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Rheeda L. Walker, Ph.D.

Rheeda L. Walker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Culture, Risk, and Resilience Lab, Director
Ph.D., Florida State University

Clinical Research and Services Building, Room 1006
rlwo AT uh DOT edu

Biographical Summary

Dr. Rheeda Walker is a licensed clinical psychologist whose program of research emphasizes two understudied areas—suicide science and African-American adult mental health. Communities throughout the United States are chronically underserved in part due to social and cultural barriers. This is perhaps especially true of mental health initiatives. All of Dr. Walker’s scholarly work has focused on suicide and its correlates toward the primary goal of developing culturally-relevant models of mental health and well-being. 

Research Interests

  • Black & African American mental health
  • Psychological correlates of suicide
  • Race-related stress and discrimination
  • Religiosity, spirituality, and culturally-informed coping  


  • Diversity in Clinical Psychology
  • Seminar in Black Psychology
  • Theories in Personality
  • Clinical Practicum

Selected Publications

Walker, R.L. & Flowers, K. C. (2011). Effects of race and precipitating event on suicide versus non-suicide death classification in a college sample. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 41, 12-20.

Walker, R.L., Alabi, D., Roberts, J., & Obasi, E. (2010). Ethnic group differences in reasons for living and the moderating role of cultural worldview. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(3), 372-378.

Watkins, D.C., Walker, R.L., & Griffith, D.M. (2010).  A meta-study of qualitative research on Black men’s mental health and well-being. Journal of Black Psychology, 36, 303-330. 

Walker, R.L., & Hunter, L.R. (2008). From anxiety and depression to suicide and self-harm. In H. Neville, B.M. Tynes, & S. O. Utsey, (Eds.), Handbook of African American Psychology. New York: Sage Publications. 

Walker, R.L., Wingate, L., Obasi, E.M., & Joiner, T. E. (2008). An empirical investigation of acculturative stress and ethnic identity as moderators for depression and suicidal ideation in African American and European American college students. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 14, 75-82.

Lester, D., & Walker, R. L. (2006).  The stigma for attempted suicide and the loss to suicide prevention efforts. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 27 (3), 147-148.

Walker, R.L., Lester, D., & Joe, S. (2006). Lay theories of suicide: An examination of culturally-relevant suicide beliefs and attributions. Journal of Black Psychology, 32, 320-334.

Joiner, Jr., T. E., Walker, R. L., Pettit, J. W., Perez, M., Cukrowicz, K. C. (2005).  Evidence-based assessment of depression in adults. Psychological Assessment, 17, 267-277.

Walker, R. L., & Bishop, S. (2005).  Examining a model of the relation between religiosity and suicidal ideation in a sample of African American and White college students. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 35, 630-639.

Walker, R. L., Utsey, S.O., Bolden, M.A., & Williams, III, O. (2005).  Do sociocultural factors predict suicidality among persons of African descent living in the U.S.? Archives of Suicide Research, 9, 203-217. 

Wingate, L. R., Joiner, T. E., Walker, R. L., Rudd, M. D., & Jobes, D. A. (2004). Empirically informed approaches to topics in suicide risk assessment. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 22, 651-665.

Voelz, Z. R., Walker, R. L., Pettit, J. W., Joiner, Jr., T. E., & Wagner, K. D. (2003).  Depressogenic attributional style: Evidence of trait-like nature in youth psychiatric inpatients.  Personality & Individual Differences, 34, 1129-1140.

Joiner, Jr., T. E., & Walker, R.L. (2002). General and factorial construct validity of a measure of acculturative stress in African-Americans and Anglo-Americans.  Psychological Assessment, 14, 462-466.