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Deborah Klein Walker, Ed.D.

Vice President, Senior Fellow, Principal Associate/Scientist, Public Health and Epidemiology Practice Lead, U.S. Health

Deborah Klein Walker, Ed.D. Deborah Klein Walker, Ed.D.
Deborah Klein Walker, Ed.D., is a public health leader and behavioral science researcher with more than 40 years of experience developing and implementing programs and system change, research, evaluation, policy analysis and consulting on a broad range of public policy issues. Dr. Walker has planned and conducted numerous evaluations in community settings using experimental and quasi-experimental designs that use both quantitative and qualitative methods. At Abt Associates, she leads the Public Health and Epidemiology practice and is active in projects involving maternal and child health, obesity prevention, flu monitoring, early childhood systems, birth defects and disabilities.
Walker spent 16 years with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she specialized in child and family health, health promotion, data systems and substance abuse services. She retains a position on the faculty of the Boston University School of Public Health. She is a former president of the American Public Health Association and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, a founder of New England SERVE, and founding member of the Research Consortium on Children with Chronic Conditions. She is currently a trustee of the Cambridge Health Alliance and a board member of the Massachusetts Public Health Association.
Walker has been widely honored by organizations representing maternal and child health services, disabilities, and at-risk populations. She received the Vince L. Hutchins Partnership Award from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Ziegler Founder's Award for Visionary Leadership for Individuals with Disabilities from the Federation for Children with Special Needs, and the National Leadership Award from the Coalition for Excellence in MCH Epidemiology. She has served on several Institute of Medicine panels, the HHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality, and in various advisory capacities for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She was named president-elect of the American Orthopsychiatry Association.
Walker earned a B.A. degree with great distinction and high honors in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College and an Ed.D. and Ed.M. degree in Human Development from Harvard University.