Janet Walker, PhD

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Janet Walker is a research professor in the School of Social Work and the Regional Research Institute at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Currently, she serves as director of the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures—a multi-project research center focused on improving outcomes for older adolescents and young adults with serious mental health conditions—and as principal director on a number of other grants and projects. Dr. Walker’s research aims to improve outcomes for children, youth, and young adults with serious mental health issues by developing and evaluating interventions based on principles of positive development and recovery, and by improving organizational and system capacity to implement and sustain effective interventions through workforce development and the use of fidelity and quality assurance tools. Dr. Walker’s research and related activities are guided by a commitment to collaborating with stakeholders, particularly young people who have received services and supports intended to meet their mental health and related needs and the families of these young people.