SW Faculty/Staff Directory

Laurie Walker

Assistant Professor



PhD Social Work, 2011

University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), Denver, Colorado

Master of Social Work (MSW), 2007

University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, Community and Organizational Leadership, Denver, Colorado

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 1997

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Courses Taught

BSW               Social Work Intervention Methods II [Small Groups and Communities]

                       Social Work Research

                       Social Work in the Global Context

MSW              Advanced Research and Program Evaluation

                       Foundation Integrative Seminar I 

                       Theory and Practice of Groups and Communities 

                       Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Diversity

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Arizona State Univerity - Tucson

Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver

Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver

Research Interests

Capacity Building

Community-Based Research

Community Development and Organizing

Community Readiness

Neighborhoods with Concentrated Poverty

Public/Affordable Housing Reform

Social Cohesion and Collective Efficacy

Transit-oriented Development



Walker, Laurie A. & Brisson, Daniel. (Accepted, 2017). The impact of concentrations of African Americans and Latinos/Latinas on neighborhood social cohesion in high poverty United States neighborhoods. The Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare.

Walker, Laurie A., Davis, Deb, & Lopez, Melissa. (Accepted, 2016). The impacts of processing racial slurs in the classroom. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity - Special Issue on Microaggressions in Social Work Education.

Walker, Laurie A., Littman, Jesse, Riphenburg-Reese, Amanda, and Ince, Devra. (2016). Predicting resident sense of community in a historic Latino/Latina Neighborhood undergoing gentrification. Journal of Family Strengths, 16(2), 3. Special Issue on Organizational Partnerships: How Collaborations Strengthen Families and Communities. http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol16/iss2/3.

Walker, Laurie A. & Aguayo, Anabel. (2016). Crime tolerance and predicting the collective efficacy of residents of public housing neighborhoods to work together against crime and call the police to report crime and safety concerns. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services.

Walker. Laurie A. (2015). Public housing residents' neighbors and neighborhoods: Good, nuetral, or troublesome/unstable. Journal of  Social Service Research. DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2015.1093998

Walker. Laurie A. (2015). Community level engagement in public housing redevelopment. Urban Affairs Review. DOI: 10.1177/1078087414564604.

Walker, Laurie A. & East, Jean. (2014). The benefits of including engaged residents and professionals in low-income neighborhood redevelopment planning processes. Journal of Community Practice, 22(3). DOI:10.1080/10705422.2014.929063.

Walker, Laurie A. (2014). The cost of good intentions: Thermal discomfort in traditional public housing units with pre-set thermostats. Housing Policy Debate. DOI:10.1080/10511482.2014.924024.

Walker, Laurie A. (2014). Resident responses to Section 8 relocation outcomes: “If you’re gonna move, you want to move up.” Journal of Evidence Based Social Work, 11(1). http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/ 10.1080/15433714. 2013.842441.


2015-2017        Board Member, Association for Community Organization and Social Administration

2013-Current     Urban Affairs Association

2008-Current     Society for Social Work Research

2008-Current     Council on Social Work Education

2008-Current     Association for Community Organization and Social Administration

Specialized Skills

2016-2017     Diversity Advisory Council, Faculty Co-Chair (University Level Committee)

2017-2018     DiverseU, Faculty Co-Chair (University Level Committee)

2016-2019     Service Learning Advisory Board (Provost Appointed, University Level Committee)

Professional Experience

2010-2011       Community Organizing Supervisor, Northeast Denver Housing Center (NDHC), Denver, Colorado

2007-2011       Community Organizer – Sun Valley Coalition, Metro Organizations for People (MOP), Denver, Colorado

2003-2005       Case Manager and On-Call Support , Turning Point Center for Family and Youth Development, Fort Collins, Colorado

1998-1999       Milieu Staff, Youth SAFE, Fort Collins, Colorado

Honors / Awards

2016           Nominated: Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Montana

2014           Emerging Scholar Award, Association for Community Organization and Social Administration, National Organization

2013-2014   Annie E. Casey Foundation, Making Connections Scholars Program, Baltimore, MD

2013           Nominated: Centennial Professor (Students’ Teaching Award), ASU, Tempe, AZ

2010-2012   Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant, Housing & Urban Development, Wash., D.C.

2008-2009   Early Doctoral Student Research Grant, Housing & Urban Development, Wash., D.C.

2008-2011   Golden Key International Honour Society, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado

2007-2008   Graduate Studies Doctoral Fellowship, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado

2006-2011   Phi Alpha Honor Society, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado