Faculty & Staff

Laurie Walker

Associate 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

Law                Montana Justice Initiative: Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar on Montana Criminal Justice and Reform

Teaching Experience

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Univerity of Montana - Missoula

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Univerity of Montana - Missoula

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. (Accepted, Under Contract). Urban Planning and Social Work Practice.Encyclopedia of Social Work Online. Oxford Press.

Walker, Laurie A., Ince, Devra, Riphenburg-Reese, Amanda, & Littman, Jesse. (2018). Predicting resident involvement in neighborhood and voluntary groups in a Latino/Latina neighborhood undergoing Transit-Oriented Development and gentrification. Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0899764018783093.

Walker, Laurie A. and East, Jean F. (2018).  The roles of foundations and universities in redevelopment planning. Metropolitan Universities, 29(2), 33-56. https://doi.org/10.18060/22342.

Walker, Laurie A., Davis, Deb, & Lopez, Melissa. (2018). The impacts of processing derogatory language in the classroom. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity - Special Issue on Microaggressions in Social Work Education. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15313204.2017.1417943.

Walker, Laurie A. & Brisson, Daniel. (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, 44(2), 101-132.

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.


2015-2020         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

2017-2021       Co-Principle Investigator, National Science Foundation – Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), Washington, D.C., $1,780,721

2017                Montana Justice Initiative, Grant, Missoula, Montana, $5,000

2016-2017       University Grant Program, Small Grant, Missoula, Montana, $5,000

2017                Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty, Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University and the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, National Organization

2017                Student Wellness Advocate (Recognized by Students), Curry Health Center 

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