Kathryn Walker - PhD

Clinical and Health Psychologist-SickKids Hospital, and University of Toronto

Courses: Certificate in Health Coaching

Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Walker is a registered Clinical and Health Psychologist at the Hospital for Sick Children.  She completed her graduate training at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where much of her research and clinical work centered on the treatment of ADHD and school-wide prevention of aggression and disruptive behaviour disorders.   Katie has been working at The Hospital for Sick Children for the past 6 years. Clinically, she has trained at SickKids in eating disorders, obesity, diabetes, adolescent medicine, the burns team, oncology, and now works with the chronic pain team. The clinical frameworks she formulates from include cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness based stress reduction, motivational interviewing and emotion focused therapy, all in the context of patient- and family-centered care.

She also maintains a private practice where she sees clients with clinical and health psychology presentations (children, adolescents, adults and families). Her policy-related research has focused on prevention and public health practice, bringing a mental health promotion lens to the promotion of healthy weights. Her experience in school, community and hospital settings informs her thinking about health promotion and medical treatment messaging that children, families and adults receive, and how to empower individuals to feel good about themselves, navigate stressors in their life, and adopt healthy lifestyles.