faculty

Anthony B Walker

Dr. Anthony Walker

Anthony B Walker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Applied Health Sciences
Human Development and Family Studies
Arena B-77
Phone: 812.237.3075
Email: Anthony.Walker@indstate.edu

Education

Ph.D.   2013       Human Development and Family Sciences
                        The University of Texas at Austin, HDFS Department
                         Graduate Student Trainee, Population Research Center
Dissertation title: Spiritual modeling, faith-identity and risk behaviors: An investigation of emerging adults’ faith-identity development in college.

M.S.     2008      Major:  Family Studies
                        Kansas State University, Family Studies and Human Services
Thesis title: Examining the role of religion, spirituality, and well-being on adults from divorced and non-divorced parents.

B.S.      2005      Major:  Marriage, Family and Human Development, Family Life Education Emphasis
                         Minor:  Psychology
                         Brigham Young University, Department of Family Sciences

Experience

August 2013-present      Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Indiana State University

Graduate Courses

 

Undergraduate courses

AHS 402                 Teaching an Integrated Unit
AHS 145                 Family and Consumer Sciences in School and Community
AHS 237                 Child Development
HDF  652                Community Field Experience 8 sections; developed/taught 3 online hybrid sections.
HDF  304/WGS301   Family Relationships (UT-Austin)
HDF  355                Problems Course: Supervised Research Experience (Supervised 3 undergraduates)
FSHS 350                Family Relationships and Gender Roles (KSU at Salina)
FSHS 550                The Family (KSU-Co-Taught)

Research interests

Dr. Walker is interested in religious identity development during emerging adulthood (18-30 years old), particularly in the college context, and how religious identity is related to risk and health behaviors. A related interest is how the college experience influences emerging adults’ commitment/closeness to God, and how that commitment/closeness is related to risk and health behaviors.

Publications and Presentations

Professional Presentations

Walker, A. B. (2013, November). Tracking commitment to God: Repurposing a retrospective graphing procedure. Paper to be presented at the Theory Construction and Research Methods pre-conference section of the National Council on Family Relations meeting. San Antonio, TX.

Walker, A. B. (2012, November). Explorations of a religious typology: Early emerging adulthood and beyond. Poster presented at the annual National Council on Family Relations meeting. Phoenix, AZ.

Walker, A. B. (2011, November). Intergenerational financial support and obligation: A demographic reevaluation. Symposium paper presented at the annual National Council on Family Relations meeting. Orlando, FL.

Walker, A. B. (2011, October). An empirical test of Smith and Snell’s typology of emerging adults’ religiousness. Paper presented at the annual Society for the Scientific Study of Religion meeting. Milwaukee, WI.

Ellison, C. G., Walker, A. B., Glenn, N. D., & Marquardt, E. (2010, November). The effects of parental marital discord and divorce on the religious and spiritual lives of young adults. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations. Minneapolis, MN.

Dollahite, D. C., Layton, E., Bahr, H. M., Walker, A. B., & Thatcher, J. Y. (2010, November). Giving up something good for something better: Sacred sacrifices made by religious youth. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations. Minneapolis, MN.

Ellison, C. G., Walker, A. B., & Glenn, N. D. (2010, May). The effects of parental divorce on the spiritual experiences of young adults: Do they vary by levels of parental conflict? Invited paper presented at the “Does the Shape of Families Shape Faith” conference. Chicago, IL.

West, A. W., Walker, A. B., Ogolsky, B., & Surra, C. (2009, November). Dating progress and breakup: An exploration of a commitment typology. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations. San Francisco, CA.

Nazarinia, R. R., & Walker, A. B. (2009, November). Expectation fulfillment across the transition to parenthood: Does a husband’s level of education matter? Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations. San Francisco, CA.

Walker, A. B., Nazarinia, R. R., & Schumm, W. (2008, November). Predicting the short- and long-term helpfulness of premarital counseling: The critical role of counseling quality. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations. Little Rock, AR.

Walker, A. B., & Dollahite, D. C. (2007, November). Contemporary sacrifices by Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Mormon youth. Poster  presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations. Pittsburgh, PA.

Vann, J. T., & Walker, A. B. (2005, March). Strengthening and Educating Divorced Families. Program overview presented at the annual Family Outreach Conference, BYU, Provo, UT.

Dollahite, D. C., & Walker, A. B. (2004, March). Echoes of the Akedah: Sacred sacrifices by youth in Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Latter-day Saint families. Paper presented at the conference titled “Genesis 22: Latter-day Saint Perspectives on the Akedah” sponsored by the Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts, BYU, Provo, UT
 
Peer Reviewed Publications
 
Ellison, C. G., Walker, A. B., Glenn, N. D., & Marquardt, E. (2011). The effects of parental marital discord and divorce on the religious and spiritual lives of young adults. Social Science Research, 40, 538-551.

Schumm, W., Walker, A. B., Nazarinia, R. R., West, D. R., Atwell, C., Bartko, A., & Kriley, A. (2010). Predicting the short- and long-term helpfulness of premarital counseling: The critical role of counseling quality. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 9, 1-15.

Dollahite, D. C., Layton, E., Bahr, H. M., Walker, A. B., & Thatcher, J. Y. (2009). Giving up something good for something better: Sacred sacrifices made by religious youth. Journal of Adolescent Research, 24, 691-725.

GRANTS

2012  Professional Development Travel Grant

2011  Professional Development Travel Grant

2010  Professional Development Travel Grant

2008  Professional Development Travel Grant

Awards

2013  Mary Ellen Durrett Graduate Fellowship in Child Development

2011  Mary Ellen Durrett Graduate Fellowship in Child Development

2008  Highest rated paper submitted by a student to the Education and Enrichment section of the National Council on Family Relations,  Little Rock, AR.

2008  Leonard and Abby Zeifman Graduate Fellowship in Child Development