walker, D.S. (2011). Electronic clinical data collection in nurse-midwife and WHNP student education. ACNM Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  •     Walker, D.S., Fry-McComish, J. & Edwards, W.E.R. (2011). Seeking safe passages: The effect of perinatal depressive symptoms on select psychosocial variables in an urban African American population. Wayne State University College of Nursing Research Day, Detroit, MI.
  •     Walker, D.S. & Yarandi, H. (2009). A comparison of characteristics of women cared for by Certified Nurse-Midwives vs. physicians using the 2004 Michigan PRAMS dataset. Wayne State University College of Nursing Research Day, Detroit, MI.
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  •     Walker, D.S., Lannen, B., & Diano, A. (2007).  CenteringPregnancy Group Prenatal Care: Translating Research into Practice: Implementing CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care at the Detroit Medical Center. American College of Nurse-Midwives, Chicago, IL.
  •     Walker, D.S., Lannen, B., & Diano, A. (2007).  CenteringPregnancy Group Prenatal Care: Translating Research into Practice: Implementing CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care at the Detroit Medical Center. Wayne State University College of Nursing Research Day, Detroit, MI.
  •     Walker, D.S., Lannen, B., & Diano, A. (2006).  CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care: Translating research into practice. Wayne State University College of Nursing Research Day: Research Strategies for Clinician, Detroit, MI.
  •     Walker, D.S. (2005).  Revolutionizing prenatal care: New evidence-based prenatal care delivery models. National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health, Naples, Fl.
  •     Walker, D.S. (2005).  Midwifery models: Student nurse-midwives conceptualization of a midwifery philosophy in clay.  American College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
  •     Schuilling, K.D., Sampselle, C., Kolcaba, Delancey, J.O., Reame, N., & Walker, D.S. (2002). Comfort in labor: Midwifery art or oxymoron? International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress, Vienna, Austria.
  •     Anderson, C., & Walker, D.S. (2002). Perinatal screening in US and Canadian midwifery practices.  International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress, Vienna, Austria.
  •     Lee, W.Y., Skov, N., Walker, D., & Berger, C.  (2002). Understanding the challenge of anatomy learning through design research: Formative evaluation of computer-based image browsers. American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL.
  •     Lee, W.Y., Walker, D.S., Skov, N., & Berger, C. (2002).  Defining individual learning styles for learning anatomy in a technology-enhanced learning environment.  4th Visible Human Conference, October 17-19. Keystone, CO. 
  •     Hacker, T.J., Athey, B.D., Sommerfield, J., & Walker, D.S. (2002).  Experiences using Web100 for end-to-end network performance turning.  4th Visible Human Conference, October 17-19. Keystone, CO.
  •     Walker, D.S., Lee, W.Y., Skov, N., Berger, C., Athey, B.D.  (2002) Investigating User Requirements: Design of Computer-based Anatomy Learning Modules for Multiple User Groups. Eds. R.A. Banvard and M.J. Ackerman. 4th Visible Human Conference, October 17-19. Keystone, CO.
  •     Walker, D.S., Sherman, A., Darling Fisher, C. & Wybrecht, B. (2002). Preventing fetal alcohol syndrome:  Women's attitudes about alcohol.  Midwest Nursing Research Society, Chicago, IL.
  •     Skov, N, Lee, W.Y., Walker, D.S., & Berger, C.  (2002) Understanding the challenge of anatomy learning through design research:  Formative evaluation of computer-based image browsers.  45h Visible Human Conference, Keystone, CO. 
  •     Anderson, C., & Walker, D.S. (2002). Perinatal screening in US and Canadian midwifery practices. 8th Nursing Research Pan American Colloquium, Mexico City, Mexico. 
  •     Walker, D.S., Sherman, A., Darling Fisher, C., & Wybrecht, B. (2001). Preventing fetal alcohol syndrome:  Women's attitudes about alcohol. Michigan Perinatal Conference, Frankenmuth, MI
  •     Walker, D.S., Day, S., Lirette, H., Mooney-Hescott, C., McCully, L., & Vest, V. (2000).  Midwives' attitudes toward and use of a reduced frequency prenatal visit schedule.  American College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Meeting, Anchorage, AK.
  •     Walker, D.S. (2000).  Newborn care in midwifery practice:  Reaffirming our commitment.  American College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Meeting, Anchorage, AK.
  •     Walker, D.S., & Rising, S. (2000).  Group prenatal care:  How do we know it works?  American College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Meeting, Anchorage, AK.
  •     Walker, D.S., Shunkwiler, S., Supanich, J., Williamsen, J, & Yensch, A. (1999).  Labor and delivery nurses' attitudes toward intermittent fetal monitoring.  American College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.
  •     Avery, M., Guyette, L., & Walker, D.S. (1999).  From paper to pixels, from authority figure to facilitator:  Transforming the technology of teaching and the roles of teachers for 21st century education.  American College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.
  •     Rising, S., & Walker, D.S. (1999).  Group prenatal care:  The Centering Pregnancy Program.  American College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.
  •     Oakley, D., & Walker, D.S. (1998).  Cost effectiveness analyses in nurse-midwifery research.  American College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  •     Walker, D.S. (1997).  Self-care and its impact on perinatal outcomes, satisfaction and anxiety.  International Women's Health Conference.  US Virgin Islands.
  •     Walker, D.S., & Holthaus, A. (1997).  Evaluation of a reduced frequency group model of prenatal care for low-risk women.  22nd Primary Care National Nurse Practitioner Symposium, Keystone, CO.
  •     Walker, D.S. (1997).  Self-care and its impact on perinatal outcomes, satisfaction and anxiety.  American College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
  •     Walker, D.S. (1996). Evaluation of an alternative prenatal care visit schedule. International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress, Oslo, Norway.
  •     Walker, D.S. (1994). Evaluation of an alternative prenatal care visit schedule for low-risk pregnant women. Western Institute of Nursing and the Western Society for Research in Nursing Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
  •     Walker, D.S. (1994). Evaluation of an alternative prenatal care visit schedule for low-risk pregnant women.  Podium presentation, 3rd Mead Johnson Perinatal Nursing Research Forum, Santa Fe, NM.
  •     Walker, D.S. (1994).  Risk assessment in pregnancy:  Evaluation of an alternative prenatal visit schedule for low-risk women.  Podium presentation, 19th National Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Symposium, Keystone, CO.
  •     Walker, D.S. (1994).  Prenatal care for low-risk women:  An alternative approach.  Podium presentation, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, Washington DC.
  •     Walker, D.S. (1993).  Evaluation of an alternative prenatal care visit schedule for low-risk pregnant women. 32nd Biennial Convention of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, Indianapolis, IN.

Book Reviews Published - Academic Journals:

  •     Walker, D.S. (1994).  [Review of Toward improving the outcomes of pregnancy:  The 90s and Beyond.]  Journal of Nurse Midwifery, 39 (5), 338-339.
  •     Walker, D.S. (1993).  [Review of Myself, my baby, health diary.]  Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 38 (6), 372-373.


 

Current Research

  •     2014-2016 "The Magical Hour: The Effect of Early Maternal-Infant Skin-to-Skin Contact on Health and Psychosocial Outcomes and Breastfeeding Duration and Exclusivity" funded by The DMC Scholar Award, Principal Investigator (with Simon-Burrell, M., Yarandi, H., and Jenuwine, L.).
  •     20112014. "Translating Research into Practice: Improving Pregnancy Alcohol Screening" funded by WSU Institute for Population Studies, Health Assessment, Administration, Services and Economics (INPHAASE), Co-Investigator with L. Chiodo, Principal Investigator

Courses Taught

Undergraduate:
• NUR 4020: Integrative Care of the Perinatal Family
• NUR 4300: Nursing Informatics
• NUR 2010: Assessment: History Taking and Physical Examination
• NUR 3405: Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
Graduate Professional School:
• NUR 6510: Health Policy, Economics and Professional Issues for Advanced Practice Nurses
• NUR 7227: Advanced Practice Nursing with Women, Neonates and Children (APNWNC): Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management III
• NUR 7226: Advanced Practice Nursing with Women, Neonates and Children (APNWNC): Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management II
• NUR 7225: Advanced Practice Nursing with Women, Neonates and Children (APNWNC): Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management I
• NUR 7260: Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning in Advanced Practice Nursing with Women, Neonates, and Children
• NUR 7270: Synthesis of Knowledge Foundational to Advanced Practice Nursing with Women, Neonates, and Children
• NUR 7280: Application of Knowledge Foundational to Advanced Practice Nursing with Women, Neonates, and Children
• NUR 7290: Validation of Advanced Practice Nursing Model with Women, Neonates, and Children (6 credits)
• NUR 7998: Directed Study