Walker Ladd, Ph.D.

Dr. Walker Ladd is an educator, researcher, and author.

Previously a professional modern dancer with both a BA and MFA in dance from UCLA, Walker followed her interest in research and psychology, returning to school to receive both an MA and Ph.D. in psychology.

Dr. Ladd’s personal experiences with traumatic childbirth, breast cancer, postpartum depression, and major depressive disorder drive her passion for her work. Her research challenges the social constructs of motherhood and traditional empirical research. She seeks to reveal and interpret the intersection of women’s lives with paradigms of power natural, medical, and psychological sciences. Her work is bold, soulful, and transformative. 

Her first book, “Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth” (Praeclarus, 2015), was based on her grounded theory study of the transformative nature of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The second edition of this book will be published in Fall, 2020. Click here for more information.

Dr. Ladd is currently working on several research projects, including an interpretive phenomenological analysis exploring how mothers remember and make meaning out of the experience of a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder later in life, and a hermeneutic phenomenological study of the experience of empty nest syndrome.

Walker lives in Los Angeles, and is Faculty in the Department of Research for Saybrook University.

Listen to Dr. Ladd’s Podcast Appearances


For more information on Postpartum Wellness Counseling for Moms, click here.

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For more information on Saybrook University, click here.

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