Professor, Medicine (Endocrinology)
Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health
Associate Director, Einstein Diabetes Research Center
Director of the Einstein Diabetes Prevention & Control Core
Diabetes Self-Management (behavior change)Type 2 diabetesBehavioral interventionPublic health
Dr. Walker is a nurse scientist, diabetes nurse specialist and certified diabetes educator who specializes in studying how to help people with diabetes better manage their disease by adhering to their medication regimen, eating a healthy diet, exercising, and getting regular screening for complications. She is recognized for leading large NIH-funded behavioral intervention studies in minority diabetes populations—and has a program of research studies showing that regular phone calls to people with diabetes can be successful in helping them self-manage their disease and improve their diabetes control.
Dr. Walker now works with a multidisciplinary, multicultural research team to develop and evaluate interventions that promote behavior change and improve diabetes control among New York City’s diverse population. She recently expanded her work to the global diabetes crisis, focusing on Uganda. She also works with community health centers to help build their capacity to do clinical research. In 2000, she served as national president for Health Care & Education of the American Diabetes Association. In 2008, she was named a Fellow of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
Community health peers, Diabetes self-management interventions, Medication adherence, Telephonic interventions