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About Janet S. Walker

Janet Walker, Ph.D., is Research Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and the Regional Research Institute at Portland State University. She is the Director of the Research and Training Center on Pathways to Positive Futures and was formerly the Director of Research at the Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health. Her research focuses on exploring how individuals and organizations acquire capacity to implement and sustain high quality practice in human service settings, describing key implementation factors that affect the ability of organizations and individuals to provide high quality services and treatment, and developing and evaluating interventions to increase the extent to which youth with emotional or mental health difficulties are meaningfully involved in care and treatment planning. Dr. Walker’s research and related activities are guided by a commitment to collaborating with stakeholders, particularly including young people who have received services and supports intended to meet their mental health and related needs, and the families of these young people.


Present Research Professor, Portland State University Regional Research Institute

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