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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 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 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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