Faculty & Staff

Rachel Walker

Assistant Professor
Campus Address: 
Skinner Hall 122

Rachel Walker, Ph.D., RN is an Assistant Professor in the UMass Amherst  College of Nursing whose scholarship is grounded in her experiences as a rural emergency medical worker, Peace Corps Volunteer, and oncology-certified nurse. Her passion for addressing health disparities and the care of older adults with cancer and other serious illnesses and their support persons has been recognized with awards for research, leadership, and teaching excellence. Dr. Walker completed her PhD at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Johns Hopkins Center for Innovative Care in Aging. She is currently a Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research CCR Scholar and faculty for the IALS Center for Personalized Health Monitoring, which focuses on person-centered and participatory approaches to promoting dignity, capability, and health equity over the life course. Dr. Walker works collaboratively with patient advocates and community leaders, clinicians, and scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, to develop and evaluate strategies for supporting activity , symptom self-management, sexual health and wellness over the life course and during cancer survivorship. 



Check out our research!


The Toolkit Trial (Promoting Health & Wellness following Breast Cancer Therapy):  www.tools4wellness.org

Wearable Technology for Monitoring Cancer-related Fatigue: www.tech4symptoms.org

Next Steps: Digital Platform for Remote Home Assessment, Modification & Service Coordination: http://businesswest.com/blog/technology-expands-help-seniors-age-place

Home-based Activity Study for Breast Cancer Survivors: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02969291?term=Baystate+AND+activity&draw=1&rank=1

Portable IV Fluid Generator for Disasters & Low-Resource Settings: https://www.umass.edu/ials/news-and-events/walker-and-busa-chosen-runner-m2d2-challenge

Lead Faculty, Sexual Health for All Research Group @ IALS Center for Personalized Health Monitoring: https://www.umass.edu/cphm



Understanding the Work of Transitional Cancer Survivorship for Rural-dwelling Older Adults:


Dignity as a Driver of Cellular Health Outcomes: https://stti.confex.com/stti/congrs15/webprogram/Paper72203.html

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