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Rheeda L. Walker, Ph.D.

Rheeda L. Walker, Ph.D.

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

Heyne Building, Suite 201
rlwo {AT} uh {DOT} edu

Dr. Walker will be reviewing graduate student applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Application deadline is Dec 1, 2017. Please see Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data for details.

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., Brody, G.H., Simons, R.L., Cutrona, C., & Gibbons, F. (in press). Perceived discrimination and suicide and morbid ideation in a longitudinal sample of African American girls and boys: Mediating effects of depression and anxiety symptomatology. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

*Carter, S. E., & Walker. R.L. (2014). Anxiety symptomatology and perceived health in a community sample of African American adults: Moderating role of emotion regulation. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 20(3), 307-315.

Walker, R.L., *Salami, T.K., *Carter, S., & *Flowers, K.C. (2014). Perceived racism and suicide ideation: Mediating role of depression but moderating role of religiosity among African American adults. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 44(5), 548-559.

*Salami, T., & Walker, R.L. (2013). Socioeconomic status and anxious and depressive symptoms in young African American adults: The mediating role of hopelessness. Journal of Black Psychology. Advance online publication doi:10.1177/0095798413486158

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.