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Ph.D., Adult Development & Aging, Psychology, The University of Akron

Dissertation: Expanding our conceptualization of ageism: Moving toward an intersectional lifespan approach 

M.A., Adult Development & Aging, Psychology, The University of Akron

Thesis: Taking an intersectional approach to body image coping: The influence of ageism, sexism, and racism

B.A., Psychology, The University of Akron

Honors Project: An exploration of racial socialization experiences of white college students

Research Interests

Intersection of gender and aging

Qualitative and quantitative research methodology

Perceptions of sexual assault survivors

LGBT aging

*I am also happy to engage in other research topics to support student research interests.*  



Qualitative Methodology

Adult Development and Aging

Recent Publications

Johnson, N. L., Walker, R. V., Rojas-Ashe, E. E. (2019). A social justice approach to measuring bystander behavior: Introducing the Critically Conscious Bystander Scale. Sex Roles, 81(11/12), 731-747doi: 10.1007/s11199-019-01028-w 

Rojas-Ashe, E. E., Walker, R. V., Holmes, S., & Johnson, D. M., (2019).  Toward a more complete understanding of bystander willingness to help: What role does critical consciousness play? Sex Roles, 81(7/8), 415-427doi: 10.1007/s11199-019-1007-z

Zelin, A. I., Walker, R.V., & Johnson, D. M., (2019). Cornered at a bar: How victim clothing, alcohol intake, and relationship with bystander impact intention to help. Violence Against Women, 25(10), 1163-1190. doi: 10.1177/1077801218809948

Walker, R. V. (2018). Media review: Victoria and Abdul. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 16(4), 507-509. doi: 10.1080/15350770.2018.1510677 

Walker, R.V., Powers, S. M., Witten, T. M., (2017). Impact of anticipated bias from healthcare professionals on perceived successful aging among transgender and gender nonconforming older adults. LGBT Health, 4(6), 427-433. doi: 10.1089/lgbt.2016.0165

Walker, R.V., Zelin, A. I., Berhman, C., Strnad, R., (2017). Qualitative analysis of student perceptions: “Some advisors care. Some don’t.” NACADA37(2), 44-54. doi:10.12930/NACADA-15-027 

Walker, R. V., Powers, S. M., Bisconti, T. L., (2016). Positive aspects of the caregiving experience: Finding hope in the midst of the storm. Journal of Women & Therapy, 39(3/4), 354-370. doi: 10.1080/02703149.2016.1116868