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.
She has been a qualitative research methods professor since 2014. She currently teaches hermeneutic phenomenological research methods, qualitative research and serves as dissertation methodologist and Chair for amazing doctoral students.
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. Dr. Ladd just completed a grounded theory study of the stigma of mental illness for new mothers diagnosed with a bipolar disorder.
Dr. Ladd is currently working on two projects, a second edition of Transformed by PPD, and a new book, When PPD Grows Up an exploration of how mothers remember the experience of a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder later in life.
She lives in Los Angeles.
Listen to Dr. Ladd’s interview on stigma for Mom and Mind: