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Walker Ladd, Ph.D.

Dr. Ladd is a University Research Methodologist and teaches qualitative research methods for the School of Advanced Studies. Dr. Ladd served as a Research Fellow for the Center for Leadership Studies and Educational Research, where she published a grounded theory study regarding successful scholarly publication for mid-career faculty, co-authored by Dr. Mark McCaslin. Dr. Ladd has been a thought-leader in the field of maternal mental health for over a decade. She has been recognized for her research and leadership in the field of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Her first book, “Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth” (Praeclarus, 2015), was based on her grounded theory study of the transformative nature of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. She has been published in the American Psychological Association, the Huffington Post, Science and Sensibility, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and the Integral Leadership Review. Dr. Ladd just completed a grounded theory study of the stigma of mental illness for new mothers diagnosed with a bipolar disorder. She is currently working on several research projects, including an autoethnography examining the impact of being identified gifted in childhood on adult giftedness, a meta-ethnography of the stigma of mental illness for care providers, and her next book, When Postpartum Depression Grows Up: Reflecting, Researching, Reclaiming, a synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data regarding how mothers of older children reflect on the experience of having had a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder.

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