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Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Elizabeth  Walker

Research Assistant Professor

Faculty, Behavioral Sciences/Health Ed.

My research focuses on evaluating and supporting capacity building for the mental health workforce and examining the multilevel factors (e.g. health behaviors, comorbidities, services access and use, socioeconomic disadvantage, and policies) that influence the health and quality of life of people with mental disorders. As the Director of Evaluation for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration-funded Southeast Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), I am involved in the development of training activities for mental health professionals and lead the evaluation of the center’s programs. The goal of the Southeast MHTTC is promote the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based mental health services in the eight southeast states. I am also currently leading a qualitative evaluation of a pragmatic trial aimed at improving linkage to care between emergency rooms and community mental health centers, as well as enhancing engagement in care, for people with mental disorders.

I also specialize in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), which involves using qualitative and quantitative methodologies to evaluate teaching approaches and strategies. I examine the multiple levels at which pedagogical and curricular approaches can be applied in order to contribute to the literature on effective practices and inform the implementation of these practices at RSPH. My SoTL work includes program-level research (e.g. content analysis of mental health coursework in schools of public health), curriculum-level evaluations of new approaches (e.g., online core courses at RSPH), and course-level evaluations of teaching strategies (e.g. evaluation of Team Based Learning in the Behavioral Research Methods course). As the Assistant Director of the Office of Evidence-based Learning, I support faculty in using and evaluating a variety of instructional delivery methods.

Prior to joining the BSHE faculty, I was a FIRST (Fellows in Research and Science Teaching) postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Rollins School of Public Health.

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Contact Information

1518 Clifton Rd

Atlanta , GA 30322

Phone: 404-727-9837

Email: ereisin@emory.edu

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Areas of Interest

  • Behavior and Health
  • Mental Health
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Health Education

Education

  • BA 2002, University of Rochester
  • MAT 2005, Johns Hopkins University
  • MPH 2008, Emory University
  • PhD 2013, Emory University

Courses Taught

  • BSHE 538: Qualitative Methods
  • BSHE 540: Research Methods
  • BSHE 586: Prev Ment & Behav Disorder
  • BSHE 716: Teaching in Public Health

Affiliations & Activities

Southeast Mental Health Technology Transfer Center

Office of Evidence-Based Learning

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