Tami Walker is an Associate Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. She works on a team of researchers focused on issues of child maltreatment and child and family well-being. Walker participates in research design, develops and administers data collection protocol and instruments, and contributes to data analysis and dissemination tools. She also collaborates on curriculum development and serves as a core member of the teaching team for EDGE – Evidence Driven Growth and Excellence, Chapin Hall’s cohort-based, evidence use training program for child welfare managers. Walker develops and delivers trainings on using the CAT-MH, a computerized adaptive testing tool designed to expedite mental health diagnosis and treatment of youth in the child welfare system. She provides general assistance and support to policy makers in evaluating the overall functioning of their child welfare systems.
Walker’s extensive field experience as both a frontline worker and social service administrator informs her work at Chapin Hall. Before joining Chapin Hall, Walker’s work focused on families in crisis due to family violence. She has also worked in numerous residential and psychiatric settings and at the Vanderbilt Center for Excellence for Children in State’s Custody.
Walker has a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science in Human Service from Henderson State University. Walker is an adjunct instructor at the Kent School of Social Work – University of Louisville and the University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work.
Master of Science in Social Work, University of Tennessee
Bachelor of Science in Human Service, Henderson State University