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Joy Walker

PositionLecturer in Community Public Health; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Location3.15
DepartmentSchool of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
Telephone01274 236387
Emailj.walker13@bradford.ac.uk
Twitter@JWalkerJoy
LinkedInVisit my LinkedIn profile
ORCID0000-0002-8575-4017

Research Interests (key words only)

Community public health, sexual health, parent-child health education, teenage pregnancy, infertility and involuntary childlessness, Qualitative longitudinal research. Evaluation Research.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • BSc (Hons) Health, Wellbeing and Social Care degree programme teaching - community public health; influences of health and wellbeing; health promotion
  • MSc Public Health teaching includes public health and health promotion, public health priorities and the social determinants of health, health needs assessment
  • Supervise postgraduate final projects studying for their Masters in Health and Social Care Management

Biography

Previously I have worked as a Senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, as an NHS Research Fellow, a freelance researcher and as a health practitioner in diverse primary care settings in both Leeds and Bradford.

I have experience of working with health and medical teams in Bangladesh and Israel and with public health academics in South Africa. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a lecturer in Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford. My research interests include family, parent-child interactions, evaluation research, sex education and teenage pregnancy. These research interests have inspired my current PhD study.

A commendation was awarded for my First Class undergraduate dissertation ‘A Phenomenological study of parents’ perceptions of support following their child’s diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis.

My Masters dissertation ‘Sex Education and reducing teenage pregnancy – parents as health educators?’ gained a Distinction from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1998.

Current Projects: Studying for a PhD in the School of Sociology and Social policy at the University of Leeds. My qualitative longitudinal research study aims to explore new and emergent thinking about infertility that shapes peoples’ understanding of involuntary childlessness and subsequently how these are lived and given meaning as future ‘families’ are sought through assisted conception and adoption.

Three recent conference presentations include:

Walker, J.L. (2017) Infertility decisions- do we really understand the complexity? Human Reproductive Study Group Annual Conference. Leicester, De Montfort University, 23rd May 2017.

Walker, J.L. (2015) Trying to beat time: decisions about ‘future’ families. BSA Annual Conference. Societies in Transition: progression or regression? Glasgow Caledonian University, 16th April 2015.

Walker J.L. (2014) Understanding kinship and (in)fertility. Human Reproductive Study Group Conference. Lancaster University, 24th July 2014.

PhD student profile

Researchgate profile

Study History

  • (1991) BSc (Hons)
  • (1998) MSc
  • (2002) PGCHE

Professional History

  • RGN, Dip Asthma, FHEA
  • External review Panel Member for the International peer reviewed Journal Sex Education
  • Member of British Sociological Association
  • Member of BSA + families study group
  • Member of Families, Lifecourse and Generations (FLaG) Research Centre, at the University of Leeds Social Science Institute
  • Member and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Committee member of Chondraghona Leprosy Village & school project, Rangamatic Hill Tracts, Chondraghona, Bangladesh
  • Committee Member Methley’s Home Zone action group, Leeds

Networks/Roles

Research Member of Families, Lifecourse and Generations Research Centre (FLaG) at the University of Leeds Social Science Institute.

Publications

Walker, J.L. (2017) Infertility Decisions – do we really understand the complexity? BSA Human Reproduction Study Group Conference, Trinity House, De Montfort University, 23rd May 2017.

Walker, J.L. (2015) Trying to beat time: decisions about ‘future’ families. BSA Annual Conference. Societies in Transition: progression or regression? Glasgow Caledonian University, 16th April 2015.

Walker J.L. (2014) Understanding kinship and (in)fertility. Human Reproductive Study Group Conference. Lancaster University, 24th July 2014.

Walker, J.L. (2010) Evaluation of the Intensive Family Support Service through its service user experience in the North East and East areas of Leeds. Leeds: Intensive Family Support Service.

Cattan, M., Green, J., Newell, C., Ayrton, R., Walker, J.L. (2008) Child- Parent Interaction in relation to road safety education. Part 1. A Critical Literature Review. London: Department for Transport.

Walker, J.L. (2006) Case study: a Sure Start programme in Leeds. Living in a Home zone and children’s mental health. In: Cattan, M. & Tilford, S. (eds) Mental health promotion: A lifespan Approach. London: Routledge. pp. 78-83.

Wright, N. and Walker, J. (2006) Homelessness and drug use - a narrative systematic review of interventions to promote sexual health. AIDS Care, 18, 5, pp.467 –478.

Hands, Y., Millar, C., Walker, J., Copeman, J. & Henderson, L. (2006) Epilepsy health promotion - an educational journey. Nurse Education in Practice, 6, 5, pp.281 – 287.

Walker, J. and Milton, J. (2006) Teachers’ and parents’ roles in the sexuality education of primary school children: a comparison of experiences in Sydney, Australia and Leeds, the United Kingdom. Sex Education 6, (4), pp. 415-428.

Cattan, M., Green, J., Newell, C., Ayrton, R., Walker, J. (2005) A Literature Review of Child-Parent Interaction and Road Safety. London: Department for Transport.

South, J., Walker, J., and Newell, C. (2005) Evaluation of Sure Start Mellow Valley. Findings from the stakeholder survey. Centre for Health Promotion Research. Leeds: Leeds Met University.

Green, J., Walker, J., Ayrton, R.,  (2005) Sure Start Harehills Evaluation Year Two, Participatory Appraisal. Play and Learning Opportunities for Children, Educational and Leisure Opportunities for Adults. Centre for Health Promotion Research. Leeds: Leeds Met University.

Walker, J. (2004) Parents and Sex Education - Looking Beyond the Birds and the Bees. Sex Education, 4, 3, pp. 239-254.

Walker, J., Green, J. and Tilford, S. (2003) An Evaluation of school sex education team training. Health Education, 103, 6, pp. 320-329.

Walker, J. and Walker, R. (2002) Home Zones: Child health benefits from neighbourhood action and subsequent policy change. ChildRIGHT. No. 184, March Edition, pp 18-19.

Moran G, Petrie A, Tilford S. & Walker J. (2002) Leeds Teenage Pregnancy and Parenthood Strategy - An Evaluation Framework, Centre for Health Promotion Research and Policy Research Institute. Leeds: Leeds Metropolitan University.

Walker, J. (2001) A qualitative study of parents' experiences of providing sex education for their children: the implications for health education Health Education Journal 60, 2, pp. 132-146.

Tilford S. Green J. & Walker J. (2000) Evaluation of the North Tyne Sex Education Team Training Programme. Newcastle: Newcastle City Health NHS Trust.

Walker J (1998) An Investigation of parents health education needs in order for them to provide sex education to their children. York: Executive Summary NHS Northern & Yorkshire R & D Directorate.

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