Walker, Carla, OTD, OTR/L, ATP

Clinical Interests

Dr. Walker provides clinical interventions in the areas of parenting, wheelchair seating/positioning, sexuality and intimacy, and community participation to adults with disabilities. She is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and provides adaptive equipment in the home, clinic or community environment to promote independence.

Research Interests

Dr. Walker’s research interests include clinical outcomes in parenting self-management, spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D), community mobility and accessible exercise. She serves as a research interventionist in wheelchair propulsion training for manual wheelchair users and collaborates with Paraquad on community-based programming. Specifically, Dr. Walker leads the student-run Collaborative Community Clinic (CCC), which serves persons with SCI/D who are un- or under-insured.

Teaching Roles

Dr. Walker teaches OTD Directed Research, OTD Mentored Scholarship and the MSOT Student-run Experiential Learning Clinic (SELC) elective through the CCC to build clinical competency among student therapists working with clients. Students collaborate with Dr. Walker to conduct the SCI/D Health and Participation Program, which consists of group and one-on-one OT sessions. Dr. Walker is also a mentor in the Case Based Learning I and II and Evaluation and Intervention of Children and Youth courses and a guest lecturer in the Assistive Technology in the Community course.


2014: Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD), Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Program in Occupational Therapy
2000: Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT), Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Program in Occupational Therapy
1994: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN


Dr. Walker earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000. She worked as an occupational therapist in community-based settings and served as the director of assistive technology through Paraquad Inc. In that role, she directed the AT Reuse and Repair program, a model demonstration center funded through the Department of Education, and managed the Health and Wellness Program funded through the Missouri Foundation for Health. After working with parents with disabilities in the Family Participation Program, she returned to Washington University in 2011 to pursue an OTD with a focus on parenting and disability. She received a grant from the Community-University Health Research Partnership (CUHRP) to assess the needs of local parents with disabilities and subsequently established parenting clinical services and a student clinical track upon graduation in 2014. In 2015, she was funded by the Paralyzed Veterans of America to pilot a parenting self-management program for parents with SCI/D. In 2018, Dr. Walker launched the CCC SELC located in the Paraquad Health and Wellness Center to serve persons with SCI/D.

Book Chapters and Others

Tucker, S.M., Walker, C.W., Taylor, K. T., Walker, K.A., & Morgan, K. Evaluation Considerations in a Community-Based Seating and Mobility Clinic. Special Interest Section Quarterly Practice Connections, The American Occupational Therapy Association Inc., 2 (1) February 2017.

Walker, C.W., Pitonyak, J.S.,Ramsdell, K., and Rogers, J.G. Advocacy Interventions With Parents with Developmental Disabilities: An Innovative Role for Occupational Therapy. SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, February 2016, Volume 1, Issue 1 (ISSN 1084-4902).

Walker, K., Walker, C., & Bean-Kampwerth, Lindsey, One Solution to Assistive Technology Barriers: Assistive Technology Reutilization. Special Interest Section Quarterly: Technology, The American Occupational Therapy Association Inc. 22 (3) September 2012.


1994: Korsakov Psychology Award for academics and service, Rhodes College

Walker, Carla

Walker, Carla, OTD, OTR/L, ATP

Instructor in Occupational Therapy and Medicine

Curriculum Vitae

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Phone: (314) 273-7011
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