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    Ph.D. (Peabody College of Vanderbilt, 1982)

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    May be interested in accepting new graduate students for Fall 2017

    Lynn Walker

    Professor of Pediatrics
    Director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Behavioral Science in the Monroe Carell Jr. Children


    Lynn Walker's research aims to understand biopsychosocial processes associated with children's illness behavior (i.e., their somatic symptoms, functional disability, and health service utilization). Her research is particularly concerned with children who develop extensive illness behavior that appears to be out of proportion to medical findings. These children may become caught in a self-perpetuating cycle that includes physiological reactivity to stress, perceived lack of control (both in relation to external stressors and to their own physical symptoms), and passive coping. Protective behavior by family members may unintentionally foster these children's perceived lack of control, passive coping, and withdrawal from normal childhood activities. Children with recurrent abdominal pain and their families have served as a prototype in this research. Dr. Walker holds appointments both in the Department of Pediatrics and in Psychology and Human development.

    Current Research

    • 2007-2012 Developmental outcomes of pediatric chronic pain. (R01 HD23264) Funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Behavior.
    • 2001-2006 Illness Behavior and Somatization in Children and Adolescents. (R01 HD23264) Funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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