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Walker Ladd, Ph.D.

Dr. Ladd serves as Lead Faculty and University Research Methodologist for the School of Advanced Studies at the University of Phoenix. Dr. Ladd has been a thought-leader in the field of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders for over a decade. She has been recognized for her research and leadership in the field of perinatal psychology, trauma research, and posttraumatic growth. 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. 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. 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 (Ladd, 2018). She is currently working on several research projects, including an autoethnography examining the impact of being identified gifted in childhood on adult giftedness. Ladd, W. (2018). “Born out of fear”: A grounded theory study of the stigma of bipolar disorder for new mothers. The Qualitative Report, 23(9), 2081-2104. Retrieved from

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