Elaine F. Walker

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Office: 487 Psychology Building

Phone: 404-727-0761

Fax: 404-727-0372

Email: psyefw@emory.edu

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Mailing Address:

Department of Psychology

36 Eagle Row
Emory University

Atlanta, GA 30322

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Dr. Walker received her B.A. in Psychology from Washington University in 1974, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Missouri in 1979. Prior to coming to Emory, she was Associate Professor at Cornell University. Dr. Walker has been at Emory since 1986.

Dr. Walker is the Director of the Development and Mental Health Research Program which is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health.  For more information about this program, click on the research link below. 

Courses Currently Taught

  • PSYC 210: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 541: Personality and Psychopathology

Please visit the Clinical Program page for a list of faculty who will be interviewing applicants for Fall 2019 admission.


Dr. Walker’s research focuses on the precursors and neurodevelopmental aspects of psychopathology, especially schizophrenia. Ongoing research is concerned with brain development, hormones, and neuropsychological functions that may play a role in risk for and prevention of mental illness.

Current Projects

The Mental Health and Development (MHD) Research Program is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health.  http://emorymentalhealth.wordpress.com/   It is one of the nine research centers participating in the North American Prodrome Longitudinal Studies (NAPLS).  The NAPLS sites collaborate on studies of the early indicators of risk for psychotic disorders.  Drawing on increased scientific understanding of brain development during adolescence and early adulthood, investigators hope to identify factors that contribute to mental illness in adolescence and young adulthood. For more information about the NAPLS project, and the detection of risk for mental illness, check the following website; http://napls.commons.yale.edu .

The MHD program at Emory is currently enrolling participants.  The focus is on individuals between the ages of 16 and 30 years, who are recently experiencing two or more of the following; problems with functioning at work or school, a decline in interest in social activities, and unusual ideas or sensory experiences,. 

All participants undergo a comprehensive assessment, including psychological tests, laboratory tests, and MRI scans.  The assessments are conducted at the main Emory campus in Atlanta. There is no charge.

For further information about the study, contact the MHD research program, at jbrasfi@emory.edu 404 727-7547.

Research Program Staff and Members

  • Joy Brasfield, Research Coordinator
  • Hazel Doctor, Research Associate
  • Hanan Trotman, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Erica Duncan, MD, Professor of Psychiatry
  • Sandra M. Goulding, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Katrina Bridgeman, Graduate Student
  • Derek Novacek, Graduate Student
  • Allison Mcdonald, Graduate Student
  • Arthur Ryan, Graduate Student


Ousley, O. Y., Smearman, E., Fernandez-Carriba, S., Rockers, K. A., Coleman, K., Walker, E. F., & Cubells, J. F. (2013). Axis I psychiatric diagnoses in adolescents and young adults with 22q11 deletion syndrome. European Psychiatry, 28(7), 417-422.

Cadenhead, K. S., Addington, J., Cannon, T. D., Cornblatt, B. A., de la Fuente-Sandoval, C., Mathalon, D. H., ... Walker, E.F. & Solís-Vivanco, R. (2013). Between-site reliability of startle prepulse inhibition across two early psychosis consortia. Neuroreport, 24(11), 626-630.

Tarbox SI, Addington J, Cadenhead KS, Cannon TD, Cornblatt BA, Perkins DO, Seidman LJ, Tsuang MT, Walker EF, Heinssen R, McGlashan TH, Woods SW. (2013) Premorbid functional development and conversion to psychosis in clinical high-risk youth. Development and Psychopathology. 25, 1171-1186.

Walker, E.F., Holtzman, C.W, Trotman, H.D, Goulding, S.M., Ryan, A.T.. McDonald, A. N., Shapiro, D. I., Brasfield, J. L. (2013)  Developmental Mechanisms in the Prodrome to Psychosis. Special 25th Anniversary Issue.  Development and Psychopathology. 25, 1585-1600.

Holtzman, C.W., Trotman, H.D., Goulding, S.M., Ryan, A.T., McDonald, A. N., Shapiro, D. I., Brasfield, J. L., Walker, E.F. (2013) Stress and Neurodevelopmental Processes in the Emergence of Psychosis.  Special Issue “Stress and the Adolescent Brain”; Neuroscience. 249, 172-191.

Walder, D. J., Holtzman, C. W., Addington, J., Cadenhead, K., Tsuang, M., Cornblatt, B., Cannon, T. D., McGlashan, T., Woods, S. W., Perkins, D. O., Seidman, L. J., Heinssen, R., Walker, E. F. (2013) Childhood (Premorbid) Adjustment, Baseline Global Functioning & Symptoms in Clinical High-Risk Youth:  Sexual dimorphisms and prediction of conversion in the NAPLs psychosis prodrome. Schizophrenia Research. 144(1), 43-50.

Goulding, S.M, Holtzman, C.W, Trotman, H.D, Ryan, A.T., McDonald, A. N, Shapiro, D. I, Brasfield, J. L., Walker, E.F. (2013) The Prodrome and Clinical Risk for Psychotic Disorders.  Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 22(4), 557-567.

Addington, J., Stowkowy, J., Cadenhead, K. S., Cornblatt, B. A., McGlashan, T. H., Perkins, D. O., Walker, E F. & Cannon, T. D. (2013). Early traumatic experiences in those at clinical high risk for psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. 7(3), 300-305.

Walker, E.F. Trotman, H., Pearce, B. D., Addington, J., Cadenhead, K S., Cornblatt, B. A., Heinssen, R., Mathalon, D. H., Perkins, D. O., Seidman, L.J., Tsuang, M.T., Cannon, T.D., McGlashan, T.H., and Woods, S.W. (2013) Cortisol Levels and Risk for Psychosis: Initial Findings from the North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study. Biological Psychiatry. 74(6), 410-417.

Compton MT, Ionescu DF, Broussard B, Cristofaro SL, Johnson S, Haggard PJ, Potts AA, Wan CR, Walker EF. (2013) An examination of associations between the inability to taste phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) and clinical characteristics and trait markers in first-episode, nonaffective psychotic disorders. Psychiatry Research. 209(1), 27-31.

Trotman, H. D., Holtzman, C. W., Ryan, A. T., Shapiro, D. I., MacDonald, A. N., Goulding, S. M., ... & Walker, E. F. (2013). The development of psychotic disorders in adolescence: A potential role for hormones. Special Issue on Puberty, Adolescent Hormones and Behavior.  Hormones and Behavior, 64(2), 411-419.     

Woods, S. W., Addington, J., Bearden, C. E., Cadenhead, K. S., Cannon, T. D., Cornblatt, B. A., Walker, E.F. ... & McGlashan, T. H. (2013). Psychotropic medication use in youth at high risk for psychosis: Comparison of baseline data from two research cohorts 1998–2005 and 2008–2011. Schizophrenia Research. 148(1), 99-104.

Tarbox, S. I., Addington, J., Cadenhead, K. S., Cannon, T. D., Cornblatt, B. A., Perkins, D. O., ... & Walker, E.F., Heinssen, R. McGlashan, T. Woods, S. W. (2014). Functional development in clinical high risk youth: Prediction of schizophrenia versus other psychotic disorders. Psychiatry Research, 215(1), 52-60.

Saleem, M. M., Stowkowy, J., Cadenhead, K. S., Cannon, T. D., Cornblatt, B. A., McGlashan, T. H.  Perkins, D., Seidman, L., Tsuang, MT., Walker, E.F., Woods, S.W., & Addington, J. (In press, 2014). Perceived discrimination in those at clinical high risk for psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry.

Cannon, T.,  Sun, F., McEwen, S.J., Papademetris, X., He, G., van Erp, T., Jacobson, A., Beardon, C. E., Walker, E., et al., (In press, 2014)   Reliability of neuroanatomical measurements in a multi-site longitudinal study of youth at risk for psychosis. Human Brain Mapping.

Meyer EC, Carrion RE , Cornblatt BA, Addington J, Cadenhead KS, Cannon TD,  McGlashan TH, Perkins DO, Tsuang MT, Walker EF, Woods SW, Heinssen R, Seidman LJ. (In press, 2014) The relationship of neurocognition and negative symptoms to social and role functioning over time in individuals at clinical high risk in NAPLS-1. Schizophrenia Bulletin, sbt235.

Alderman, T., Addington, J., Bearden, C., Cannon, T. D., Cornblatt, B. A., McGlashan, T. H., Perkins, D., Seidman, L., Tsuang,M.,  Walker, E. F., Woods, S. & Cadenhead, K. S. (In press, 2014). Negative symptoms and impaired social functioning predict later psychosis in Latino youth at clinical high risk in the North American prodromal longitudinal studies consortium. Early intervention in psychiatry.

Forsyth, J. K., Walker, E.F., Hamann, S., Woods, S. W., Qui, M. & Cannon, T.D. "Reliability of functional magnetic resonance imaging activation during working memory in a multi-site study: Analysis from the North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study." NeuroImage (In press, 2014).