Rheeda L. Walker, Ph.D.
Rheeda L. Walker, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston. She has published regularly and consistently in the areas of suicide science and African American adult mental health. Specifically, Dr. Walker’s program of research has examined how psychological factors such as depression and sociocultural factors such as ethnic identity and religiosity might be assessed collectively to better understand suicide risk and resilience in Black Americans. Dr. Walker is the primary consultant for the Wheeler Avenue 5C’s Advancing Emotional Health Project—a state-wide program funded by the Hogg Foundation to promote mental health awareness and treatment among African Americans in Texas. Dr. Walker has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts in journals such as Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and the Journal of Black Psychology. Her research efforts have been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University of Georgia Research Foundation, the Southern Illinois University Foundation and the South Carolina Research Foundation.